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- We listened to the tour with a Russian-speaking guide, it was very interesting. The history of the construction of the towers and James Joyce’s stay in it is also interesting. Very beautiful view from the roof. I recommend the guide Yunona Dikareva, she really tells a fascinating storyWritten 22 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Good clean harbour. Great for a walk. It's usually always busy enough with people walking, cycling, skating or rollerblading down the piers. It's a good walk up to the lighthouse.Written 19 March 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This museum, situated in the old mariner's Church is inexpensive and is packed with exhibits. It's not a large museum but what it does have is very good. There are model ships and bits and bobs from ships as well as some fascinating information about Ireland's Lighthouses including a fully restored, rotating light head from a lighthouse you can see up close. It may not be very exciting for children, but if like me, you are interested in maritime history, this museum is a lovely place to spend an hour or two. The staff were extremely friendly and enthusiastic.Written 10 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- My husband brought our little girl to The Specks nursery rhyme concert yesterday & they really enjoyed it. A lovely hour of fun & happiness with her cousin & aunt. The staff & experience at the Pavilion Theater was great. We will sure be returning again. Thank you!Written 27 November 2023
- Simply wonderful. The harbor, the pier, the park, the 99 and the people - all A+. This was one of the only piers we saw that was accessible and we saw people with walkers and wheelchairs enjoying the water.Written 27 August 2023
- If you live on the southside of Dublin City and have not yet viewed The Oratory, a wonderful masterpiece of Celtic Art, I would suggest to immediately remedy that oversight. This is a national treasure, a gem of the first order, and you will feel enriched from viewing it. A wonder.Written 22 July 2023
- The place is just lovely. There is a café and playground open every day, (plus the huge park with a fountain and benches!) and a farmers market on sunday. shops include: ice cream, chipper, organic soap, handmade crafts & MUCH more! also has a few bathrooms which is another plus!Written 9 April 2023
- This is a stunning piece of architecture that I could spend all day in. I visit almost daily. They have, or can order, a vast range of titles and good seating throughout. Works with kids, students and anyone wanting a quiet corner to read in. A good cafe downstairs and attentive service all help.Written 8 March 2023
- Great relaxed atmosphere, lots of food to discover, nice walks to burn off the calories added in the food market.
Wrap up warm in the winterWritten 1 March 2023
- Killiney Hill Park is a great place for exercise and relaxing. The views from all sides are great and multiple different walks.Written 28 November 2022
- We brought 5 kids from 10 to 15 here one Saturday. It’s very easy book online and very easy to get to. We had our waiver pre signed and boarded the docked boat around 20 minutes before our slot. Wet suits and helmets are provided and kids are briefed before the get in. They get a full hour of uninterrupted fun jumping, sliding and mainly laughing. It’s great craic to watch too. I’d definitely recommend it and it’s not bad value either.Written 27 August 2019
- Covering more than 3k's this is a very peaceful, walk from the harbour of Dun Laoghaire, to Dalkey, it was built back in the day to transport stone/rock from the quarry to the harbour, for its construction, now a paved walkway, running along the train tracks, It is not the most scenic of walks however, very peaceful, and the easiest way to walk to Dalkey.Written 5 August 2022
- A quiet suburb well-connected to Dublin by public transport. Scenic location on the waterfront, excellent restaurants. We especially enjoyed our visit to the James Joyce museum.Written 21 March 2023
- We dropped by for a local map of the area, we left with so much, the lady was very informative, telling us all about places of interest, and loaded us up with relevant brochure.Written 15 July 2022
- Monday afternoon on the 28th August we walked along this pier from one end to the other. It is approximately 1.3 kilometres (roughly 0.8 of a mile) in length.
Construction of the pier began in 1817 and it was completed by 1821.
There is a food kiosk, " Fish Shack" towards the Dun Laoghaire end of the pier. Also at this end of the Pier, is the RNLI, Lifeboat Station and slipway.
While walking along the Pier we did see a number of interesting and historic points of interest. These included, the Forgotten Irish Memorial, the Anemometer, the Boyd Memorial and the Bandstand & Sun Shelter (all reviewed separately).
At the far end of the Pier is a lighthouse which is surrounded by a defensive battery consisting of several buildings, Officers' Quartes & Guard Room, Artillery Store and Used Ammunition Magazine and the Fog Bell.
The buildings were locked so not possible to go inside, also the steps up to the higher reaches of the Battery were cordoned off, so not able to climb to the top section.
The main feature is the Lighthouse standing tall, with it's brightly painted red lantern housing. The round tower of the lighthouse stands in the centre of a round stone built structure, presumably the Lighthouse keepers house.
Inside the Battery there is an ice-cream kiosk, Teddy's Ice-cream. Sadly at the time of our visit there was a lot of litter, it was related to the ice-cream kiosk, cartons, wrappers and napkins.
Boat trips can be taken from the pier, Dublin Bay Cruises, to Howth, Killinchy, Dalkey Island and the City.
From the Pier there are superb views around Dublin Bay, across to Howth and back to Dun Laoghaire and the former ferry port.Written 4 September 2023
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