Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside…
Did you know Dublin has a stunning coastline just minutes from the city centre? Hop on the DART and enjoy a short, relaxing journey north or south of the city to find yourself in one of Dublin’s many gorgeous seaside fishing villages. Yes, Dublin does have seaside villages!
Experience a different side to Dublin and go north to Howth, where there’s a walk for every fitness level. Get your heart pumping on the Bog of Frogs Loop for scenic views of the cliffs, Lambay Island and the Baily Lighthouse, or wander down the pier and take in the views of Ireland’s Eye, a beautiful island just a 15-minute boat ride away.
Check out Howth Market for Irish crafts and tasty street food, and immerse yourself in history at the nearby Howth Castle and Gardens. There are tons of great places to eat here and seafood, as you might expect, takes centre stage. Finish off your day trip by ordering a seafood platter at Deep on the pier, or slurp one of the three seafood chowders (the Luxury Chowder, a Manhattan Chowder or a regular one!) on offer at The Oarhouse. If you don’t fancy fish, then grab a slice of cheesy goodness at The Dog House Blues Tea Rooms, a quirky spot serving mouth-watering pizza.
Alternatively, head south and discover Dalkey. Home to more than one famous local (Bono, The Edge, Enya and Van Morrison live here), this charming spot has a rich history – the main street features not one, but two Norman castles and a 10th century church. If literature is more your thing, don’t miss the Writer’s Gallery for everything from Beckett to Binchy. Also south of the city is Dún Laoghaire – a town offering amazing views of Dublin Bay and a wealth of things to do and see. Stroll along the town’s mile-long East Pier Walk; grab some fish and chips to eat by the sea and don’t forget to sample a 99 (with a Flake!) from the institution that is Teddy’s – renowned as purveyors of one of Dublin’s best-tasting ice creams!