Dublin has been named as the third best city to visit in 2016 by Lonely planet, and rightly so. I’ve been lucky enough to admire this beautiful city several times. The tourist attractions of the city are interesting and some neighborhoods are very lively, but I prefer exploring the greens areas of the city. During my last visit to Dublin I focused on the green parts of the city. In this article I share my tips for a day in Dublin, including nature.
The Botanical Gardens
We start the day at the Botanical Gardens. These are situated slightly out of the city center and you can best go there by bus. I never get enough of nature and this is a magnificent piece of green in the city. You can go for a walk and enjoy this beautiful environment. At the entrance of the parc there is a tea house which is nothing fancy. But they have delicious cakes! I don’t have a picture to prove it, but I can assure you that it’s definitely worth tasting them!
Next to the Botanical Gardens you’ll find the famous Glasnevin Cemetery. A beautiful cemetery surrounded by green. It’s one of the largest cemeteries in Ireland, where the Catholic population were given their own spot in the 19th century, including many well-known Irish. Very impressive because the tombstones lie close together. In addition, this cemetery has a ghostly appearance. I like!
Oolong Flower Power Teahouse
To stay in the ‘green’ atmosphere, this small tea house also deserves a place in this article. It’s located in the centre of Dublin, and if you don’t know about it, you will probably walk past without noticing it. Too bad, because it’s such a nice place. You can choose from hundreds of varieties of tea! As a tea addict I could stay here for hours. Take the stairs down and you end up in a small intimate space where you can enjoy tea, coffee or a delicious lunch.
The zoo, not the first thing on your mind when you are travelling. But if you’re looking for a getaway into nature and if want to see animals during a citytrip, a visit to the zoo can be a good option. I prefer seeing animals in the wild but I make an exception this day. Off to Dublin Zoo by bus. The park was very well maintained. Sometimes you can even imagine yourself being in a real jungle. We made beautiful pictures and the animals look anything but unhappy.. yet somehow it feels wrong to me. But the zoo is definitely worth a visit.
Have you ever been in Dublin and what’s your favorite (green) area?