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Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire, the seaside suburb in south Dublin is just a few minutes on the Dart away from Dublin’s City Centre.

Enjoy spectacular views of the Irish Sea and the South Dublin Coastline from Dun Laoghaire’s famous harbour. Once one of the major ports into Dublin from Britain with two marvellous granite piers and a promenade, it is now enjoyed by walkers and tourists on a daily basis. It is a spot not to be missed when staying at Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel and is a short journey from the hotel via car or bus.

Dun Laoghaire is a great place to go to escape the hustle and bustle of the City and breath in that fresh sea air. If visiting Dun Laoghaire then don’t forget to bring your swimming togs and take a dip in the Forty Foot, a favourite swimming spot for locals. If you’re spending Christmas in Dun Laoghaire then be sure to stop by on Christmas Day for the traditional Christmas Day Dip in the chilly waters.

How To Get To Dun Laoghaire

By Bus:

Dublin Bus services the Dún Laoghaire area from the DART station in the City centre. Buses  7, 7a, 8, 45a, 46a, 59, 75 and the 111 all go to Dun Laoghaire from 6:30 am until after 11 pm. There are also night buses that run every hour on the hour from Trinity College between midnight and 3am. These Nightlink buses have two routes; route L via Blackrock and route K via Stillorgan.

The number 59 bus stops right outside Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel and can bring you straight to Dun Laoghaire in less than 20 minutes.

By Train:

Get to Dun Laoghaire in minutes from Dublin City centre on the DART with spectacular views of Dublin Bay. The DART runs every 20 minutes during the day and every 5 minutes during rush hours.

The Dart also links up with Irish Rail at Connolly Station. Irish Rail, the national rail service operates regular rail services throughout the country.

The Dart goes to Dun Laoghaire from Dalkey throughout the day, just a 10 minute walk from the hotel.

By Car:

Dun Laoghaire is just 7 kilometres inside the M50 which surrounds Dublin. If you’re heading to Dun Laoghaire from Dublin City centre then take the N11 via Stillorgan or the R118 via Blackrock. It is less than a ten minute drive from Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel.

By Boat:

Stenaline run twice daily ferries from Holyhead in Wales to Dun Laoghaire port. The jorney takes approximately 90 minutes

Irish Ferries run services from Liverpool and Holyhead to the Port of Dublin. Located just under 13 kilometres from Dun Laoghaire it is easily accessible. Travel over the toll bridge and follow the signs to Dun Laoghaire.

By Air:

There are many ways to get to Dun Laoghaire after landing in Dublin Airport, which is located only 20 kilometres from Dun Laoghaire. You can get the buses; 41, 41a, 41b and the 41c into the City centre and transfer onto a bus to Dun Laoghaire.

For an average price of €8 you can get the Aircoach bus to Dun Laoghaire. There are also plentiful taxis in the Airport that will bring you directly to Dun Laoghaire for between €40 - €50.

Parking In Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire has lots of public car parks to choose from and has ample street parking. The average price for parking in Dun Laoghaire is €2 per hour. Public car parks on the harbour and pavilion are the perfect place to park up while you enjoy a stroll around the harbour.

Cafes & Restaurants In Dun Laoghaire

Dun Laoghaire has an abundance of great restaurants and coffee shops with spectacular views of the harbour, ideal after a long walk along the pavillion. Hartley’s restaurant or Cavistons are ideal spots for a hearty meal and are ranked as some of the top restaurants in the area on TripAdvisor.

Don’t forget to call into Teddy’s for an ice-cream, an ice-cream parlour serving over three generations of Dubliners. While devouring your ice-cream sit back and take in the panoramic views of the bay and catch a glimpse of Howth.

If you want to relax and enjoy a sumptuous meal after a long day exploring everything Dun Laoghaire has to offer, Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel’s award winning restaurant, The Grill is the answer. Experience a modern extensive menu, prepared by award winning chefs in the castle’s original dungeons.

History Of Dun Laoghaire

Boasting one the world’s finest harbours Dun Laoghaire is steeped in history. It has links to the legends of St. Patrick as he arrived to Ireland from Wales as a shepherd boy. Dun Laoghaire is home to a wealth of maritime history, all on display at the National Maritime Museum of Ireland. Full of rich documentation of Ireland’s maritime history the museum is in a converted cathedral, a treasure in its own right. The town has a rich cultural heritage with many places to visit giving tourists a glimpse into the past. Cultural events are held throughout the year in celebration of the harbour town.