Dun Laoghaire Travel Guide

  • Dun Laoghaire
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Dun Laoghaire Things to Do

  • Viking church?

    The ruined church of Tully and two ancient crosses are located just south of the village of Cabinteely (so strictly speaking not in Dun Laoghaire town at all but its an interestin spot so . . . )The origins of the ruined Tully church are usually ascribed to the 12th century, though some claims have been made that it actually dates back to the 9th...

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  • Memorial statue

    In honour of the work done by the Lifeboats over the years, the Harbour office commissioned a sculpture for the new Dun Laoghaire marina within the harbour. Personally, I think its quite striking but you'll have to take a look for yourself to see if you like it.

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  • George IV monument

    This monument commemorates the building of the harbour and the visit of George IV to Dun Laoghaire in 1821. The town was renamed in his honour 'Kingstown' and only returned to Dun Laoghaire after independence in 1922. The main street in Dun Laoghaire is still called George Street.Fortunately misguided attempts to blow up the monument in times past...

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  • Victoria monument

    The Victoria monument was erected to commemorate the disembarking of Queen Victoria in Dun Laoghaire in 1900. Unlike in more modern times, such royal visits were very rare occasions and perceived as very special. During her 63 year reign Queen Victoria only visited Ireland 4 times. She was greeted very warmly every time she did choose to visit.This...

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  • Playground paradise!

    Cabinteely Park is one of a number of large south Dublin public parks. Asides from pleasant walks and being a great place to pick up chestnuts (as any kid will tell you - for conkers :), its also the only park I've come across in Dublin that has a circuit walk with exercise stops (bars etc) and ity also has one of the best playgrounds in the city,...

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  • Killiney Hill

    It could be argued that Killiney Hill is really in Killiney rather than Dun Laoghaire but I'm taking the view that its in the same local authoirity area so can be claimed :-) Killiney Hill was opened as a park in the late 19th century, with Dalkey Hill being added to it at a later date. Its a forest park with wonderful views over the sea and some...

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  • Church tower

    The centre of Dun Laoghaire is a little ugly (maybe I'm being charitable . . ) The Dun Laoghaire shopping centre is an unlovely piece of 1970s architecture, which replaced a row of victorian buildings. The church across the way is a modernist 1970's concrete monolith built to replace the original 19th century church, which was destroyed by fire in...

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  • Monkstown C of I church

    This is a nice church that is on the coast road from Dublin to Dun Laoghaire. It was built in 1831. Have to admit have just put it in cos I like the crenellations :-)

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  • Martello towers

    During Napoleonic times, the British government built a series of these along the coastlines in Britain and Ireland to defend against invasion, having been impressed by the capabilities of the original model in Italy. Dun Laoghaire has a number of these, but undoubtedly the most famous now houses the Joyce museum and has become a mecca for joyceans...

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  • Pop into the Maritime Museum

    Dun Laoghaire, which has a proud maritime tradition, is the home of the Irish Maritime Museum. This desperately underfunded institution survives on the efforts of its volunteers and could really do with as many visitors as it can get. Don't expect a comparable experience to that of maritme museums in other countries though. The museum is housed in...

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  • Town Hall

    The town hall has recently been renovated and extensively remodelled, though the original building dates back to 1878. Its a good place to go to get information on whats going on in Dun Laoghaire and has a nice exhibition space open to the public in its centre. You can also go in and view planning permission request, which are normally accompanied...

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  • Moran Park

    You can go lawn bowling in Moran Park. The facility is publicly owned though there is a club there. However two of the runs are kept for non-members to use.Moran Park House was the location for the first wireless transmission by Gugielmo Marconi on 20th July 1898, though this being Dun Laoghaire not much is made of this. Theres nothing to see in...

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Dun Laoghaire Hotels

  • Kingston Hotel

    Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 2.5 out of 5 stars

  • Windsor Lodge B&B

    3 Islington Avenue , Sandycove, Dún Laoghaire, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Marina House

    7 Dunleary Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

Dun Laoghaire Restaurants

  • Handy Location

    Part of a several strong chain that have sprung up in Dublin, this one is handy for a coffee and a toasted bagel before or after a walk down the pier (so undoing any good the exercise is doing for you :-)Also along this strip of restuarants and coffee places are Mao's (Asian fusion http://www.cafemao.com) and Roly's (modern Irish/European...

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  • Nice place for lunch

    Juggy's well is a pleasant place for lunch. Menu varies and it tends to get a lot of repeat customers (Its the sort of place people are happy to drop into on a weekly basis ;)

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  • The coolest Indian in the burbs

    Rasam's is a new and very stylish Indian restaurant in Glasthule. The decor and food are a cut above what might be expected and in fact it could be argued that this may be the best Indian in the city! Murg tikka

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  • One of the best seafood places in the...

    Set in part of the old train station building, R na M is very handy if you come to Dun Laoghaire by train. Very simple yet chic interior is complemented by pleasant and efficient service. This is a place to come for a special occasion or with that special someone!Last time I was there the atmosphere was great but I suspect that if the room isn't...

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  • Cool place overlooking the harbour

    This is a great restaurant located at the top of the ferry terminal in the harbour. It has a really nice balcony to sit out on when days are fine and a round room with windows on all sides upstairs which would be great for a party or function. Service is excellent and the staff are all very friendly. Food is wonderful, with portions being just the...

