I saw this place at all possible weather conditions.
My favourite thing about it - well, there is a hill there which you have to climb. Once on top of it you can see the sea on one side, Dublin on the other and a golf course below you. Its really nice. Getting up there is a bit slippy, a bit up hill (naturally) but definitely worth it.
Think this is probably my number 2 when it comes to my favourite places in Dublin. Or should I say around Dublin.
We spent our last afternoon in Ireland in the lovely coastal town of Howth (rhymes with "both"). A bit like Malahide, even though its population has grown considerably over the past few years, Howth has managed to retain much of its small fishing town atmosphere, and it's an especially great place to go for hiking in case you feel like burning off some calories (a pint of Guinness might only contain 198 calories, I'm not sure we can say the same about Guinness Irish stew!). Howth also has its own castle, which is still inhabited by the St. Lawrence family, and several other attractions. If you're curious to find out more, you can visit my Howth travel page!
Sometimes it is a good idea to leave the city and dust and noise behind, and make a half day or day trip to some nice place. One good place to visit is the cosy little fisherman town of Howth, which is located a short commuter train trip to the north of Dublin.
Take the Dart-train, it is handy, cheap and fast enough. I bought a 4-day Dublin Explorer - ticket to save money. Some years ago it cost ten Irish pounds and it was valid in the trains and in Dublin buses.
Howth is an idyllic coastal town with very calm and tranquil athomsphere. It is an ideal location for having a coffee or lunch break too.
The Baily Lighthouse, on the southeastern part of Howth Head it is a historical lighthouse redesigned in 1814. It is one of the pretties sites I've ever been, and I truely recommend it to anyone!
What makes the landmark really special is it location, you can access it from Howth, both walking by the coastline (or should I say climbing through a labirynth of different paths) since this part of the penninsula is located on cliffs. But the walk is worth your effort I assure you, since the scenery is breath taking.
You can also get a bus at Howth (or walk) to the last stop and than walk down hill, at some point you will see the Lighthouse to the left. It is not as pleasurable trip and what you will see along the way is some estates and a bunch of cars. So if you are fit enough, try walking along the cliffs!
Howth is a beutifull village east of Dublin, with a wonderfull marina and pictoresque architecture. You can come there with your children, friends or with your ther half, this place offers so much it is suitable for all types of get aways!
So if you are a fan of great food, you will find a variety o fresh seafood in local restaurants and even some mouth watering pub grub!
If you are a sailor you can wonder off to the Marina, but there is much more to Howth than its harbour!
Howth is located on a penninsula of Howth Head, which begins around 8 miles (13 km) east-north-east of Dublin city, on the north side of Dublin Bay, it is a perfect place for long walks and admiring sceneries of East coast Ireland!
There are many interesting thing to see on your way, but since the wilder parts of Howth can be access by a network of paths you have to be extremely carefull, and wondering off with little children is not advisable.
Situated in north-east county Dublin, this beautiful scenic peninsula has a lot to offer. You can visit Howth castle, go for a picturesque walk over cliff tops, or just enjoy the walk around the harbour. There's lots of nice restaurants and take-aways if you get hungry. Or if you into golf there's Howth golf club too. It's a nice place to go for everyone, especially nice for a romantic evening by the sea.
Howth is a pretty fishing and yachting port, about 15 km north-east of Dublin city centre. The little town lies on the north side of Howth Head, with steep winding streets going uphill from the harbour.
It is a popular daytrip from Dublin as it is a nice place to walk around in. You can walk around in the town and harbour and you can choose to make longer walks on paths around Howth Head. From the Summit you will get great views over Dublin Bay and all way to Wicklow Mountains (if the weather is nice).
Howth is a fishing centre so you will find fresh local catches on the menus in the restaurants and cafes.
When you've seen enough of Dublin, take the citytrain to Howth. On the coast of the Irish Sea you'll have an amazing view at the island on the picture.
Also take a walk to the lighthouse in the small harbour; it's highly recommended to go to this lighthouse at sunset.
At the end of the DART line is the seaside town of Howth, another place well worth a visit if you want to get away from the city hustle and bustle. You can see the ruined Abbey, castle, take a trip out to Irelands Eye or just wander along the piers in the sunshine with an ice cream or some fish & chips!
We spent a very pleasant afternoon relaxing at the pretty harbor in Howth. I explored some of the church ruins and went dancing on, er I mean, respectfully walking next to graves in the abandoned church and churchyard. The DART takes your right out there (end of the line). There is a castle of some kind, but my travel team was in a "relax on the grass mode" that afternoon.
If you want to get out of busy Dublin city, jump on a Dart and head to Howth. It is a small fishing town just north of the city, with lots of nice little pubs and restaurants. But the best thing has got to be the cliff walk on Howth Head. The view from the top is breathtaking, you can see for miles around.
This same bunch of kids and their lucky chaperones were on the DART ride out from Dublin with me. I wandered out along the Howth pier and they apparently went exploring for pirate treasure or other odd bits of flotsam and jetsam along the sandy and rocky beach. Good thing it *was* low tide! [[How DID this make its way to my Dublin page, it really ought to be over on my HOWTH page, duhhhh. Too late now. It stays. For more beautiful, rugged Howth, please check out its actual site here then, you will not be sorry. ;-)))]]
Howth is a great little fishing town with wonderful views like this one up at Howth Head. It gives the visitor a glimpse into what the west coast of Ireland might be like. You can catch the DART train and be there in under a half hour. Be sure to eat some seafood while you're there (I recommend King Sitric). See my Howth page for more details.
If you take the DART train as far north as it goes around Dublin Bay, you get to Howth. Howth is a working fishing town with a ruined abbey high atop a hill overlooking the bay and a small island just off shore called Ireland's Eye. We took the DART up to Howth and walked around the shore front and the seawall, had a bit of lunch in a crowded little cafe, and explored the Abbey grounds. Later we walked out of town for about a mile and came to a turn off that led to Howth Castle. Further down that road would have taken us to the National Transportation Museum. In fact, at the turn off from the main road, that's the sign you see, no indication that the castle is there as well. We figured it out from the map we had.
Howth has galleries and restaurants and lovely old houses and buildings as well and well worth an afternoon out of busy Dublin.
Howth is seaside village with winding streets a fishing harbour and a yacht club. A day trip will cover most of the area. Take a walk along the pier on a clear day you can see for miles around. Take a walk to Howth Summit with magnificent views of Dublin Bay. Buy fish and chips in the local chipper and sit in the park and enjoy. Howth has excellent restuarants and really lively pubs. On Thursday nights watch out for the herring boats bringing in their catch. You can also take a boat over to Ireland Eye, a tiny uninhabited island with ruins of a 6th monastic church. Take a picnic and stay for a couple of hours. The boat leaves from the harbour. I paid around €6 for return trip.
Take the Dart from the city centre.