Howth Castle
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Howth Castle is a private house. The Castle is open year round to tour groups who book in advance through the website. Visitors who are not part of a group which has booked in advance can see the outside of the castle and enjoy walks through the rhododendron gardens and on the Ben of Howth. On Sunday's in August and early September 2016 there will be public guided tours open to all. Details can be found on the website along with an on- line booking facility. Prices range from €12 to €20.
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motorcar1
Dublin, Ireland7,989 contributions
Couples
Howth Castle is still a private residence and tours can be arranged and they have public tours in August and September which can be booked on their website. The castle is impressive and well maintained. Next year I must go and visit.
Written 21 September 2020
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Sarah
Belfast, UK2 contributions
It is breathtaking to contemplate such a beautiful historical construction. I visited this magical place with my family, they loved it.
Written 17 February 2020
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WYRD4SD
Wyoming45 contributions
Many complaints on Tripadvisor regarding not being able to go in to the castle... well... PEOPLE LIVE THERE. I wouldn't want anyone touring the inside of my house either on a daily basis. The fact that the owners of this beautiful old castle let people walk around their home and take pictures was enough for me. The history behind the castle is amazing and can be seen in the different additions... from the original first building and subsequent eras... they can all be seen, enjoyed and photographed. I have since found out that the entire estate has been sold, including the golf course... I might have been lucky enough to be one of the last people allowed to visit this historic property. No complaints here. It is a beautiful landmark that should definitely be on your agenda in Howth.
Written 27 October 2019
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Cindy W
Queenstown, MD45 contributions
Couples
Beautiful castle. No need for a tour. Just go walk around the castle and take some photos while you're in Howth. Inside not open to the public.
Written 20 September 2019
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joeAtraveller
York, PA442 contributions
Family
We did not book in advance so were not able to tour the actual castle itself. Outside is rather plain, Norman style castle up a short road from the main road leading into Howth. I’m not sure it’s worth the walk unless you have a particular urge to see a castle.
Written 18 August 2019
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LindaAZ2
Arizona333 contributions
Couples
Visiting this castle and its excellent grounds is a must. The guided tour gave us so much information about the time period and furnishings. It's not very long so the tour isn't overwhelming. Plan to picnic on the lovely grounds.
Written 1 August 2019
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globetrottingYankee
637 contributions
Solo
It’s a short DART ride from central Dublin, then a 5-7 min walk from Howth train station. It’s a smallish castle, with private residences so no interior visit. It looks a Norman castle. The tower, the wall on the entrance, and gate all look in a state of disrepair, with flowering weeds that had been left to grow. The grounds are also private, so one needs only a short stroll. Unceremonious visit but still
Written 8 July 2019
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Livinit.lovinit
Dublin, Ireland545 contributions
I rated this a 4 because I just love all castles! The history behind it is really cool so when you go make sure you google it first! I just walked around the grounds - I didn’t go on any tours. I enjoyed myself. It was fairly quick to see.
Written 18 June 2019
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Hard to Please
Bromley, UK52 contributions
Friends
You pass it on the way into Howth if your driving and if you arrive by Train you'll have to walk back towards Dublin . Its well worth the trip up the hill and the views are spectacular.
Written 14 February 2019
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imouse1
Las Cruces, NM499 contributions
Solo
A more interesting story than a stop in the winter. In the summer you can play foot golf, though, which apparently saved the island from being raised for low-income housing. Very friendly dog and good history.
Written 11 January 2019
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