Ultimate Guide to Dun Laoghaire Baths

Splash into Adventure: Your Guide to Dun Laoghaire Baths

Ever wondered why there aren’t any ‘actual baths’ at Dún Laoghaire Baths?

Well, buckle up, because the answer takes us on a delightful journey through the history and culture of this coastal gem.

If you want a splash of history, we’ve created a handy explorer’s guide below for your fun and relaxation.

Why are there no baths in Dún Laoghaire Baths?

There are no baths at Dún Laoghaire Baths because they were torn down back in 1997 due to safety concerns. Now, they’re turning it into a cool public swimming spot and even throwing in an urban beach.

Historical Overview of Dún Laoghaire Baths

Early Years

Early Years
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Dún Laoghaire Baths is a cool historic spot where people used to take a dip in either fresh or saltwater. Back in the day, around 1843, it was exclusive to the fancy folks of its town.

But the baths went through quite a transformation. In 1896, the Kingston Urban District Council swooped in, gave it a makeover in 1911, and changed the name to Kingstown Baths (later Dún Laoghaire Baths).

Fast forward to the 1930s, and they went all out—more pools, changing rooms, a tearoom, a lounge, and even laundry. It became a great spot to chill, and the best part? It wasn’t too heavy on the wallet.

Closure and Preservation Efforts

By 1997, the Dún Laoghaire Baths had seen better days and just stopped working altogether. But there’s a silver lining. In 2002, a bunch of people from Save Our Seafront stepped in and were determined to give these baths a new lease on life.

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. Since 2005, there have been all sorts of plans for the old baths site—apartments, shops, restaurants, even an indoor pool and a seaside park.

Sounds pretty cool, right? But guess what? None of these plans actually took off because the public wasn’t having it.

Proposed Development Plans

Proposed Development Plans
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In March 2015, the council rolled out yet another plan for the Dún Laoghaire Baths site. Picture this: a public space, a walkway, sprucing up the old buildings, and even throwing in a new jetty. 

But, and it’s a big but, there were no ‘actual baths’ in this plan. Bit of a head-scratcher, right?

Now, the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company had this wild idea to create an urban beach complete with a pool on a boat, filled with warm, clean seawater. Sounds like a dream, but they eventually waved goodbye to that idea too.

Then, in April 2018, the council teamed up with builders Siac and Mantovani to cook up a fresh plan for the baths and the surrounding public area.

Exciting, right? Well, not for everyone. Some folks weren’t too thrilled because, you guessed it, this new plan also didn’t include actual baths!

Reopening of Dún Laoghaire Baths

After a whopping 17 years of campaigning, the Dún Laoghaire baths are officially back in action! They’ve undergone this impressive 18 million euro makeover, and many might say it’s quite the glow-up.

We’re talking about a brand new pavilion building, a 35-meter jetty complete with seats, a cosy changing shelter, a beautifully restored Edwardian gazebo in the beach garden, and to top it off, a snazzy new walkway from Newtownsmith.

The one thing that didn’t make the cut in this makeover was the pool that the campaigners were rooting for.

They mentioned that a seawater pool could be on the horizon, but it’s got to jump through the hoops of planning permission first—fingers crossed for a pool party in the future!

How to Get There

How to Get There
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Getting to Dún Laoghaire Baths is a breeze, and you’ve got options galore:

By Train 

Duration: About 23 minutes

Cost: Between €3 and €6

Just hop on the train at Dublin Connolly station, headed for Dun Laoghaire station. From there, it’s a scenic 10-minute stroll along the coast to the baths.

By Bus

Duration: About 31 minutes

Cost: Between €3 and €4

Hop on Line 7 from Merrion Square North to Crofton Avenue. Lucky for you, the bus stop is a stone’s throw away from the baths, so minimal walking is on the agenda.

By Taxi

Duration: About 16 minutes

Cost: Between €20 and €25

Feeling a bit fancy, or maybe you just want the easiest ride? Grab a taxi straight from Dublin City to Dún Laoghaire. It’s a breeze, especially if you’ve got luggage or need a bit of extra comfort.

By Car

If you’re rolling in with your own set of wheels, here are the deets:

Option 1: Take the N11 via Stillorgan, a major road linking Dublin and Wexford.

Option 2: Cruise down the R118 via Blackrock, a coastal road that hits up some charming seaside towns.

Both routes are well-marked, and in regular traffic, you’re looking at a smooth 20-minute ride. Easy peasy!

