For those interested in adding to our day 3 city tour, there are many other sites to enjoy without leaving Dublin. You can revisit sites from our guided city tour in more detail, including Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral, or take a walk through St. Stephen’s Green or along the River Liffey.
1. Phoenix Park - One regret I have from our 2009 tour is not finding time to visit this sprawling public park. Highlights of Phoenix Park include the residence of the President of Ireland, Dublin Zoo, the Papal Cross, beautiful gardens and monuments. The park is west of the city center and could be coupled with a visit to the National Botanic Gardens to the north-west of the city center.
1. Glendalough - This 6th century monastic settlement was a true highlight of my time in Ireland in 2009. Glendalough had such an aura about it that I am definitely being drawn back for another visit. The bagpipes and rain combined with the ancient stone buildings could make a person forget what year it is.
2. Malahide Castle - One tour I'd love to take for the first time is a half day excursion to Malahide Castle and the nearby fishing village of Howth. The castle offers great architecture, art and gardens. So a trip to Dublin's north coast and Malahide Castle would make for a relaxing, scenic trip. Trips to other nearby coastal villages, such as Dalkey (which is featured on http://www.visitdublin.com/insider-tips), can also be a relaxing idea for free time excursions.