Things to see and do - Dún Laoghaire
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This town, which is Ireland's main port for ships arriving from Great Britain, is named after Laoghaire, the High King of Ireland in the 5C, who built a fort here. The growth of trade with England in the 18C transformed this small fishing village into a busy port. Development of the docks (100ha) was begun in 1817 following a design by John Rennie. The main construction, built from Dalkey stone, was completed in 1842.
Tourist attractions Dún Laoghaire : Things to see and do
Haigh-Terrace IRL - Dún-Laoghaire
The National Maritime Museum is located in the Mariners' Church (1835-1860), on the edge of Moran Park. Amongst other things, visitors can see a cannon from the Armada, a French longboat, captured during an attempted landing at Bantry Bay in 1796, th..
Otranto Place IRL - Dún Laoghaire
Built in 1804, Martello Tower is located at the tip of Sandycove. Today, it houses a museum dedicated to this famous writer. On display are first editions of his works, letters, his death mask and some of his personal belongings. Joyce stayed here fo..
R 119 IRL - Dún Laoghaire
Today, Dalkey forms part of Dún Laoghaire. In the past, it had its own town wall and seven fortified buildings. Bulloch Castle, near the shore, was built in the 12C by the monks of St Mary's Abbey in Dublin in order to defend the port.
Restaurants Dún Laoghaire
Enniskerry Rd IRL - Stepaside D18
Modern eatery beneath a small, new-build apartment block. The attractive restaurant serves good value menus of unfussy, classical dishes. On the other side of the bar is the Wild Boar, which serves slightly lighter offerings.
18-19 Glasthule Rd, 1st Floor (above Eagle House pub) IRL - Dun Laoghaire
The perfume of rose petals greets you, as you head up to the plush lounge and contemporary restaurant. Fresh, authentic Indian dishes come in original combinations and are cooked from scratch; they even dry roast and blend their own spices.
57a Glasthule Rd IRL - Dún Laoghaire
It might be run by the same team but that's all that's left of what was once 'Tribes'. As its name suggests, this bistro has a distinct Gallic feel. Start with onion soup, followed by entrecote frites, then finish with a crème brûlée.
58-59 Glasthule Rd IRL - Dun Laoghaire
A landmark in the town: a fresh fish shop, a well-stocked deli and a cosy bistro in one. Simple décor, with ten wooden tables and a mermaid mural. Fresh, carefully cooked fish and seafood. Swift, friendly service.