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Last updated: 28 May, 2023
Expert travel writer: Nicola Brady

Sitting on a peninsula north of Dublin Bay, the beautiful suburb of Howth began life as a small fishing village and is home to a castle, a pretty harbour, scenic walking trails, seafood restaurants, quaint pubs and a weekend market.

If you’ve had your fill of Guinness, hop on the local DART railway and instead drink in Dublin’s wonderful rugged coastline during the pleasant 20-minute scenic ride to get there.

While you’re there 

There’s a lovely, fairly easy 2-hour coastal hill walk to Bailey Lighthouse at Howth Head, that rewards with fine views of the surrounding coastline. Start in the centre, skirt the harbour and continue up onto the clifftops.  And don’t miss one of Dublin’s finest seafood restaurants, Aqua, which treats diners to freshly caught produce and stunning views of the coast.

Boat trips depart from Howth harbour to Ireland’s Eye, a small island and bird sanctuary with the ruins of a Martello tower and an 8th-century church.

Logistics

Price: Free
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 4+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

You can pick up a return or one-day ticket at a number of DART stations in the city centre – the main stations are Tara and Pearse (south of the river) and Connolly (north of the river). These link you to stations in each of the villages along Dublin’s east coast. 

When to do it

Trains run to and from Howth year-round with a regular daily service. The first train leaves around 7am, last train home is around 10pm. 

Who to go with: organised tours

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Dublin Coastal Hike & Pints & Puppies

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Embark on the Dublin Coastal Hike & Pints & Puppies Tour for an unforgettable day of adventure along the mesmerizing Irish coastline. Join a Local & their Dog, as they guide you through hidden trails, revealing tales of local lore and maritime history. The rugged cliffs, Irish Sea and quaint village unfold like a living canvas, creating a picturesque backdrop. Dive into tales of Viking & Norman invasions, unraveling the mysteries of a 700-year-old castle that echoes with centuries of history. Immerse yourself in Irish culture as we wander through the ancient ruins of St. Mary's Abbey, built in 1042 & explore the well-kept secrets of Hidden Howth. Cap off this adventure at a local Irish pub, where a well-deserved complimentary pint awaits. Reflect on the day's exploits in the cozy ambiance, surrounded by newfound friends and the echoes of Ireland's coastal legacy. This is not just a tour; it's a time-traveling odyssey infused with nature, history, & the warm spirit of the Emerald Isle.

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Howth Walking Tours Dublin coastal experience not to be missed

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Dublin Panoramic E-Bike Tour with Howth Adventures

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Dublin Panoramic E-Bike Tour with Howth Adventures
Cycle to the most breath taking views in Ireland without getting out of breath. Our e-bikes are great fun and trusty on the tarmac or the trails.  We mix the insider tracks and tales of this truly amazing peninsula while taking you to unrivaled panoramic views away from the crowds surrounded by nature and beauty.                                            Howth Harbour  Howth Castle Strand Road Sutton Martello Towers Red Rock Sutton the Ben of Howth the Summit Howth Cliffs Baily Lighthouse & the views!

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Dublin Hiking Tour with Howth Adventures

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Dublin Hiking Tour with Howth Adventures
Voted Trip Advisor Best of the Best. Discover Dublin’s most exciting hiking tour and Howth off-road. Explore the secret paths and trails where only local guides can take you. Immerse yourself in nature on the charming Howth Peninsula, a treasure in the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere. A gnarly and beautiful coastal adventure in any season. Feel a real connection with the land and people. Relive history as we walk through the ages and explore unique and varied habitats. Wander through magical woodland in the footsteps of the ancient people of Ireland and feel a connection with the past and present. The Safari is the guided hike that visits the spectacular south facing paths and cliffs overlooking Dublin Bay. Spot the ancient Irish goat herd along the way, visiting hidden beaches, smugglers caves and panoramic views. Finish off the day enjoying the famous Howth hospitality.

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Dublin Coastal Craft Beer and Seafood Trail with a Local

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Dublin Coastal Craft Beer and Seafood Trail with a Local
Explore Dublin's Coastal Craft Beer & Seafood Trail, a culinary adventure along the picturesque shores of the Irish Sea. Immerse yourself in the local craft beer scene, sampling a diverse range of locally brewed beers, all while gaining insights from our knowledgeable guides into the art of brewing. Wander through this charming coastal community, discovering hidden gems of pubs and seaside restaurants, each offering a unique blend of flavors. Indulge your palate in the freshest seafood delights, including succulent Seafood Chowder and perfectly steamed Mussels, served against the stunning backdrop of the Dublin coastline. This trail is a celebration of Dublin's maritime heritage and a perfect fusion of beer culture and coastal cuisine. Whether you're a beer enthusiast, a seafood lover, or both, the Dublin Coastal Craft Beer & Seafood Trail promises a day of sensory delights and discovery in one of Ireland's most captivating settings.

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