Port of Dun Laoghaire

About Dun Laoghaire, Guide and Tourist Attractions
(Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland)

Dun Laoghaire is a busy port and the town stands up on its own as a tourist destination. There are plenty of attractions and distractions in and around the town, owing to the town's great history and fantastic shopping options, while the capital of Dublin is just a short drive or train ride away.

What to Do in Dun Laoghaire

Many port towns in the world were built purposefully to serve ferry crossings and as a result they turn out to be dull and unattractive urban centres. However, the town of Dun Laoghaire is an exception and it has been around for centuries, boasting the beautiful Dun Laoghaire harbour and a lovely old town. The harbour is the main focus and is a leisure haven, offering excellent swimming, surfing, sailing and fishing.

In addition, the nearby countryside is riddled with fine golf courses and extensive walking paths. Popular walks from Dun Laoghaire include: Vico road, Killiney and Dalkey Hills, and Dalkey Island and Village.

Tourist Attractions

The town of Dun Laoghaire itself offers many attractions and it has an impressive archaeological heritage, best seen in its quality museums. The National Maritime Museum is a must-see for history buffs, while the James Joyce Tower offers unrivalled views of the town and harbour.

Options for shopping in Dun Laoghaire are also good, with many popular Irish and UK high street stores as well as unique shops and tourist souvenir outlets. Dun Laoghaire features many craft and gift shops where you can pick up specialist wood carvings, pottery and furniture. There are also many cafés and restaurants in the town, while bars and pubs serve the obligatory pint of Guinness and fine Irish food.

Dun Laoghaire Port

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