About Dun Laoghaire

The Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta is not just about Sailing…. Perhaps non sailing family members are looking forward to visit the surroundings! There are many options for exploring the wonderful amenities in Dun Laoghaire Harbour and its town.

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 – a stunning new public library, fine restaurants and friendly, welcoming bars, on-street shopping, two large shopping centres, cinemas and a theatre.

There is an excellent rapid rail transport system which connects with Dublin City just 20 minutes away. Historically, Dún Laoghaire and its surrounding villages of  Sandycove and Dalkey have lots to offer visitors – 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.

Local Attractions

  • James Joyce Martello Tower
  • The Queen Victoria Fountain
  • The Mariners Church
  • Monkstown Castle
  • The Obelisk
  • Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
  • The Peoples Park
  • Bullock Castle and Harbour
  • East and West Pier Walks, Dun Laoghaire Harbour
  • A visit to the new Lexicon Public Library
  • East Pier Battery, Dun Laoghaire Harbour

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.

How about a a self-styled walking tour of Dun Laoghaire, download the walking guide to find out all about Dun Laoghaire’s history, and the story behind many of the monuments and structures in this beautiful historic town and shore-front.


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 store

Tourist Information

Tourist Office : County Hall, Marine Rd  Tel : +353 1 2806964  E: info@dlrtourism.ie