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20th Dec 2016

9 Reasons Why You Need To Take A Day Trip To Dun Laoghaire


Dun Laoghaire couldn’t be more suited for a day trip; rolling greens, iconic coastlines and dozens of eateries – this south county Dublin town ticks every box.

Here, you’ll find something for everyone; with historic landmarks, thought provoking visitor centres and plenty of places to sit in and grab a pint, you’re absolutely spoiled for choice.

Don’t believe us? Check these out…

1. The Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is located in the former Mariners’ Church in Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire. Built in 1837, the Church was designed to meet the needs of the seafarers whose vessels sought shelter in the asylum harbour of Kingstown. 

The museum is a truly unique insight into the beautiful seaside town, showcasing the history of Ireland, as well as the effects of the Irish church.

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2. James Joyce Tower

The James Joyce Tower was originally built, as part of a series of Martello towers, to withstand an invasion by Napoleon. Nowadays, the museum fully devotes itself to the life and works of James Joyce, who made the tower the setting for the first chapter of his masterpiece, Ulysses.

Joyce’s brief stay here inspired the introduction of his great novel Ulysses. The platform with its panoramic view, and the living space inside the tower are, to this day, exactly as he describes them in his book.

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3. The Maritime Café

A gorgeous, health food café situated in the Maritime Museum, that has people coming from far and wide to taste its creations. 

They do everything from smoothies to soups to sandwiches, all absolutely incredible.

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4. Gourmet Food Parlour

House’s resident caterers, Gourmet Food Parlour‘s menu comprises of a hefty brunch offering with all the usual favourites as well as chicken quesadillas, amazing American style pancakes and incredible super healthy veggie options.

A must if you’re a fan of eating, which everybody is.

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5. Beer Traders

Beer Traders is the craft beer bar you’ve been waiting for, and a brother bar of Brew Dock, the Black Sheep, Against The Grain and the Beer Market – all hailing from the good people at Galway Bay Brewery.

Located on York Road, these guys know exactly what they’re talking about when it comes to beer. The best in the business.

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6. Sailing courses

Based in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat school are the largest sail training provider in Ireland. They’ve been teaching kids and adults alike how to take on the briny deep since 1972. 

They provide all essential gear, boats and buoyancy aids. Their instructors are very experienced, fully insured and loads of fun. Learn a new skill and have some fun while doing it, get involved here.

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7. Dublin Bay Cruises

Dublin Bay Cruises sail from Dun Laoghaire, Howth or Sir Rogerson’s Quay on the Liffey. Each Cruise is 90 minutes long. 

Jump on board and enjoy the sights and sounds of the beautiful bay. 


8. Teddy’s

The 99 to end all 99s. Nationally loved, Teddy’s hits the spot every single time. Their ice cream tastes of childhood and happiness, trust us.

Grab an ice cream and take a stroll through Dun Laoghaire’s People’s Park, a must visit attraction. 

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9. Stroll along the coastline

With views like this, you won’t even want to stay indoors. Dun Laoghaire has bucket loads of things to do and see, but the best part of it all are its fantastic beaches. Bring the dog, bring your mum and bring your mates – you’re guaranteed a great day out.