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Howth is divided between the upper headland – where the best properties are, discreetly spread atop the gorse-rich hill where there are some fine walks and spectacular views of Dublin Bay – and the busy port town, where all the restaurants are (as well as an excellent weekend farmers market).


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$42.69 Day Trips & Excursions

Dublin to Newgrange, Hill of Tara Historical Guided Coach Tour

Sit back and relax as we escape deep into the countryside. We will take you back in time to the seat of the High Kings of Ireland at the Hill of Tara. Our first stop of the day is in the small picturesque fishing village of Howth. We drive through Howth Summit where you can appreciate spectacular views looking out over Dublin Bay. Let the fresh sea breeze invigorate you before we head to the countryside via the coastal route. Continuing to Newgrange, this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site is dated 3,200BC and is one of the oldest and largest Neolithic burial chambers in Europe predating the Egyptian pyramids! Older than Stonehenge, for 5,000 years the ancient megalithic tomb at Newgrange in County Meath has housed the remains of Stone Age ‘aristocracy’, sheltering the spirits of the long dead from the outside world. As part of your experience, you will be taken on a guided tour inside the tomb of Newgrange. We are one of the few companies who can provide you with this unique experience. The Hill of Tara was once the ancient capital of Ireland. It was here that the King of Ireland was decided. Legend says that stone called the Lia Fail cried out when the true King touched the stone. Why not visit the Hill and touch the stone and see if it cries out! Though best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara has been an important site since the late Stone Age when a passage-tomb was constructed there. Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ. * We recommend that you wear comfortable footwear and bring a jacket/coat with you.

$30 Tours & Sightseeing

Malahide Castle, Dublin Bay, and Howth Village from Dublin

Your half-day tour starts with departure from central Dublin for the drive to Malahide Castle, where you'll enjoy a guided tour of this refurbished landmark that dates back to the 12th century. With your guide, wander the castle grounds, spanning some 250 acres, and keep your eyes or ears open for ghosts said to haunt the site. You'll see the private gardens of Lord Talbot, which have been opened to the public and are described by garden lovers as a small botanic haven.Then visit the local craft shops or relax over a coffee and snack, if you wish (own expense), before continuing your tour with a coastal drive through picturesque Malahide to Howth. You have time to stroll around this pretty village before making your way to the summit of Howth for a photo op over Dublin Bay. Less than one hour from the city, you'll enjoy a scenic respite. Your tour ends with return to your pickup point.

$28.84 Day Trips & Excursions

North Coast and Malahide Castle Day Tour from Dublin

This half day tour departs at 11am. This tour takes place in a double decker bus to allow the best possible experience of the beautiful scenery en route. The tour is given by a Fáilte Ireland accredited guide in a live English only commentary. Departing from Dublin City Centre, the tour takes in the North Coastal area of Clontarf, passing by Bull Island. This is followed by the first stop off on board, in Malahide Castle. Admission to Malahide Castle is included in the price of the tour ticket. Passengers are taken on a guided tour of the Castle and get to discover its long history and the legacy left behind by the Talbot family. Passengers can then explore the picturesque fishing village of Howth for a short while at their leisure before re-joining the tour. After experiencing the best of one of Dublin’s favorite coastal towns, the tour begins to travel back to Dublin City. Passengers can avail of one free loop of the Hop-on Hop-off city tour on the same day as they have taken the tour, and a Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners walking tour.

$34.61 Outdoor Activities

Howth Peninsula Hiking Tour

Meet your guide at the Tourism Kiosk on Howth Harbour, and begin your hike from there. You'll walk uphill and out of the village, acquainting yourself with the more rustic, less trodden ways and trails that wind through the elder trees and radiant heather and gorse of the peninsula. Pass through ancient woodlands, and discover the gateway to the Otherworld, known as Aideen's Grave, a portal dolmen, as old as the pyramids. Explore the local jungle imported from Thailand by Lord Howth long ago, still thriving on the trails that your guide knows, but many locals and visitors don't. Continue out of the woodlands, to HG Wells's most beautiful view in the world, and on to the southern part of the peninsula, crossing the heathers of Shielmartin Hill, and make your way to the cliff path that your guides know better than anyone else. After a short rest at Red Rock, where ships can be seen traversing Dublin Bay towards the port, spot the caves, stacks, and other monuments to the erosive power of the sea along the coastline, and get a sense of the coastal habitats of the bay. Ascend gently along the cliff paths by the spectacular Baily Lighthouse to Howth Summit. Then descend the disused tramlines, by the steps, back to Howth village, returning to the waterfront to end your tour. Please note: Your tour may follow alternative routes for different tides and weather conditions.

$507.63 Private & Custom Tours

Newgrange and Hill of Tara Private Tour from Dublin

You will be picked up directly from your place of stay and dropped back in Dublin city. You can opt to start your private guided tour anytime you wish. It's suggested starting early in order to avoid large queues at Newgrange. Newgrange is a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to 3,200 BC. Newgrange entrance procedures are strictly first come first serve and you are currently unable to pre-book tickets online. Getting there early to avoid queues is always a good idea.  After Newgrange you'll move on to Boyne Valley where you can explore The Hill of Tara. Best known as the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, the Hill of Tara was at the height of its power a political and religious center in the early centuries after Christ. Tara was believed by worshipers to be a dwelling place of the gods and an entrance to the world of eternal joy. Legend has it that Saint Patrick first traveled to Tara on his mission to Ireland. Hear all about Celtic High Kings along the way through stories told by your driving guide.  On the way back home your guide will stop of at Howth village. This is a great opportunity to get amazing photographs of the views of Dublin Bay along with the colorful fishing boats that dock in the bay. You'll most likely spot some of the many sea lions that hang around the bay looking for some fish of the trawlers. You may stop of for a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants that line up along the pier. You guide can recommend somewhere to eat based on your taste. Please note meal costs are excluded in the price.  As this is a private guided tour your guide is always open to changes in the itinerary. If you wish to see something else that captures your attention on the day, no problem. Just ask and your guide will accommodate you and your party. Your tour duration will last approximately six hours. You can opt to stay on for further hours with your guide if you wish, for an extra cost.  Please note entrance fees into the sites are excluded in the tour price. Entrance fees are priced approx €4-5 per adult at both sites. Reduced student, senior, and group rates are available at both Newgrange and Tara.  The tour uses a mixture of private guides and taxi guides. All guides are very friendly, experienced, passionate, and knowledgeable in the history of Ireland. Taxi guides give the advantage of using bus lanes in order to avoid being stuck in traffic around the city. Most of our vehicles are equipped with free Wi-Fi. Please ask your guide should you wish to use the Wi-Fi.  Please mention a start time for your tour in the notes. If you are unsure of a time, it's recommended to start around 8:30am to try and beat the queues at Newgrange. 

$156 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Learn to Cook with a Local Chef in her Beautiful Dublin Home

Erica is a warm and fun host who has been cooking since she could speak. She credits her love for cooking to her mother who was the fundamental cooking influence in her life. Erica got her degree in hospitality management, was a chef (in Whistler, Canada!) for many years, owned a food truck and is now a general manager at a restaurant. Having grown up in Howth, a fishing village near Dublin, Erica loves cooking and showcasing regional seafood. Cooking and eating are Erica’s passions because cooking for others and bringing them joy through food makes her deeply happy. Erica is also passionate about encouraging and teaching people to cook dishes from scratch.