What You Need To Know

Dún Laoghaire is a suburban seaside town in County Dublin, Ireland. It is about 12 km south of Dublin city centre. Dún Laoghaire is the county town of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown county and formerly a major port of entry from Britain.

From 1821 to 1920 it was named Kingstown.

The present town of Dún Laoghaire dates from the 1820s. An earlier Dún Laoghaire village was located around the area where “The Purty Kitchen” pub is now located (sometimes mapped as “Old Dunleary”). Dún Laoghaire had a coffee house, and a small cove, both of which are shown on a number of old maps, and it may have had a salt mine (Salthill is close by). At that time, the area on which the town is currently located was a craggy, rocky pasture area with some quarries.

Area: 127.3 km²
Population: 206,261


  • The Republic of Ireland uses the Euro (€). The notes come in €500, €200, €100, €50, €20, €10 and €5 denominations.
  • €100 notes and above may not be accepted or be carefully scrutinised in shops. 100 cents make up €1 and the coins are as follows 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1 and €2.
  • While foreign currency is generally not accepted, some large shops in places popular with tourists, will accept major foreign currencies such as dollars and sterling, but the rate you will be offered will generally be inferior to that offered by a bank or credit card issuer.
  • Irish Laser Cards, Maestro, Visa Debit and MasterCard debit are widely accepted.


Ireland has two official languages, English and Irish. Road signs, street names, public bathroom facilities etc may show names in both languages.


  • The climate is warm and temperate in Dun Laoghaire. Dun Laoghaire is a city with a significant rainfall. Even in the driest month there is a lot of rain. The Köppen-Geiger climate classification is Cfb. The average annual temperature in Dun Laoghaire is 9.8 °C. Precipitation here averages 803 mm.
  • The driest month is April, with 52 mm of rainfall. Most of the precipitation here falls in December, averaging 86 mm.
  • The warmest month of the year is July, with an average temperature of 15.3 °C. January is the coldest month, with temperatures averaging 5.2 °C.


Dún Laoghaire is generally a very safe town. Locals will be usually happy to help and offer directions if you get lost. Avoid walking “The Metals” at night as they can become very dark with limited street lighting.

Getting in and around dun-laoghaire

By Air: Dublin Airport is only 16 miles away. The airport is serviced by Dublin Busroutes (41, 41a, 41b, 41c) which will take you into the city centre where you can transfer onto a bus to Dun Laoghaire. There is also a service called AirCoach, runs coaches which will deliver you in comfort and speed to selected locations around the city. The Dart is also accessible using the AerDart service which takes you by bus to Killester Dart station. There are always plenty of taxis at the airport too. Average price to Dun Laoghaire would be around €50.

By Boat: Stenaline run a regular service directly into the port of Dun Laoghaire from Holyhead in North Wales. Sailings run twice daily in each direction subject to season. Sailing time is approx 90 mins, subject to weather. To get into the town centre, take a left when leaving the port and head for the town hall. There is ample parking available within the vicinity of the port.

By Train: The Dart: You’ll be getting a little piece of history when you travel from Dublin to Dun Laoghaire on the Dart, as it was the very first commuter line in the world. The journey offers spectacular views of Dublin Bay. The Dart runs every 5 minutes during rush hour periods and every 20 mins normally. Last Dart from the City Centre and Bray is usually around 11PM, make sure you don’t miss it. If you’re aged over 66 you can travel around the whole country for free.

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