A short 40 minute journey by scenic rail to the north of the city centre will bring you to the quaint, sea-side fishing village of Howth. A visit to Howth is an ideal way to spend a few hours and to get a sense of a more rural Ireland in any easily accessible way. Nestled in stunning natural scenery, the charming Howth harbour (and its playful seals) runs adjacent to a stretch of cafés, restaurants and pubs that extends the length of the waterfront before opening to a coastal walkway, bringing you up along a beautiful cliff-line which offers uniquely spectacular views. Howth also offers fascinating history too, from Viking raids, Medieval monuments & ruins, ancient neolithic standing-stones, a castle, a lighthouse, an abbey and 18th Century Martello Tower and was the backdrop to epic battles and even gun-running during the rebellion. And there's nothing like the sea-air to give you an appetite for delicious local fish & chips and a creamy pint before returning to town. The DART, the Dublin commuter train, can be accessed at Tara Street or Connolly station and a return trip to Howth costs just €6.30.