Although still within walking distance of the city centre, the National Botanic Gardens at Glasnevin are just far enough away to stay off the normal tourist itinerary, and remain a local favourite. Located beside Glasnevin Cemetery (check the Glasnevin cemetery article), they make a good combination outing, together with a visit to the Gravediggers Pub (check the John Kavanagh’s article) for one of Dublin’s best pints of Guinness.
The gardens date back to 1795, and include beautiful Victorian glasshouses filled with tropical plants and flowers, a rose garden, and a walled vegetable garden, together with an array of exotic trees. Even if you are not much of a garden person, they are a lovely place to wander and spend some time on a sunny day, and they’re also free! The gardens are filled with squirrels, who you can furtively feed if you don’t mind running the risk of getting bitten (just to be clear, this is against the rules, but where is the fun in that). There is also a cafe and gift shop at the entrance.