The village of Howth is located 13 km north-east of Dublin, and used to be a small fishing village. It a very cosy place to stroll around, and what I liked the most was walking up above the village getting a fabulous view of it all in the middle of Irish nature.
During my stay in Dublin, I went twice to Howth, once with Dublin Bay Cruises and once with the local train "The DART" and both times I walked uphill for this great view.
A suggestion made by a tour guide to visit the seaside village of Howth raised my interest. I was unaware of the place and had planned a trip to the Guinness Storehouse but, for considerably less money, I had a super morning's visit there.
I took the DART train from Connolly station for the 30minute ride. The village, (or is it a small town?), is part of the Dublin suburbs so has a residential feel to it but it also has an active fishing harbour and is clearly very popular with sailors because there is a large marina there as well. The return journey only cost 5.75Euro and it seemed good value to me.
I wandered around the harbour, watching the fisherman busy themselves on their boats and enjoyed seeing the Grey Seal that had come in close hoping for a quick snack of bycatch from the boat. On another part of the coastline there were geese and wading birds which always provide interest. There are also a large selection of restaurants and cafés. I'm told the fish is always very fresh and given the location I'd expect the fish to arrive off the boats and be served up on your plate within a couple of hours.
Unfortunately I didn't have time to completely explore the area as I had my return ferry to Wales to catch but there are well laid out walks that cover this area. I found a small ruined church, St Mary's and a museum about radio located in a Martello tower up on the top of the hill. I'm sure there is more to discover in this attractive seaside location. Ask for your free map at the shop next to the rail station.
There are a variety of tours that go to the area around Dublin but Howth and Malahide were extremely easy to visit without the benefit of a guided tour. I armed myself with a 1 day DART pass, a Howth is Magic brochure and an umbrella, even though it was beautiful blue skies that morning I knew that at some point it would rain, and headed off for Howth.
While in Howth, I visited Howth Castle which is closed to the public but pretty to look at and then did a part of the Cliff Walk before grabbing a quick lunch. From there I took the DART to Malahide where I visited Malahide Castle where you can visit the interior, back to Howth for dinner at the Oar House and finally to Dun Laoghaire where I had a nice walk along the breakwall and through town.
For more on my visit, see my page for Howth
For an afternoon out of the city,we took the bus and went to Howth, close to Dublin at the coast. The bus took us up to the summit, where the cliff path starts.
It was very windy, but dry, so we could walk on the cliff path. The view was magnificent! The kids climbed down all the way to the sea, one of them even went into the water. I stayed up on the path, enjoying the scenery (and watching the backpacks).The lighthouse is on private property, so we could not go there.
I had read before that the walk should only be done when wearing good shoes, this is certainly true. The path is just that, a path, and sometimes it's close to the edge.I think it can be dangerous to go there if it has been raining a lot and the ground is slippery.
There is a restaurant on the summit, very close to the bus stop and also a small store. We didn't have time enough to explore the village, it looked very nice from what I could see from the bus.
We went out to Howth twice. Its about 14km from the city centre, to the north. A fishing village and dormitory town, all rolled into one.
First time we went there for dinner, because it was a nice April evening.
Second time, the sun was shining late afternoon and we just ditched the sightseeing in favour of fresh sea air!
Great to walk round the village and out on the piers. Lots of restaurants, especially the fish kind.
If you don't have a car, the DART goes all the way to the village.
Howth is one of destinations close to Dublin where you can enjoy the nature.
It is a small, cute fishermen village with a nice walking path next to it.
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Howth is a small exclusive village type place on the periphery of Dublin, whilst property there is pricy a walk is free. After a hectic day pay Howth a visit, its pleasantly removed from city chaos. Take care not to get blown away in high winds.
Located around 5km from the city centre.....easily accessed by DART (train) or bus.
Howth things to do....
1. Grab a pint in the Bloody Stream pub...located under the DART station....there was a battle fought here donkeys years ago and thats how it gots its name...o and there was a stream that used to run here that is no more.
2. Deer Park.- sorry no Deers here but there is a castle and golf course which also has great views over Dublin bay........take a right when coming out of the DART station and its then on the left hand side of the road...you can miss it....bit of a walk up the hill but its worth it, stunning views..
3. Howth Harbour.....take a left out of the DART station....here you will find a nice small fishing harbour that has some great pubs and restauraunts......try EL PASO its a mexican and not bad :0) or take a walk down to Annes shop and get an 99 ICE CREAM...there yummy....theres also a Beshoffs fish n chip shop here....tasty...take a walk around the harbour and up around the village you will come accross some nice beaches on your travels here.
4. Howth Summit.....you can get the best views over Dublin bay and city here......from the train station.....long walk...basically head towards the highest peak......walk towards the harbour and then walk past the huge church in the middle of the village...from there ask anyone where the summit is...not hard to find.
We took a trip to Howth, sorry no pics. It's a good place for a walk along the shoreline to let the salty breeze wash the hangover out of your hair. Buy some fish and chips and picnic in the park. Like lots of big cities, Dublin is a place where the city centre looks like anywhere else in the western world. In the alleys and the outsirts is where you have to look for the Irish side of life.
Howth is a small fishertown in the north of Dublin. Some seafood bars offer fresh fish.....Why not try a walk to the harbour??? Or to the lighthouse??? When the sun is shining you have a beautiful view over the Irish Sea!!!
When getting tired of 'dirty old town' you should definitely travel to Howth, a nice little town about 15 kms north from Dublin.
You can see absolutely splendid views when walking at Howth's Head and its clifftops. The views are over the bay of Dublin all the way to Wicklow mountains.
Beauty, history,a nd the chance for some good exercise! It's easy to get to Howth by car, bus or train from Dublin. Well worth the short trip - there's a lovely old castle with beautiful grounds that are open to the public. The rhododendrons are ancient and amazingly colorful, large and beautiful. Little paths wind all over the property, sometimes through dark little tunnels cutting through the brush. Feels like being in a fairy tale! The views out to the ocean from the hilltop are stunning. Also, Howth Village itself is quaint and well worth a stroll - great place for a meal of fresh fish. I also recommend taking a walk out on Howth Head (hope that's the proper name) - beautiful views!
Take the train to Howth. It is called the DART and takes about 20 minutes from the Dublin. In Howth you can take a hike around the beautiful peninsula.
Beautiful green hills meeting the sea in a peaceful little quaint community.
I took a bus to the town of Howth and hiked around the area. It is a small fishing village about 20 minutes by bus from Dublin. Had fish & chips and then went on a 2 hour hike.