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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County has a great variety of places to interest you during your visit. We can offer you a unique journey through our ancient civilisation up to the present day, or enjoy the peace and tranquility of our many areas of natural beauty. Why not visit the Maritime Museum or start your literary adventure at the James Joyce Tower. By clicking on the menu at the left you can get a more detailed list of the attractions.
We know how to enjoy our leisure-time in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown !! and we are very happy to share the opportunities with you. At the seaside, you can Swim, Sail, Fish, Windsurf, Scuba-dive, or enjoy the high speed exhilaration of the exciting SeaThrill rides around Dalkey and Killiney Bay. Within twenty minutes of the coast you can relax and savour the pleasures of the countryside. Golf, Hill-walking, and Horse-riding are there for all to enjoy. Choose from the listings below and click through for further information on your special interest.
A visit to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County isn't complete without an evening in one of our many restaurants which offer a fabulous choice of dishes from traditional Irish fare to wonderful flavours from around the world. For a less formal meal visit one of our pubs, virtually every one has an extensive lunch and early evening menu. The unique atmosphere that pervades our pubs is the cornerstone of many a memorable holiday. For "a little more action" try the inclusive packages of dining with traditional dance and music entertainment provided at venues such as Taylor's Three Rock in Rathfarnham, or Johnny Fox's in Glencullen. From traditional Irish music venues to sophisticated Wine Bars, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County has it all.
You will be well served by the quality of the shopping experiences available in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, and as a visitor you will enjoy the fantastic value particularly if you are coming from the £sterling area. Most local areas have high quality centres offering a wide choice of shopping. There are also craft shops offering authentic handcrafted Irish goods, and speciality shops offering handcrafted pottery, glassware, wood carvings, and furniture. Everywhere you go you can satisfy your practical shopping needs and enjoy the fulfilling pleasure of buying well.
When you visit Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County you can avail of a range of accommodation to suit your personal needs and your budget. The facilities offered range from comfortable and homely Bed and Breakfast (B&B;) options spread throughout the County, Guesthouses, to three and four star hotels which offer a very high level of service and accommodation.
There are thirteen golf courses spread throughout the County, with many more within 30 minutes drive of anywhere you choose to stay! Several courses cater particularly for visiting players and offer championship quality challenges, while others offer facilities more suited to the casual (Dare we say ‘less committed’) golfer.
There are many walking trails in the County that can bring you along the rugged coastline or up into the hills of peat, gorse and heather. The famous Wicklow Way begins in Marlay Park in Rathfarnham and wanders through South County Dublin and on into County Wicklow; which is a walker's paradise. There are several suitable accommodation sites on the route. Visitors can join local club outings for shorter walking trails within the County.
There is never a dull evening in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County. The new Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and the famous Lambert Puppet Theatre in Monkstown offer exciting programmes; details in the Events Calendar. Traditional music nights can be enjoyed at many pub venues. Johnny Fox's in Glencullen and Taylors Three Rock in Rathfarnham are famous for their Irish Night and Banquet Show, and Comhaltas in Monkstown hosts a wide range of cultural activities. Dance the night away in the Wine Bars and Nights Clubs and enjoy the proximity of Dublin's night life, only 20 minutes away by DART (suburban rail).
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Flower Show, in conjunction with South County Dublin Horticultural Society, will be bigger and more exciting than former years. There will be flower arranging and garden clinics, arts & crafts, children's playground, Punch & Judy, awards for Best Garden, Best Display and Best Craft. The show offers the ideal opportunity for an insight into the range of horticultural products and services available in the County and will open your eyes to the world of gardening.
It has many of the most desirable residential areas and is host to scores of multinational organisations who have their European Headquarters within the County. It has a thriving high-tech community and is within easy reach of all ports and less than an hour from Dublin Airport.
With a population of approximately 190,000 it is unique in that it has preserved within its boundaries remains from the pre-historic and early Christian period. Victorian, Regency and late Georgian styles are well represented in its architecture and the new millennium has been enthusiastically embraced; the New Marina, exciting Arts Events, the Civic Pavilion Theatre, Houses & Gardens, Golf, Hill-walking, Horse Racing, Sport & Leisure Facilities, excellent Shopping Facilities, Restaurants and Pubs give the visitor a choice for all seasons.
Dun Laoghaire; 7 miles south of Dublin city and 20 minutes by DART (Suburban Rail) the attractive coastline is dominated by the magnificent Harbour; a major port of entry for tourists visiting Ireland. The Town is the Administrative Centre for the County, with its own Theatre, 12-Screen Cinema Complex, Maritime Museum, Golf Course, two shopping centres, Hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and pubs to suit all tastes. It is a vibrant yet relaxing place with easy access to the Mountains and Dublin City.
Sandycove; a short walk along the promenade, is immortalised by James Joyce in the opening scenes of his famous work “Ulysses”. The County is also associated with other famous literary figures: John Millington Synge, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett and Lennox Robinson. It is home today to World famous Writer Maeve Binchy, Playwrights Hugh Leonard and Bernard Farrell.
Dominated by Killiney Hill, the 200 acre Woodland Victorian Park offers rock climbing for the more experienced enthusiast, absailing and intriguing walks to be enjoyed by all. The breathtaking view from Killiney Hill is an amalgam of past and present cultures.