if you have a few days in dublin and want to explore outside of the city we recommend that you visit malahide and howth, both towns are located north of the city on the coast. malahide is a 25 minute drive away from the gibson or you can hop on a tram outside the hotel to connolly train station and enjoy the coastal train journey (this will take approx. 30 mins).
this beautiful castle and gardens is set on 250 acres of parkland and it is well worth a visit. history tours run daily and avoca handweavers café is located on the grounds if you need to refuel for coffee and delicious cakes. you might even pick up unique clothes, homewares or gifts in their shop.
take a stroll down the busy village and marina where there is a hub of boating activity.
have a pint in gibney’s
favoured by locals we highly recommend having a pint of Guinness in gibney’s, a true irish pub and one of the best pints in town!
malahide beach stretches 2 km and if your feeling fit you can do the coastal walk to portmarknock beach. take in the views and stunning scenery on this beautiful beach.
howth is a beautiful fishing village located along the northern coast . take a short train ride to howth from malahide and stop in one of the many seafood restaurants for a fresh seafood lunch with a glass of wine!
take a walk up howth summit to see the stunning views across dublin bay and beyond.
the market takes place at weekends and is located near the seafront, pop in and taste some local produce from freshly made bread and cakes to international cuisine. if you’re still hungry later on, we recommend trying some of howth’s famous fish and chips and eating it on the seafront, the perfect spot in the summertime.
ireland’s eye is a beautiful and mostly untouched island on the northside of the coast. only a 15 minute boat ride from howth. located on the island is a martello tower and ruins of a church and it is home to lots of wildlife, mainly seabirds, seals and even some puffins!