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

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The village of Enniskerry is a good choice for strolls through manicured gardens and charming dining.

The village of Enniskerry is 15 miles south of Dublin city.


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The village of Enniskerry in County Wicklow buzzed in 2021 as the crew of the Disney film Disenchanted starring Amy Adams, Patrick Dempsey and Maya Rudolph (the film is set for a 2022 release) and the village, 15 miles south of the city of Dublin, rolled in was transformed into a magical kingdom. It seemed like half of Dublin had popped out to take a look.

Luckily, the village looks pretty good even when it’s not a movie set, and we locals love coming here to see favorites such as poppiesserving country-style home cooking like beef and Guinness pie, followed by rhubarb crumble and tea.

visit Powerscourt House and Gardens Stroll through the manicured Italian garden and ornamental lake, and enjoy sweeping views of Sugarloaf Mountain. The Japanese Garden is also worth a detour. The pretty bridges and pagoda is a good spot if you have multiple generations traveling together and may not be able to take longer walks.

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

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

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