10 Best Ways To Seize The Day When It's Nice Out In Dublin

Outdoor activities are unfortunately difficult to guarantee when you visit a city with as changeable weather as Dublin. That said, when a mild day comes around or you get a great summer's afternoon there are heaps of ways to get out and see and city in a whole new light. Whether it's doing a Segway tour, hopping on a bike, taking a leisurely stroll around some of Dublin's historical streets or getting out of the city altogether there's plenty to get excited about.

Take the DART out to Howth and go for a walk around Howth Head, head out to the Phoenix Park and Dublin Zoo to catch the deer and more exotic animals basking in the sun. Take your time perusing the shops on Grafton Street or sit down with an ice cream in Stephen's Green. You can be sure that every single Dubliner around you will be making the most of the good weather and the mood on a sunny day is infectious in its excitement. 

For those deciding to take a chance and head out regardless of the conditions: be sure to come prepared for the elements, it will make all the difference to your experience. Many of these tours are specifically designed to brave all conditions and rightly so or they'd be out of business.

Outside the city

The Powerscourt Estate is one of the grandest homages to opulence of the 19th century. Restored in 1731, this original 13th century castle has enjoyed visits from many high-profile monarchs and aristocrats over the centuries. Today the house and...  Read More

Every Sunday some of the best produce in the city is on offer in the People's Park in D�n Laoghaire at the weekly farmer's market. If the weather is good make the pilgrimage to this seaside town and enjoy the some of the exceptional...  Read More

Musical Pub Crawl

Make it early for this nightly tour because space is limited. This tour is popular with folks who want to learn about the history of Irish music in an alternative setting. Starting at lively Oliver St. John Gogarty's in the beating heart of the...  Read More

Historical Walking Tours of Dublin

History buffs won't want to miss this popular tour that meets in front of Trinity College and takes a two-hour trip through Dublin's most historic sites. History graduates of Trinity College provide background as you explore the college, Temple...  Read More

If you fancy a more active take on exploring the city then a bike tour might be the way forward. Dublin City Bike Tours meet outside Isaac's Hostel in the North Georgian Quarter, making them the perfect backpackers resource for a fun day out...  Read More

Viking Splash Tours

Tired of spending your touristy afternoons stuck on a stuffy bus listening to a disinterested tour guide going through the motions? Well you can be guaranteed a different experience entirely on the Dublin Viking Splash Tour. The tour features...  Read More

Northside coastal areas
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One of the beauties of Dublin is that a quick train journey from the city centre using the city's commuter rail service will take you to a seaside suburb that feels totally removed from the urban sprawl. Take the DART north to Howth, a...  Read More

Dublin Zoo

If the deer roaming around Phoenix Park aren't enough for you then simply head into Dublin Zoo in the same grounds to get your full quota of exotic animals and birds. Dublin Zoo is the country's most popular visitor attraction, receiving almost...  Read More

Phoenix Park and quays

The Phoenix Park is not only the home to our President, zoo, Victorian flower gardens, Papal cross and a herd of wild deer it is also one of Europe's largest urban parks and has acres of beautiful parkland and leafy trails to enjoy a long,...  Read More


Meet Emily Carson

Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily