Dún Laoghaire Harbour is just seven miles south of Dublin City, 16 miles from Dublin Airport and direct ferry route, and 100 minutes from Holyhead in Wales by Stena Line’s magnificent HSS craft. The town, with its thriving commercial centre, has the advantage of being beside the sea offering magnificent coastal views. Within 20 minutes you can be in Dublin City by DART (suburban rail), or enjoy the peace and tranquility of the mountains.
Dún Laoghaire, both a Victorian and modern town, has played an important part in the development of modern Ireland. Its Harbour, the largest man-made harbour in Western Europe, was one of the great architectural and engineering projects of the 19th Century and remains an important working port as well as a valuable leisure facility. For over a century this was the main sea route between Britain and Ireland.
Ireland’s first railway in 1834 between Dublin and Dún Laoghaire was a major factor in the extraordinary growth of the town, making it a fashionable resort for nobility and the landed gentry. This is very much reflected in the architecture which makes the town a set-piece for the Victorian period.
Today Dún Laoghaire is a vibrant, exciting place; a mèlange of the old and new. It is the Administrative Centre for the County and has its own Theatre, 12-Screen Cinema Complex, Maritime Museum, Golf Course, on-street shopping, two shopping centres, an excellent public transport system and ample car parking. It is twinned with Brest, France and Ynys Mon (Anglesey), Wales and is an important yachting centre with four resident clubs and facilities for all water sports. The town is well served by hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, wine bars and pubs to suit all tastes. Dún Laoghaire is the ideal base, between the mountains and the sea, for a long or short stay.