Explore beyond the city and visit one of Dublin's many beautiful coastal villages. Just head to the DART train station (3 mins from Ballsbridge Hotel) and you will have direct access to a different side of Dublin.
Howth in north Dublin is an ideal place to visit for the day. Howth's leisurely ambience, wonderful scenery, friendly people and charming restaurants ensure you'll return. At its heart is Howth harbour with its fishing trawlers and yachting marina - Howth Yacht Club. Howth is best discovered on foot and the waterfront and piers are a good starting point on your exploration of the area. They afford a great view of the enchanting Ireland's Eye offshore and of the village itself-if you can drag yourself away from the many fishmongers dotted along the way.
Killiney is another picturesque coastal village, located south of Dublin city. It is easy to see why some of Ireland's rich and famous have made it their home, including Bono, Enya and Van Morrison. The area has been likened to the Bay of Naples. Killiney Hill Park, which is 170 metres above sea level at its highest point, boasts spectacular views of Dublin Bay. Vico Road has many literary associations, featuring in the work of Hugh Leonard, Flann O’Brien and James Joyce. Killiney beach is a popular place for walking and relaxing.
Dalkey heritage town lies on the south shore of Dublin Bay and offers an excellent base from which to explore all that Dublin has to offer. Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is a visitor centre which contains Goat Castle, one of seven fortified Town Houses, dating from the late 1300s. Here also you can experience the tranquillity of the 10th century St Begnet’s Church and Graveyard on the site. You can enjoy the Living History Live Performances, every half hour from 10am weekdays and from 11.30am on weekends, which bring Dalkey’s medieval past vividly to life. Dalkey Island is a rocky, granite island and here you can see the early Christian St Begnet’s Church, the Martello Tower and the Holy Well. The herd of feral goats is traditional to the island.
Dun Laoghaire is a vibrant exciting place nestled beneath the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. Together with its facilities for sport and leisure, Dun Laoghaire a firm favourite with all who visit. Whether you want to stroll along the pier, partake in some marine activities or just enjoy some fine seafood dining you'll discover it in Dun Laoghaire.