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Where to stay near Dublin, Howth, Dun Laoghaire?

I know this has been asked before, but I wanted to present my circumstances and see what people think.

We will be coming over to Ireland via the ferry at Hollyhead, and then would like to spend a few days near Dublin, making trips into the city, before we head north via train to Belfast.

Keeping that path in mind, for efficiency as well as the benefits of each town, where would you recommend staying?

Dun Laoghaire obviously makes sense, however Howth is appealing because the cliff walks sound nice. Unfortunately on this trip we will not be making it out west, so I thought the Howth cliffs might be a nice addition?

We are interested in pub culture, would you recommend Howth or Dun Laoghaire for that experience?

Any comments regarding the DART and if there is much of a benefit to either town?

Thanks!

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Both Howth and Dun Laoghaire are very easily accessible by DART, Howth being about 20 min north and Dun Laoghaire about 20 min south of the city centre (on the DART). They are both pretty much suburbs of Dublin, (very wealthy suburbs at that), so don't think you'll be getting away from it all by heading there. I personally love Howth; it is beautiful and has a slightly more small-seaside-town feel. Dun Laoghaire doesn't have much nightlife and isn't really that nice. In my (most humble) opinion, the best pubs are in the city centre and the very near suburbs (Rathmines (where I live), Ranalagh, etc) or down the country. I am especially partial to Co. Wicklow which is easily accessible and not very far.
Hope this was somewhat helpful!

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If you're going in the summer and looking for a relatively inexpensive place to stay in central Dublin check out accommodations at Trinity College--they rent dorm rooms from June 14 until October 3. We stayed in a dorm room a couple years ago and it was affordable and in the center of everything.

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We are going to be there in September, which I guess I wrongly assumed was going to be too late in the year to stay at Trinity.

We might have to consider that!

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Looks like they want €120 euro a night, that seems a bit steep for a dorm room... ;-) That's $190 by today's exchange.

I know Dublin is expensive, but I wasn't expecting a dorm to be that much. Am I off base? I'm thinking I could get a better value at a B&B?

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We stayed at a B&B in Dun Laoghaire and found it a nice town.We were close to the Dart which took us into Dublin each day.When we went to the airport we took the double decker bus which was also a very nice ride.

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Sorry maybe I should have clarified, that is the rate for the 2 of us, they charge per person.

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Opps! Didn't realize the cost was per person. Guess the B&B is a probably a better option!

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We just spent the night at Ailesbury House in Rush (accessible by commuter train from Dublin, about 20 minutes). Rush is further from Dublin than Howth, but much prettier. And you can always get the train to Howth as well.

Warm welcome, huge breakfast for 30 Euro pp, double. And the bed was fantastic! Very close to the beach with a storytelling host.

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I stayed at The Ferry House in Dun Laoghaire. It was a bit of a walk from the ferry landing. While the owner was pleasant enough the room was stifling hot (the heat was on) and while Steve's book indicated a discount she not only did not give me a discount but charged 10 Euro more than even her own website stated.

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Mike, Howth is very pleasant and may offer you some options that you are looking for with good access to the city center for Dublin.....

Try the Beachcomber Pub in Dublin....not in the city center but has quite a history...........

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We ended up making arrangements at the Northumberland Lodge in Dun Laoghaire. Our trip is in September, I will let you know how it was!

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My wife and I stayed at Ophira House in Dun Laoghaire and loved it. Nice quiet town, very pretty boardwalk and good restaurants. The DART is nearby and a quick trip in to Dublin.

John and Cathy at Ophira could not have been more accommodating. They even loaned us their laptop when we had a GPS problem!

The cost was about 70 euros ($105) a night total.

Enjoy your trip!