Hear how the name Howth is possibly derived from hǫfuð, 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 Ireland’s oldest structures, the imposing Howth Castle. Lovers of Irish literature might recall it is the spot where Leopold Bloom proposed to Molly in James Joyce’s 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, 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 you’ve 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 you’re 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.
In the small square next to City Hall, Dame St.
Howth Day Trip from Dublin
- Professional guide
- Round-trip train travel
- Complimentary poncho in case of rain
- Food and drink
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Sturdy footwear is strongly advised, as you’ll 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 12 miles 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.