Things to do

Howth

We are located on Howth Peninsula, itself a major tourist attraction.

Howth Head & Walks
Designated a Special Amenity Area with great walks by the cliffs and fabulous sea views. You can start off from the Hotel or take the bus or train the short distance to Howth Village to start your walk. Click here for a visitors description of a walk they did while in the area.

A walk across the Hill of Howth is perhaps the most scenic walk in Dublin. There are various routes, all of which have beautiful aspects over Dublin Bay. Click here for a map of the Howth Hill Walks.

Sutton Cross is an excellent starting place for a walk. Take the Slí Sláinte down the coast towards the city, including the beautiful beach of Dollymount Strand and its National Nature Reserve. Alternatively, cross the road and walk to the hidden gem of Burrow Road beach from which, except at high tide, you can also walk all the way to Howth. We think this is one of the nicest beaches in Ireland.

Jogging Routes
A real favourite with many of our guests is the abundance of scenic and safe jogging routes around the Hotel. The 'Slí Slainte' which is Gaelic for the 'Healthy Path', runs past the Hotel and is a great starting point for several routes that offer different distances, gradients etc. We recommend a look at routes suggested by other joggers who have posted local routes on the jogrunwalk.net website. Logon and type "Sutton Dublin 13" in the search box to see all the routes that start right on our doorstep.

Hire a Bike
What better way to see what Howth Peninsula and surrounding area than on a Bike? Bicycles can be rented from ‘Bike Hub’ in Howth. Rental includes a lock and helmet. The store will also be able to give you advice on routes; from the challenge of Howth Hill to a flat cycle on dedicated cycle paths.

Bird Watching
The Marine Hotel sits adjacent to the National Nature Reserve at Bull Island. The North Bull Island is 5km long and 800m wide, and the area above high tide is approximately 300 hectares.  It contains a wide range of natural habitats which include intertidal mudflats, salt marsh, freshwater marsh, dunes, and beach area.

The mudflats support a large population of birds, at any time up to 27,000 birds are present, which gives the area the highest bird density in Ireland.  Many of the birds are migratory and these wild fowl and waders visit the Island in such numbers that they bestow on the Island an importance recognised internationally. Examples of some commonly found species are:- Brent Geese, Curlew,  Widgeon, Grey Plover, Knots, Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwits, Shoveler, Oyster Catchers, Shellduck and Dunlins.

Click here for a map and more information on Bull Island.

Howth Demesne Grounds
Especially the Rhododendron Gardens in summer, are open to the public.

Howth Castle Culinary School
The culinary school is based in the beautifully restored Georgian kitchens in historic Howth Castle, details at www.thekitcheninthecastle.com.

Howth Village & Pier
A very popular visitor attraction is the busy fishing village of Howth which is just 4km from the Hotel. There is a working fisheries pier with several well known fish merchants and restaurants that feature the local catch. The Howth Yacht Club Marina  adds a bit of colour to the scene while you can continue your exploration with a stroll on the East Pier which features a Lighthouse at the end.

Museum of Vintage Radio
Located in the Martello Tower in Howth village, the museum houses the extensive collection of wireless, radio and Morse equipment of curator, Pat Herbert. Open May-October 11am to 5pm.
W: www.vintageradio.ie

Howth Area
The ‘Howth is Magic' website gives comprehensive information of the attractions on our doorstep along with a useful visitors map.

Malahide

Malahide Castle and Gardens
This castle was built in the 12th Century by the Talbot family, who remained in residence until 1975. There are many period rooms on view and the castle contains the National Portrait Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. 

In 2012 the Castle was closed and redeveloped. It now has an excellent Visitor Centre, a branch of Avoca (famous Irish retailer) and most splendidly, the Castle gardens are now open to the public. For lovers of gardens and horicultural, these gardens are a must see. Enjoy the tranquillity & beauty behind the walls with over 5000 species of plants including exotic specimens transported by Lord Milo from around the world.

The Demesne has pleasant walks, play and picnic areas, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, 9-hole golf course and a pitch and putt course. Also within Malahide Demesne lie the Talbot Botanic Gardens, home to over 5,000 different species of plants.
W: malahidecastleandgardens.ie

Fry Model Railway Collection
This famous reproduction of the Dublin railway system from the 1920's is housed at Malahide Castle.
W: www.malahidecastle.com/malahidecastle/frymodelrailway.asp

Dublin City

We are within easy reach of all the City's attractions. For complete Dublin City tourist information visit www.dublintourism.com.
For national tourism information see www.failteireland.ie

Dublin Venues

Fingal Area

Fingal is the area north and west within the County of Dublin. To see a comprehensive tourist map of the whole Fingal area, click here or see www.fingaldublin.ie

Local Places to Visit with Children

Playground
There is an excellent children's playground on the Sea front in Howth.

Leisureplex
Situated in Coolock, 6km drive, this site features a cinema multiplex, bowling alley, Q-zar, Pompeii Paints, Zoo, children's adventure play and a diner.

Dublin Zoo
Located in the Phoenix Park, 12km drive, the Zoo is always popular with children.

Opening Hours
Monday to Saturday:
9.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. (in Summer) - 9.30 a.m. - Dusk (in Winter)
Sunday:
10.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m (in Summer) - 10.30 a.m. - Dusk (in Winter)

Directions to Zoo
Drive to the city centre via the Dublin Road, Fairview, Amiens Street. Cross the river Liffey and turn right down the quays as far as Heuston Station, turn right back over the Liffey and turn left onto Parkgate Street. Enter Phoenix Park at the main entrance off Parkgate Street and follow the Zoo signs. From the City centre the 25 & 26 buses from Middle Abbey Street pass the Zoo.

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