The cold, dark nights are making their impact felt, but that doesn’t mean that you have to stay at home during these cold, crisp days.

Dublin has many beautiful places where you can take long relaxing walks while the last Autumn leaves are falling off the trees.

Before you start thinking about buying your Christmas tree, enjoy the Phoenix Park’s rich woodland views, or visit one of the other many parks in the city centre, where everything is painted in glorious orange and gold.

You could also take a seaside walk to feel a salty breeze and then relax while having a hot drink in a lovely café – and if you feel more like having an adventure, try the cliff walks at Howth, where amazing views await, as well as beautiful nature and of course, the breathtaking cliffs.

So, before any Christmas stress sets in, check out these beautiful locations to enjoy the last bits of autumnal glory.

The Phoenix Park

Our huge urban park is probably the most obvious place to go to, but that doesn’t mean that it’s boring.

While you’re there, you can enjoy nature completely, and also visit Dublin Zoo – a great attraction for kids. At this time of the year, when it gets dark very early, its Wild Lights experience is a great nice opportunity to see wild animals surrounded by bright colour.

Another idea is to see the deer living in the park, where very close to the zoo you always have the chance to see some of them, with their brown pelts blending into the rich hues of the late autumn leaves and tree barks.

Dun Laoghaire Pier

Any visit to Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier is always worth it, not least given its delightful length to walk.

It takes at least half an hour to get to the end, and once you’ve reached it you have a stunning view over Dublin Bay, with the early sunsets adding to the spectacle.

While you walk along the pier you can watch sailing boats leaving the harbour and enjoy the maritime breeze. At the pier, don’t forget to see an old cannon from the Crimean War, set in a small park where you can relax on the park benches. You can soon leave the chill behind at any of the nearby cafes.

Howth

Dublin’s northern peninsula has some amazing cliff walks – especially for those who aren’t afraid of heights, given their drops for those who stand almost at the edge.

Most walkers only walk over to the lighthouse and back, but you can also hike all the way around the almost-island to Sutton. From all sides, you have an amazing view over the sea, and the autumnal hills and cliffs are beautiful.

Before you start your journey or when you’re back, tuck in at one of the many restaurants at the harbour set right next to the DART station – for example, some fish and chips, which you can get everywhere.