Jutting out into the middle of the Irish Sea, Howth provides a natural boundary in the north of Dublin Bay and with Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island (a great spot for mackerel fishing) just off it’s coast, it’s one of the most eastern points of Ireland a true sea lover’s paradise.
Much of Howth’s land is vegetation however, we do have a bustling little village and a harbour at that – forever bustling with locals and tourists alike. The old fishing village maintains much of its old-world charm alongside some of our more modern buildings.
Whether you’re strolling along the harbour soaking up the sights and sounds or going one on one with nature and exploring our woodlands and cliff walks, Howth will help you out with signposted walks.
Getting here is easy, a trip from the city center takes less than 30 minutes with two modes of public transport – the bus and the DART having terminals in Howth. Get the dart and get a great view of Sandymount Beach and Ireland's Eye, the 31A if you’re looking to hit up both harbours and the 31B if you’re interested in the scenic views of Dublin Bay – however infrequent they are, the view is worth it!
When your appetite builds, won’t be far from some fantastic fare. Howth is known for its renowned seafood restaurants and traditional pub establishments located on the west right across to the east pier, as well as our historic village. All restaurants serve varied menus, however as one might expect there’s a strong emphasis on fish.
Alternatively, pack a picnic out of Dorans Deli and enjoy your lunch on a hilltop with a sea view!
Less than a ten-minute walk from the village, you’ll find Howth Castle and Estate, take in the beautiful surrounding gardens and immerse yourself in our history. Visit the ruins of Saint Mary’s Abbey which was founded around 1235 having replaced the earliest church in the area which was built in 1042 by King Sitric, the Norse Viking King of Dublin.
Restaurants like Octopussys Seafood Tapas Bar and The Oar House on the West Pier are the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal with highly skilled and passionate chefs and equally amazing seafood – you really couldn’t come up with a reason to not go out.
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