The National Botanic Gardens
If you are looking to get away from the vibrant city life then a couple of hours wandering around the National Botanic Gardens could be your perfect destination. The National Botanic gardens are located on the outside of the city and are easily accessed, so you get beautiful nature and peace without having to travel too far. The stunning gardens will create the perfect way to feed your leisure recreation and education needs. Hundreds of flora and fauna can be found here as well as many endangered species and even extinct ones. The stunning glasshouses are a must see for everyone who visits as they hold stunning and rare plants. The Gardens are best visited in spring or summer as the flowers are in blood however autumn is a great time also as the leaves change to vibrant yellows oranges and reds creating picturesque scenery. Winter is also not too missed as even though most plants are hibernating the garden can still entertain you with a peaceful away from it all walk and the cafe can supply delicious food at the end that isn’t pricey either.
The gardens can be easily accessed by public transport buses number 4, 9, and 83 which can be taken from the city centre. If you are driving then fallow the following directions:
From the south, or City centre: leave Dublin via the Drumcondra road (N1) and turn left at Botanic Avenue, just before crossing the river Tolka, ALTERNATIVELY, leave the city via Phibsborough, on the Finglas road (N2), turning right onto Botanic Road just after Hart's Corner, after passing over the Royal Canal. The Botanic Gardens are close to the junction of Botanic Avenue and Botanic Road. Car parking facilities are available for a flat fee of € 2.