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Spend a day at Howth

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Howth (rhymes with both), is a fishing and yachting port, and popular suburban resort on the north side of Howth Head, 15km (9½ miles north-east of the city centre. Its attractions are easily appreciated, particularly at the coast. Howth Head gives fine views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains or Boyne Valley beyond. In the bay is the rocky bird sanctuary and monastic island of Ireland's, to which boat trips may be taken in summer.

See also : Plan a trip to the city's famous Zoo

Cliff paths lead around the coastline, through Howth village and its ruined abbey, and past Baily Lighthouse. The 15th-century Howth Castle is inland, partly ruinous, but with fine rhododendron gardens. A small, but impressive, A traditional pub in Howth transport museum can be visited near the DART railway station, featuring Howth's famous open-topped tram. Howth's pubs, hotels and fish restaurants make it a pleasant outing from Dublin.

How to reach: You can reach Howth using the DART, a fast train service, from Dublin's city center. Return ticket costs €4.70 from Connolly, Tara or Pearse stations in the City Centre and is valid one day. There are trains every 15 minutes. Take the train north to Howth. You will arrive near the Harbour. The train takes between 25 and 30 minutes from Connolly Station.

Alternatively, you can take a bus from Connolly, line 31 will take you up to Howth's Harbour and line 31B up to Howth's Summit. Tickets can be bought in the bus (prepare your change). There is approximately one bus every half-hour or so."

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