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From Dublin: Howth Coastal Half-Day Bus Tour with Live Guide

1. From Dublin: Howth Coastal Half-Day Bus Tour with Live Guide

Discover the charming seaside village of Howth on this half-day Coastal Tour. The tour includes a return bus journey from Dublin to Howth Summit and its famous fishing village. Take in the incredible views of the cliffs of Howth during a guided walking tour and then enjoy free time to explore the picturesque Howth Village at your leisure. Get a glimpse of the 19th-century Martello Tower, and stroll past the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey. Take the opportunity while you are there to try some of the best seafood and fish and chips that Dublin has to offer. This leisurely excursion is the perfect way to enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour.

Dublin: Private City Tour in German

2. Dublin: Private City Tour in German

Discover Dublin in a number of ways with an individual and private sightseeing tour (only available in German). Get a personalized tour tailor-made to your wishes and interests like history, Irish literature, architecture or the more macabre aspects of Dublin. Experience a relaxed walk through the city center, the Docklands, Dun Laoghaire, Howth and many more. You decide when you want to start and where you want to meet your guide. Learn interesting facts through fascinating stories with lots of humor. Pass by Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. You may visit the campus independently after the tour since, until further notice, Trinity is closed due to the COVID-19 virus.

Howth: Panoramic e-Bike Tour

3. Howth: Panoramic e-Bike Tour

After a briefing, cruise at a leisurely pace as you discover Howth Harbour, Howth Castle, and Deer Park. Cycle on back lanes and shortcuts that only locals know, as you explore the unknown and quiet sunny side of Howth Peninsula to Strand Road and the Sutton Martello Tower, overlooking the UN Biosphere of Dublin Bay. Before you know it and with hardly any effort you will be at the top of Howth Head with panoramic views North, South, East, and West. Discover little-known trails across the heathlands and the epic cliff paths, as you take in views over the Baily Lighthouse and beyond. Your tour guide's local insight will bring these classic locations to life, weaving history, nature, legends, and folktales with modern times. Freewheel back down to Howth Harbour, where you can use your new-found local knowledge to truly feel at home.

Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Live Guide

4. Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Live Guide

Explore Dublin at your own pace aboard a spacious open-top bus with this hop-on hop-off tour. Chose a 1, 2, or 3-day ticket and see top sights like St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and St Stephen’s Green. Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun. You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, rejoin the tour when you’re ready. Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. If you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse After seeing all the sights on the bus, join the Yellow Umbrella Walking Tour. Delve into the mysteries of Dublin, visit Trinity College, and explore the vibrant city center with charming and witty guides. Premium and Deluxe tickets include a 1-hour panoramic Dublin Night Tour. Enjoy an exciting evening tour of the city as the live guide shares fascinating facts and stories. Learn fascinating insights into Dublin's history, architecture, and memorable characters. With the Deluxe ticket, enjoy a half-day Coastal Tour to scenic Howth Summit and its fishing village. Head to Howth from Dublin, explore the cliffs of Howth on a guided walking tour, and stroll through the picturesque Howth Village in your own time. Enjoy a seafood dinner caught fresh from the shores before returning home. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour and walking tour combination. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

Dublin: Howth Hiking Tour

5. Dublin: Howth Hiking Tour

Immerse yourself in nature by hiking on the charming Howth Peninsula, a treasure of the Dublin Bay UNESCO Biosphere. Attune your senses and spirit to the outdoors. Feel a real connection with the land and people around you. A gnarly and beautiful coastal adventure in any season. Discover Howth off-road with passionate and expert local guides, nobody knows it better. Be ready for 10 kms to 15 kms (6 to 9 miles) in about 4 hours. Relive history as you walk through the ages and explore unique habitats that vary by day and season.  Submit to the ancient romance and resonance of Aideen's Grave, a druidic altar and gateway to the Otherworld, as old as the pyramids. Climb to HG Wells' most beautiful view in the world. Clear your mind and ignite your creativity with the salty air and cool breezes on your cheeks. Follow WB Yeats' Fairy Road down to the sea and the cliffs. Surrender your ears to the soughing of the forest and the gentle tunes of the trees. Sometimes embrace wild storms, crashing waves and lashing seas. Panoramic views of the Baily Lighthouse from the clifftops. Exercise your body and soul. Digest the myths and intimate tales, legends and history of 6000 years. The real high comes from the group, roving through enchanting territory, air and light from one inspiring place to the next. Cross trainers, boots or stout shoes are recommended.  Keep an eye on the weather and think about a light waterproof, gloves, scarf and hat in a backpack. Water and a snack wouldn't hurt either. Holiday Hack! Get the 31 or 31/a bus from Talbot street in the city center, sit up stairs, up front or on the right hand side and treat yourself to a coastal tour and intimate review of Dublin as you make your way out to join the tour in Howth.  The Dart works well too (Dublin Area Rapid Transit ) and both have excellent free WIFI.

