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The Top 5 Places to See Dublin's Autumn Colours

Ah, Autumn. The smell of spices, apples, and pumpkins. The sight of small clouds escaping your lips with every breath. The sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet.

The arrival of cooler weather can be a polarizing topic, but whether you’re team pumpkin spice, relishing all your apple cider-scented candles and firing up Hocus Pocus for the twelfth time, or more the Endless Summer type, desperately clinging to the warmer, longer days of summer, surely we can all put our differences aside and agree that Ireland’s autumnal beauty is unmatched.

For Dubliners, there are several places to witness some of the most magical views of nature’s autumnal transformation; below, we’ve listed five of our favourite spots to check out the orange, yellow, and red hues.

5. The National Botanic Gardens
This Glasnevin beauty is a tranquil respite from the busy city centre, especially during Autumn for the harvest display and fallen leaves. Plus, there are tons of cool events for kids and adults. Weekend plans: made.

4. The Canal
Maybe it’s a pint at The Barge. Maybe it’s the idyllic weeping willows. Maybe (hopefully not) it’s the rush-hour traffic. Whatever the reason you find yourself along The Canal, the autumn views will certainly make you stay. Cycle, jog, or stroll along the water for optimal autumn views.

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***3. St. Stephen’s Green ***
A Dublin staple year-round, the historic park wears its autumn wardrobe well. And, just outside the park, the ivy that crawls up the homes along St. Stephen’s Green reveals a vivid display of crimson.

2. Phoenix Park
You can’t talk nature in Dublin and not include this gem. The entire park seems to give off a golden glow this time of year, thanks to the way the sun streams through the trees’ changing leaves.

***1. Howth ***
Take the DART out of the city and head to Howth. The moss-covered cliffs are gorgeous in every season, but less daylight and cooler weather turns them into the perfect shade of autumn.

***BONUS: Glendalough ***
Trust us: It’s well worth the drive through the Wicklow Mountains. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. There’s tons of trails to explore, so make sure you have a camera handy for capturing all of the autumn scenery.

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