Swords, Co. Dublin

Swords is the county town of Fingal in Ireland. It is about 13 km north of Dublin city centre and is part of its commuter belt. The name "Swords" may also be applied to the townland, the civil parish or to the local electoral area. At the 2011 census the total urban population of greater Swords was 42,738.

Fingal County Council's Strategic Vision for Swords is to create a sustainable new city. They have referred to Swords as an "emerging city" and project that the population of Swords will rise towards 100,000 by the year 2035.

In 2012, Swords was named the third best town in Ireland to live in. The survey conducted by Retail Excellence Ireland took into account safety, retail, dining, entertainment, events, car parking and overall attractiveness of the town. Since the mid-1990s Swords has seen improvements in shop fronts, public buildings and footpaths and the restoration of Swords Castle. In 2003 the Irish Business Against Litter Survey scored Swords the worst litter blackspot in the country. Following a huge improvement to litter in the town, in their 2011 survey Swords was declared the second cleanest town in Ireland.
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Bus to Swords

  • Dublin Bus provide an extensive local bus service to Dublin City and its suburbs and surrounds. The following Dublin Bus routes serve Swords:
    • 102: Sutton Station - Dublin Airport
    • 142: Portmarnock - UCD Belfield
    • 33: Lower Abbey Street - Balbriggan
    • 33A: Swords - Skerries / Balbriggan
    • 33B: Swords - Portrane
    • 33X: Custom House Quay / Street Stephen's Green - Skerries
    • 41: Lower Abbey Street - Swords Manor
    • 41A: Abbeyvale - Irish Life Mall
    • 41B: Lower Abbey Street - Rolestown
    • 41C: Lower Abbey Street - Swords Manor
    • 41X: UCD Belfield - Swords
    • 43: Eden Quay - Swords Business Park
  • Dublin Bus's Nitelink services provide the following late-night bus services to Swords:
    • 33N
    • 41N
    • 42N
  • Bus routes operated by Swords Express:
    • Swords - City Centre
    • Swords - Dublin
  • Bus routes operated by Connect Bus and Coach:
    • H1
  • Bus routes operated by Bus Eireann:
    • 101: Dublin - Airport - Balbriggan - Drogheda
    • 101N: Dublin - Balbriggan - Drogheda: Nightrider
    • 101X: Wilton Terrace - Drogheda - Termon Abbey

Things to See and Do in Swords

Corrstown Golf Club Corrstown Golf Club

Swords, Co Dublin
Corrstown Golf Club is located 4km from Dublin Airport. Each of our superb twenty-seven holes has its own unique blend of beauty and difficulty. The design by Eddie Connaughton provides clever placing of bunkers, thoughtful water usage, and copious


The Pavilions, Swords, Co. Dublin

Swords Heritage Centre

Carnegie Library, North Street, Swords, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Heritage centre and museum for the town of Swords, and its surrounds, and their histories.

The National Show Centre

Swords, Co. Dublin
The National Show Centre is a modern exhibition and conference venue right next to Dublin Airport.

Hotels in Swords

Bewleys Hotel Dublin Airport Bewleys Hotel Dublin Airport

Baskin Lane, Swords, Cloghran, Dublin, Co. Dublin
This Bewleys Hotel offers a free 24-hour shuttle to and from Dublin Airport, which is 7 minutes away. Located just off the M1/M50, it has a regular bus service to Dublin’s centre, which is just 8 miles away.

Forty Four Main Street Forty Four Main Street

44 Main Street, Swords, Dublin, Co. Dublin
Just a 5-minute drive from Dublin Airport, Forty Four Main Street offers elegant guest rooms in the village of Swords, which dates back over 1,400 years. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, and play golf at several nearby courses.

Kettles Country House Hotel Kettles Country House Hotel

Lispopple Cross, Swords, Dublin, Co. Dublin
Kettle's Country House Hotel is situated outside the lively town of Swords, just 3 km away from Dublin Airport and 11 km away from Dublin City Centre. Free parking and airport transfers are available on request.

Premier Inn Dublin Airport Premier Inn Dublin Airport

Airside Retail Park, Swords, Dublin, Co. Dublin
This Premier Inn is just a 5-minute drive from Dublin Airport. This modern hotel offers free parking for residents, an airport shuttle service and stylish, air-conditioned rooms.

Roganstown Hotel & Country Club Roganstown Hotel & Country Club

Naul Road, Swords, Dublin, Co. Dublin
Carefully restored to retain the character of the original Roganstown House, this is a magnificent Georgian house on the 300-acre Roganstown Estate. It boasts an AA Rosette award-winning restaurant.

Travelodge Dublin Airport North Travelodge Dublin Airport North 'Swords'

Pinnock Hill Roundabout, Swords, Dublin, Co. Dublin
With modern rooms, the Travelodge Dublin Airport is just 5 minutes' drive from the main airport terminal. With free private parking for guests, the hotel offers an airport shuttle service, available for a surcharge.

Guesthouses in Swords

Glenmore House Glenmore House

Airport Road, Nevinstown, Swords, Dublin, Co. Dublin
Glenmore House offers great value budget accommodation. The house is located less than 5 minutes from Dublin Airport by shuttle bus and only 20 minutes by car from Dublin City Centre.

Glenshandan Lodge Glenshandan Lodge

Dublin Road, Swords, Co. Dublin
This award-winning, 4-star guest house is set in historic Swords, 1.5 km from Dublin Airport. It offers spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi, a garden and sun terrace and free parking.

Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) in Swords

Abbeyglen Cottage Abbeyglen Cottage

47 Dublin Road, Swords, Co. Dublin
Situated 5 minutes’ drive from Dublin Airport and 5 minutes' walk from the amenities of Swords, Abbeyglen Cottage offers free on-site parking for guests. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.

Evergreen Bed & Breakfast Evergreen Bed & Breakfast

Balheary Avenue, Swords, Dublin, Co. Dublin
In a country setting the Evergreen Bed & Breakfast is just a 10-minute drive from Dublin Airport. Each large room has a private patio door entrance and free Wi-Fi. Rooms at the Evergreen feature spacious bathrooms with power showers and hairdryers.

Rathview House Rathview House

3 Rathbeale Court, Swords, Co. Dublin
Situated just 5 minutes’ drive from Dublin Airport, the award-winning Rathview House offers free Wi-Fi throughout and free onsite parking. This detached property is set in a quiet area, a 2-minute walk from the vibrant town of Swords.

Riversdale Bed & Breakfast Riversdale Bed & Breakfast

Riversdale, Balheary Road, Swords, Dublin, Co. Dublin
Just 10 minutes’ drive from Dublin Airport and 10 minutes’ walk from the bustling town of Swords, this modern home is set in a pretty, rural area. Guests can enjoy home baking, an extensive breakfast menu, and free Wi-Fi.

Rose Cottage Rose Cottage

Brackenstown Road, Swords, Co. Dublin
Just 5 minutes’ drive from Swords city centre, Rose Cottage offers homestay accommodation with free WiFi and free private parking. It sits in a garden and there is also a children playground and tennis court nearby.

San Augustine B&B San Augustine B&B

Rathbeale Road, Swords, Co. Dublin
San Augustine is located in Swords and offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation with free WiFi access and on-site private parking facilities free of charge. The property is located 500 metres from the Swords Castle.

Seamount House B&B Seamount House B&B

18 Seamount View, Malahide Road, Swords, Co. Dublin
With free Wi-Fi and free parking on site, this B&B is situated just 8 minutes’ drive from Dublin Airport and a 12-minute walk from the centre of Swords. Dublin city centre is 20 minutes away by car.

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Pubs & Nightlife

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

Map of Swords