Dublin might not boast an iconic lookout point like the London Eye or the Eiffel Tower, but there are still a number of ways to get a great view of the city. Whether sipping a hearty pint of Guinness in the city’s highest bar or watching the sunset from the nearby mountaintop, here are five of the best views over Dublin.
1. Howth Head
The Howth Head peninsula, immortalized in James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses, is one of Dublin’s most picturesque escapes, a rugged headland jutting out over Dublin Bay. Located above the lively Howth village, 15km northeast of the city center, the Howth cliffs are best explored by hiking the hugely popular Howth Coastal Walk. The route offers expansive views over the shoreline, looking down on sights like Lambay Island and the bird sanctuary of Ireland’s Eye but it’s the summit that offers the most famous views – stretching across Dublin Bay and offering an unbeatable view of the city skyline.
2. Guinness Storehouse
One of the city’s most visited tourist attractions and an essential stop-off for beer lovers, a tour of the Guinness Storehouse brings you to the home of Ireland’s most treasured beverage. Once you’ve wandered through the factory and unraveled the fascinating history of the hearty beer, head to the top floor Gravity Bar where you can enjoy a pint (or several) while gawping at the self-proclaimed ‘best view in Dublin’. Few would argue with the spectacular 360-degree panorama and sipping drinks in the city’s highest bar makes for a thrilling experience, with floor to ceiling glass windows surrounding the circular bar.
3. Killiney Hill Park
One of Dublin’s most scenic walks, the 1.6 km jaunt to the peak of Killiney Hill is renowned as one of the most romantic spots to watch the sunset. It’s an atmospheric time to get a view of Dublin, as the sky darkens and the city lights speck the horizon with color, but the views are just as breathtaking in the daylight hours. The hill’s 153-meter summit, crowned by its historic obelisk, offers views over Dublin Bay, the city center and the nearby Wicklow Mountains, with clear days offering a glimpse over the Irish Sea to the distant Welsh Mountains.
4. Etihad Skyline, Croke Park
For the most adrenaline pumping way to snag a view of the city, brave the new Etihad Skyline, a 44-meter high walkway running around the ridge of the Croke Park stadium roof. A guided tour of the walkway, attached to wire harnesses for safety, is the perfect way to get a bird’s eye view of the city, taking in the Dublin Mountains, Dublin Castle, Trinity College, the vast Phoenix Park and zoo, and the landmark Christchurch Cathedral. As Europe’s 4th largest stadium, Croke Park makes an impressive sight in itself and sports enthusiasts can get the inside scoop on the country’s most famous stadium.