Explore the Area around Dublin Airport by Car
Dublin Airport is the chief gateway into Ireland, this busy travel hub sees over 20 million passengers travel through Dublin Airport on an annual basis. There is a good public transport network that can take you straight into Dublin City Centre. However, many people choose to hire a car for the convenience, especially if their journey is beyond the city centre.
Before you even enter Dublin City Centre there are many tourist attractions and destinations close to the airport that are well worth a visit. These can either be a great place to start your holiday ion Ireland or end it before dropping you hire car back.
Must-See Places Close To Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport is situated about 15 kilometres north of the city centre. The airport’s surrounding area mainly consists of suburban areas but there are locations and structures of historic and cultural significance. By renting a car at Dublin Airport you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to access everything this area has to offer on your own time, following your own compass.
Dublin City Centre
Dublin City is a vibrant city that boasts a long fascinating history as well as a cultural experience like no other. When visiting Dublin City you should endeavour to pay a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, Phoenix Park, and Kilmainham Gaol. Throughout the city you’ll find a plethora of museums, theatres, performing arts venues, shopping facilities, top class restaurants and a litter of traditional Irish pubs waiting for you. Whether you’re here to uncover the vast history of Ireland’s capital or experience the world renowned Irish pub culture, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Dublin City.
The coastal town of Portmarnock is located about 10 kilometres east of Dublin Airport and is a town chock full of scenic beauty as well as a warm welcome. The main attraction here is the award winning beach that stretches for 10 kilometres along Ireland’s eastern coastline. The beach is nick-named the ‘Velvet Strand’ because of its beautiful smooth sand along the beach. This is a very popular destination for kite and wind surfers.
The town of Malahide has a long history stretching back to Viking times as its position on the Broadmeadow Estuary was of great strategic importance. Today you’ll find an ever growing town full of convenient amenities and plenty of pubs and restaurants in a setting of scenic grandeur. Malahide Castle is the focal point of the town, residing in a parkland in the centre of the townland. The castle was built in 1185 by a knight, Richard Talbot was granted the land by the then king, Henry II. The Talbot family went on to live in the castle for the next 791 years. The castle and its grounds are open to visitors for tours of the splendid walled gardens and the castle itself. Malahide is a short journey north of Dublin Airport and is well worth a visit upon arrival or departure at Dublin Airport.
In the late 12th century John Comyn, the archbishop of Dublin, was in need of a permanent residence. Swords Castle was built for this purpose, an impressive structure featuring a large perimeter wall and rising towers. The castle has been in ruin since 1324 and its interior is unfortunately closed to the public but work has gotten underway in recent times to restore the castle. It’s worth the visit for history enthusiasts just to marvel at the impressive ruin. It’s a very short trip from Dublin Airport by car and won’t take a huge amount of time to enjoy.
Portrane and Rush Beaches
A holiday in Ireland isn’t always accompanied with visions of days spent on the beach, but Ireland does in fact have some beautiful strands of golden sand. There are two situated very close to Dublin Airport, Portrane and Rush. Both have won awards and feature rolling sand dunes. These are popular destinations for kite and wind surfers.
Newbridge House & Farm
Twenty minutes north of Dublin Airport one can visit Newbridge House and Farm, a grand estate boasting a rich history stretching back to the 18th century. The grounds encompass 370 acres of land featuring a thoroughly enjoyable farm and ruins of an age old castle. Newbridge House and Farm is the perfect stop for visiting families as the farm is chock full of friendly farm animals.
The coastal town of Skerries, half an hours’ drive from Dublin Airport, is the home of Skerries Mill that traces its history back to the 16th century. Those who visit the mill, that still features two working windmills and a watermill, will gain a unique insight into Ireland as it was from the 16th to the 19th century.
Lusk Round Tower
The round towers found in Ireland were predominantly built by monks to protect themselves and their belonging from raiding forces such as the Vikings. The Lusk Round Tower dates back to the 9th century and features nine floors standing 27 metres tall. The townland of Lusk is a short 15 minute drive from Dublin Airport.
Thirty minutes’ drive north of Dublin Airport in the townland of Balbriggan you can visit an 18th century castle residing in a 200 acre demesne. Ardgillan Castle is a beautiful structure whose beauty is only topped by the surrounding gardens. The castle is under the ownership of the state so the entirety of the grounds are open to the public.
Make Time for Dublin Airport
Most people who arrive in Dublin Airport will instantly travel into the city centre or join one of the major roadways to journey further afield but the area of north Dublin has plenty to offer, in particular to those interested in Ireland’s rich history. There’s plenty to see and do and by hiring a car you give yourself the freedom and flexibility to explore this historic region before starting your journey across Ireland or into the capital city.