Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown town is a place to visit in Dublin Ireland.
The county's tourism motto is "the choice for all seasons" and the message is most apt as the county is home to a dazzling array of activities that attract visitors all year round. Many arrive via the spectacular seaport town of Dun Laoghaire, the county's capital. The town, with one of the finest man-made harbours in the world, is one of Ireland's jewels.
The whole coastal stretch is in fact a series of gems such as Sandycove, Bulloch and Colliemore harbours, Dalkey - an Irish heritage town, Dalkey Island and White Rock Strand. A trip along the coast takes you from Booterstown Bird Sanctuary past the charming town of Blackrock to the heights of the Vico Road and the breathtaking vista of Killiney Bay, often compared to the Bay of Naples.
Within twenty minutes of the coast, you can be Hill walking, Horse riding, Golfing or enjoying a host of other activities all set in spectacular countryside. The villages and towns are enchanting and offer a range of eating and drinking houses with live traditional music for all to enjoy.
All over the county you can park your car with ease and take advantage of the incredible range of shopping, offering real value for money and, of course, the friendly service for which the town is renowned.
EAT DRINK AND BE MERRY
A visit to Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown isn't complete without an evening in one of the restaurants which offer an astonishing choice of dishes from traditional Irish fare to wonderful food from all over the world.
The towns and villages are renowned for their eateries and traditional pub food reaches its zenith throughout the county. The unique invention, the Irish Pub, is the cornerstone of many a visit to Ireland. Be sure and check out the craic while you explore Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. Traditional Irish music venues, night time entertainment, sophisticated bars and simple public houses entice the visitor no matter what their preference.
CULTURE AND HISTORY
Jame Joyce that great Irishman of letters saw fit to base the opening chapter of his masterpiece Ulysses in the striking round Martello Tower in Sandycove. A visit to the museum inhabiting the Tower today is a must for everyone. You can always take a stroll over to the nearby and magnificent National Maritime Museum.
Located in the historic Mariner's Church and dominated by the enormous optic from the Bailey Lighthouse, the museum pays homage to the unique position of Dun Laoghaire as one of Europe's most important marine towns. The new Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre located in the medieval Goat Castle celebrates the town's magical history. The Centre also offers a programme of music and drama and is another must for visitors. You simply cannot miss the opportunity to attend and even take part in, the numerous traditional Irish Dancing occasions that take place throughout the county all year round.