Howth Travel Guide

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Howth Things to Do

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  • Howth Pier

    This strange sculpture was erected on the pier in 2013 and is considered to be the best piece of public art on the Howth peninsula (i reckon i could have made the same ). Realt na Mara means STAR OF THE SEA and is stands 12 m high and is made with polished stainless steel to reflect maximum light. The sculpture is supposed to reflect the heritage...

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  • Howth Head

    Ceann Bhinn Éadair (Howth Head) is best approached from Sutton bu there is a wonderful view of the area from the clifftop path from Howth. Howth Head was originally a separate island but through time the sand built up and it is now connected to the mainland. The area is great for birdwatchers as many birds nest in the cliff and the scrubland...

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  • Howth Castle

    As I was staying at the Deer Park Hotel for the night, I had the opportunity to see this medieval castle, that has remained in the same family for over 800 years, as the hotel is in the Castle grounds. Not generally open to the public (apart from Charity Open Days, etc, bookings for individuals or groups can be arranged by contacting the...

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  • Howth Abbey

    5 out of 5 stars

    The abbey was built in 1235 which was amalgamated with the monastery on Ireland's Eye. Unfortunately the gate to the ruins of the old abbey were locked but i was told that the key is with a local and he/she would open the gate on request. The photos were taken from Howth Harbour and the street that St. Mary's Church is situated.

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  • St. Mary’s Church

    St. Mary's Church is located near the entrance to the grounds of Howth Castle. A first church was built on this site in 1816 to house the congregation that had previously worshipped at Howth Abbey, in the town centre, and then in the chapel of Howth Castle. Again it was replaced by yet another church in 1866, and this is the one that is still in...

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  • Howth Harbour

    Many of the fish merchants have lobsters and crabs that are caught locally and you can see the lobster pots on the West Pier. There are strict rules on catching lobsters as they must be 87.5 mm from the back of the eye to the back of the head. If they are not they must be thrown bag. A female carrying eggs must be tagged and thrown back. All albino...

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Howth Hotels

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Howth Restaurants

  • Bloody stream pub

    4 out of 5 stars

    I first came across this pub after my second trip to Howth, when I stopped for a Guinness before boarding the DART back to Dublin. At the end of my recent trip to Howth in July 09, it was a very welcome refuge from the torrential downpour, that had soaked me to the skin! A roaring fire (in the middle of Summer!) was very welcome-as I dried off...

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  • King Sitric

    4 out of 5 stars

    Our "3 hour walking tour of Howth" was seriously, but happily, curtailed when we decided to have lunch first. We set out to find King Sitric after a reliable recommendation and it surpassed everything we'd heard. The freshest, finest seafood I've ever had in a most beautiful setting. Our table overlooked the swirling sea (it was February) and...

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  • Beshoffs

    2 out of 5 stars

    This fish and chip shop is famous and even at 2 pm there was a small queue waiting for their order. I was recommended to try the fish and chips at Caffe Ciara and i was not disappointed but i did meet a local from the village who informed me that Beschoffs were well established and renowned that portions were not quite as big as they used to be....

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  • Maud's

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Maud’s is a café on Harbour Road, just in front of the harbour. They serve a seafood soup with local catch that seems to be very popular. I ordered a combo, which is the seafood soup (it was good and filling) plus half a smoked salmon sandwich (with some salad) for 9.95 Euro. The large orange juice was 2.25 Euro and served in a tetra pack. The ice...

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  • THEY MADE THEIR NAME ALREADY

    This fish and chip shop is famous and even at 2 pm there was a small queue waiting for their order. I was recommended to try the fish and chips at Caffe Ciara and i was not disappointed but i did meet a local from the village who informed me that Beschoffs were well established and renowned that portions were not quite as big as they used to be....

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  • DON'T FORGET AN ICE CREAM AT YUMMIES

    You cannot miss this ice cream parlour as it is painted pink and there is a sign and giant cone outside. After my fish and chip take away i was interested in having a desert so when i spotted this shop i immediately entered and there were so many delicious looking flavors i decided to have two scoops, one was mint and chocolate and the other some...

