When visiting Ireland, everyone should see the main tourist attractions, such as Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse. But once you’ve seen them, it’s time to go off the beaten path to discover the true beauty of Ireland.
Howth (pronounced Hoath-rhyming with both) is one of the many beautiful places to see. Located 9.5 miles from the city centre of Dublin, you don’t have to go far to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Howth is a fishing and yachting port offering picturesque views.
The picturesque views alone are worth the trip to Howth. The cliff path leads around the coastline and past Baily Lighthouse. Be prepared for a strenuous walk at times if you chose to take the path. Much of the walk is on an incline and you may need to stop and take a breath once in a while – I sure had to! But the views and the pictures from this path are priceless and well worth the strenuous walk. At the highest point of your walk, an ancient burial cairn marks the Ben of Howth. This is said to be the final resting place for the last of the last of the Irish giants.
Some of the many other things to do in Howth:
On the grounds of this 15th-century castle is a prehistoric burial place.
Howth Harbour Gallery
Here you will find a wonderful selection of paintings.
National Transport Museum
Volunteers run the museum. The exhibits include most modes of transportation including horse drawn transportation. There are photographs and other memorabilia available for viewing as well.
Constructed between 1807-1809, this was the scene of the gun-running incident in July of 1914.
St. Mary’s church
The earliest known church was built in 1042 by Sitric, King of Dublin. It was replaced in 1235 by a parish church. The present church was built in the 14th century.
Vintage Radio Museum
Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio is located in the Martello Tower and overlooks the harbour. The museum was opened in 2003.
Some great local places to eat and grab a pint:
Aqua restaurant and bar
King Sitric fish restaurant
Some cozy places to stay while in Howth:
Deer Park and golf coarses
Built in 1973 and recently upgraded, this hotel offers some of the best views of Dublin Bay and offers top class facilities. Whether you are a golfer or just want to enjoy the views, this hotel is sure to please everyone.
This cozy four-star bed and breakfast offers wonderful views of the harbour and is convenient to the public transportation (Dart).
Gleann na Smol
This bed and breakfast is housed inside of a two-storey house with a large garden, private parking and a short walk to all the sites of Howth.
This bed and breakfast is housed inside a cozy bungalow with its own grounds and gardens. If you are looking for a quiet and serene stay without the noises of traffic, this is the place for you.