Howth (rhymes with both), is a fishing and yachting port, and popular suburban resort on the north side of Howth Head, 15km (9½ miles north-east of the city centre. Its attractions are easily appreciated, particularly at the coast. Howth Head gives fine views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains or Boyne Valley beyond. In the bay is the rocky bird sanctuary and monastic island of Ireland’s, to which boat trips may be taken in summer. Cliff paths lead around the coastline, through Howth village and its ruined abbey, and past Baily Lighthouse. The 15th-century Howth Castle is inland, partly ruinous, but with fine rhododendron gardens. A small, but impressive, transport museum can be visited near the DART railway station, featuring Howth’s famous open-topped tram. Howth’s pubs, hotels and fish restaurants make it a pleasant outing from Dublin.
Top Attractions in Howth, County Dublin
National Transport Museum is run by a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and restoration of our transport heritage. The exhibits include bus and tram commercials, public utility, military and fire appliances, and horse drawn commercials etc.
St. Mary’s Church, dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, was collegiate; that is, it was served by a college or community of clerics, one of whom had responsibility for liturgy within the church as well as for matters of business.
Vintage Radio Museum: Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio is located in the Martello Tower overlooking the harbour in Howth, Co. Dublin. The museum opened, in the recently restored tower, in 2003.
Getting to Howth and Around
Howth is one terminus of the DART suburban rail line, and can be accessed by train from the city centre. The 31 and 31B bus routes run from the city centre to Howth.
31N Howth, stop 579 Bus route operated by Nitelink, Dublin Bus
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Our Co. Dublin Transport Guide provides more information on getting to and around County Dublin.