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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

Recommended hotels

From US$110

1 Trinity City Hotel (formerly Trinity Capital Hotel)

4 stars
4.4 / 5 52 reviews

Pearse Street, Dublin 2 Map

Book in advance and save

The remodelled Trinity City Hotel (formerly Trinity Capital Hotel) is a stylish boutique hotel that is housed on a historical site. This charming hotel features contemporary and eclectic decor,... More

girls few days away
Lobby & down stairs lovely... But had very bad experience with reception staff....one male extremely unhelpful & sarcastic. Our room was not as it looked on the website....dark & rather...
21 Aug 2015
From US$57

2 Cassidys Hotel

3 stars
4.6 / 5 37 reviews

Upper O Connell Street Map

FREE WiFi Access

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
From US$77

3 BEST WESTERN PLUS Academy Plaza Hotel

3 stars
4.7 / 5 60 reviews

Findlater Place Map

Save 15% on a one night stay

BEST WESTERN PLUS Academy Plaza Hotel Dublin is the only to achieve its prestigious 4-star status. Known for exceptional service, the redesigned hotel is close to famed sights like St. Stephens... More

First Anniversary
First impressions were that the hotel looked dated and in a noisy location with major construction going on next door. Check in was unnecessarily weary with lack of understanding from the...
9 Sep 2015
From US$56

4 Aspect Hotel Park West

3 stars
3.0 / 5 6 reviews

Nangor Road Map

FREE shuttle bus to City at weekends, book in adv

With its convenient location, friendly service and comfortable accommodations, Aspect Hotel Park West makes for an ideal base while on business or leisure. Guests can visit the Drimnagh Castle or... More

aspect review
Nice stay. Ok value for money. Good location if you have a car. Clean rooms. Polite and helpful staff.
3 Mar 2014
From US$51

5 The Plaza Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 13 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

1 night stay
Staff were great. Hotel room was clean but needs refurbishing
4 Nov 2015
From US$90

6 Dunadry Hotel & Country Club

4 stars
3.0 / 5 2 reviews

2 Islandreagh Drive Map

Stay 3 nights and Save 15%

Whatever the purpose of your visit, be it business, a holiday or a celebration your stay at the Dunadry will be an enjoyable and memorable one. GeneralThe hotel is ideal for small weddings and... More

Round Robin Trip
Good location and pool and gym were great add on.. yes it may be a little off 4 star but overall really enjoyed it
20 Apr 2015
From US$60

7 Blooms Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 9 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

Good location
a good location in Dublin, but it did not meet the basic expectations that we required as international travellers. Our room was located over the hotel nightclub which made it hard to sleep on the...
23 Oct 2015
From US$54

8 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$112

9 The Gibson Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 8 reviews

Point Village Map

The Gibson Hotel Dublin is located right in the heart of the bustling centre of Dublin. The recently built property is within close proximity to all major attractions and is especially convenient... More

Fantastic Hotel, Staff so helpful and pleasant
The Luas is outside the door of the hotel, which brings you into the city in ten minutes. The 3 Arena is also at it's doorstep if you fancy going to a concert
16 Jul 2015
From US$41

10 Lynams Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 14 reviews

63-64 O'Connell Street Map

Lynams Hotel Dublin comprises two adjoining Georgian town houses and is situated in lively O'Connell Street in the city centre. The hotel mixes tradition with comfort and is within easy walking... More

Need exhost fan in toilet,need clock.
Great location.Heart of the town. Staff very friendly.Very clean room.
10 Aug 2015
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