Enjoy Dublin Outdoors Safely: 8 Thoughtful Ways To Have A Safe Dublin Vacation This 2021


Planning to see the best of Ireland during the pandemic? If you’re in Dublin, then consider yourself lucky: The bustling capital is filled with wondrous destinations and outdoor adventures you can enjoy while staying safe. 

Dublin museums, restaurants, pubs, and other places of interest have finally reopened to the public. They also have adjusted their operations to cater to this so-called “new normal”, like switching to an outdoor setting, limiting the number of guests, and implementing strict protocols. You can find parks, gardens, and wide-open nature attractions too for a socially distanced day trip. 

But just because the attractions are open doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. While stepping out of your home to see new sights and scenes is beneficial for your mental wellbeing, you must travel with caution. You can start by planning your trip and taking the time to make better choices.

If you’re traveling around Dublin this 2021, we’ve listed down 8 ways to enjoy the city outdoors safely. 

1. Go off-peak

Friday evenings and weekends are usually the busiest. As for transportation, the rush hours are usually between 7 AM to 9 AM, and between 5 PM and 7 PM. That said, make sure to time your travel during off-peak days and hours to encounter less foot traffic. 

Ever since the pandemic began, we can see the lack of the usual traffic in the city. That means there’s never been a better time to explore the city than today. 

2. Book a socially distant hotel stay

Pre-pandemic, we’re always looking out for the cheapest deals in accommodation. It was okay to sleep in a bunk bed in a cramped hostel next to strangers, or even sleep on a stranger’s couch. Today, we’re more health-conscious than ever. And yes, we’re willing to pay extra for hotels if that means guaranteed safety. 

Take a safe vacation by booking a hotel in Dublin with stringent COVID policies. These include strict cleaning protocols, social distancing measures, limited dining, spaced-out layouts, and contact-free transactions.

3. Avoid crowded places and experiences that promote skin-to-skin contact

Someday, when the pandemic is over, we will once again hug, shake hands, get skin-to-skin at concerts, and simply talk to maskless people. But for now, it’s better to keep your distance. 

If possible, avoid walking in crowded areas where it’s impossible to maintain the physical distancing requirements of at least 2 metres. If you’re visiting a popular tourist attraction, research beforehand and see if they limit their guests. 

4. Visit parks and gardens, and feel free to breathe fresh, clean air

There’s a reason why Ireland is called “The Emerald Isle” — it is defined by its lush fields, woodlands, and gorgeous gardens. Dublin might be a lively city but it’s also home to several parks and gardens that are perfect for a relaxing afternoon stroll or a weekend picnic with the family.

If you’re looking to escape the capital’s busy and crowded streets, it’s a must to visit St. Stephen’s Green. The park, located in the city centre, has flower beds and a placid lake to put you into a state of zen. Dublin is also home to Phoenix Park, the largest urban park in Europe. The massive park, brimming with lush greenery and manicured flower beds, is also where Dublin Zoo is located. 

Other must-visit parks and gardens include Irish National War Memorial Park, St Anne’s Park, National Botanic Gardens, and Iveagh Gardens. 

Book a Dublin hotel or accommodation that’s close to these attractions so you can make the most out of them. You can schedule a morning jog, a lunchtime picnic, or a late-afternoon stroll with a side of birdwatching and picture-taking. 

5. Forget Theme Parks: Dublin has lots of safer outdoor attractions for family fun

While theme parks and kid-friendly museums are reopening with a few safety measures in place, you’re still likely to encounter a flock of people. Don’t put your family’s health and safety at risk. Instead, consider an outdoor adventure in a more sparsely populated location. 

Next to the parks and gardens mentioned previously, you may opt for coastal walks. Dublin boasts its beautiful coastlines, and there are a lot of scenic walks you can take whether you’re hailing from the South or the North. You can have a road trip to Howth on a sunny Sunday morning and enjoy the picturesque views of Balscadden Bay. If you’re in the South, you can walk around the Dun Laoghaire harbour. 

The Irish capital is also home to alluring beaches, just in case you and your family need your dose of Vitamin Sea. 

6. Opt for al-fresco dining and drinking options 

With a heavy heart, we can conclude that sitting in a cramped pub swarming with people isn’t the safest way to have a great time. Due to the nature of the virus, it’s a much safer choice to take your food outdoors, where there’s better air circulation. 

Luckily, you can find restaurants, cafes, and bars with al-fresco options all around Dublin. You can even find beer gardens, rooftop restaurants, and other dining places with stunning views. And who knows? Your hotel in Dublin may also have an in-house al-fresco restaurant or a rooftop bar so you won’t have to step outside for a deluxe dining experience. 

7. Have a scenic road trip

Looking for the safest way to travel? Nothing beats a road trip, safe in your own or rented car. While there are loads to see in the capital, you can discover so much more just a short drive away. 

There’re a plethora of breathtaking destinations that are just an hour’s drive (or under) from Dublin. These include Glendalough, Newgrange, and Powerscourt. 

8. Watch a film from a Drive-in Movie Theatre

drive in theater

Who wants to see a movie? And by “movie”, we don’t mean something you can watch on Netflix from your couch. We’re talking about real cinema experience, but with a safer ambiance. 

Movie houses and theatres might be closed, but you can still get your movie fix at the Leopardstown Drive-in cinema. It’s an outdoor cinema that screens classics. The best part is you don’t have to leave your car to catch a great film. Don’t forget your popcorn and drinks! 

Let’s do our part in keeping our loved ones and other travellers safe while making the most out of our city vacation. 

Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a travel and lifestyle writer. Aside from taking vibrant street photos, you can find her writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle. To know more about hotels and travel blogs, you may visit Ashling Hotel Dublin.


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