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Howth Things to Do

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  • Howth Pier

    A crowd of people on the piers edge, were peering into the water and pointing excitedly. I was quite surprised to see a couple of seals bobbing around in the water, looking further, I could see another bobbing about beside one of the moored fishing boats, then another immerged from underwater. A small terrior dog was barking at the seals, while...

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  • Howth Head

    Cliff walk on the peninsula Howth Head is a beautiful walk during the sunny day. You can enjoy cliffs above the sea and if you are lucky you can see also seals swimming close to them. It's beautiful when it's windy. The sea is beautiful then. It's a nice, not difficult walk which can last up to 7.5 km. It depends which way you are taking. It...

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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 small graveyard surrounding Howth Abbey is quite interesting, and has wonderful views over the harbour and to Irelands Eye. Sounds from the harbour and sea drift up to the Abbey, which adds to the atmosphere of the place. I find graveyards quite interesting places, as they tell a bit of social history of the place- names of people, sizes of...

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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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  • Fry Model Railway Museum

    Hello, As you probably have heard, the Fry Model Railway is no longer operating at Malahide Castle. To avoid disappointing visitors, it would be helpful if references to the Model Railway be removed from your website.

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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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  • 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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  • 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

    Beshoff's market Tapas grill Howth awfull treatment to customers 7th April 2012. 2pm. The bill was wrong: they were wanted to charge us 9 euro for one glass of Albarinio wine when the menu said 7.50. My surprise came after talking to two members of the staff that did not do anything, although the first acknowledged the mistake in the menus. Finally...

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  • Old style tram car serving fresh fish...

    I smelt this place, before I saw it, as the delicious cooking smells were wafting towards me. I had planned to find a pub to eat at in Howth, but decided to see what this converted tramcar had to offer. It didn't take me long to decide- Fish chowder!. This was served in a polystyrene tub, with a spoon. It was a very filling meal, and delicious!...

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  • Beshoff's market Howth awfull treatment...

    Beshoff's market Tapas grill Howth awfull treatment to customers7th April 2012. 2pm. The bill was wrong: they were wanted to charge us 9 euro for one glass of Albarinio wine when the menu said 7.50. My surprise came after talking to two members of the staff that did not do anything, although the first acknowledged the mistake in the menus. Finally...

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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 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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  • 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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Howth Transportation

  • Dart...

    DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) is the train line running along Dublins coastline, from Malahide and Howth southwards as far as Greystones, Co Wicklow. The Dart service connects with Mainline services to other cities in Ireland and even to Belfast in Northern Ireland. From Dublins Tara Street station I caught the train to Sutton (as I wanted to...

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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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  • Taxi from Dublin Airport

    Originally, we'd planned to catch the 747 bus into Dublin (6.50 Euros each), then the DART to Howth from Connelly Station (about 2.30 Euros one way) as I'd done previously. As there were 5 of us, we decided to take the taxi instead. The usual cabs carry 4 passengers, so we were directed to another taxi rank, where a MSV taxi drew up. When we asked...

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Howth Shopping

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  • Fresh Fish, Seafood and mixes

    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'. The business is now run by Nickys son.Nicky's is a supplier to some of the top restaurants in Howth, as it is recognised for...

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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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  • Take the signs seriously!

    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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  • Cliffs on Howth Head

    Be careful when you climb Howth Head and take the cliff-path down, dont stay too close to the edge as it's very windy up there and you dont want to fall, do you? :)

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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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