Great Views, Rich History and Sea Frolic Near Dún Laoghaire

Most of Dún Laoghaire’s attractions centre around its strong maritime history and beautiful coastline. If you want to learn more about the marine life that surrounds it and the sailing tradition that still lives on in it surrounds then head to the National Maritime Museum, which features a load of interesting facts and information about the area. For those with a sense of adventure the Shackleton Endurance Exhibition has received great reviews and features a replica of the boat that rescued Shackleton’s crew.

Out in the fresh air there are plenty of great ways to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Dún Laoghaire. Take a long walk down the East Pier and listen to the buskers whose notes linger on the breeze. If it’s warm enough why not follow the sculpture trail towards the Forty Foot where you can get your toes wet with a host of local swimmers who use the baths all year round. You can dive into the Irish sea with a scuba diving trip, or remain above land with a tour of Dublin Bay that will take you across to Howth, the peninsula that sits directly across from Dún Laoghaire Harbour. A wealth of outdoor and indoor activities that will suit the whole family.

Southside coastal areas


Killiney Hill is a beautiful walking destination that allows you panoramic views over Dublin. It has plenty of walking trails as well as a series of quarry faces to rock climb on. When you reach its summit you'll get a stunning vista over the...  Read More



If you're feeling up to taking a dip in the Irish sea then there's no better place to do it than the Forty Foot. A local swimming baths that has been operating for generations, the Forty Foot juts out from the edge of Sandycove and will often...  Read More

Southside coastal areas


Located in the centre of the bustling town of Dalkey, Dalkey Castle dates back to the 14th century castle/townhouse that has beautiful views overlooking the coast. There are also live performances to immerse you in the Medieval/Tudor experience,...  Read More



The East Pier in Dún Laoghaire is a popular walking spot for locals and tourists alike. Take a stroll and expect to see dinghy races in the harbor or the ferry arriving while the dulcet tones of buskers waft across the sea air. As you approach...  Read More



If you want to get a real insight into the history of Dublin Bay while taking in the stunning vistas from Dún Laoghaire to Howth then set your sights on a Dublin Bay cruise. These cruises last only 90 minutes and take you from Dún Laoghaire...  Read More



Every Sunday some of the best produce in the city is on offer in the People's Park in Dún Laoghaire at the weekly farmer's market. If the weather is good make the pilgrimage to this seaside town and enjoy the some of the exceptional produce on...  Read More



The harsh Irish sea might not be the ideal place to scuba dive, but the islands that lie nearby to Dún Laoghaire's coast have diving opportunities that rival some of the best diving spots in the country. If you're an experienced diver with...  Read More



Dún Laoghaire Cruise port is having a revival with the new influx of large scale cruise liners coming to this seaside town. Currently a small set of shops and cafés, the harbour in general is set to undergo a large regeneration in the years to...  Read More



The National Maritime Museum in Dún Laoghaire is located within the Old Mariner's Church, fittingly one of the only remaining places dedicated to sailors for worship. The museum itself is dedicated to things like Ireland's coastline and nature,...  Read More



For anyone with an interest in the Antarctic and exploration, the Shackleton Endurance Exhibition in Dún Laoghaire offers a rare insight into Irish-born Sir Ernest Shackleton's epic Trans-Antarctic voyage of 1914 - 1917. Featuring over 150...  Read More


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Emily grew up in Dublin, and studied French and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. During her university years, she lived in both Scotland and France, but traveled around Europe...  More About Emily