Dublin: Coastal Craft Beer & Seafood Trail

6. Dublin: Coastal Craft Beer & Seafood Trail

After meeting with your tour guide, you will wander through a picturesque fishing village, stopping off at locations along the route to sample the delights of Howth. Along the way, you will hear tales of Howth's ancient past, including Viking and Norman invasions, the history of the 700-year-old castle, kings landing, gun running of Howth (1914), and many many more, mixed with some funny Irish anecdotes. As you stroll across Howth Harbor, you will see the fishing boats returning from sea with their latest catch, and be able to interact with the local fishermen, who are only too willing to share a story or two. Have all of your senses engaged on your journey, with the best views in Ireland, magical sea smells, sounds of the wide variety of local wildlife, and unrivaled food and drink. A selection of seafood will be made on the day, to ensure it is locally sourced and the freshest in Ireland. Your culinary choices will include Dublin Bay Prawns, gambas, mussels, oysters, crab claws, calamari, and of course, Howth's famous seafood chowder.

Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

7. Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

Start your tour as you depart from Dublin and explore the nearby coast of Dublin Bay, moving through the interior and then the coast. Make a photo stop at the curious Casino Marino for the chance to learn about the use of this little architectural jewel. Take a tour inside Malahide castle and enjoy some free time to explore its gardens at your own pace. This castle was owned by the same family, the Talbot, for 800 years. Hear the ghost stories that are associated with its walls and corridors. It dates from the 11th century and was enlarged and restored at the time of Georgian splendour. En route, marvel at pretty villages like Malahide, parks like St Anne's, and beaches like Portmarnock. Take an optional walk from Howth's Summit cliff to the village to enjoy breath-taking views of Dublin bay and the Wicklow mountains. In the fishermen's harbor of Howth, have the chance to see seals swimming and begging for food from the boats. Finally, return along Bull island and the park of Santa Ana and Fairview.

Dublin: Howth Peninsula Coastal Hiking Tour

8. Dublin: Howth Peninsula Coastal Hiking Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable day at this beautiful Dublin coastal harbor and village. Gain a unique insight hearing tales, legends, and history of Howth. Be surrounded by nature along with your guide and canine companion, Loki. Hike through the grounds of Howth's 800-year old castle, relax in the hidden wonder of the giant rhododendron gardens & follow the secret paths and trails through the woodlands and heathlands.   Take in the world-famous cliff path and best panoramic views on the east coast of Ireland which lead you back to the village and all the famous hospitality Howth has to offer.

Dublin: Coastal Hike and Pints

9. Dublin: Coastal Hike and Pints

Experience a journey through time, hearing tales of Viking and Norman invasions and learning about the history of the 700-year-old castle. Immerse yourself in Irish culture as you walk through the ruins of St. Mary's Abbey (Built in 1042), and visit sites known only to locals (Hidden Howth). There will be plenty of time for photographs as you stroll through the fishing village, meeting the local colony of seals and wide variety of seabirds, before you ascend towards the cliffs. You can then take in the stunning views of Lambay Island and Ireland’s Eye, and be overwhelmed by the heady scent from the gorse on the heath. The Baily Lighthouse and Dublin Bay will then come into view as you ascend towards the summit, and from there, you will stroll down the old tramline and finish off in a local pub for a pint of beer. Whether you have a passion for Irish history, hiking, or myths and legends, there is something for everyone on this tour.

Dublin: The Coastal, Castles & Whiskey Distillery Day Tour

10. Dublin: The Coastal, Castles & Whiskey Distillery Day Tour

Travel in an airconditioned bus from Dublin to Howth Peninsula for a panoramic tour. Explore the castles of Malahide and Ardgillan on guided tours. See how Pearse Lyons Irish Whiskey is crafted and sip on some whiskey samples. Visit the graveyard of the St. James Church during your visit to Pearse Lyons Distillery.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at centrally-located meeting points on Dublin's Nassau street or at the Custom House Quay. Relax aboard a comfortable and spacious bus. The guide will keep you well informed with storytelling and local history on the drive. Take in views of the stunning Clontarf Coast where you can gaze out at Bull Island before passing through the verdant hills and charming fishing village of Howth Peninsula. Stop at 'Malahide Castle and Gardens' for an in-house tour of one of the most pristine Irish castle interiors in the country. Visitors can then stroll through their wonderful gardens before purchasing a coffee or browsing through their gift shop. Continue to Ardgillan Castle and on the way, pass through magnificent North County Dublin Coastal towns of Skerries and Balbriggan. Walk through the halls of 18th-century Ardgillan Castle on a guided tour. Have some free time to purchase lunch in the the Castle Tea Rooms. The tour will then take you to the heart of Irish Whiskey distilling at Pearse Lyons Distillery. Uncover the secrets of the whiskey-making process straight from the distillers. Savor three samples of the Pearse Irish Whiskey range. Finally, experience the macabre on a guided tour of the St. James graveyard where your guide will share the history of St. James Church with you. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,216 reviews

This was such a nice day! Our tour guide was fun and shared alot of interesting facts and history. We lucked out with weather as it was gorgeous out, I would think the tour would be disappointing if the weather wasn't good and caused bad visibility up on the mountain.

Ross the tour guide was a gentleman and very funny , he made the trip so much fun , very enjoyable day out thanks again definitely use the coastal tour bus again

Highly recommend this tour. Views were beautiful, guide was fantastic, and the town was one to remember!

Kate was a fantastic tour guide and provided great historical details about Dublin and Ireland.

Lovely drive out to Howth and great views of Dublin City, Howth is a charming village.