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Titanic display was very enjoyable. Most professional and well organised. Didn't see much of the rest of Belfast this time as mainly doing family history but will go back.
Janet M. 8 May 2015

Dundalk Rundown

Dundalk is the biggest provincial town in Ireland, capital of County Louth, in the east of the country. Dundalk doesn’t put on any airs and graces; it’s a hardworking place, proud of its industrial background – the Port of Dundalk having played an important role in the development of the town. But don’t let Dundalk’s apparent austerity put you off - scratch the surface and you will find much to amuse in this ancient city. From a tourist point of view, Dundalk couldn’t be better sited, mid-way between the cities of Belfast and Dublin.

Much of medieval Dundalk remains to this day and visitors on a ‘getting to know you better’ mission should first head to its museum which is housed in a restored distillery– a landmark attraction featuring an audio visual centre and exhibition gallery. Or take a Castle cruise to get you a better perspective on the place. For a night out, the An Tain Theatre is sure to be showing something to tickle your cultural fancy, with everything from comedy to ballet, opera and music. If it’s a pint of the black stuff you’re after, then head on to the Mean Fiddler in the centre of town.

Dundalk’s Top 10

10.Louth County Museum is award-winning, tracing the history of Dundalk from Mesolithic times.

5. Roche Castle has dramatic views, which the architect must have appreciated as he was being thrown from one of its windows.

9. Battle of the Boyne Tours takes you to the famous site where King William kicked King James into touch back in 1690.

4. Dundalk Greyhound Stadium Go to the dogs then stay on to celebrate your winnings (or not).

8. Carlingford Adventure Centre is for water babies and action men and women. Windsurf, rock climb kayak and abseil to your heart’s content.

3. Kiln Park Golf Club Two tricky greens with islands on the river should be a challenge.

7. Proleek Dolmen This ancient portal grave is said to weigh over 40 tonnes.

2. The Cooley Peninsula Legendary site of the battle between Queen Meabh and Cu Chulainn – over a bull apparently. Great walking territory.

6. St Peter’s Roman Catholic Church is home to the shrine of Oliver Plunkett. Well his head is here – the other three quarters being sent elsewhere.

1. Dundalk Ice Dome Where you can show off your skills or hang onto the side.

Dundalk Events

Step back in time at Dundalk’s Heritage & Harvest Festival in May for traditional entertainment, vintage cars, antique stalls and a fab food fair.

Ireland’s patron saint would definitely approve of the St Patrick Day Parade in March. A colourful procession fills Dundalk’s streets with music, dance and floats.

The County Louth Agricultural Show in June is a fun-packed day of eccentric traditional events in Dundalk – such as the ‘wife carrying’ race. Just don’t get any ideas.

The National Poultry Races in March or April has to be Easter’s wackiest event. Watch Dundalk’s poultry run to the finish line in the Scrambled Egg Stakes (you couldn’t make this stuff up).

Enjoy a cold beer and some hot tunes at the Edgestock Music Festival in June. Dancing encouraged at this Dundalk event.

Dundalk’s Prawn Festival (yes really!) in July is a great place to sample the freshest seafood around along with live music.

Celebrate Dundalk’s ghostly goings on at the Spooktacular Halloween Craft and Food Fair at the end of October.

It’s time for food and fun in May when the Taste of Carlingford Food Festival takes over Dundalk for three days.

Strut your stuff at the Drogheda Samba Festival in June. A three day celebration of Brazilian, Latin and African music and dance, a short distance from Dundalk.

Dundalk’s streets come alive in October for the 10 day Tain Festival. Entertainment, shopping and a Chinese Lantern ceremony.

When to Go

· Like the rest of Ireland the climate in Dundalk can be summed up as somewhat damp, but mild and no real temperature extremes. It has an oceanic climate like most of northwest Europe, with generally warm summers and mild winters.

· Summer temperatures rarely exceed 30°C and on average they are around 22°C in the daytime. In winter temps can drop well below zero, but are in the main around 4-6°C.

· Ireland as a whole suffers from abundant rainfall, and you are likely to encounter showers whatever time of year you go, so go prepared.

Getting There

· Dundalk is easy to get to by road, being on the M1 from Belfast and if you prefer to let others do the driving Bus Eireann runs a service from Dublin Airport and Drogheda on a daily basis. The bus station is situated in the town centre.

· Irish Rail trains run from Bray, Dublin and Drogheda as well as Belfast and Dundalk Railway station is located close to the centre.

· The journey time to Dublin Airport is around 45 minutes, from where you can get a full range of domestic and international flights.

