Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

East Pier, Dun Laoghaire HarbourDun Laoghaire is a beautiful seaside town, located just 13km (8miles) south-east of Dublin City Centre, and a short Dart ride from the city centre, with many scenic and historic locations. If one sails into Dublin through the ferry port at Dun Laoghaire, one of the first sights will be the spectacular Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

Fisherman, Dun Laoghaire HarbourDun Laoghaire is a popular tourist spot due to its vast selection of activities. A visitor can relax in one of its many restaurants or pubs, or take a walk along one of the piers. Fishing is also quite a popular attraction and boats, rods and lines may be rented from Dun Laoghaire Harbour or any of the local harbours. It is also possible to fish anywhere along the coast. Sailing, of course, can also be enjoyed here. Swimming is a nice way to cool off after a hot day, and there are many points along the coast that are safe for swimming. Horse-riding, rock-climbing and more activities are easily available.

Boats, Dun Laoghaire HarbourDún Laoghaire is one of Ireland's major passenger ferry ports and yachting centre situated 13km (8 miles) S.E. of Dublin City Centre. Dún Laoghaire was once a small ishing village located on an inlet of the rocky coast near Salthill, a small hillock once noted for the production of salt. It was called Dunleary until 1821 when a completely new town developed to the east as a result of the building of the present large harbour, and the construction of the railway. It was renamed Kingstown until 1920. It makes a surprising introduction to Ireland with its brightly painted villas, parks and palm trees. On a good Dun Laoghaireday it exudes a decidedly continental feel. Many visitors head straight out of Dún Laoghaire from the ferry, however the town offers some magnificent walks around the harbour and to the lighthouse along the east and west piers. The town has experienced a renaissance in recent years which has transformed this once-faded ferry port into one of the most interesting places to visit and stay in County Dublin. Much under-rated in the recession of the 1970s and 1980s, the town has acquired the look of a place on the way up. There is a sense of good things happening in the town. The new Bloomfields Shopping Centre has shifted the focus of the town northwards and revitalised an area that was lacking in amenities. A 12-screen cinema has just opened, which is encouraging young people to use this end of the town more. Dún Laoghaire is a compact town, and everything you need is in easy walking distance. The swift train connection (takes just 15 minutes) makes it perfectly possible to explore central Dublin from here.

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Rail to Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin is served by Dun Laoghaire Train Station.

Bus to Dun Laoghaire

  • Dublin Bus provide an extensive local bus service to Dublin City and its suburbs and surrounds. The following Dublin Bus routes serve Dun Laoghaire:
    • 111: Loughlinstown Park - Dún Laoghaire
    • 45A: Dún Laoghaire (Rail Station) - Ballywaltrim
    • 46A: Phoenix Park - Dun Laoghaire
    • 59: Dun Laoghaire - Mackintosh Park
    • 63: Dun Laoghaire - Kilternan
    • 75: Tallaght (The Square) - Dun Laoghaire
    • 7: Mountjoy Square - Loughlinstown/Cherrywood
    • 7D: Mountjoy Square - Dalkey
    • 8: Mountjoy Square - Dalkey
  • Aircoach operate bus services to Dublin Airport via Dun Laoghaire:
    • Killiney/Dalkey Aircoach
  • Dublin Bus's Nitelink services provide the following late-night bus services to Dun Laoghaire:
    • 7N

Things to See and Do in Dun Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire Library

Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, Ireland
This is the areas main public Libraries, which houses many books for people with different interests.

Dun Laoghaire Tourist Information Office

County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Tourist Information for Dun Laoghaire.

IMC Cinema - Dun Laoghaire

Lower George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

National Maritime Museum

Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Located in the 1837 Mariners' Church, here exhibits tell the story of Robert Halpin, who captained the ship that laid the first transatlantic telegraph cable in 1866. Also on display are a huge clockwork-driven lens formerly used at Howth.

Pan Pan Theatre

The Old School House, Eblana Avenue, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Peoples Park

Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland

The Pavilion Theatre

Marine Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Hotels in Dun Laoghaire

Kingston Hotel Kingston Hotel

Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Co. Dublin
Overlooking Dublin Bay, this hotel offers rooms with private bathrooms in Dun Laoghaire’s town centre, just off the main street.

Royal Marine Hotel Royal Marine Hotel

Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Co. Dublin
The Royal Marine overlooks Dublin Bay and has direct access to Dun Laoghaire Promenade and Pier. It boasts a health club, spa, indoor pool and air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi.

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) in Dun Laoghaire

Mulgrave Lodge Mulgrave Lodge

47 Mulgrave Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
With full Irish breakfasts and free Wi-Fi, this family-run B&B is located in the centre of Dun Laoghaire. Dublin is a 20-minute drive away, and the DART rail station is a 5-minute walk from the lodge.

Windsor Lodge B&B Windsor Lodge B&B

3 Islington Avenue, Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Dating back to 1830, the family-run Windsor Lodge B&B is situated just around the corner from Dun Laoghaire’s famous seafront and promenade. This Victorian home offers free Wi-Fi throughout and free onsite parking.

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Pubs & Nightlife

Dun Laoghaire Pubs and Nightlife: An essential part of Ireland's social life and a must for every visitor.

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