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Wonderful spot on the main street leading away from the harbour where you can feast on dishes such as crunchy Bellingham blue-cheese polenta or wild Wicklow venison stew, as well as a fine selection of fish. The bru…
Viewpoint in Howth

Howth Summit

Howth Summit (171m) has excellent views across Dublin Bay right down to County Wicklow. From the top of Howth hill you can walk to the top of the Ben of Howth, a headland near the village, which has a cairn said to …
Museum in Howth

Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio

Housed in the old Martello tower overlooking the harbour is this museum of wonderful curiosities collected by Pat Herbert. Inside you'll find artefacts related to all forms of communication, from radio to gramophone…
Seafood in Howth

Oar House

A feast-o-fish – of the locally caught variety – is what the menu is all about at this restaurant. Par for the course in a fishing village, but this place stands out both for the way the fish is prepared and because…
Seafood in Howth

Octopussy's Seafood Tapas

Best known for its tasty seafood tapas, Octopussy's is a firm local favourite. All of the seafood comes from the fish shop next door, which in turn buys it from the fishing boats that dock right in front. You can't …
Market in Howth

Howth Market

One of the best in greater Dublin, this is the place to come not only for fresh fish (obviously) but also for organic meat and veg, and homemade everything else, including jams, cakes and breads. A great option for …
Gardens in Howth

Howth Castle Gardens

The Howth Castle gardens are worth a visit; they’re noted for their rhododendrons (which bloom in May and June), for their azaleas and for the long, 10m-high beech hedge planted in 1710.
Beach in Howth

Claremont Beach

Howth's 'hidden' beach is Claremont. On the other side of the railway, it's a lovely sandy strand, with perfect views of Ireland's Eye directly in front. To get here, go past the semi-industrial area by the West Pie…
Seafood in Howth


A contender for best seafood restaurant in Howth, Aqua serves top-quality fish dishes in its elegant dining room overlooking the harbour. The building was once home to the Howth Yacht Club.
Castle in Howth

Howth Castle

Most of Howth backs onto the extensive grounds of Howth Castle, built in 1564 but much changed over the years, most recently in 1910 when Sir Edwin Lutyens gave it a modernist makeover. Today the castle is divided i…