Things to see and do - Dún Laoghaire
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Dún Laoghaire :
Unmissable tourist sites
Dún Laoghaire Travel guide
Dún Laoghaire : Michelin's recommendations
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
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..
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..
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.
Hotels Dún Laoghaire
Rochestown Avenue IRL - Dun Laoghaire .
Rochestown Lodge Hotel and Leisure centre is a 3-star hotel located in Dun Laoghaire, just a short distance from Dublin City Centre and has easy access to the M50 motorway. All guest rooms are spacious and comfortable offering cable TV, complimentar..
Restaurants Dún Laoghaire
18-19 Glasthule Rd, IRL - Dun Laoghaire
The scent 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.
58-59 Glasthule Rd IRL - Dun Laoghaire
A landmark restaurant in the town. Guests come here for the fresh, carefully cooked fish and shellfish - go for the scallops or lobster when they're in season. In 2016 they are moving to larger premises, two doors down (number 56).
People's Park IRL - Dún Laoghaire
A former Victorian shelter in the People's Park, offering views over a floodlit fountain towards the sea. Original cast iron pillars lead through to a contemporary room. All-day menus offer cakes and Mediterranean-style bistro dishes.
Enniskerry Rd IRL - D18 Stepaside
Modern eatery beneath a small new-build apartment block. The attractive restaurant serves unfussy, good value classical dishes; to the other side of the bar is the Wild Boar pub, which offers a similar but slightly lighter menu.