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Howth Nightlife

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  • Good Time Charlies

    A small friendly club with a good atmosphere. My main memories of the club consist of the doorman wearing shiny suits and trilby hats, and my then girlfriends friend putting a condom over his head and blowing it up using his nose. Smart casual.

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  • The Bloody Stream

    You should go there, just for the name alone!! :-) They have tables outside where you can eat & drink during the summer. They also serve food, specialising in fish dishes (of course). Their resident chef has appeared on Irish TV. Even though it is located under the Dart station, you barely notice the sound of the trains at all. You'll see The...

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  • The Summit bar

    The Summit bar is, of course, located just below the peak of Howth Head. By then you'll probably be gasping for a drink by then! :) Very popular with the locals. I like going there in Winter, it is very cosy and has a lovely intimate atmosphere. Casual

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Howth Transportation

  • Dart...

    Agree with davidjo, below. Very easy, economical trip and in my opinion well worth a half-day (or even a full day, which is how long I spent there.) And especially worth it if you get out of Howth downtown area/seaside area and walk up into the residential/commercial areas. Although on the way back--especially if you leave around 6 p.m. like I...

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  • Bus....

    This picture is actually in Dublin at the Bus Station just behind the Custom House North of the River Liffey. Bus Eireann is actually a long distance bus service, so you wouldn't take it to get to Howth or Malahide. Instead, you'd get on the Dublin Bus. You're looking for route 31 from Lower Abbey Street in Dublin. To Malahide, look for the 42 bus...

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  • Taking DART round trip from Dublin to...

    Agree with davidjo, below. Very easy, economical trip and in my opinion well worth a half-day (or even a full day, which is how long I spent there.) And especially worth it if you get out of Howth downtown area/seaside area and walk up into the residential/commercial areas.Although on the way back--especially if you leave around 6 p.m. like I...

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Howth Shopping

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  • Fresh Fish, Seafood and Much More!

    This is the oldest shop on West Pier, opened in 1959, by Nicky McLoughlin, who had worked as a fisherman (His family had been involved in fishing and the fishing industry for over 200 years!) it was originally a 'lean-to'. This thriving business is now run by Nicky's son Martin.Nicky's is a supplier to some of the top restaurants in Howth and...

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  • 'The Home of Good Food'

    I called in here to look for local 'foody gifts' I like to take back home, something locally produced either for myself or as a gift for friends or family.Well, I wish that I hadn't been restricted to my hand luggage only - there were plenty of things that I would have liked to buy. These included local cheeses, pickles and chutneys, biscuits and...

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  • Look or Buy

    The tourist board website mentioned this place as a place to visit on Howth. I did not have a chance to do so, but I did get pictures of the street where it is - it was on the Abbey Road between Abbey Tavern and the waterfront. The website says they have various styles of art at affordable prices.

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Howth Local Customs

  • Smirting & The Smoking Ban

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke...

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  • Even if you cannot read...

    the over-the-doorway stained glass detail makes it fairly evident what is being served inside this harborside restaurant!

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  • another way to infuse color into daily...

    While you're walking around the village lanes, take a look at the ways that homeowners show visible pride in their little pieces of Howth. You know about flowerboxes, but these are flowerBOXES, practically gardens in their own right.

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Howth Warnings and Dangers

  • Howth Head

    If you are going to walk round Howth Head you should take the signs saying “Warning Dangerous Cliffs” seriously. The Lower Cliff Walk goes very close to the edge sometimes and it can be slippery after rain. Because of rain and very strong wind (I had almost been blown off the pier) I chose not to walk the narrow path when I visited.

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  • CAREFUL WALKING ALONG THE EAST PIER.

