Planning a trip to Dublin for the weekend or maybe you have some time to spare before you fly out of Dublin Airport? Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport is ideally located near Howth Village which has many attractions that will leave you amazed, there is so much to do and learn whether it is a family day out or you are travelling on your own.
Howth Castle is the ancestral home of the Lawrence family who still live there today. The beautiful green land covers 450 acres and is unrivalled in North County Dublin.
St Mary’s Abbey was an original church in Howth village, founded by Sitric, the Viking King of Dublin around 1042. It was replaced by an abbey in 1235 before the present church was built in the late 14th century and is steeped in history.
Things to Do
The National Transport Museum of Howth is renowned for having an eclectic mix of old vehicles, it is home to Ireland’s only assembly of road transport. More than 60 vehicles including old Dublin buses, lorries, war trucks, fire engines, trams and tractors, from more than a century are on show for the public and is a wonderful attraction.
Visit the Museum of Vintage Radio in the Martello Tower (entrance opposite Abbey Tavern pub on the main street of Howth Village). The museum is located in a recently restored Martello Tower overlooking the harbour of Howth, Co. Dublin. Here you can see hundreds of vintage radios, music boxes, gramophones. Martello towers are small defensive forts built around the British Empire.
In Irish Mythology Oscar the son of Oisin and strongest of all The Fianna an independent band of warriors who protected Ireland died in the battle of the Gabhra. Aideen, Oisin’s wife who later died of a broken heart is said to have been laid to rest in Howth and her tomb can be seen in the grounds of Howth castle.
Fresh food is available in the Howth Farmers Market and is open on Saturdays and Sundays 10:00am to 5:00pm. A fantastic selection of Irish and international foods is available to snack on while you browse handmade jewellery, clothes, candles, soaps and more for you to bring home. You can also find a lot of monuments of historical interest in Howth Village;
- The Ready Boat Pillar: Consists of 4 portraits of 4 mythological faces of Howth representing different ages in the history
- King George’s Footprints: celebrate the occasion when King George first set foot on Irish soil in August 1821
- Monument to lives lost at Sea: In memory of all those fishermen that died bravely at sea
- RNLI Lifeboat Station: the primary rescue service for seafarers in the north Dublin area
- Realt na Mára; built in 2013 at Howth pier is a monument built on the East peir.
- A Plaque commemorating the Asgard a boat a ship that was involved in gun running, commemorates the delivery of 900 rifles for the Irish volunteers at Howth Harbour to fight for the freedom of Ireland in July 1914.
In Howth Village you can also enjoy a lot of popular leisure activities like hill walking and hiking trails, water-sports including fishing and swimming, boat trips to Ireland’s eye, and food festivals like the annual prawn festival. The hotel is perfect base for your family day out if you want a good placed hotel to stay overnight and relax.
Enjoy your Vitality Breakfast before you head to Howth for the day and when you return there are a number of dining options to suit all of the family before you rest your weary head in one of our fantastic rooms. Every single family room is formed by a double bed, single bed and small double pull out sofa bed. These family rooms are perfect for 2 adults and 3 children up to the age of 12.