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Santry is a suburb town in North Dublin that is accessible to Dublin City Centre and very convenient to Dublin Airport. The Irish name for Santry is Shean Triabh, which interestingly translates as Old Tribe. The town is made up of local housing, a few parks and a leisure centre. The town’s location is its main draw and many commuters and travellers choose it as a stopping point as part of a longer journey in and out of Dublin.
Given its location close to Dublin Airport, Santry has several hotels located within the area, most of them catered towards a low to mid-range budget. Hotels are modern and have all the extras including breakfast, gym and bar, as well as an airport shuttle service.
Santry’s main attraction is its hotels; however, there are various places of interest within the area that visitors might like to check out. This includes Santry Demesne, or Santry Park as it is better known. The park opened as a regional park in 2004 and the whole demesne is made up of 72 acres of land, including a stretch of park along the River Santry. Built upon the grounds of an old palatial house and gardens from the early 1700s (now no longer in existence), the park still holds remnants of the house, such as a walled garden, outdoor steps and tree avenue. The town also has various churches located within it, some of which have been standing for hundreds of years.
Being so close to Dublin’s City Centre, there would be nothing to stop you taking a day trip into Dublin’s City Centre to see some of the city’s main highlights such as Trinity College, Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Whiskey Distillery, Temple bar area and the city’s various museums. On the north side of the city, closer to Santry, there also exist various sights such as EPIC museum, the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Croke Park for those interested in experiencing more of Dublin’s history and culture.
Another possibility during a visit to Santry is to avail of Dublin’s many shops, either those situated on O’Connell Street (on the Santry side of the river) or on Grafton Street, a line of shops located south of the River Liffey.
In addition to food that is available at hotels, there are various fast food and contemporary food places to make the most of within the area. Another option is to travel into nearby North Dublin to sample some of the diverse range of restaurants that are available to dine out in. This ranges from modern and classic eating to Mediterranean and Turkish food. What’s more, in North Dublin there are an assortment of traditional pubs where pub grub and an optional pint of Guinness can be enjoyed.