The best day trips from Dublin, Ireland, according to a local

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Enniskerry village is a good choice for walks in manicured gardens and a lovely meal.

The village of Enniskerry is located 24 km south of Dublin city.


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The village of Enniskerry in County Wicklow was buzzing in 2021 when the cast of the Disney film ‘Disenchanted’, starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and Maya Rudolph arrived (the film is set to be released in 2022) and the village , 15 miles south of Dublin City, was turned into a magic kingdom. It looked like half of Dublin was out to take a look.

Fortunately, the village looks pretty good even when it’s not a film set, and we locals like to come here for favorites like poppieswhich serves country-style home cooking like beef and Guinness pie, followed by rhubarb crumble and tea.

To visit Powerscourt House and Gardens for a walk in its well-kept Italian garden, its ornamental lake and to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Sugar Loaf. The Japanese Garden is also worth a visit. The pretty bridges and the pagoda are a good place to go if you have different generations traveling together who might not be able to take longer walks.

Elsewhere on the same domain, Powerscourt Waterfall is the tallest in Ireland at 397 feet. It’s 3.7 miles from Powerscourt House, so you can walk or drive, and I always find it invigorating after a visit, best combined with a picnic.

Kilmacurraghfurther south, is located on an old country estate full of trees and plants from all over the world.

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