My 5 Best Things to Do in Donabate!

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on June 30, 2016 in Libraries

With its natural attractions, stunning gardens and unique shops, Donabate has plenty to offer both locals and visitors. As part of a ‘5 Best Things’ blog, Nadene Ryan highlights some of the finest things to see and do in this charming little seaside village in North County Dublin. 1.       Walks Galore Is there a better […]

With its natural attractions, stunning gardens and unique shops, Donabate has plenty to offer both locals and visitors. As part of a ‘5 Best Things’ blog, Nadene Ryan highlights some of the finest things to see and do in this charming little seaside village in North County Dublin.

1. Walks Galore

Is there a better place to take a stroll than through the stunning grounds of Newbridge House? With its sprawling gardens and woodland trail, you can’t help but feel at peace from the moment you enter its gates. Look out for the deer happily grazing, rabbits hopping through the long grass and squirrels scampering up the tall trees. Take a tour of the house and family-friendly farm packed with cows, pigs, baby chicks, peacocks and more! After taking in all that, you can sample some of the tasty treats on offer, particularly the cupcakes and coffee, in Lady Betty Cobbe’s Café. And not only is Donabate home to this stunning park, there are also 2 lovely, sprawling beaches in its vicinity with stunning views across to Malahide and Lambay Island.

2. Craftastic Treats

The Craft Hub in the village is heaven on earth for those of the crafty persuasion. Owner Christine is a wealth of knowledge and always willing to offer advice as well as knitting, sewing and crochet lessons. The store is jam-packed with fabrics and buttons, yarn and needles, pincushions and ribbon – everything you need to satisfy your craft cravings!

3. Keeping Up with the Jones’

People come from all over to visit Jones’ Garden Centre on Hearse Road. There are lots of unique and quirky garden accessories, a wealth of herbs, plants and shrubs, as well as beautiful giftware and a huge collection of barbeque grills and outdoor furniture – including tiki bars! Mrs Jones Farm Kitchen located in the centre is a popular lunch spot; serving quiches and salads or hot, hearty dinners.

4. Ice-creamly Delicious

There’s ALWAYS a queue but a Scrumdiddly’s ice-cream is a treat worth standing in line for. They have crepes and waffles and sundaes with toppings like oreos and marshmallows and chocolate sauce and whipped cream and strawberries and snozzberries and …. sorry, what was I talking about again..?

5. Booklovers’ Paradise

Donabate Library is as bright and colourful as the many borrowers who visit every day! Nicknamed ‘the Ikea of libraries’, by a borrower, you can browse through an extensive collection of fiction and non-fiction for adults, teens and children as well as CDs, DVDs, framed pictures, newspapers and magazines. You can also sit back and listen to brand new vinyl records. There are lots of exciting event s and workshops to enjoy too from art and craft classes to film screenings and parent and toddler groups. Check the website’s ‘What’s On’ listings for more.

By Nadene Ryan, Fingal Libraries