Explore the South Dublin Coast in a Day: Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, and Monkstown

About This Dublin City Itinerary

One Day in Dublin City Itinerary Rating: Intermediate to Ambitious
This Dublin itinerary is recommended for people with the following interests: nature, hiking, history

Explore the South Dublin Coast: Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, and Monkstown Itinerary in Brief

  1. Breakfast at Bear Market
  2. Shop Blackrock Market
  3. Stroll Blackrock Park
  4. Feel the breeze at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
  5. Watch crazy locals jump into the freezing Irish Sea at 40 Foot
  6. Lunch Choices
    • Corner Note Cafe in Dalkey
    • (Sundays) People's Park Market in Dun Laoghaire
  7. Afternoon Activities 
    1. Tour Dalkey Castle (Intermediate)
    2. Hike Sorrento Park and Killiney Hill (Ambitious)
  8. Have a pint at Magpie Inn or Finnegan's Pub in Dalkey
  9. Dinner at FX Buckley in Monkstown
  10. Catch a Cover Band at Purty Kitchen

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Explore the South Dublin Coast: Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, and Monkstown Itinerary in Detail

Take the DART train south from Dublin City to Blackrock to start the day. Bear Market serves our favorite Dublin roastery: Silverskin Coffee. Grab an almond croissant or a dense whole grain muffin for breakfast. There isn't a lot of seating at Bear Market but there are a handful of stools where you can sit, sip your coffee and watch the action. If the time is right, pop into Blackrock Market and have a browse of the eclectic vendors. Blackrock Market is open limited hours 11 - 17:30 on weekends and 12-15:00 on weekdays). 
Walk along the coastal path through Blackrock Park taking time to admire the nearby Martello Tower before catching the DART from Bootertown to Dun Laoghaire. Martello Towers are small round forts built by the British to protect the coast during the Napoleonic wars. Explore Dun Laoghaire harbour and then walk out to 40 Foot where you may find hearty souls jumping into the Irish Sea year round. En route, you'll find Teddy's Ice Cream dishing out cones of vanilla soft serve with or without a chocolate Flake.
If you happen to do this one day in Dublin itinerary on a Sunday, check out the People's Park Market for lunch. On any other day, take the train south from Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey for lunch at the quaint Corner Note Cafe. In the afternoon, take the period character-guided tour of Dalkey Castle or get your legs pumping with a hike to Sorrento Park and Killiney Hill for spectacular views of the Irish Sea. Head north on the DART to Monkstown for a steak dinner at FX Buckley and a gig at Purty Kitchen to round out your day out in Dublin covering South Dublin's Coast.

Map of This Dublin Itinerary: Blackrock, Dun Laoghaire, Dalkey, and Monkstown


Guide to Sidewalk Safari Dublin City Itineraries

  • Leisurely: No need to get up super-early to start this itinerary which is always good if you experienced a little too much of Dublin's famous craic the night before. Take your time exploring the sights on these itineraries or take detours that you discover on your own in the process of following my suggestions.
  • Intermediate: You should be able to comfortably fit in the activities recommended even if you don't get an early start. There is a fair amount of walking involved in these itineraries to get from place to place.
  • Ambitious: Lots to see plus a lot of walking. Make sure to get an early start or you won't make it to everything on the list.
The perfect formula for a day out in Dublin City includes: breakfast/coffee, morning activities, lunch, afternoon activities, a pub stop, dinner, and evening fun.

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