What to See and Do in the Area

People’s Park

ADDRESS Park Rd, Glasthule, Co. Dublin
OPERATING HOURSOpen daily - 8 AM to 8 PM

You can’t visit Dún Laoghaire Baths without checking out the gem that is The People’s Park. This park is a total must-see and it won’t cost you a penny!

Here, you can enjoy the tea rooms for some laid-back sipping, a bustling weekend market, elegant fountains, a playground for the kiddos, and even a fragrant garden specially crafted for the blind—talk about thoughtful!

And for those feeling a bit fancy, there’s also a restaurant nearby with a view that’ll make your jaw drop.

Sunday Market (CoCo Market)

ADDRESSThe People's Park, Glenageary Rd Lower, Glenageary, Co. Dublin
OPERATING HOURSEvery Sunday - 10 AM to 4 PM

Sundays in Dún Laoghaire are like a feast for your senses, especially if you’re a foodie and craft enthusiast. The CoCo Market fills the People’s Park and the LexIcon Centre with over 50 stalls of yummy eats, baked treats, and handmade goodies.

You can have a food adventure, nibbling on hot, scrumptious bites, snagging artisan bread straight out of a baker’s dream, and admiring beautiful jewellery and other unique creations. 

The market’s also got this lively, bustling vibe. And if you step into the LexIcon, there’s a whole food village waiting to be explored. 

LexIcon Library And Cultural Centre

ADDRESSHaigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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OPERATING HOURSMonday to Thursday - 9:30 AM to 8 PM

Friday & Saturday - 9:30 AM to 5 PM

Sunday - 12 PM to 4 PM

A stone’s throw away from Dún Laoghaire Baths, the LexIcon Library and Cultural Centre is a real showstopper! It’s flooded with light and shelves upon shelves of books—a haven for culture lovers and bookworms alike. 

You’ve got a world of wonders here. There’s the library, a gallery filled with captivating art, an auditorium where you’ll catch some fascinating talks or performances, and the Local Studies floor, perfect for diving into the rich history.

Most days, this cultural gem is wide open for exploration. Though, keep in mind that it takes a breather on bank holidays. 

National Maritime Museum Of Ireland

ADDRESSHaigh Terrace, Moran Park, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS00 353 (0)1 280 0969 / 00 353 (0)1 2143 964

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OPERATING HOURSOpen daily - 11 AM to 5 PM

If you’re swinging by Dún Laoghaire Baths, you cannot miss the National Maritime Museum of Ireland. It’s housed in this old church where sailors used to offer up their prayers, and it’s a real treasure trove of the town’s maritime history.

In here, there’s a legit ship’s radio room that’ll transport you back in time—a Titanic exhibit that’s sure to send chills down your spine. There are also relics from the RMS Leinster, the ship that met its fate nearby during World War I. 

And that’s not all—there are ship models here that’ll make your inner sailor giddy, navigation tools that tell tales of seafaring adventures, and even the light from the iconic Baily Lighthouse.

Dublin Bay Cruises

ADDRESSE Pier, Glasthule, Co. Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS+353 1 9011757

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A stellar tip for making the most of your time at Dún Laoghaire Baths is to jump on the Dublin Bay Cruise! You’ll see amazing sights, like Dalkey Island and its cute seals, while sipping a drink and listening to fun facts.

What’s even cooler is that the cruise links up Dublin City Centre, Dún Laoghaire, and Howth. So, you’ve got this fantastic opportunity to explore the coastline without breaking a sweat.

Oh, and here’s a bonus—bring your bike along or snag a sweet discount on the train ride back! 

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Walk to Pier Lighthouse

Just a skip and a hop from Dún Laoghaire Baths is Dun Laoghaire Harbour. This spot is a total win for a serene stroll along the 2.6km stretch on the East and West Piers, treating you to stunning views of boats and the majestic Howth Head.

Feel like taking it easy? No worries—there are benches dotted along the way, great for a moment of relaxation or just soaking in the scenery. And if you’re up for a splash, there are beaches to dip your toes into!

And as you wander, you’ll come across the old lighthouse and the Commissioner of Irish Lights building, standing tall as timeless guardians guiding sailors through the centuries. It’s a great place to appreciate the history and beauty of the sea!

Pavilion Theatre

ADDRESSMarine Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS+353 1 231 2929

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After exploring Dun Laoghaire Baths, don’t miss the Pavilion Theatre. It’s like a treasure trove of art, culture, music, and film, and it’s got something for everyone.

Whether you’re into the latest blockbusters or fancy checking out some foreign films, this place has you covered. You can also snag tickets to musicals or plays, turning your evening into a cultural extravaganza. 

