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Overview
You don’t need to spend the day sitting on a bus to see rural Ireland! Visit Howth, an ancient fishing village just outside of Dublin, surrounded by nature and steeped in legends. Spend seven hours in this beautiful setting and find yourself lost in time. 
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Barnardo Square
Barnardo Square, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, IrelandYour Day Trip to Howth starts at the Barnardo Square next to City Hall. Look for the SANDEMANs NEW Europe team with a red t-shirt and red umbrella.
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    SANDEMANs NEW Dublin, Free Walking Tour
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 2
    Howth Castle
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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  • 3
    Ben of Howth
    Stop: 45 minutes -
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  • 4
    Howth Shipyard
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 5
    Baily Lighthouse
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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  • 6
    Howth Martello Tower
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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  • 7
    Howth Head
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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You'll return to the starting point
Highlights
  • Experience the beauty of the Irish countryside town of Howth near Dublin
  • Get up close to nature with six miles of walking, some of it off-path
  • Family-friendly tour with a history angle
  • Stroll along the sea cliffs and visit W. B. Yeats’ boyhood home
What to Expect
Meet your group at Barnardo Square, after which you take a short train ride to Howth, a historic fishing village north of Dublin. In Howth, explore the village including its lighthouse, Martello Tower, and Howth Castle (home to a megalithic tomb). The tour continues with a walk along the sea cliff, where guillemots and seals are often spotted. After taking in the dramatic scenery, visit the boyhood home of Irish poet W. B. Yeats. This seaside village is known for its fresh seafood and traditional pubs. The tour includes round-trip train tickets, but you can remain in Howth to explore independently after the walking tour finishes.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Barnardo Square, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Departure Time
9:30 AM
Duration
6h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Return train tickets
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks (on purchase)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children 13 or under are welcome to join the tour for free. You will need to purchase a train ticket for them on the day (€2.75 return)
  • The tour covers approximately 6 miles of walking over a 3-5 hour period, occasionally off path and ascending/descending steep gradients
  • Please ensure that you are wearing suitable footwear (i.e. no heels or flip flops)
  • This tour is not recommended for pushchairs or for those less able to walk unassisted
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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The hike is worth the view, going through the beautiful trees and making your way up the somewhat steep hill is nothing once you get to the top and see all of Howth. I’m happy I booked this trip.
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We hade a great time,the best tourguide ever and beautyfull sights. The day was perfekt,sunny and bright :)
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It was such a joy joining your tour. Especially, in the rhododendron-wood among all the leprechauns (unfortunately yesterday they were hidden, maybe next time ;)) Although the city centre isn’t that far away (approx. 30 min. ride by train) it felt like wild nature. Our
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I was unable to make this tour due to my purse being stolen with passport. The staff were very understanding and took my email in efforts to see what reimbursement could be arranged. Although I haven’t received a follow up I really appreciated their sympathy. They also informed
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Go prepared to hike. The views are amazing so take lots of pictures. We stopped for a picnic halfway through which was really nice.
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By: SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Dublin
22,620 reviews
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FellowTraveler313876
Freshford, United Kingdom
11
Very disappointed
Very disappointed. They say "Rain or shine, all of our tours run as scheduled" ….. not true. We booked, turned up
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Sassabean
12
Loved it!
We absolutely loved this tour! Such an awesome experience and the stories were super interesting! Our guide was
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tamasjoo89
10
Great tour
I had a great time with John on the free walking tour! Thanks a lot, it was funny and interesting at the same
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Launor8
11
Pub crawl
I did the pub crawl on Saturday. The tour is great for meeting people and the guide was really nice. However, In
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ACnr29
Christies Beach, Australia
53
Great evening
Interesting tales and a fantastic glimpse of the city. Well worth it. A perfect way to spend a couple of
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marlenev750
10
Awesome Free Walking Tour
Great Free Walking Tour where you learn a lot about the city and Irish history and culture. And the tour guide was
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Claire33m
Colchester, United Kingdom
5939
Highly recommended
We did the free walking tour with Patrick as our guide . Have done lots of free walking tours before , and this
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jbex618
146
too much walking, not enough crawling
This pub crawl really missed the mark for me. Obviously there are tons of pubs and clubs in Dublin to explore, so
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K8010HFemilyb
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
113
below average :(
My friend & I had really high hopes for this pub crawl after going on an amazing one earlier in our trip in a
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Nanor722
Los Angeles, California
91
Such a fun tour with Wally!
We had such a fun time touring the main sights of Dublin with Wally. Not only was he extremely knowledgeable in
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Gordon8410
10
Sublime Free Walking Tour
One of the best free walking tours I have been on! Our tour guide John was so knowledgeable and great fun! Would
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Gregfrompreston
Preston, United Kingdom
233
Free walking tour led by Ciearan Behan
Considering it was early January a group of about 20 on a Friday afternoon seemed surprising. Interesting walk
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tlynnc94
Anaheim, California
10
Worth it
The hike is worth the view, going through the beautiful trees and making your way up the somewhat steep hill is
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TripMember01072020
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
6856
Not disappointed
Having done many other 'free' walking tours in other locations, we had an expectation of what was to be delivered,
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L1487GWdavidw
Chelsea, United Kingdom
426
Wally was great!
We did the free walking tour with Wally. Really interesting tour, great tour guide! Great start to our weekend
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