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Seven Unbeatable Dublin Views

By Visit Dublin

19th November 2014

When it comes to things to do in Dublin and breathtaking views, the city has lots to offer. While short journeys along the picturesque coast lead to some beautiful seaside villages, the city centre itself also offers spectacular views of Dublin Bay, so you never have to go far. Get your Dublin trip off to a stunning start by visiting these seven scenic viewpoints...

1. Guinness Storehouse Gravity Bar

No visit to Dublin is complete without a stop-off at the Guinness Storehouse. Having seen how the famous Irish drink is brewed, and of course, learned how to pour a pint, head up to the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor. This circular space offers stunning 360 degree panoramic views of the city. Can you spot St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Liberties and Trinity College?

2. Great South Wall

One of the city’s best-kept secrets, the Great South Wall was built in 1795 to prevent shipping lanes from filling with sand. Walk along the four-mile-long wall today, and you’ll come to the charming, bright red Poolbeg Lighthouse. Perfect for a romantic stroll, from this secluded spot you can gaze back at the city and the striped Poolbeg towers that are so intertwined with Dublin’s skyline.

3. Killiney Hill

Home to Bono and the Edge of U2, singer Enya and former Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine, the gorgeous coastal village of Killiney on the southside of the city is easily accessible by DART; the journey from the city will take you just 30 minutes. If you can, be sure to climb Killiney Hill for amazing views of Dublin Bay. If you’d rather a less strenuous walk, there’s a car-park viewing point part of the way up, where you can relax and take in the view. Explore a little while you’re there and you’ll find the remains of an ancient church and the ‘Druid’s Chair’.

4. The Marker Rooftop Bar & Terrace

From the rooftop bar of the luxurious Marker Hotel in Grand Canal Square, you’ll see right out to both the Dublin Mountains and the Irish Sea. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sun go down; the Grand Canal’s iconic, red light sticks add to the atmosphere as the area moves into night time, and the restaurants and bars buzz. Look out for the multi-coloured Convention Centre and eye-catching Aviva Stadium too.

5. Howth Head

On the other side of the city from Killiney, and also served by the DART, you’ll find the charming seaside village of Howth. A stroll up Howth Head (don’t worry, it’s suitable for all fitness levels) offers breathtaking views of the coastline too. Alternatively, head to the marina, where you can take a 15-minute ferry ride to Ireland’s Eye. This rugged, uninhabited island also offers panoramic views of Dublin Bay. Don’t forget to stop off in the village for some tasty seafood afterwards!

6. Montpelier Hill

Legend and myth surround Montpelier Hill, also known as the Hell Fire Club. Creepy stories aside, the view from the hill is well worth the trek up. We recommend you head at dusk – you’ll see the entire city lit up in all its glory; from the Bay right out to the suburbs.

7. Matt Talbot Bridge

Crossing the Liffey in the city centre, the Matt Talbot Bridge offers a beautiful view – particularly at night – of the Docklands; where old and new Dublin meet. Look out for the Convention Centre, Samuel Beckett Bridge and the iconic Poolbeg Towers.

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