Harbour Splash Aqua Park

Harbour Splash Aqua Park
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ADDRESSThe Stella, Old Pier, Coal Harbour Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
OPERATING HOURSOpen daily - 10 AM to 6 PM

Harbour Splash Aqua Park, a mere 1.3km from Dun Laoghaire Baths, is your splash zone extravaganza! This inflatable wonderland beneath the West Pier promises summer thrills with slides, trampolines, and monkey bars.

Booking a session is a breeze too—just hop online and pick the one that suits your age and skill level. Plus, they’ve got you covered with free wetsuits, life jackets, and helmets. 

All you need to bring is a towel, and you’re all set for some serious water fun with your favourite people. 

Where to Eat


ADDRESSTeddy's Ice Cream, 1A Windsor Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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OPERATING HOURSMonday to Saturday - 10 AM to 8 PM

Sunday - 11 AM to 8 PM

You can’t talk about sweet treats in Dún Laoghaire without mentioning Teddy’s! These folks have been dishing out the best 99s in Ireland since 1950. A 99 is a cone filled with plain ice cream and topped with a Cadbury’s flake—pure bliss!

This is the perfect treat for a summer day by the sea. You can walk along East Pier and enjoy the views of boats, the sea, and Howth Head. 

You’ll also spot a charming Victorian bandstand and a lighthouse, adding a touch of history to your sweet adventure. The best part? Teddy’s vans are scattered all around, so snagging that delicious cone is a breeze!

Fish Shack

ADDRESSE Pier, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin

1 Martello Terrace, Sandycove, Dublin


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OPERATING HOURSOperating Hours (East Pier):

Open daily - 2 PM to 8 PM

Operating Hours (Sandycove):

Monday to Thursday - 12 NN to 9 PM

Friday - 12 NN to 9:30 PM

Saturday - 10 AM to 9:30 PM

Sunday - 10 AM to 9 PM

Fish Shack is a gem on the Dún Laoghaire pier, where they dish out fresh and crispy fish and chips that many guests love. This place has been saving many hungover souls on Sunday mornings with their delicious food for ages.

If you want to shake things up a bit, make a beeline for their phenomenal fish tacos. They’re so insanely popular that they often disappear faster than morning fog! 


ADDRESS1Harbour Road, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin

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OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Sunday - 12:30 PM until late

Hartley’s is a seafront terrace restaurant about an 8-minute stroll from the Dun Laoghaire Baths. They do a unique twist on classic European cuisine in a dining spot with one-of-a-kind views. 

They’ve got separate menus catering to the little ones and the veggie enthusiasts too. Oh, and if you have any allergies, no worries! Hartley’s is all about making your dining experience safe and enjoyable. 

Here’s a little bonus: They roll out weekly offers on wine and beer, so you can save a bit while you sip.

Zero Zero Pizza

ADDRESS21 Patrick St, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS+353 1 214 0533

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OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Thursday - 5 PM to 9:30 PM

Friday - 5 PM to 10 PM

Sunday - 3 PM to 9:30 PM

Zero Zero Pizza started as a gazebo, but now it’s a cosy spot in Dun Laoghaire. The pizzas here are something to look forward to, crafted with fresh ingredients and yummy toppings.

We totally vouch for the Quattro Formaggi; it’s basically a cheese lover’s paradise on a white pizza. And if you’re feeling fancy, dive into the Capricciosa with all the good stuff like ham, mushrooms, and more.

Don’t forget to top your pizzas off with some rich burrata cheese because, why not? It’s like a pizza party for your taste buds!

Casper & Giumbini’s

ADDRESSUnit 8, The Pavilion, Marine Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS+353 (0) 1 4432699

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OPERATING HOURSMonday to Friday - 12 PM to 10 PM

Saturday -12 PM to 3 PM & 4 PM to 10 PM

Sunday -12 PM to 3 PM & 4 PM to 9 PM

Casper & Giumbini’s, located near the Dun Laoghaire Baths, is a cosy restaurant that takes pride in serving tasty Irish cuisine. Their menu is a treasure trove of delights, featuring everything from delectable seafood to mouthwatering steaks.

Now, let’s talk highlights. The fish of the day and the beef cheek pasta are standouts that might have your taste buds doing a happy dance. Though, fair warning, the mussels might hit you with a wave of saltiness!

Rasam Restaurant

ADDRESS18-19 Glasthule Rd, Glasthule, Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS+353 1 230 0600 / +353 1 202 0123

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OPERATING HOURSTuesday to Saturday - 5:30 PM to 11:30 PM

Saturday - 5 PM to 10:30 PM

Just a walk away from Dun Laoghaire Baths, Rasam is a top-notch Indian restaurant with a Michelin star. Prepare to be wowed by dishes that aren’t just fresh but bursting with flavour, thanks to their homemade herbs and spices.

