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Reviewed on 21 Nov 2019
Located in North Dublin, the coastal town of Portmarnock is one of a collection of idyllic towns along Dublin’s east coast, with Malahide to the north and Howth to the south. A trip to Portmarnock presents visitors with a different Dublin travel experience, with Portmarnock Beach providing an alternative beach break, with Dublin City less than 20-minutes away.
The popular Portmarnock Beach and Blue Flag Velvet Strand with its sandy dunes and wonderful views of Howth Harbour and the Dublin Mountains is a popular destination for many visitors to Portmarnock. The Velvet Strand Beach stretches as far south as Baldoyle, while there is a path along the beach that takes visitors all the way to Malahide. This walk to Malahide is popular with locals, and a great way to soak in the amazing views that surround Portmarnock and Malahide.
Golf is a big attraction for visitors to Portmarnock, with several golf courses located close to the town. The area is home to one of Ireland’s best golf courses with the link course at Portmarnock playing host to the Irish Open on several occasions since first hosting the event back in 1927. Malahide Golf Club is a short-distance from the town, while St Annes Golf Club and Howth Golf Club are also worth considering. When visiting Portmarnock, be sure to set aside time to visit Malahide Castle, while St Annes Park and the Ward River Valley Park are popular areas to go for a leisurely stroll.
From Portmarnock, make the short-drive south towards Dublin City and visit the many famous sites that continue to make the Irish capital one of Europe’s most popular city break destinations. As you travel south, consider heading towards the Drumcondra area of Dublin where you can visit the worlds first cemetery museum at Glasnevin Cemetery, with the adjoining National Botanic Gardens worth taking time to walk through. No trip to the Drumcondra area of Dublin would be complete without visiting the GAA Museum, and the home of GAA, Croke Park stadium, Ireland’s largest sporting stadium.
Other attractions to consider visiting in Dublin include the popular Dublin Zoo which is located in the impressive Phoenix Park, a park twice the size of Central Park, New York. From Phoenix Park you are well positioned to discover more of Dublin’s tourist hotspots, with the former city jail, Kilmainham Gaol a must-see, while The Guinness Storehouse is one of Ireland’s most visited tourist attractions, and home to arguably the finest pint of Guinness to be enjoyed anywhere in Ireland. Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, Grafton Street and O’Connell Street are other popular areas to explore in Dublin City Centre, while the city is also home to several popular museums including The Little Museum of Dublin, The National Museum of Ireland and the National Leprechaun Museum.
The many golf courses near Portmarnock has made it a popular golfing destination, with several golfing hotels in and around Portmarnock. You will also find a great selection of coastal accommodation, while the town has some popular pubs to relax in after a day of exploring the shops and sights of Dublin City, the greens of Portmarnock Golf Club or the sandy shores of Portmarnock and Malahide.