The best place to watch the sunset in Dublin Ireland?
I love helping people explore some of the most beautiful spots in Dublin. When visiting Ireland’s capital city, most Dublin itineraries involve a visit to the book of Kells at Trinity College, Shop till they drop on Grafton Street and pull their very own pint at the Guinness Storehouse.
There is no denying, with sunny weather, Ireland is easily one of the most breathtaking countries in the world. The green scenery, stunning beaches and peaceful mountains (ok, ok … hills) really come to life when the sun shines. One of my favourite things to do is catch the sunset in Dublin Ireland. And that is why I have decided to put together this guide to help my readers find the best place to watch sunset in Dublin. The guide will feature top sunset locations, how to get there and a little bit of information about each place.
Howth is a small fishing village located on the North side of Dublin City. It is a great place to grab a bag if chips and enjoy the sky change from day to night. In fact, it is the only place in Dublin where you can see the sunset directly on the waterfront.
Getting There: It takes 30 minutes to reach Howth on the DART. Directions can be seen on Google Maps. Those wanting to drive can use on street pay and display parking.
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2. Dun Laoghaire Pier
Dun Laoghaire is possibly the best place to watch sunset in dublin. The seaside town is the perfect place to relax and take in the view as the sky changes from dusk to dawn. It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk down the east pier, the suns reflection can be seen anywhere from this walk. And on a sunny day, you’re sure to see the sky light up with breathtaking colours. Dun Laoghaire is the perfect location for a romantic date by the sea, with many restaurants nearby.
Getting There: Dun Laoghaire can be easily reached from the city centre by using the dart or bus services. Directions can be seen on Google Maps. There is also several on street parking options for those looking to drive (majority pay and display).
3. Bray Head
Okay, so the next two locations are slightly cheating cause technically they are located in County Wicklow, not Dublin, however, with easy access from the city centre via the Dart, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy these spectacular views. In Fact, bray is one of my favourite place to visit on a Day Trip from Dublin. Bray is another seaside town in Ireland. Hiking up bray head offers an outstanding view of the sunset. The hike take a little under a half hour and is a great way to spend the evening with friends or family. You could even make a day out of it and do the Bray to Greystones walk, just make sure you make it back in time for sunset.
Getting there: Once again bray is easy to reach via car, bus or dart. Directions can be seen on Google Maps.
4. Bray Seafront sunset Dublin ireland
Sometimes it is important to look in the opposite direction to where the sun is setting. Walking along Bray’s seafront is such a relaxing experience, especially when you’re faced with such beautiful colours. There is something special about this place and it is defiantly worth a visit.
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5. The Hell Fire Club sunset Dublin Ireland
The Hellfire club is one of my favourite places to watch the sunset in Dublin Ireland. If you like nature, the great outdoors and breathtaking views, then the hellfire club is the place for you. It is the perfect place for a picnic as you watch the sun light up Dublin City. The Hell Fire Club is located on the top of Montpellier hill, a 30-minute drive from the city centre. Be sure to bring your camera to capture spectacular views of the city from the mountain top. Check out my Dublin’s Hellfire Club blog post for more information on the hills trails, spooky past and more. Getting There: As mentioned above the Hell Fire Club is a 30 minute drive from the city centre. Unfortunately, there are no public transport options at the moment. A taxi would cost between 25 to 35 euros from the city. There are many hiking trails in the area, therefore making it the perfect spot to spend the day.
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6. Ticknock Dublin sunset
Much like the Hell Fire Club, Ticknock is another mountainous location to watch the sunset in Dublin Ireland. In fact, it is one of the most scenic walks in Dublin. Making it the ideal spot for those who love to hike and enjoy the great outdoors. Head straight for the ruins of the ‘fairy castle’ to witness a beautiful sunset along the hillside. Then as you return back down the mountain, catch the sky change colours over the city view. Don’t forget to wrap up warm though, it can get chilly once the sun goes in. Getting there: Once again, ticknock can only be reached via car. Directions can be seen on Google Maps.
Deciding where to watch sunset in Dublin can be a hard task with all these wonderful locations to explore. I hope this guide helped narrow down some Dublin sunset spots worth visiting. For me, the best sunset in Dublin would have to be at Dublin’s Hellfire Club. On a clear day, the suns rays reflecting against Dublin City is magical.
Planning on staying a few days in Ireland? Check out some more of my posts that will help you organise your trip!
- FREE Things to do in Dublin
- Dublin Hidden Gems
- 4 day Dublin Itinerary
- One Day Dublin Itinerary
- Best Walks in Dublin
- The Best Place to Watch the Sunset in Dublin
- The Top Days Trips from Dublin
- Explore the hiking trails in Glendalough (Wicklow National Park)
- Visit the Hellfire Club – Dublin’s Spooky Building Ruins
- Ireland Packing List
- Guide to Hiking Ireland’s Stairway to Heaven
- All You Need to Know About the Cliffs of Moher
- A Self Guided to the Giants Causeway
- The Bray to Greystones Walk: All There is to Know About the Trail
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