By Little Harvard
Exploring autumn outdoors with the family is the perfect way to welcome the season. All the leaves from the trees and plants change into multi-coloured works of art and fall away. It creates bare and amazing branches revealing the true scenery underneath: It represents a beautiful cycle of life, regeneration and regrowth.
Explaining the meaning of autumn to children is also a real-life biology lesson – The dead leaves and branches fall on the ground, disintegrate, turning into part of the soil, which is used as fertilizer later, once it’s time for spring to bring out the flowers and plants again.
Little Harvard has selected some beautiful outdoor places for you to explore with the Family and enjoy the beauty of autumn in Ireland.
Phoenix Park located in Dublin north has an 11 km perimeter wall which encloses 707 hectares (1,750 acres). It is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. It includes large areas of grassland and tree-lined avenues, and since the 17th century has been home to a herd of wild fallow deer.
St Stephen’s Green
Ireland’s best known Victorian public park. This 9 hectares / 22-acre park has been maintained in the original Victorian layout with extensive perimeter tree and shrub planting, spectacular spring and summer Victorian bedding. The herbaceous border also provides colour from early spring to late autumn.
Cabinteely Park spans 45 hectares and includes a children’s playground. It is a good place to look for rare birds such as the great spotted woodpecker. Nearby, Kilbogget Park hosts rugby, soccer, Gaelic clubs and pitches, as well as a recreational area with floodlit car parking & paths.
‘The valley of the two lakes‘ located in County Wicklow and its spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife, is the perfect spot to explore outdoors. Glendalough is a remarkable place that is sure to be a great day out with the Family!
Wicklow Mountains & Lough Tay
Lough Tay, along with Glendalough, is one of the most photographed locations in Wicklow. The stunning scenery of the Lake surrounded by the mountains makes it one of the most iconic locations in Ireland. Lough Tay is fed by the Cloghoge River and then drains into Lough Dan, located to the south.