We are located on Howth Peninsula, itself a major tourist attraction.
Howth Head & Walks
Designated a Special Amenity Area with great walks by the cliffs and fabulous sea views. You can start off from the Hotel or take the bus or train the short distance to Howth Village to start your walk. Click here for a visitors description of a walk they did while in the area.
Sutton Cross is an excellent starting place for a walk. Take the Slí Sláinte down the coast towards the city, including the beautiful beach of Dollymount Strand and its National Nature Reserve. Alternatively, cross the road and walk to the hidden gem of Burrow Road beach from which, except at high tide, you can also walk all the way to Howth. We think this is one of the nicest beaches in Ireland.
Howth Village & Pier
A very popular visitor attraction is the busy fishing village of Howth which is just 4km from the Hotel. There is a working fisheries pier with several well known fish merchants and restaurants that feature the local catch. The Howth Yacht Club Marina adds a bit of colour to the scene while you can continue your exploration with a stroll on the East Pier which features a Lighthouse at the end.
A real favourite with many of our guests is the abundance of scenic and safe jogging routes around the Hotel. The ‘Slí Slainte’ which is Gaelic for the ‘Healthy Path’, runs past the Hotel and is a great starting point for several routes that offer different distances, gradients etc. We recommend a look at routes suggested by other joggers who have posted local routes on the jogrunwalk.net website. Logon and type “Sutton Dublin 13” in the search box to see all the routes that start right on our doorstep.
The Marine Hotel sits adjacent to the National Nature Reserve at Bull Island. The North Bull Island is 5km long and 800m wide, and the area above high tide is approximately 300 hectares. It contains a wide range of natural habitats which include intertidal mudflats, salt marsh, freshwater marsh, dunes, and beach area.
The mudflats support a large population of birds, at any time up to 27,000 birds are present, which gives the area the highest bird density in Ireland. Many of the birds are migratory and these wild fowl and waders visit the Island in such numbers that they bestow on the Island an importance recognised internationally. Examples of some commonly found species are:- Brent Geese, Curlew, Widgeon, Grey Plover, Knots, Redshank, Bar-tailed Godwits, Shoveler, Oyster Catchers, Shellduck and Dunlins.
Howth Demesne Grounds
Especially the Rhododendron Gardens in summer, are open to the public.
National Transport Museum at Howth Castle
The Transport Museum Society of Ireland began in 1949 with an effort to preserve three Dublin trams. Totally voluntary, the museum is located in the Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne. On 1st September 2001, the collection, totalled 170 (average age 46 years). Sixty out of the 100 vehicles currently in Howth are on display, and others can be inspected by prior arrangement. The oldest items date from 1883, the newest 1984. For more details of opening times and information see www.nationaltransportmuseum.org
Howth Castle Culinary School
The culinary school is based in the beautifully restored Georgian kitchens in historic Howth Castle, details at www.thekitcheninthecastle.com.
Museum of Vintage Radio
Located in the Martello Tower in Howth village, the museum houses the extensive collection of wireless, radio and Morse equipment of curator, Pat Herbert. Open May-October 11am to 5pm.
The ‘Howth is Magic’ website gives comprehensive information of the attractions on our doorstep along with a useful visitors map.
Malahide Castle and Gardens
This castle was built in the 12th Century by the Talbot family, who remained in residence until 1975. There are many period rooms on view and the castle contains the National Portrait Collection of the National Gallery of Ireland.
In 2012 the Castle was closed and redeveloped. It now has an excellent Visitor Centre, a branch of Avoca (famous Irish retailer) and most splendidly, the Castle gardens are now open to the public. For lovers of gardens and horicultural, these gardens are a must see. Enjoy the tranquillity & beauty behind the walls with over 5000 species of plants including exotic specimens transported by Lord Milo from around the world.
The Demesne has pleasant walks, play and picnic areas, a cricket pitch, tennis courts, 9-hole golf course and a pitch and putt course. Also within Malahide Demesne lie the Talbot Botanic Gardens, home to over 5,000 different species of plants.
Fry Model Railway Collection
This famous reproduction of the Dublin railway system from the 1920’s is housed at Malahide Castle.
Local Places to Visit with Children
There is an excellent children’s playground on the Sea front in Howth.
Situated in Coolock, 6km drive, this site features a cinema multiplex, bowling alley, Q-zar, Pompeii Paints, Zoo, children’s adventure play and a diner.
Located in the Phoenix Park, 12km drive, the Zoo is always popular with children.
Monday to Saturday:
9.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. (in Summer) – 9.30 a.m. – Dusk (in Winter)
10.30 a.m. – 6.00 p.m (in Summer) – 10.30 a.m. – Dusk (in Winter)
Directions to Zoo
Drive to the city centre via the Dublin Road, Fairview, Amiens Street. Cross the river Liffey and turn right down the quays as far as Heuston Station, turn right back over the Liffey and turn left onto Parkgate Street. Enter Phoenix Park at the main entrance off Parkgate Street and follow the Zoo signs. From the City centre the 25 & 26 buses from Middle Abbey Street pass the Zoo.