Howth and Malahide
The perfect sea-side half day trip from Dublin’s centre
Ideal for a half-day excursion from the city centre, both Howth and Malahide boast a stunning change of scenery, being small coastal villages to the north of Dublin’s city centre.
Howth is still an active fishing village, with the boats delivering fresh fish to the varied restaurants along the pier daily. They are often followed into the harbour by eager seals, so be sure to keep an eye out for these friendly faces when the boats come in! Some of Ireland’s best smoked salmon is sold at Wright’s of Howth and artisanal food, arts and crafts are on offer in Howth’s small market: do check with us at reception for opening times.
Beschoff’s are one of Ireland’s most famous ‘chippers’ – and Howth is the perfect backdrop to enjoy a traditional fish and chip supper. We would highly recommend working up a big appetite for these by following the cliff walk- a hike that takes approximately 2 hours and provides gorgeous clifftop views of Dublin Bay.
Malahide is arguably best known for its castle and gardens: perfect for young and old alike, where history is side by side with mythology. The 800-year-old history of the castle is diverse and fascinating – and the fairy gardens and butterfly gardens provide a sprinkle of magic, making this a great day out for the family.
Both Howth and Malahide are easily accessible from Dublin’s city centre by DART (Dublin’s light rail service), departing daily at 20 minute intervals from Pearse Street Station.
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Botanic Gardens Dublin
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Dublin Bay Cruises
Explore Dublin’s coastline by boat
Dublin’s “Secret Gardens”
707 hectares of open parkland in the centre of Dublin
Stephen's Green Park
An iconic glass shopping centre, just 1 minute from Drury Court