Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Dun Laoghaire Harbour
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Dun Laoghaire Harbour is a much-valued public amenity used by thousands of people each day for exercising and sight-seeing as well as the facilities provided for the sailing and yachting communities. The harbour is developed and maintained by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. The following seasonal activities (May - Sept) take place in the harbour - stand up paddle boarding - scuba diving - sailing - kayaking - an aqua park - a Dublin Bay Cruise - 2km - 4km coastal walks with views of Dublin Bay & Howth - powerboating - sailing schools
Duration: 2-3 hours
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David D
Devon, UK25,660 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Tuesday 7th May and we visited Dun Laoghaire, coastal town outside of Dublin. One of the things we did, while we were here, was to take a walk along it's East Pier, the slightly shorter of the two piers, that form the Harbour. The other one, the West Pier, which is roughly 1.55 kilometres (0.96 miles) long while the East one is 1.3 kilometres (0.81 miles)

The two piers enclose an area of 250 acres (1.02 kilometres squared) each one has a lighthouse at it's tip. The gap between them, the mouth of the harbour, is 232 metres (761 feet).

The harbour and surrounding area is home to a number of seafaring institutions including the National Yacht Club, Royal Yacht Club and the RNLI, Lifeboat, Station., some of the buildings are rather grand.

These stand alongside boat tour operators, including Dublin Bay Cruises. There is also the Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School.

At one stage this was a busy ferry port, but lost it's identity and mojo when the ferry services ceased operating from here back in 2015, switching to using Dublin Port. This ended a continous two hundred year link with Ports in Wales.

Thankfully the Harbour, Dun Laoghaire itself have made a slow recovery by adapting and is now a popular tourist destination.

When we were here we did see a number of tenders ferry passengers from the Harbour to the Cruise Liner anchored in the Bay

There are so many interesting features along the East Pier including the Bandstand, Boyd Monument, Forgotten Irish Memorial, Samuel Beckett Plaque and the Anemometer. At the end of the pier is the Battery which contains the lighthouse, with the East Pier Viewpoint, nearby.

There is a saying that if you don't touch the end of the Pier wall, that your walk never happened, so make sure to touch the end wall, otherwise a long way to walk for nothing.

Have not yet walked the West Pier so not sure what lies along it.

Dun Laoghaire is a scenic and historic area, that was previously known as Kingstown, but became Dun Laoghaire in 1920.

At the entrance to the Port is the Queen Victoria Fountain with the George IV Memorial nearby. There are many Monuments and interesting features around the Area.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour is serviced by mainline trains and the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit).
Written 21 June 2024
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Tim Mc G
Dublin, Ireland309 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The pier is lovely place to go for a walk. It has lovely views of Howth and surrounding areas. There are nice place to eat near to the pier. There are lots of seats. In summer months you can get ice cream on the pier, fish and chips etc….
Written 31 March 2024
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Braindamagedbaron
Newark-on-Trent, UK1,071 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
Just a truly beautiful part of the world, an absolute gem. Unless you've been in the vicinity you've probably never heard of Dun Laoghaire, but you'll be pleased you have when you've made the trip. The harbour is a delight and a walk along the harbour wall on a clear day is breathtaking. The sea winds can be biting, yes, but that's part of the charm. We made the most of the day and had a good look around the small town, had a spot of lunch at a local pub and made on way back into Dublin on one of the many cheap buses ferrying folk to and from. It's a 40 minute trip you won't ever regret. I could live in Dun Laoghaire in a heartbeat.
Written 20 March 2024
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland14,294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Dun Laoghaire harbour use to have a ferry port linking Hollyhead in Wales , the service ceased years ago. Now the harbour area is home to two yacht clubs and a marina. The main pier has two levels and very popular with walkers. There is a bandstand on the lower deck. I don’t know if they ever have entertainment there anymore.
Written 11 March 2024
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Pauline B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Always beautiful but at Christmas time for the last few years disappointing that the christmas markets are not held along the harbour like all the other years. Dublin the nearest for Christmas markets which is a shame as even smaller towns and villages make the effort throughout Europe.
Written 23 January 2024
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Karl C
Bray, Ireland647 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Good clean harbour. Great for a walk. It's usually always busy enough with people walking, cycling, skating or rollerblading down the piers. It's a good walk up to the lighthouse.
Written 19 March 2023
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Agent P
Dublin, Ireland5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Dún Laoghaire is an excellent place for walking. I love going here with my family. The harbour itself is very scenic and the lighthouse is really nice.
Written 4 February 2023
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Willymallaig
Mallaig, UK107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Cracking wee wander with some really cool spots and quirky wee bays along the . The forty foot drop is pretty cool as well . Nice wee spot to gather your thoughts
Written 25 January 2023
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Dave T
Ningbo, China225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A lovely harbour, with beautiful views across the bay. Both piers have interesting walks. Well worth a visit!
Written 2 January 2023
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_J_o_y_K_911_
London, UK365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
Beautiful place for a walk. The pier is quite long, walls around the pier protect from winds. There is also a small lighthouse, you can’t get in, but you can walk around. Beautiful sea and coast views. Definitely worth a visit
Written 15 September 2022
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