The Wicklow Mountains National Park is a vast 20 hectare (50,600 acre) expanse of lush greenery and rich biodiversity. Situated within the Wicklow Mountains in Glendalough, Dublin, Ireland the park is an ideal destination for nature-lovers and adventure-seekers alike. The abundant biodiversity of the woodlands includes beautiful plants such as bluebells and woodrush, rare species of birds comprising Hen Harriers and Whooper Swans, and more than ten species of bats and rare otters. Some of the activities on offer range from leisure strolls, hiking, rock-climbing, restricted swimming as well as fishing. The park also offers its visitors unparalleled outstanding views making it a perfect spot to indulge in photography. Horse-riding is permitted as are well-behaved dogs. Family visits to the park can also include picnics and gas-fired BBQs against the picturesque backdrop of the stunning mountains. Free parking facilities are available.
If you enjoy a beer more than anything in the world, then a trip to St. James' Gate Brewery is a must for you. Also known as the Guinness Brewery, it’s where the world-renowned Guinness originated, and the brewery has been producing this magic ale ever since. The Guinness Storehouse located in it also houses an exhibition of the history of this drink. When you are here, don’t forget to buy a bottle of Guinness Draught from a freshly prepared batch. It could also be a great souvenir for family and friends back home. One of the largest stout brewery in the world, St. James Gate Brewery should be on the list of everyone who loves a good mug of strong beer.
The majestic Chapel Royal is an early 19th Century Chapel, and was formerly owned by the official Church of England. Located in Dublin Castle, the Chapel is an architectural marvel, with breathtakingly beautiful Gothic revival interiors exuding an opulent charm. Three statues resembling Faith, Hope and Charity stand over the Chapel's chancel window. The Chapel was once also used as a filming location for the television series, The Tudors.
Housing more than 6,000,000 volumes, the Trinity College Library is one of the largest libraries in Ireland. Although occupying several buildings, four of the main ones are located in the Trinity College Campus itself. From the four, the main drawcard is the Old Library that not only houses the 65-meter-long (213 feet) Long Room, but also houses the Book of Kells that contains the four Gospels of the New Testament. Other items in the library that are equally fascinating include the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic, the Book of Durrow and the Book of Howth. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself mesmerized by the beauty and ancient charm of the magnificent library as well as the amazing collection of ancient texts. After you have toured the library, head to the Trinity College Library Shop and buy some souvenirs for friends and family.
The Larchill garden in Ireland is one of the most important in Europe, since it is the most complete ferme ornéeor ornamental farm-styled garden still surviving in the continent. It is found with the demense of Larchill within the townland of Phepotstown in the Kildare county. The gardens originated in the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, created by Mr. Robert and Mrs. Watson. The gardens were neglected and derelict by the end of the 20th Century and were restored by the new owners, the Las Casas family, between 1994 and 1999 with a grant from the Great Gardens of Ireland Programme. It contains a walled garden and farm yard, a lake, parkland walks, beech avenues and many follies speckled through the landscape.