It sounds simple but there’s nothing like whizzing downhill on my Dublin City Bike to Dame Street on a Sunday morning. When there’s no traffic it’s so easy to manoeuvre around the potholes. It gets even better when I spot the one and only free spot at the bike station outside Dublin Castle. Bingo!
The Castle cobbles are so inviting for a Sunday stroll. You can wander through the grounds and over to Dubhlinn Gardens where the kingdom of the "Black Pool" was born (Dublin translates to black pool).
It’s free to ramble and explore the grounds of Dublin Castle. It is perfect when you want a quiet fix away from the traffic and even better when the sun shows her face! If you're in the mood for culture The Chester Beatty library offers an escape into a world of Asian Art and religions. The Dublin Castle website has an interactive map for a little history and lots of other information. Have a look here!.
Back to release another bike and I'll head west to Castle street to make my way to the National Concert Hall. It's such a treat to go there. I love sitting on the balcony and being able to see everything and get lost in the sounds. If you walk through the car park there is a doorway to a leafy and statue filled paradise of the Iveagh Gardens. I heard that the infamous Barrister Copper-faced Jack aka The Lord Earlsfort used an underground tunnel around here for his daily commute. I wonder to myself what subterranean world exists below my feet.
I’ll exit the gardens at Harcourt Street. Cross the tram tracks. Slip through Montague lane. And cross over Camden Street to pick up a new set of spokes. I may as well complete the triangle and take the Bride Street route to Bull Alley Street and lock up the saddle again.
Now is a good time to grab a juice and bring it with me for a rest in St. Patrick’s Park. Here I take a second to imagine the exotic lands of "Gullivers Travels" as I remember that this is final resting place of Jonathan Swift. Shamefully, I haven't been inside since a school tour as a child but I vaguely remember some of his writings on display. Definitely worth the small entrance fee to the cathedral to find out more.
Hidden around the corner you’ll find Dublin’s first ever public library where Swift himself and even Bram Stoker used to read. It is the best way you can imagine to spend €3: Marsh’s Library
For me it’s homeward bound and time to face the uphill of Dublin’s Dame Street. I feel lucky to live beside a bike station and just a little sprint to the parks and potholes of Dublin.