Rasam’s menu is a flavour fiesta with must-try dishes like Palak Patta Chaat’s crispy spinach, Old Delhi Butter Chicken’s creamy delight, and Malai Prawns’ cheesy, scallion-infused goodness. 

Gourmet Food Parlour

ADDRESSUnit 3, Harbour Square, Crofton Rd., Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS(01) 280 5670

OPERATING HOURSMonday to Tuesday - 9 AM to 4 PM

Wednesday - 9 AM to 5 PM

Thursday & Sunday - 9 AM to 8 PM

Friday to Saturday - 9 AM to 9 PM

Gourmet Food Parlour is practically a foodie’s haven in Dún Laoghaire. Their menu is a culinary delight, featuring everything from tempting antipasti plates to signature sandwiches.

And for all you plant-based aficionados, fear not—they’ve got some seriously tempting vegetarian and vegan options that might just steal the show.

But what really sets Gourmet Food Parlour apart is its nod to the late-night café culture of the continent. It’s like they’ve bottled up that after-hours magic and sprinkled it over the entire place. 

Where to Stay

Royal Marine Hotel

Royal Marine Hotel
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ADDRESSMarine Rd, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS(01) 280 5670

Haddington House in Dún Laoghaire, where history and hipness collide in the most delightful way! Imagine a 4-star haven that’s not just a hotel; it’s a time-traveling, contemporary-meets-traditional experience that’ll leave you swooning. 

In this stylish hideaway, you’ve got 28 luxury bedrooms that are like a decor lovechild of your grandma’s cosy vibes and IKEA’s sleekness.

Now, let’s talk pampering. The Pier Health Club and Sansana Spa are on standby to treat you like royalty. Because why not add a touch of wellness to your luxury escape? 

Haddington House

ADDRESS9-12 Haddington Terrace, Dún Laoghaire
CONTACT DETAILS+353 1 280 1810

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Haddington House, once a school for girls, now stands proudly as a Victorian hotel overlooking Dún Laoghaire pier. Back in the 1950s, someone thought, “Hey, let’s turn these four Victorian townhouses into a classy joint.” And voilà, the hotel was born.

It’s got that old-school charm, a real Victorian vibe that makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. The bedrooms are all about comfort, the parlour room is a cocktail haven, and the garden? Well, it’s basically a front-row seat to the sea.

Oh, and did I mention Oliveto? It’s not just a restaurant; it’s a culinary sensation. So, if you’re into history, charm, and stunning sea views, Haddington House is the place to be.

Ophira Bed & Breakfast

Ophira Bed & Breakfast
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ADDRESS10 Corrig Ave, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS+ 353 87 220 0146

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Ophira Bed & Breakfast is a four-star guesthouse in the seaside suburb of Dun Laoghaire. This historical B&B, constructed in 1849, holds the title of being the first house erected on Corrig Avenue.

Stepping into Ophira is like going back in time, as it proudly preserves most of its original features—think elegant plasterwork and Victorian fireplaces! It offers spacious, comfy rooms with private bathrooms where you can live your best life.

Connaught House

Connaught House
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ADDRESSConnaught House, Crofton Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS00 353 (0)1 280 5502 / 00 353 (0)1 663 7581

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Connaught House is a cosy B&B on Dún Laoghaire’s seafront. This Victorian beauty, dating back to the 1840s, has been in the caring hands of the Fitzpatrick family since 1945.

Staying at Connaught House is like immersing yourself in history. The Victorian charm is palpable, and the Fitzpatrick family’s hospitality adds an extra layer of warmth. 

Need to venture into Dublin? No problem! A 15-minute train ride will whisk you away to Dublin City Centre. And if you’re up for exploring Dublin’s nooks and crannies, the DART and buses are right at your disposal too. 

Windsor Lodge Bed & Breakfast

Windsor Lodge Bed & Breakfast
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ADDRESS3 Islington Ave, Sandycove, Dublin
CONTACT DETAILS+353 86 8446646

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A family-run Victorian home, Windsor Lodge Bed & Breakfast has been providing guests with quality accommodation since 1830. Near Dun Laoghaire’s seafront and promenade, this B&B provides a picturesque setting where you can see Dublin Bay.

You can start your day on a delightful note with their tasty continental breakfast, served fresh every morning. 

And if you’re in the mood for exploration, you’re in luck! In just 5 minutes, you can stroll to discover the nearby restaurants, shops, and boutiques, adding a touch of adventure to your stay.