Things to Do in Dun Laoghaire


Here's some of the most popular things to do:

People's Park Market (Sundays)

Right on the edge of Dun Laoghaire and only a short walk from the house, you'll find vendors selling a huge variety of tasty food from around the world, arts & crafts, artisan products and seasonal produce. The park itself has been around since 1890 and still has the original bandstand as well as other Victorian architecture. 

National Maritime Museum

The Mariners’ Church in which the museum operates is located within a few minutes walk from Dún Laoghaire Dart station, ferry terminal, and town centre. It is also close to the Royal Marine hotel. The Museum is operated by volunteers. All donations are welcomed. Payable to the Maritime Institute of Ireland.

James Joyce Tower

The James Joyce Tower was one of a series of Martello towers built to withstand an invasion by Napoleon and now holds a museum devoted to the life and works of James Joyce, who made the tower the setting for the first chapter of his masterpiece, Ulysses.
Beautifully located eight miles south of Dublin on the coast road, this tower is the perfect setting for a museum dedicated to Joyce, a writer of international renown who remains, world-wide, the writer most associated with Dublin.

Joyce’s brief stay here inspired the opening of his great novel Ulysses. The gun platform with its panoramic view, and the living room inside the tower are much as he described them in his book.

The museum’s collection includes letters, photographs, first and rare editions and personal possessions of Joyce, as well as items associated with the Dublin of Ulysses.

Ulysses was set on 16th June 1904. On Bloomsday, 16th June, the museum will be open from 8am-6pm for readings and celebrations.

Dalkey Castle (ok not actually in Dun Laoghaire but only a short walk!)

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is situated in the 14th Century Castle/Town House just less than 5 minutes from train (DART) and bus stations.
All year we have actors from Deilg Inis Living History Theatre Company on site to enlighten, entertain and engage you in a Live Performance every half hour in ‘The Tudors are Back…’.

Depending on the season you can encounter the Ghost, The Merchant and Rupert the Archer.

Fishing & Boat Trips:

Sea fishing is successful from shore, pier or boat. For most sorts of shore fishing your pike gear will suffice. Fishing from sandy beaches however may require a beachcaster rod. Offshore fishing is always free of charge.. Fishing from a chartered boat will cost between €130.00 – €200.00 per day for the boat and will accommodate between 6 – 8 fishermen. You can arrange with your skipper whether you want “normal” deep sea fishing or shark fishing as they are carried out in different fishing grounds.

Rock Climbing

Dalkey Quarry is a disused granite quarry located in the Dublin suburb of Dalkey. It was used for quarrying during the 19th century, and is now part of Killiney Hill Park, a public park. 
The quarry was connected to Dún Laoghaire by a light railway, part of whose alignment was used to build the Dalkey Atmospheric Railway. The remaining part of the route is now a public footpath known as The Metals, and much of the original granite paving survives. Many of the current houses on nearby Ardbrugh Road may have been originally built as quarry staff cottages, though most quarrymen originally squatted or lived in primitive tents.