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Reviewed on 9 Mar 2019
The idyllic coastal town of Dun Laoghaire makes for an enticing spot. Dun Laoghaire, pronounced (Dun Leery), overlooks the Irish Sea and is only a short journey on the DART, Dublin’s public transport system. Many locals and visitors make the most of this easy journey to experience a different part of County Dublin.
Dotted within Dun Laoghaire is a selection of reasonably priced hotels, including several with magnificent sea views. This includes more traditional to modern hotels, with breakfast included at most.
Dun Laoghaire is a great place to venture to if you are looking for something in addition to the sights and attractions of Dublin City. For example, visitors to Dun Laoghaire can enjoy walks along Dun Laoghaire’s East Pier or even take to the waters as part of the area’s various sailing, water sports and fishing experiences.
Within Dun Laoghaire is also The National Maritime Museum, housed within a 19th-century sailors’ church, where various artefacts and details can be found relating to Ireland’s maritime history. This includes maritime maps and books referring to journeys taken across Irish seas - and beyond.
In nearby Sandycove, literature lovers can lose themselves at the James Joyce Tower and Museum (based in Sandycove’s Martello tower). The museum was, in fact, once the home of Oliver St. John Gogarty, a friend of Joyce’s. Joyce stayed with Gogarty on at least one occasion and it is believed that his stay at the tower inspired his world famous book Ulysses.
Not too far away from James Joyce Tower and Museum are also several coves where keen swimmers and sunbathers can soak up sea and sand during sunnier seasons (or, in the case of locals, enjoy a swim all year round!)
Dun Laoghaire has a wide variety of eateries, from Indian and Italian restaurants, to cafes and local traditional food experiences. Some of the town’s restaurants even have views overlooking the ocean, making them great spots for watching the sunset after an action-packed day.
Along George’s Street in Dun Laoghaire is a majority of the town’s pubs and bars. These vary from traditional to more modern pubs and bars, with many well known for their good atmosphere, great drinks menu and friendly service.
With the DART only taking approximately 20 minutes from Dun Laoghaire to Dublin’s City Centre, visitors can also widen their options to the vast array of food and drink venues that are offered within the city.