Hotels in Dundalk

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From US$75

1 Clayton Hotel Leopardstown formerly Bewleys Leopardstown

3 stars
4.3 / 5 7 reviews

Central Park, Leopardstown Map

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Whether for a business stay or a pleasure getaway, the Clayton Hotel Leopardstown formerly Bewleys Leopardstown offers excellent service and modern accommodation with traditional twist to make your... More

just o.k.
nice bar and restaurant, disappointed with room, not very clean, as well as bathroom,found few hair :-/ in bathtube. disgusted :-( NO KETTLE to make a nice cup of tea even it's BEWLEYS (if you know...
23 May 2014
From US$56

2 The Plaza Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 12 reviews

Belgard Road, Tallaght Map

The Plaza Hotel Tallaght is a modern-designed property that provides chic accommodations, picturesque views of Dublin and Wicklow mountains and proximity to must-visit attractions in Tallaght.... More

Excellent stay
I had an excellent stay at the hotel! It was clean and the room very comfortable. Facilities worked very well and in very good condition. Great location with all required facilities with close...
15 Jul 2015
From US$98

3 The Croke Park Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 17 reviews

Jones Road Map

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Beckoning you with its splendid modern design, stylish accommodation, delightful dining experience and impeccable service, The Croke Park Hotel Dublin places you just across the road from Ireland's... More

Last Night in Ireland was Grand
This hotel was excellent and very modern and clean. The staff were very friendly and funny. They call taxis for you when needed and offer bottles of water you ask at the front desk for your day.
15 Jun 2015
From US$19

4 Generator Hostel Dublin

2 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

Smithfield Square Map

Generator Hostel Dublin is a budget-friendly base suitable for backpackers and tourists looking to spend their time visiting the sites and attractions of Dublin. The strategically located hostel... More

working away
The Generator is a fantastic place and is a great location for me since I do a lot of work as an extra on films and t.v. It means that I can get just about anywhere in the city quite quickly. It is...
25 Aug 2015
From US$85

5 Blooms Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 8 reviews

6 Anglesea Street Map

Advance Purchase

Blooms Hotel Dublin is excellently situated for exploring the city, being located in the lively Temple Bar area - home to Dublin's renowned nightlife and entertainment. The hotel is also within... More

does what it says on the tin
Hotel is a little tired but I knew that before I booked it. Location is prefect and staff were very good. Would and will stay there again.
6 Dec 2014
From US$86

6 Royal Marine Hotel

4 stars
4.6 / 5 15 reviews

Marine Road Map

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Be it business or leisure, Royal Marine Hotel Dublin with its fantastic accommodations and unmatched services welcomes guests for a holiday experience of a lifetime. This hotel is situated on the 4... More

Location, location
Great hotel, delightful location looking out on the sea. The Hotel is spotless. I asked for an early check-in which was granted even though the Hotel was full to capacity the night before. If you...
8 Jul 2015
From US$67

7 Grafton Capital Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 14 reviews

Stephens Street Lower, Dublin 2 Map

Stay 2 nights – save 5%

The friendly and genuine Grafton Hotel Dublin enjoys a premier city centre location near the finest sights in Dublin, such as Temple Bar, Christchurch Cathedral, and City Hall. Graced with a grand... More

praise for enjoyable stay
Recently spent 4 nights at this great hotel. Felt that the bed was too soft so requested a different room with better bed. Quickly given another room and helped by porter to make the move. All...
12 May 2015
From US$47

8 Yeats County Inn Hotel ( Curry )

3 stars
1.0 / 5 1 reviews

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Yeats County Inn Hotel, Sligo, Ireland is a comfortable and relaxing venue for everyone from business traveller to the Bridal Party.We are located in the village of Curry just outside Charlestown,... More

Trip to Ireland West
The Hotel was very noisy both by people coming and going from their rooms and because of the traffic. I had a room at the front of the building and you could hear all the traffic especially from...
30 Sep 2015
From US$100

9 Carlton Hotel Dublin Airport

4 stars
4.5 / 5 17 reviews

Old Airport Road, Cloghran, Dublin Airport Map

US$4.00 off stays of 1 or more nights

Wrapped in an elegant contemporary design and delivered with the highest levels of personal service, the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel, a stylish property with spectacular views over the airport... More

Great Hotel for early morning flight
We were a group of 5 friends going on a ski trip. We went directly from work on Friday evening and had dinner at the hotel when we arrived. Varied menu to cater for all tastes. We arranged to meet...
4 Feb 2015
From US$72

10 Cassidys Hotel

3 stars
4.6 / 5 37 reviews

Upper O Connell Street Map

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Cassidys Hotel Dublin is a classic boutique hotel located in 3 Georgian buildings, across from the famed Gate Theatre. This family-owned hotel boasts luxury amenities like a fitness centre, and is... More

Dublin Trip
Good location and friendly staff. I was in the newer building and it was quite comfortable. Older building has more character but no AC Staff very nice
10 Sep 2015
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