Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel, Dublin

Dun Laoghaire


Just a few kilometres from Dublin is the wonderful coastal town of Dun Laoghaire. Said to be the ‘gateway to Ireland’, this waterfront area was where the ancient High King of Ireland held his throne. This was before the Vikings landed in Dublin. 

If you’d like to couple a little history with an excellent view of the rolling hills over the harbour, Dun Laoghaire makes the perfect day trip.

Things to see and do

The harbour is the focal point of the town, with a 2.6 kilometre pier wrapping around the water’s edge. You can stretch your legs while enjoying a wonderful view of the ships floating in and out of Dublin Bay. You can also head to the famous Forty Foot, a well-known open-sea swimming pool that’s been in use for over 250 years. This pool was once a male-only bathing spot; however, everyone is now welcome to jump into the cool depths on a hot day. 

Another great attraction is the Maritime Museum. This building was constructed as a place of worship for sailors and now houses an extensive collection of all things sea-related. A trip to Joyce Tower will take you back to Napoleon’s days, as it was built to withstand an attack from his forces. Now a museum dedicated to James Joyce, here you can learn about the famous writer, as well as a bit about the country’s history.

Art and shopping

If you’d like to do a spot of shopping and want to explore some art along the way, head along the Sculpture Trail. There are 39 works of art on the trail, ranging from ancient to modern day. As you explore them, you can squeeze in a bit of shopping on the side.

For more ideas, check out this useful guide to what to see and do in Dun Laoghaire. A visit is certainly worth the time when staying at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel in Dublin, which is just a 15-minute car journey away.