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Have you ever thought about visiting Ireland or taking a staycation in February, March or April? Most people choose to travel during the summer months but Spring is a fantastic time of year and here are our top 3 reasons why you should consider visiting Ireland or taking a mini staycation in the Springtime.

1. Avoid the summer crowds: Spring is an off-peak season

For those of you who don’t like queueing (in fairness who likes to queue!) then visiting Ireland or taking a staycation in off-peak season or Springtime is the best way to avoid the crowds.

Whatever you choose to do whether it is to visit all the must-see sights or get out into the countryside,  it’s definitely quieter and can be more enjoyable to drive, hike, bike and kayak your way through Ireland in the Springtime. You’ll also be able to get the best prices – and you’ll have a better chance of meeting with the locals! Plus visit popular tourist attractions in pre-season for less hustle and bustle, there’s so much to see and do within a short drive from the Rochestown Lodge Hotel and Spa.

Local Sightseeing

  • Dun Laoghaire Pier, approx. 5 mins
  • James Joyce Tower & Museum, Sandycove, approx. 5 mins
  • Maritime Museum, Dun Laoghaire, approx. 5 mins
  • Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, approx. 10 mins
  • Killiney Hill Park, approx. 6 mins
  • Powerscourt Waterfall & Gardens, approx. 20 mins

Family Activities

  • Airfield Farm, Dundrum, approx. 10 mins
  • Lambert Puppet Theatre, approx. 10 mins
  • Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park, approx. 35 mins
  • Tayto Park Theme Park, Co Meath, approx. 45 mins


  • Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, approx. 5 mins
  • Leopardstown Race Course, approx. 10 mins
  • The RDS, approx. 20 mins
  • The 3 Arena, approx. 20 mins

2. Ireland Sports: The Sporting Highlights

Ireland’s second most important inter-county Gaelic Football competition, the National Football League runs from February to April, consisting of matches between the senior county teams of Ireland. In 2018, more games were televised in the history of the league, meaning pubs nationwide were filled with fans enjoying the coverage and associated rivalry, and there’s no better craic to be had than in an Irish pub.

Note: The sports scene might be different this year due to the pandemic so make sure to check online accordingly. 

3. Enjoy Freshest Air in Europe!

Ireland has some of the freshest air in Europe, as it flows right in off the Atlantic coast! Our lovely fresh Irish air is best enjoyed in Springtime. Why not take a break from urban life and enjoy a jaunt in the countryside to experience the clear fresh air of the Emerald Isle?

There a few chose spots close to the hotel that where you can enjoy the odour of fresh flowers, soft rain, new grass and all the best perfumes mother nature has created,

  • Killiney Hill Park, approx. 6 mins
  • Powerscourt Waterfall & Gardens, approx. 20 mins
  • Glendalough, Co Wicklow, approx. 40 mins

The Rochestown Lodge Hotel and Spa is the perfect location to take a Spring break and use as a base for all your travels, check out our special offers for the best rate guaranteed.

Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a daytime writer for Rochestown Lodge Hotel Dún Laoghaire, a modern hotel located 4km from the picturesque coastal towns of Dun Laoghaire, Killiney and Dalkey. When she’s not writing engaging articles about travel, food, and lifestyle, you can find her browsing travel OOTD inspirations on Pinterest.

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