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  • Breakfast and lunch

    Nice, simple cafe on second floor of main street (so watch out or you'll miss it. Always busy and buzzing with people. Staff are friendly and seats are comfy, especially in the corners. Relaxed atmosphere encourages you to stay for a while. Breakfast options are all good.

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Dun Laoghaire Nightlife

  • Trendy joint

    Walters in its heyday was a great place to watch sweaty rock bands do their thing. It has however gone way upmarket in recent years and now serves a mean cappuchino as well as the more traditional beers and spirits. Food is good quality pub grub and there are lots of big screens if you like watching sports events in pubs! Neat casual

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  • The shape of things to come?

    This newly opened place, just across from the Pavilion Theatre in the centre of town, combines good food with a convivial pub atmosphere. They serve food pretty late so handy of you get the munchies after a performance at the Theatre :)It has the feel of a chain franchise about it and I have horrible visions of seeing them pop up on every corner,...

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  • Heart of the old village of Glasthule

    The Eagle house is one of a number of old pubs in the Dun Laoghaire area. Nowadays, all the little villages along the coast have merged into one suburban strip but there are still people who are proud of being from Glasthule instead of Sandycove :-)

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  • Overlooking the Harbour

    The 40 Foot is almost terminally trendy and popular with a youngish crowd. It has a great location overlooking the harbour and is a haven for funky chairs of all sorts :-) The food on the next floor up is good but expensive. Anything goes though girls may want to bring a little bling.

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  • Relaxed Place

    Walters is an old pub that is literally unrecognisable from what it was a few years ago. Its now a very modern, slightly flashy place that serves good food and has big screens so people can watch sports of an afternoon. Comfortable seats and a light and airy feel. Casual

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  • Its a nightspot and restaurant

    The Purty loft is an old Pub (est 1728) which has been extensively modernised. Its lost a little character but its still a nice place to come for a drink, serves excellent food and has a night club (Coast). A couple of night a week they have live bands in ther bar. Generally a mixed if older crowd. No idea about nightclub as I've never been.Only...

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Dun Laoghaire Transportation

  • Ferry between Holyhead (Wales) & Dun...

    you can take a very cheap ferry (by foot or car) from or to Holyhead in Wales - Dun Laoghaire. it takes 90min and costs return only 21 Pounds (circa 33 Euro)the ferry is very compfi and a quick trip between both countries.

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  • Buses and trains

    Dun Laoghaire can be reached easily from Dublin in about 20 minutes by DART train. The station leaves you in the centre of town beside the ferry terminal (for those wanting to go to Holyhead in Wales). You can also stay on and get off at Glasthule/Sandycove if you want to visit the Joyce tower and don't want to walk from Dun Laoghaire.Plenty of...

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  • Bus, train and Ferry Central

    If you come in by train, bus or ferry, this is the travel hub of Dun Laoghaire. You’re right in the middle of things here and all shops and amenities are within comfortable walking distance.

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Dun Laoghaire Shopping

  • Cool models

    This shop has a great range of models of all sorts. To be honest some of them would be a bit beyond most kids but theres something to suit most price ranges and interests. They have a strong range of military vehicles, aircraft, figurines and just about anything else you might want. Good models ain't cheap!

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  • Bookshop thats good for kids

    This bookshop, located up a hill just off the main street in Dublin, has a good selection of books for kids and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Staff are friendly too. Pop-up books of all sorts! About the same as elsewhere

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  • For all your culinary needs

    Cavistons is an institution in Dun Laoghaire, where it has for many years been known as the place to go for fish. It's also has a great delicatessan and a small but v good restaurant for lunch. Its a handy spot to pop into on your way to and from the James Joyce Martello tower in Sandycove (Increasingly the area seems to be known as Sandycove cos...

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Dun Laoghaire Off The Beaten Path

  • Commissioners of Irish Lights

    The Commissioners for Irish lights have responsibility for maintaining all of the lighthouses off the Irish coast. At this point these have all been automated and the Commissioners use the Granuaile tender vessel to service them. Its often to be seen in and around Dun Laoghaire harbour, where the Commissioners are now builidng their new...

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  • Harbour Gun

    Every child should have an old cannon to play with :-)This one has an interesting history, being one of hundreds of Russian cannon captured in the Crimean war (1853-56) and taken home by British forces. The War office distributed the guns to any town that asked for one and so Dun Laoghaire ended up with this 24 pounder gun. It was only set up in...

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  • Monkstown Castle

    If you happen to be going round a roundabout on the outskirts of Dun Laoghaire and suddenly see a castle, chances are this is it :-) It surprises me every time!It was built in the 13th century by the cistercian monks, after whom the village of Monkstown is named, to defend against raids by the Wicklow Clans. The ruins consist of an impressive...

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Dun Laoghaire Favorites

  • Entrance to Dun Laoghaire Harbour

    by Mintyfellow Written Jul 8, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The harbour wall encloses the harbour on two sides with an opening in the middle to allow ships in and out. There's a lighthouse at the end of each harbour wall. Both sides are open to strollers, so get strolling.

    Harbour Entrance, Dun Laoghaire
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