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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
Take the DART north of Dublin to Howth. It takes about 25 minutes and will cost you about 4 euros there and back (you can get a Rambler pass which will get you as many rides as you like for 1, 5 or 7 days). Lot's of cool cliffs to look at and climb. From the top, you get a great view of Dublin. Also, there is supposedly a castle around there with lots of rhododendrons, but I couldn't find it, and they only bloom in the spring.
It's a nice fishing town and has some great restaurants.
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.
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.
Take the DART suburban train and make a trip to Howth at the northshore of Dublin Bay. Howth is a fishing village and a resort of steep and winding streets. Make a stroll around Howth Head which offers magnificent views of Dublin Bay from the north.
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.
If you want to get out of the city centre for a while and enjoy a bit more scenery you can make a trip to Howth, a little fishing village with some nice restaurants and cafes. It is easily accessible by public transport with both bus and DART services, and you will get off near the harbour with its yachts and fishing boats.
From there you can go for a walk along the pier, or if you are feeling more energetic go on the cliffwalk around the peninsula, or up past the church to the summit of Howth Hill.
Howth also sports a 15th century castle which houses the National Transport Museum, and St. Mary’s Abbey, a ruined church in an old graveyard.
And every Saturday and Sunday there is a book sale on near the harbour.
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.