Explore the Sights of North Dublin With on the Coast and Castle Tour
On the Coast and Castle Tour, amazing views and authentic history just north of Dublin await your group. From the rich stories surrounding Malahide Castle, one of Ireland’s oldest castles, to the stunning scenery found at Howth Harbour this tour will not disappoint. Apart from these two stops, the tour passes many other interesting sights and landmarks.
11.00 Depart Dublin City and drive past Casino Marino
12.00 Tour of Malahide Castle
13.15 Depart Malahide Castle, drive past Malahide Village and Portmarnock
14.15 Arrival at Howth
15.15 Departure from Howth, drive past Clontarf and Bull Island
16.00 Return to Pick-Up Point in Dublin City Centre
Your group will take their seats in the upstairs half of a double-decker bus and enjoy the view while an English-speaking guide introduces them in detail to all the sights they come by. The first of these is the Casino at Marino – an architectural wonder build of Neo-Classical Architecture with a clever interior design.
Malahide Castle is the historic seat of the Talbot family and there are centuries of stories about them and their legacy to be found here. The castle was built in the 12th century, so your group can catch up on almost 800 years of family history. Over 1km2 of its estate is in use as parkland and gardens – they are fantastic for a stroll.
Lord Milo Talbot created most of the gardens himself and collected over 5000 species, mostly from the southern hemisphere.
On the route from Malahide Castle to Howth, there are two major sights: the charming coastal town of Malahide and its marina and Portmarnock Village, right next to Velvet Strand.
The next major stop is Howth, the popular fishing village. Your group can tour the harbour and watch the fishermen unload the catch of the day. At the pier, seafood lovers will find a small paradise of restaurants and stores. Another popular lunch option is to grab some fish & chips and have it while sitting on the harbour wall. Afterwards, stroll through the village, enjoy the charming architecture and maybe find a café to watch the busy streets. Want to get your feet wet in the Irish sea? Head over to Claremont Beach just a short walk from the pier then.
Before returning to Dublin, the bus drives past Bull Island where you can catch a glimpse of Bull Island and Dollymount Strand, one of Dublin’s most popular beaches, and finally Dublin’s scenic suburb of Clontarf.
This tour includes: English speaking guide & entrance to Malahide Castle
Daily at 11:00 hrs - return at 16:00 hrs.
Notes for Group Leaders
The capacity on this tour is 55 people to guarantee upstairs seating with a better view for everyone. If your group is smaller than this, you will share the tour with other people.
Dublin Bus Head Office, 59 Upper O'Connell Street