Howth Harbour dates back more than 200 years, with the West Pier being the eldest of the two that we have here.
Howth Harbour is one of the oldest working harbours to date here in Ireland so although you’ll find that restaurants seem to have taken over, expect to find all the boats and equipment needed to catch such seafood right on these eateries doorsteps. We have trawlers and smaller shellfish boats coming in and out of the harbour day in and day out, hauling fish whenever a boat lands. Howth is after all a traditional fishing village, so we’re proud to say that the fishing industry is and hopefully always will be the most affluent facet of our little town.
The East Pier, Howth’s more scenic of the two was built in 1807 with the ever popular lighthouse right at the end having been fully completed in 1821. It’s said that the stone of which is granite that our Piers are made of come from the Dalkey Quarry in South Dublin, making Howth Harbour and its rival, Dun Laoghaire Harbour are for all intents and purposes cut from the same cloth.
The same year the lighthouse was finished, King George IV was said to have visited us. Rumoured to have enjoyed his time here so much, a local stonemason carved his footprints into the granite at the end of the west pier, which are still there to this day.
Over the years, Howth has become one of the busiest harbours in Ireland. With its huge emphasis on seafood restaurants, a large scale yacht club and the erection of a modernised middle pier purely for the fishing fleets. As a result Howth has become not only the busiest harbour but the largest fishing port on Ireland’s East coast.
Go for one of the most beautiful strolls in Howth along the East Pier or grab a bite to eat on the West Pier, fancy something even more adventurous? Catch the ferry at the end of the West Pier and go and explore Ireland’s Eye for a few hours or perhaps just the boat trip.
“Lifetime experience! You must see if you visit Dublin. Sunsets are especially mind blowing from this spot!”
“If you’re in the Dublin area, I absolutely recommend a trip here. The local town is filled with things to do and see. The local food is also very good. And the lighthouse is charming and historical.”