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
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.
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!!!
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.