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A trip through St Michan's Church and Crypts will leave surely leave a spooky impression on you. These underground vaults in Dublin aren't for the faint of heart, from crusaders bodies, the famed Sheares brothers and other remains can be seen. Found within the church, a beautiful organ once played by Handel is the piece de resistance.
Developed as part of the Iveagh Estate in the 18th Century, these gardens are still one of Dublin's best kept secrets, so well-tucked away that they remain quiet and tranquil even in the height of summer. The gardens date as far back as three hundred years, and are collectively known as Dublin's 'Secret Garden', owing to their beautifully obscure setting. The grounds were laid out at a time when all things Gothic were in vogue, hence, it is no surprise that the park is replete with ivy-clad corners, statues and winsome grottoes. Gloriously bathed in beds of vibrant flowers, this sprawling, characterful site is also home to an array of attractions like the Clonmell Lawns, Coburg Gardens, the Winter Garden, a dainty yew maze, a rose garden and the splendid Dublin Exhibition Palace, which is a vast repository of Irish art. The gardens also shelter the eponymous Iveagh House and a jubilant cascade. These gardens are well secluded from the main streets, thus functioning as a peaceful oasis tucked away from the cacophony of city noises.
For a fun day out for both children and adults, this 385-meter (1265-foot) indoor race circuit is as close to the real thing as you could hope for. Full racing gear, briefings and instructions are all supplied. It is advisable to ring in advance, as karting is becoming very popular in Ireland for parties and corporate days out. If you like a whiff of excitement, this activity should certainly get your adrenalin going.
If you're considering spending a few days outside of the capital, why not check out Irish Cycling Safaris? This company specializes in customized Irish cycling holidays, covering the length and breadth of Ireland. Irish Cycling Safaris can arrange hotel or guesthouse accommodation and the planned routes take in historical sites, wildlife and other attractions. A luggage van also apparently keeps up with the intrepid cyclists, in case you get tired! Visit the company's website for details of itineraries.
The Marlay park is equipped with a gold course, fourteen football areas and intertwining walkways, passing by lazy waterfalls and plant life local to the area. A perfect place for kids, friends, picnics, or all of the above.
The National Sea Life Center lies in the seaside town of Bray, a 15 minute DART ride south of the city. It is a well-designed and slick operation, with the emphasis very much on the commercial. Despite this, however, the center certainly has a hand in the conservation of the marine life to be found off Ireland's shores. This is an excellent outing for children, combining educational interactive displays and fun in a pleasant seaside setting. Check website for details, as they change seasonally.
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.