Dun Laoghaire is just a 20 minutes' drive or 40-minute bus ride from The Beacon Hotel. The seaside town has over 220 shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs all within a ten-minute walk of each other. You'll find that there are many things to do, from taking a stroll down one of the harbours piers to stand-up paddleboarding. There is something fun for everyone, making Dun Laoghaire a fun day trip during your visit to Ireland.
The original village called Dunleary was situated near the beginning of the present West Pier. The present inner harbour, known as the coal harbour, dates from the time of the 18th century. It consisted of seventy dwellings or cottages and was a very compact little village. The harbour, one of the largest in the country, and base for a now limited car ferry route to the United Kingdom are notable for its two granite piers. The East Pier is particularly popular with walkers and was featured in the 1996 movie Michael Collins.
Walk along either the East Pier or West Pier and enjoy beautiful views of the water. Along the East Pier, you will find the Analemmatic Sundial and Band Stand before arriving at the Battery and lighthouse at the end. If you're feeling adventurous, just past the West Pier you will find Stand-Up Paddle Board rentals and lessons available. On a day when the weather is nice, you will find many people going for a dip in the water. You can venture out to the famous 40 Foot and jump off of the rocks into the water
The People's Park located at the end of Upper George’s Street features two Victorian-style water fountains, lovely flower beds, a recently redeveloped playground for kids, and tea-rooms. Every Sunday in the park throughout the year, local artisan food producers, and craftspeople showcase their wares at the Dun Laoighre Rathdown county council market.
Stop by The National Maritime Museum of Ireland where you will learn about maritime history, exploration, navigation, radio, deep-sea cable technology, nature, wildlife and view art inspired by the sea.
Cafes, Restaurants, and Pubs:
When you get hungry, you will find that the town has a slew of different restaurants and eateries. From fish & chips along the pier to pizza overlooking the harbour, Dun Laoghaire combines delicious food with incredible views across the whole town. Unwind at the end of the day with a cold pint or glass of wine at one of the many pubs and restaurants that overlook the ocean.
The Beacon will serve as the perfect base for you to explore the beautiful attractions both outside and within the city centre. Some of the most beautiful gardens, incredible houses and mansions, and quaint seaside towns are not far away from The Beacon. With our secure underground car-parking facilities, travelling to and from the city centre couldn't be more convenient. Be sure to check out our special offers and book your stay today.