Dublin is a city with infinite possibilities and so much to see and do. Where else do you find mountains, sea, stunning scenery, an excellent social scene, lots of arts and culture and shopping to die for all within one compact capital city? So when you’re choosing somewhere to live, you want to be in a place where you can enjoy all of the unique and special things about Dublin without having to travel too far.
This was our thinking when we chose the location for our Parkside development. We wanted a location for families that had excellent amenities, great transport links and all of Dublin’s attractions within easy reach – and Parkside’s location just off the Malahide Road in Dublin 13 certainly ticks those boxes. We’ve compiled our top eight reasons why Dublin really is on your doorstep at Parkside!
Shop the city
Our first point just has to be Dublin City Centre itself – which is ridiculously easy to access via car or public transport. The Malahide Road is one of the main roads into the city and boasts a Quality Bus Corridor, which means your bus journey is quick and easy – just 30 minutes is all you need. And of course, the city centre still is the top pick for shoppers of all ages – whatever you want can be found there, whether you’re looking for big-name retailers in the Jervis Centre, exclusive stores on Grafton Street or quirky shops in Temple Bar.
Have a top food experience
Some of the very best restaurants in Dublin are located close to Parkside, in the exclusive suburbs of Malahide and Howth. Enjoy fine dining in Bon Appetit in Malahide, which was awarded a Michelin star each year from 2008 to 2015, or the freshest of fish in The Oar House or King Sitric in Howth. Just make sure you work up an appetite first by walking along the stunning coastline or the Howth cliffs and enjoying the breathtaking views over the Irish Sea.
Cycle by the sea
While we’re talking about the coast, head over to the coast road at Baldoyle and follow the cycle path from Sutton right into Fairview. This purpose-built cycle path runs the length of the North Dublin coast away from the traffic, giving cyclists the opportunity to enjoy the fresh sea air and a seamless run almost the whole way into town without having to deal with traffic delays or car fumes.
Visit your sporting heroes
Sports fans will be all too aware that Parkside is only a short distance from that most hallowed of Irish sportsgrounds – Croke Park. Easily accessed by car, bus, DART or bicycle, Croke Park is the Dubs’ home ground, and of course is the location for the biggest games in GAA. It’s also home to an impressive GAA Museum – a must-see for any sports fan – and includes a really thrilling Skyline tour, which offers incredible views over Dublin City and beyond. See crokepark.ie for more.
DART to the southside
The DART is not just a regular and convenient commuting option, it also opens up the whole of the southside of Dublin to northsiders. In only 45 minutes, you can be in Dun Laoghaire or Sandycove, in the heart of South County Dublin. Or stay on the DART for another 15 minutes to reach Bray and Greystones, which have been popular locations for seaside family fun for decades.
Head to the mountains
Not even the mountains are out of reach if you don’t have a car (and if you do, it’s even easier along the M50). Get the DART to Greystones where a new signposted walk will take you to the famous Sugar Loaf Mountain, one of the most popular hiking destination in the Wicklow mountains. The Greystones Way takes you from the train station to the beginning of the Sugar Loaf Way – and of course if you’re feeling fit, you could climb the mountain too! If you’d prefer to explore the Dublin Mountains, simply get the bus into town and then hop onto the Luas Green Line, which makes its way down to Dundrum and onto Bride’s Glen, at the foot of the Dublin Mountains.
Town-hop through North Dublin
The M1 is such a convenient route up to the border that we’ve almost forgotten what picturesque towns and villages we have in North County Dublin. From Skerries to Rush, all these towns have their own unique charm and are perfect for exploring on a Sunday afternoon. Wherever you decide to go, don’t miss Ardgillan Castle, which is located between Balbriggan and Skerries. The castle is set among 194 acres of rolling open grassland, mixed woodland and gardens, and features stunning views over the sea from Lambay Island to the Mourne Mountains up north.
Take a break from it all
Actually we should probably make this feature “The World on your Doorstep”, simply because Dublin Airport is only a five-minute drive away, giving access to pretty much every destination you could possibly want. Fantastic if you travel a lot for work, or even if you want a hassle-free start to your family holiday, being so close to an international airport is truly worth its weight in gold (often quite literally – as anyone who has had to get a taxi from the southside to the airport would testify!).
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