Spring is in the air and there’s a bank holiday on the way. The Easter weekend is the perfect time to catch up with friends while getting out and about to make the most of the milder weather. From vintage tea parties to strolls along the coast, we have your ideal laid back day trip right here! Here are 7 ideas for fun with friends this Easter.
1. Time for tea
Climb aboard the Vintage Tea Tours bus and see the sights of Dublin while enjoying a delicious afternoon tea. On the quirky vintage tea bus, you’ll take a step back in time and experience Dublin in a unique way. Climb on board, snuggle up and allow the team to treat you to a little bit of nostalgia whilst you take in the sights, enjoying their renowned Afternoon Tea delicacies, good conversation and tap along to some fabulous 1950’s jazz. Book your vintage tea tour here.
2. Wheely good fun
The best way to get out and enjoy the spring sunshine is on two wheels. So book a city bike tour or check out the impressive Greenway cycle routes in Mayo, Westmeath or Waterford. You can check out the options here. If you feel like trying something new and a little less strenuous, see Segway Adventures for a range of fun segway tours and activities in Dublin, Galway or Wicklow.
3. Pamper package
A luxurious day spa package is always a lovely treat. Relax with a facial or massage and chat over lunch in the opulent surroundings of one of Ireland’s top spa hotels. For such a small country we’re spoiled for choice! Some of our favourites include the Rainforest Spa in Enniskerry, Co Wicklow, the Seafield in Wexford, the Europe in Killarney, ESPA at the G in Galway, the Lyrath in Kilkenny, or Castlemartyr in Cork.
4. Tourist for a day
Have fun seeing a different side of your own country by booking a tour – don’t worry, they’re not all about historical facts and figures if that doesn’t float your boat! Pop on a helmet and become a rowdy warrior with the infamous Viking Splash Tours, or check out a Dublin ghost tour if you’re feeling brave. The Irish Food Trail, Fab Food Trails or the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl are other great options.
5. Ladies of the manor
Dream of stumbling upon Mr D’Arcy as you stroll around the immaculate grounds of a stately home. Ireland is dotted with stunning period properties on sprawling estates, such as Powerscourt in Wicklow, Wells House and Gardens in Wexford, Muckross House in Kerry, Birr Castle in Offaly and Fota House and Gardens in Cork.
6. Culture and coffee
If the forecast is looking a bit grey, head indoors to soak up some culture. Most museums and galleries also house excellent cafés to lunch in after you’ve finished perusing the displays. Hatch and Sons at the Little Museum of Dublin, Ard Bia at Nimmos across from the Galway Museum, and Zest Café at the Limerick City Gallery of Art are top of the list.
7. Take a hike
Pack a picnic (and maybe a hip flask!) and head for the hills. The Bray to Greystones coastal walk is always fab, as is Glendalough, or try one of the many forest parks such as Curraghchase in Limerick. Check out www.irishtrails.ie to plan your route.