    While walking along the East Pier please heed the warning signs as the surface is uneven and easy to trip over. Unfortunately there is no wall next to the sea so it is possible to slide all the way down into the sea, and it would be a small problem getting back out because of the slippery seaweed and growth.

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  • CAREFUL BY THE CLIFF

    While hiking along the path by the cliff towards Howth Head do not stray as the grass can be very slippery during the rainy season. Also you never know if you stand too near the edge if the rock will begin to crumble. While i was there i saw a group of German students standing very close to the edge of the cliff, but even when i warned them of the...

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Howth What to Pack

  • Things to bring to Howth

    Suitcase/ ruck sac etc for your main luggage- a day-sac for sightseeing to carry your camera/ guide book/ binoculars etc Comfy shoes/boots for walking around.Wear layers, the weather here is very changeable! Pack a waterproof - a good chance of at least a few spots of rain! I was here in March, and it was breezy but dry, then in July it was...

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  • Rain Gear is a Must!

    A raincoat and an umbrella are essential. You are in Ireland, of course! The day I was in Howth it was sunny, rainy and windy. Nice, huh? Be sure to have something to protect your camera in the event of rain. Even if you have an umbrella, sometimes the rain goes sideways so you'll want to protect the camera.

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  • A few things to remember . . .

    Bring some wind gear because the wind blows hard at Howth Head. You'll be able to get some great photos at Howth and Malahide. They say that "on a clear day" you can see back to Dublin, but the day I was there, it wasn't especially clear and we could see Dublin just fine. Peter tells me that on a really clear day, you can see Wales from here....

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Howth Off The Beaten Path

  • Seal-spotting

    I know these seal pics are crap, but I hope to capture better pics of the seals some other day. When I was down at the harbour, the seals were just poking their heads up and didn't reveal much of themselves. Of course the one seal who stuck his body out of the water was on the other side of the harbour and he would have been gone by the time I got...

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  • King George IV's foot

    This is almost scraping the barrel in terms of "Off the beaten path", but anyhoo...King George IV visited Ireland in 1821, landing at this particular spot in Howth harbour. He left from Dun Laoghaire, but there is no matching footprint there. There is a very good account of his visit in the website cited here. Really, I wouldn't recommend that you...

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  • Enjoy the day.

    Papa enjoy the time with his little princess, or little princess enjoy the time with the ice cream? Both I think.

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  • Howth Harbour

    Growing up, I was very near the Atlantic Ocean of central Florida, and foolishly this meant little to me. Now I am four or five hours from the ocean. So even a couple of quality hours of seaside activity here at Howth was a treat. I love my big cities but conversely, there is a special draw of the wild and the sea that is almost impossible to...

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  • Howth is Magic

    When I stopped by the Dublin tourist office and asked about Howth, they handed me a Howth is Magic brochure that I found invaluable to get around Howth. The mapof Howth Peninsula is not exactly to scale nor does it have distances but it does have all of the places you might want to visit listed along with the marked cliff walk.If you don't pick one...

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  • wander the village streets...

    and stray off the main roads whenever you can. these are where you will find your best treasures, of course! Follow the steps up this narrow close, for example and at the top, voila! your otherworldy Howth Abbey experience awaits!

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REALT NA MARA (STAR OF THE SEA)
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THE MARINA AND THE HARBOUR
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ENJOY THE GARDENS
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HIKE ALONG THE CLIFFTOP
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KING SITRIC BUILT THE FIRST CHURCH ON THIS SPOT.
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LIVELY BIRD LIFE ALONG THE CLIFF
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MANY WILDFLOWERS
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FIRST STOP SHOULD BE THE TOURIST INFORMATION SHACK
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THE READY BOAT PILLAR
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TAKE A LOOK AT THE SEAFOOD FOR SALE
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LET US REMEMBER THE MEN LOST AT SEA
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THANK GOD FOR THE VOLUNTEERS
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GIVE HOWTH MARKET A MISS
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BEST FISH AND CHIPS IN TOWN
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Harbour Road
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Welcome Refreshments!
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