Beaches Dublin


Find the best beaches in Dublin

While Dublin is not a city known for beaches, there are several coastal areas nearby that could be construed as Dublin beaches. Most of these connect to quaint Irish seaside towns that make for wonderful daytrips from Dublin, with boutiques, cafes and pubs to explore.


Howth is a scenic seaside town north of Dublin City Centre noted for its fresh fish market and fantastic views of Howth Harbour and the Irish Sea. Several hiking trails lead adventurous walkers around Howth Head, a large peninsula with sea views, while the town itself boasts a wonderful collection of seaside bistros and upscale pubs. The Fisherman’s Market is open every Sunday. Howth is accessible from Dublin via the DART train from Connolly Railway Station.


This coastal town south of Dublin City Centre is named for a band of grey rocks that separates two strips of sand along the beach. Popular for swimming and water activities during the summer, the quaint town is home to several upscale bistros, traditional Irish pubs and ice cream stands. While the waters of the Irish Sea never fully warm up, on a sunny day, Greystones is quite pleasant. Greystones is accessible from Dublin via the DART train from Connolly Railway Station or the Pearce/Tara Street DART stations.


Not quite as upmarket as Greystones, Bray is a relaxed beachside town popular among local Dublin families during the summer. Bray is famous for its promenade, which stretches for a mile from the harbor out to Bray Head, a jutting rock formation. In the summertime, this is a great place for a brisk walk along the water or to sit and enjoy a pint on a rare sunny Irish day. Like Greystones, Bray is located south of Dublin and is accessible via the DART train from the Pearce/Tara Street stations.

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