Dun Laoghaire, Bray and Enniskerry
Heading further south, travellers have three more treats in store; Dun Laoghaire, Bray & Enniskerry – each with unique places to see and things to do.
The coastal suburb of Dún Laoghaire is popular for strolls on the East Pier, and locally caught fish and chips. The National Maritime Museum of Ireland has nautical art and artefacts inside a 19th-century sailors’ church, while the harbour is a busy hub for fishing, water sports and cruises. Nearby Sandycove is home to the James Joyce Tower and Museum, as well as the sheltered beach and bathing spot at Forty Foot. A must visit is the weekly Food Market in the People’s Park, fantastic food and drinks there to be enjoyed.
Bray, in Co Wicklow, is another seaside town with a rich history. From taking a dip in the waters of Bray’s Blue Flag beach to enjoying Coasteering along Bray’s amazing coastline, checking out the spectacular views from Bray Head to walking the Cliff Walk, Bray is packed full of incredible experiences that you can’t get anywhere else.
Located just 30 minutes south of Dublin City, Enniskerry is the gateway to Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland. It means Ath na Sceire ‘Ford of the Stones’ and was built as part of Powerscourt Estate to house its tenants who worked the land in the area. The village was designed and laid out by the architect Frederick Darragh. Subsequently, it changed rapidly after the arrival of the railway to Bray in 1854. The magnificent Palladian mansion Powerscourt House was commissioned by Richard Wingfield, 1st Viscount Powerscourt (1697-1751). Designed by Richard Cassels, it was destroyed by fire in 1974, and remained as a shell until extensive restorations were carried out in 1996. It is also home to the highest waterfall in Ireland, also in the Powerscourt Estate.