Dublin Environs

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  • 1. Castletown House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    In 1722, William Conolly (1662–1729) decided to build himself a house befitting his new status as the speaker of the Irish House of Commons...Read More

  • 2. Drogheda Museum Millmount

    Millmount | Museum/Gallery

    It was in Millmount that the townsfolk made their last stand against the bloodthirsty Roundheads of Cromwell. Perhaps in defiance of Cromwell...Read More

  • 3. Glendalough

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Nestled in a lush, quiet valley deep in the rugged Wicklow Mountains, among two lakes and acres of windswept heather, Gleann dá Loch ("glen...Read More

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  • 4. Hill of Tara

    Historic District/Site

    One of the most sacred places in pre-Christian Ireland, and the seat of power for ancient High Kings, the Hill of Tara is at the nexus of Celtic...Read More

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  • 5. Killruddery House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The 17th-century formal gardens at Killruddery House are precisely arranged, with fine beech hedges, Victorian statuary, and a parterre of lavender...Read More

  • 6. Knowth

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Under excavation since 1962, the prehistoric site of Knowth is comparable in size and shape to Newgrange, standing at 40 feet and having a diameter...Read More

  • 7. Mellifont Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1142 by St. Malachy, Mellifont Abbey was inspired by the formal structure surrounding a courtyard of St. Bernard of Clairvaux's monastery...Read More

  • 8. Newgrange

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    One of the most spectacular prehistoric sites in the world, Newgrange's Neolithic tomb inexplicably remains something of a hidden gem when compared...Read More

  • 9. Powerscourt House & Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    At more than 14,000 acres, including stunning formal gardens and a 400-foot waterfall, Powerscourt was truly one of the great houses of Ireland...Read More

  • 10. Slane Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The stately 18th-century Slane Castle overlooks a natural amphitheater, a bowl-shape hollow formed by surrounding hills. In 1981 the castle...Read More

  • 11. Avondale Forest Park

    Forest

    Outside the quaint village of Rathdrum, on the west bank of the Avondale River, is the 523-acre Avondale Forest Park. Part of a then-burgeoning...Read More

  • 12. Bell Tower

    Building/Architectural Site

    This bell tower of a Franciscan monastery dates back to the 13th century. Keep an eye out for the lovely Gothic windows. ...Read More

  • 13. Black Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Immediately south of the harbor, perched on a promontory that has good views of the coastline, are the ruins of the Black Castle. This structure...Read More

  • 14. Butler's Gate

    Millmount | Building/Architectural Site

    One of the city's original 11 entrances, Butler's Gate predates St. Laurence's Gate by 50 years or more, making it one of the country's oldest...Read More

  • 15. Cnoc an Linsigh

    Forest

    An attractive area south of Summerhill, Cnoc an Linsigh's forest walks and picnic sites are ideal for a half day of meandering. Many of the...Read More

  • 16. County Museum Dundalk

    Museum/Gallery

    Set in a beautifully restored 18th-century warehouse, this museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the dying local industries, such...Read More

  • 17. Friary

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Closed down during the 16th-century dissolution of the monasteries, the Friary is a reminder of Wicklow's stormy past, which began with the...Read More

  • 18. Hermitage

    Building/Architectural Site

    The 16th-century Hermitage was constructed on the site where St. Erc, a local man converted to Christianity by St. Patrick himself, led a hermit...Read More

  • 19. Irish National Stud

    Museum/Gallery

    If you're a horse aficionado, or even just curious, check out this stud farm, a main center of Ireland's racing industry. The Stud was founded...Read More

  • 20. Japanese Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    Adjacent to the Irish National Stud, the Japanese Gardens were created between 1906 and 1910 by the horse breeder's founder, Colonel Hall-Walker...Read More

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