Cruise Dun Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire Harbour is located on the east coast of  Ireland in Dublin Bay.  The Harbour, built in the early 19th century and the original entry port for the city of Dublin,  remains one of the largest man made harbours in Western Europe. It has been described as one of the finest artificial harbours in the world. The town of Dún Laoghaire is within walking distance of the  Harbour. Here you will discover all the amenities  a modern,  vibrant town has to offer – fine restaurants and friendly, welcoming bars, on-street shopping, two large shopping centres, cinemas and a theatre.

Within the Harbour, there is an excellent rapid rail transport system which connects the harbour with Dublin City just 20 minutes away. Historically, Dún Laoghaire and its surrounding villages of  Sandycove and Dalkey have lots to offer visiors – monastic settlements, ancient monuments, churches and the Martello Tower at Sandycove where James Joyce’s stay inspired his great novel, ‘Ulysses’.

The Mariner’s Church, dating from 1837, in Dun Laoghaire is one of only two remaining churches of its kind in the world.

Why Dun Laoghaire?


Dun Laoghaire Harbour lies 8 miles from the centre of Dublin city. The city can be accessed within 20 minutes using the rapid rail service located adjacent to the quayside. There are also taxi and bus services available.


Entertainment, Irish Music and ‘craic’

Renowned for its warm welcome, visitors to Dun Laoghaire Harbour can sample a variety of restaurants and pubs locally. Enjoy the Irish Pub experience, with music, ‘craic’, a pint of the famous Guinness or an Irish Coffee.  Visitors can also savour the delights of our many award winning restaurants.

Local Attractions

  • James Joyce Martello Tower
  • The Queen Victoria Fountain
  • The National Maritime Museum
  • Monkstown Castle
  • The Obelisk
  • Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
  • The Peoples Park
  • Bullock Castle and Harbour
  • East and West Pier Walks, Dun Laoghaire Harbour
  • East Pier Battery, Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Find out more about locale attractions here

Scenic & Cultural Tours

Whilst many local landmarks are within walking distance of the quayside, a vast array of scenic and cultural visitor opportunities lie within a 30 mile radius of the Harbour. The M11 and M50 motorways are a short distance away, allowing access to Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland and its many attractions – Powerscourt House and Demesne, Kilruddery House, Mount Usher Gardens, Glendalough and much more. Coach transfer to Dublin and the many cultural sites is available to our visitors.


No visit to Ireland is complete without a visit to the shops. Dun Laoghaire offers its visitors an excellent choice, from smaller local craft and produce shops to large department stores.

Dun Laoghaire - Key Facts



Length and depth

Berth 2: Carlisle Pier, East side   138  5.8 metres

Berth 3:Carlisle Pier, West side    130  5.8 metres

Berth 4: St. Michael’s Pier, East Side  120  5.0 metres (linkspan pontoon (22 metres)


Lat 53 18ºN  Long 6  08ºW
On South Shore of Dublin Bay. 11.2km SE of Dublin
Admiralty Chart:1447
Admiralty Pilot: 40
Time Zone: GMT


Cruise vessel tender facility and coach parking available at Old Quay in west side of harbour Second cruise tender berth can be made available East side of Carlisle.


Anchorage to a depth of 9 metres 0.75km E of the port entrance in Scotsmans Bay or 17 metres available at anchorage 2.0km NE of Harbour entrance in good holding ground.


Under jurisdiction of the Dublin Pilotage District.
Tugs – Available if required, based in Dublin Port
Tidal Range: Neaps – 1.9 metres
Springs:- 3.5 metres


Harbour formed by two piers; East Pier 1,290 metres long, West
Pier1,548 metres long. Width at entrance 232 metres. Area inside piers 101hectares


There is an 800 berth marina to the west of the Ferry Terminal buliding. VHF Ch 37a (M1), 80a (M2), 16.
Call sign “Dun Laoghaire Marina”.

Radio Frequency Information

Dual watch kept continuously on VHF Channels 14 and 16, working
Channel 14. Call Sign ‘Dun Laoghaire Harbour Office’

Tourist Information

Local Population;   206,261 (Central Statistics Office: 2011).
First Language:  English. Second language: Gaelic
Time:   GMT +1 hour in Summer
Currency: EURO
Banking Hours:  Monday to Friday 10.00 to 16.00
Credit Cards:  All major cards accepted
Shopping Hours: 7 Days

Bank Holidays

New Years Day; St Patrick’s Day (March 17th); Good Friday; Easter Monday; 1st Monday in May, June and August; Last Monday in October; Christmas Day; St Stephen’s Day.

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