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Summer in the City: the Best Beaches in Dublin

Make the most of the hot weather at these beaches in Dublin

As with the UK, there's no beating Dublin on a clear summer's day. If you're lucky enough to be in Ireland when the weather isn't grim, it's worth heading out to one of the many beaches in Dublin for a laidback day trip.

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Dalkey Island

Take a break from the bustle of central Dublin and head out to peaceful Dalkey Island. While there isn't so much a beach per se, there are a number of water activities to get stuck into (kayaking, anybody)? After you've had your fun splashing about, head further into the town that big Irish names like Van Morrison and Colin Farrell once called home. Don't forget make time for a pit stop at the impressive Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre!

Portmarnock Beach

This award-winning beach is just a stone's throw from Portmarnrock Hotel's internationally renowned golf course, making it a great place to head with the family while keen golfers tee off on the green. The long expansive stretch of sand is absolutely stunning and total Instagram goals - don't forget to pack a ball for a game of volleyball at the court.

South Beach

Located just a couple of minutes from the heart of Skerries, this long stretch of sand is a favourite with Dubliners when the warm weather kicks in. With two and a half kilometres of sand, lifeguards and the beautiful Rockabill Lighthouse in the distance, pack a picnic basket and a blanket for seaside vibes. Once you've had enough of the sand, Skerries is an absolutely charming town and the charming Skerries Mill is worth a quick visit.


It's impossible not to fall in love with this postcard-picture beach. Surrounded by lush green grass and dark waters, the beach is 3.5 kilometres long and dotted with sand dunes. Take a stroll along the water and make time to stop at a few of its rock pools to meet the maritime residents. The views from here are unbeatable, with Howth Peninsula, Lambray Island and Malahide Estuary rising in the background.

Forty Foot - It was exclusively a gentlemen's bathing place but now it is open to women and children. The water is really cold!

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If you're feeling brave, a trip to Sandycove is a great choice for adventure travellers who aren't afraid of heights. Besides its beach, there's something called the 40 Foot - a towering spot where Dubliners have leapt boldly into the waters below for centuries. If you're also a bit of a bookworm, it's worth noting that the Martello Tower mentioned in the James Joyce epic Ulysses is nearby as well as a museum dedicated to the writer.

Aquazone National Aquatic Centre

Okay, okay, technically we're bending the rules a little here as Aquazone isn't a beach, however with a huge range of slides, flumes, pools and water activities available, it's a great city spot to visit when you're in the mood for a cool-down. One of the most innovative water parks in Europe, Aquazone is one of Dublin's most popular family-friendly attractions.

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