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Howth's lighthouse - Day trip from Dublin on the DART

Howth: Our Favourite Daytrip from Dublin on the DART

Day Trip from Dublin on the DART

The Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) commuter train service in Dublin runs right along the coast, so it’s like a cheap tourist train, with breathtaking views and fabulous places to visit along the route.

One of our favourites is the pretty fishing village of Howth (rhymes with ‘both’), a twenty minute DART journey along the coast north of Dublin city centre.

Howth Favourites

Howth has a pretty harbour, which is used by both working fishing boats and pleasure craft – but did you know that it also has a beach? Shhh! Don’t tell anyone, but when you come out of the DART station, walk about 100 meters towards Howth village, take a left then walk down the little alleyway to your left – and you come out on Claremont Beach! It’s right beside the pier, but you could easily miss it – it’s a great place to take a stroll, building up an appetite for…

Fish and Chips!

There is a queue outside Beshoff’s fish and chip shop all day, every day during the summer in Howth – for a good reason! Grab a portion of their fish and chips – lots of salt and vinegar – and take a stroll over to the beach, along the pier, or just sit on the park benches in front of Beshoff’s and watch the world go by. Mmmmm…..

For a more upmarket fish and chips experience, you can’t beat the Oar House on the pier. It’s so cosy and welcoming; the fish and chips are served on a wooden board – tasting like the fish just jumped from the boat on to the board!

Howth Hill and Lighthouse

After those fish and chips, you’ll have plenty of energy for a hike up the Hill of Howth, across the cliffs to the lighthouse – and all the way over to the Martello Tower in Sutton, if you’re feeling fit! The views are astounding, and even though you’re just a few minutes from the city centre, you feel as if you’re at the end of the earth!

Village and Market

The atmosphere in Howth is unique, as it really has retained its old fishing village feel. There are lots of historic buildings in the area, including a medieval castle and two Martello towers, as well as interesting churches, civic buildings and some very posh houses!

At the weekends, there are two farmers’ markets in Howth, with mouthwatering smells from the pig on a spit, ethnic food and freshly baked bread. No tempting aromas are required to get us to our favourite – the Aran fudge stand – it is just to die for!

 

The DART to Howth departs about every 20 minutes, and an adult day return ticket costs €6.15. Look for ‘Howth’ on the front of the train, as the line is shared with trains serving Malahide (another lovely place to visit).

All of our Dublin hostels are less than five minutes’ walk from a DART station.

Depending on the route your airline takes, you can even wave goodbye to Howth as you leave, because many flight routes pass overhead, so you can clearly see the pier, beach and peninsula for one last farewell.

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