Howth Day Trip From Dublin

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People say you haven’t seen the real Ireland until you’ve left Dublin and seen the countryside. This 6-hour guided day trip to the peninsula of Howth will do just that. After a short train ride, stroll around the area along seaside cliffs looking at ancient Viking ruins, Howth Castle, St Mary’s Abbey, Neolithic standing stones, 18th-century coastal defenses and W.B. Yeats’ boyhood home.


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Meet your guide in central Dublin to begin your 6-hour tour. After a 25-minute train ride, arrive in Howth. Stroll the hilly landscape, taking in the fresh sea air and walking along the cliffs. Let your guide regale you with historical tales of the area, particularly about the Vikings who first arrived in the 9th century.
Hear how the name Howth is possibly derived from hfu, an ancient Norse word for head, which makes sense as this peninsula is also called Howth Head and was inhabited by Vikings centuries ago. It is home to one of Irelands oldest structures, the imposing Howth Castle. Lovers of Irish literature might recall it is the spot where Leopold Bloom proposed to Molly in James Joyces novel Ulysses.
On clear days, Howth offers a great view of Dublin and, if you squint, you can sometimes see as far as Northern Ireland and Wales. The area also boasts Howth Castle (which you will walk past), one of the oldest occupied buildings in all of Ireland. Learn about its intriguing history and its place in Irish culture as you soak up the views. Lighthouses, Viking and medieval ruins, remnants from the Neolithic age and W.B. Yeats boyhood home are just a few of the other sights you may see.
When youve built up a hunger, stop into the Summit restaurant for a traditional Howth seafood meal, which is discounted for your tour group (or feel free to bring your own lunch, if you wish).
At the end of the tour, simply hop back on the train for Dublin. Or, if youre smitten with the real Ireland, feel free to stay a bit longer and sip a pint of beer in one of the great pubs that sprinkle the area.

Inclusions for Howth Day Trip From Dublin

  • Professional guide
  • Round-trip train travel
  • Complimentary poncho in case of rain

Exclusions for Howth Day Trip From Dublin

  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Admission to Howth Castle

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Sturdy footwear is strongly advised, as youll exploring some  breathtaking countryside on foot, rather than sitting on a bus. Guests should be healthy and able bodied. Additionally guests should dress appropriately for walking on coastal footpaths and with consideration for the weather. 

Please note that the Howth Tour covers approximately 6 miles (9.7km) of walking over a 3-5 hour period, occasionally off path and ascending/descending steep gradients.  Please ensure that you are wearing suitable footwear (ie. no heels or flip flops) and that you have a suitable level of fitness for this type of activity. Unfortunately we do not recommend this tour for pushchairs, for those in wheelchairs, or for those less able to walk unassisted.  

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Very enjoyable and full of history. I liked hiking the cliffs best, just beautiful! I didn't stay in Howth after the tour ended so didn't really get to explore what is there. If you are traveling to Dublin in November be sure to check closing times for stores, museums, etc.
    John was a fantastic tour guide and keep us all informed and entertained.

  • The trip was very worthwhile but the physical rigor was seriously understated. The climb to the top is arduous our fitbit counted it as 70 flights of stairs. The total hike is 12 miles. It was billed as a 3-5 hour stroll. It took about 10 hours, including the short train ride out and back. From the meeting point to the train is 2 miles in downtown Dublin. Guide John was great but he said many turn back partway through the trip due to the steepness of the climbing trail.

  • We were lucky that the weather was beautiful and Steve, our tour guide, is great with Irish history and fairytales. His acting also made the trip interesting and less boring.
    Scenery is beautiful except that I was uncomfortable with the hike along the cliff felt somewhat unsafe where opposite hikers dont follow the keep left rules. It would be safer if some sections have some sort of railings or fences.
    This tour is not for people who are not fit and not recommended in rainy weather.

  • Too much walking

  • Amazing day with John our tour guide. We had such a gorgeous walk around Howth - the castle, the woods, the scenic shore. A fantastic day!!!

  • I almost backed out of this tour, due to a tendon injury in my ankle, but I am so happy that I pushed through. Our guide John was very considerate and gave us plenty of chances to take a breather and for me to rest my ankle. Additionally, he is a walking historic encyclopedia and a born storyteller. My only regret is that we had dinner reservations in the city and could not stay longer to explore the town. Howth is a stunning location and I highly recommend this tour. Please pay close attention to the additional information - you do need sturdy footwear and you will be hiking on steep and rough terrain in several places. But the views are certainly worth it. Many thanks to Sandemans New Europe Tours and John for the amazing day in Howth - it was one of the highlights of our trip!

  • Tour guide was lovely, but ultimately a self guided tour would have been the same experience.

  • We really enjoyed the entire day. The walk to the train allowed our tour guide CJ to give us some brief talks on Irish history. The train ride to Howth was crowded, no seats available, but quick. The hiking around Howth was very picturesque and our guide CJ told us a lot of great stories both history and mythology. The tour guides get to create their own script so each guide will likely tell different stories. We stopped for lunch at the Summit Pub which is a typical Irish pub with indoor and outdoor seating. The trip took longer than we expected but it was very worthwhile.

  • So much more than the description says. Ciaran was a great guide and storyteller. We ran across people from his previous tours and they were excited to see him again. Very informative. Views were amazing. Some portions of the hike are challenging but so worth it.

  • Completely loved this tour! This was booked using Sandemans New Europe Tours. We have been on other tours led by this company and have found the tour guides to be excellent. No exception here. Ciaran was our guide and he was fantastic. The forecast for the day was mostly rain and with some wind. Miracously we escaped with just a few sprinkles. This guided hike covers almost all of Howth and it does take about 4 hours of walking. Sturdy shoes are needed as at times the path is rocky with uneven surfaces. There are also a few parts that are on the steep side. Ciaran breaks up the hike with interesting narratives about the history of Ireland, Howth, and Dublin. We completely enjoyed this and it was the highlight of our stay in Dublin.

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