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Sandymount Beach

Sandymount Strand is a fantastic stretch of beach just outside the City Centre limits on the edge of the popular suburb of Sandymount.
Extremely popular with the locals for its walks and views no matter what the weather is. Regardless of what time of the day or which direction you are walking you are gifted with beautiful views of Dublin Bay.
The strand has 3 main car parks, but there are also a number of transport links out of the City Centre, including very regular train and bus connections. 

On a warm sunny day it is a great spot for adults and children alike to soak up the sun and enjoy a paddle in the water, with some nice grass banks to have a picnic if you don’t want to get sand in your sandwiches or just fancy a kickabout with the children!

For walks, you can choose to start at the beach and make your way in either direction, North or South. 
North will bring you towards Dublin Bay with views of the Sandymount Towers, incoming ferries and the very popular Poolbeg Lighthouse. There is a small nature reserve in Irishtown to discover and on a good day you can walk out on the pier to see the Lighthouse up close. However, you do need to be careful in the areas further North that if you choose to walk solely on the beach and turn up when the tide is out, you may find yourself walking in water soon after! There are grass verges and pathways and alternative routes if you don’t want to take the chance with smaller children or those less able.
South will bring you towards Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire direction which are also beautiful coastal towns that have beaches and marinas of their own to explore. They also have train and bus services in them, meaning you can do a straight walk instead of having to loop back.

For a little touch of history, halfway along the promenade is the Martello Tower, constructed in 1804. There were a total of fifty Martello towers built along the coast of Ireland in the early 1800s. They were built because the British Government were afraid that the French Emperor Napoleon would invade Ireland during the war between England and France.
The one at Sandymount was used to house up to 20 soldiers and a stores for weaponry and is therefore one of the larger that was built, it also had a one-storey building attached. When it was completed in 1804, a small troop of soldiers were sent to defend it. Two cannons were mounted on top of the tower. Thankfully none of the towers were needed as the expected invasion never took place.

There are a few spots along the promenade for Ice cream, crepes, hot and cold beverages. Or if it is something more substantial you are looking for, the heart of Sandymount is just a few minutes’ walk with a couple of restaurants and cafes on offer.

All in all a very enjoyable day out!

Location:

Sandymount Strand
Sandymount
Dublin

Sandymount Strand is located 15 minutes drive from the hotel.
Public transport can also be taken, our front desk staff will be able to guide you on these.

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