A little fishing village called Howth


As I’ve mentioned before, I visited Dublin when I studied abroad. My favorite part of my visit was when a group of us decided to venture out of the city for some fresh air. After a half-hour train ride, we ended up in Howth.

And it was absolutely lovely.

I didn’t think we’d have enough time to visit Howth during this trip, and I was disappointed– I would have loved to visit this beautiful place again, share it with my sister and Tom, and also visit it again knowing that one of my greatest friends from my time in Florence grew up there (what a coincidence.)

So on our last day in Dublin (read about our first two days here)we checked out of our hostel and didn’t think much about Howth before breakfast.

Well, we didn’t think about MUCH before breakfast because we were hungry! I had read about a great breakfast spot called Queen of Tarts (it was recommended by the lovely ladies that make up the Lazy Travelers) and was determined to go and try it out.

It was the best day weather wise, so we decided to sit outside.

Queen of Tarts, Dublin

As I’m pretty much English now, I had to have some tea with my breakfast– and of course chose my favorite–green! Tom ordered a coffee and Abby just sat patiently waiting for our food.

Queen of Tarts, Dublin Review

While Tom went savoury and chose Eggs Benedict, our waitress informed me that there were blueberry scones– and you can figure out what happened from there.

Queens of Tarts in Dublin

It was an Instagram hit for sure….

Abby went a bit healthier with a bowl of fruit and yogurt. It looked amazing and she said she really enjoyed it…

Queen of Tarts review Dublin

We were some happy(er) campers once our meal was complete! As we went in to pay, we noticed the adorable pastry section on display… I wanted it ALL!

Queen of Tarts pastries in Dublin

If you’ve got a hankering for a good breakfast (with more sweets that savouries on offer), Queen of Tarts deserves a visit.

After breakfast, we wandered the quiet streets of Dublin for a bit. We’re not sure why it was quiet– it seemed as if it may have been a holiday. But it was nice to see the streets as they are, not packed with tourists.

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After about twenty minutes of wandering, we decided that we had nothing to do and a bit of time to do it. So I made an executive decision– we were going to Howth!

We made our way to train station, bought our tickets, and not much longer after we were on our way to Howth. And thirty minutes later, we were there.

And as soon as we emerged from the train station, we saw our friends that we had been with the night before!

They were planning on doing a bit of hiking. We weren’t quite dressed for that but were happy to wander around the town a bit with them.

Howth was just as lovely as I remembered (just with a few more tourists!) It’s one of those places where I just couldn’t put my camera down, everything that we walked past was worthy of its photo being taken.

Howth, Ireland

It was a bit surreal being back in this place three and a half years after I had been, and I was there with my husband and sister. Never would I have ever thought that I’d be in these circumstances when I would visit this little place again…

Howth, Ireland outside of Dublin

Fishing town outside of Dublin

Howth Ireland

Trip to Howth Dublin

Howth Ireland

Howth, Dublin, Ireland

Howth outside of Dublin

We attempted to take a photo for this year’s Christmas card– what do you think?

Our friends eventually got hiking and we decided to just sit and enjoy the seaside.

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Converses, Howth, Ireland

Howth fishing sign

Soon enough, it was time to head back to Dublin so we could grab our stuff and catch our flight back to London.

Have you visited Howth?



  1. June 26, 2014 / 7:01 am

    What an adorable little village. I love it. Holy amazing breakfast too!

    • July 5, 2014 / 7:52 pm

      I dream about that breakfast sometimes Margo. Seriously.

  2. June 26, 2014 / 8:48 am

    Howth looks so beautiful! I love it when you find little hidden gems like this. They always mean the most. I recently just wrote two parts about my trip to Ireland back in January, it was nice to look back with a bit more perspective xo

  3. June 26, 2014 / 8:56 am

    How beautiful, and such stunning weather! I love the wall photo especially!

    • July 1, 2014 / 6:10 pm

      We got so lucky with the weather Emma. The colors of the sky against the blue water are just so stunning!

  4. June 27, 2014 / 9:05 am

    Got there in the end you have to click into each post to comment. I love Ireland such a beautiful country and Howth is worth visiting just for that breakfast. Looks like a lovely place to visit. I two months ago went to Caven in Ireland for a wedding. Lucy

  5. December 8, 2014 / 8:38 am

    I’ve been lucky enough to visit Howth too. Everyone who makes it out for a day trip seems to love it! 🙂 I did half of the hike (same as you, not dressed for it) and the view was one of the most beautiful I’ve seen, keen to do the whole thing next time!

    • December 9, 2014 / 9:02 am

      The first time I went I did the entire thing (still wasn’t dressed for it but hey, I was in college so I didn’t care!) and I loved the views too. The best I had seen for my entire study abroad semester!

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