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Dublin Bay

By Visit Dublin

27th July 2020

For those of us who live in Dublin venturing forth to the capital's beautiful seaside villages, picnic in tow, feels like taking a proper break right now. As you leave the city behind and get a taste of that fresh sea breeze, you'll snap into instant holliers mode – let our Dublin Bay stories inspire you to discover the coastline of our vibrant city.

Make the most of the coast

There's another side to Dublin — one that couldn't be more different from the iconic cultural landmarks and shopping districts of the capital. Just a short hop from the city centre is beautiful Dublin Bay, a stretch of coast that radiates charm and is home to a series of picturesque villages, from Skerries in the north to Dalkey in the south. As you prepare to rediscover Dublin, you'll find a wealth of great experiences waiting for you along the coast.

Along with the excitement of recapturing all Dublin has to offer comes a need for safety. This need is met by the COVID-19 Safety Charter, adopted by tourism businesses across Ireland to signal their commitment to safety measures. Rely on this symbol to deliver peace of mind and confidence as you explore Dublin. As the capital continues to re-open, it's essential to check with individual businesses, services and accommodation to ensure that they are open before you visit.

Coastal Towns in Dublin Bay

Curious about where to start on your tour of Dublin Bay? Our guide to these five unmissable coastal villages will tell you everything you need to know — from tips on sampling the finest seafood to finding the most picture-perfect promenade.

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A view of Malahide Castle

Beaches in Dublin to Visit

There's nothing better than a day on the beach for realising just how special Dublin is — a historic city centre, thriving neighbourhoods and long stretches of quiet beach, all wrapped up in one neat package. Our guide to 10 of the very best Dublin beaches will see you stretching your legs on golden sands in no time.

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Two women strolling on Malahide Beach

Things to Do in Dalkey

A seaside town south of the city, Dalkey’s rich history is front and centre, with a 10th century church and two Norman castles right on the main street, and there's lots of things to do! Explore more and check out these suggestions for spending time in Dalkey where a warm welcome awaits. 

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Colliemore Harbour in Dalkey

Things to Do in Dún Laoghaire  

Brightly painted villas, palm trees and townland parks greet visitors to Dún Laoghaire, an elegant port town just 13km from Dublin’s city centre. Popular with holiday makers since Victorian times, its appeal is timeless, making it the perfect holiday destination for Dubliners this year.

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Couple strolling along Dún Laoghaire promenade

It's all on your doorstep — a capital that's packed with experiences, adventures and so much to discover. Prepare to explore Dublin Bay both North and South this year for a fresh perspective on a city you know and love. 

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