Experience it for yourself with a little help from our guide to the scenic spots along Dublin Bay.
Take the scenic route to Malahide on the DART and soak up the stunning sea views. You can also travel to the colourful village on Dublin Bus or by car. Just 16km from the city centre on the Broadmeadow Estuary, Malahide is the perfect spot for sailing. Head on a fishing trip from Malahide Marina or stroll along the coastal path to Portmarnock.
Visit spectacular Malahide Castle which dates back to pre-Viking days. Set in beautiful grounds, the 12th century castle and demesne are open to the public for guided tours. Wander around the gorgeous gardens, spot the vibrant flowers and rare shrubs.
After exploring Malahide, it’s time for some refreshments. Discover the fantastic restaurants, gastropubs and cafés dotted throughout the village. Malahide is renowned for its delicious seafood, check out Seabank Bistro on the Coast Road.
Want to know more about Malahide? Check out this illustrated map on Visit Dublin.
The pretty village of Howth on the Howth Peninsula maintains much of its old-world charm. Jutting into the sea, Howth provides a natural boundary in the north of Dublin Bay. With Ireland’s Eye and Lambay Island just off its coast, it’s one of the most eastern points of Ireland and a true sea lover’s paradise.
Meander along the picturesque harbour taking in the local sights and sounds or get closer to nature with a signposted walk along the cliffs, the DART goes to the village, it’s 30 minutes from the city centre.
Explore Howth’s bustling food and drink scene, try out tasty traditional fare in O’Connell’s Pub on the East Pier and pop into Octopussy’s Tapas Bar for sharing plates and mouthwatering seafood. Alternatively, pack a picnic of artisan produce and home baked treats from Howth Market, enjoy your lunch on a hill with a sea view.
Find out more about Howth on Visit Dublin and discover a detailed map of this coastal gem.
Heading south out of Dublin city, stop in the pretty port town of Dún Laoghaire. Embrace adventure in Dún Laoghaire, take a Segway tour or get a group of friends together and go sea kayaking. Walk along the promenade with an ice cream from Teddy's (a local favourite) or taste the famous seafood chowder at Teddy’s Promenade Café. Order the pizza at Bistro Le Monde or head to The Purty Kitchen for some bar food and one (or two) craft beers.
Get to Dún Laoghaire on the DART or hop on a Dublin Bus. Why not take to the seas with Dublin Bay Cruises, depart from Dún Laoghaire, Howth or the city centre.
Head over to Visit Dublin and explore more of what you can do in Dún Laoghaire.
Continuing on our southbound journey, we arrive in delightful Dalkey. Home to celebrities and some of Dublin’s finest cafés and bars, this town has little harbours dotted around its coast with boat hire and fishing opportunities for both locals and visitors.
Celebrate the village’s proud history at Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, getting an insight into life in medieval days with actors re-enacting history as they guide you around the castle. The castle acknowledges some of our literary greats – its Writers' Gallery features Maeve Binchy and Samuel Beckett.
Meet Biddy, an Irish artist and storyteller at Biddy's Cottage, and listen as she regales visitors with tales of Dalkey in days gone by. Later in the day, have some lunch or dinner at DeVille’s. People flock here for the seafood chowder and Bloody Marys, it’s also a great place to celebrity spot.
Check out Visit Dublin for more ideas on what to do in delightful Dalkey.
Round off your tour of Dublin Bay
Leave the south side coast to make one more pitstop on your tour of Dublin Bay, the beautiful village of Skerries. Enjoy a short train journey along the scenic north Dublin estuary before this postcard-perfect village comes into view.
As you might expect from a coastal hotspot, Skerries’ connection to the nearby sea informs much of its day-to-day life with restaurants serving up catch-of-the-day specials.
Strand Street plays host to buzzing cafés and restaurants from pizzerias to intimate tearooms and warm family restaurants. Find foodie haunts along the harbour that mix an authentic sea-faring atmosphere with incredible seafood such as locally caught prawns and crab claws, the holiday feeling is irresistible in this atmospheric village.
Find out more about the scenic seaside village of Skerries on Visit Dublin.
Start planning your holiday to Dublin
To discover more things to do and places to see in the energetic capital of Ireland, take a look at Visit Dublin and get planning your trip now.
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