While staying at Clontarf Castle Hotel in Dublin there are many places of interest to visit around the castle. But if that's not enough there is much more to see and do in Dublin city centre.
Site of the Battle of Clontarf
The famous Battle of Clontarf took place on Good Friday, 1014. It was at Clontarf Strand where the Vikings beached their boats and invaded, only to be defeated by Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland and his army. After their victory, Brian Boru was killed by a group of Vikings who came across him as he was praying in his tent, close to where Clontarf Castle stands today. Brian Boru’s Well, located on Castle Avenue, was later erected to mark this historic event in Clontarf.
The Birthplace of Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker, author of the world famous novel, “Dracula” was born in Clontarf in November 1847. His Gothic Horror novel was only outsold by the Bible and has been hugely successful in theatre and cinema productions to date. Stoker died in April 1912, after a successful life as a novelist and columnist for newspapers such as the Dublin Daily Mail. The Bram Stoker Park commemorates him, at his ancestral home at number 15 The Crescent, in close proximity to Clontarf Castle Hotel.
The Bull Island Bird Sanctuary and Nature Reserve (Biosphere reserve by UNESCO)
Bull Island is located at the opposite end of Clontarf in Dublin, via a scenic route along the Clontarf Promenade and Dollymount Strand. Declared a National Nature Reserve in 1988, it supports a wide variety of wading birds including terns, curlews, herring gulls and wintering Brent Geese. In 1986, the Bull Island Interpretative Centre was opened to the public to allow visitors to learn more about the natural inhabitants of the area and today the Bull Island is a tranquil escape for bird watchers and naturists alike.
St. Anne’s Park and Rose Gardens
St. Annes Park is Dublin’s second largest park and is located within walking distance of Clontarf Castle Hotel it stretches across neighbouring suburb, Raheny. Within the park one can find sports pitches, pitch & putt facilities and the very impressive rose gardens. This is just one of the places around Clontarf Castle Hotel that is ideal for taking a leisurely stroll while staying in the hotel.
The GAA Museum at Croke Park Stadium is designed to facilitate an experience of an integral part of Irish life and heritage through an exploration of its culture, history and unique national sports.
Historic exhibits and databanks give you an insight of the past. Touchscreen technology brings you the historic moments, the great names and games. Specially designed interactive exhibits allow you to test yourself in the skills of Ireland’s most popular games as GAA Championships and RBS Six Nation Rugby.
Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of park land in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, the castle was both a
fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and is an interesting mix of architectural styles. The house is furnished with beautiful period furniture together with an extensive collection of Irish portrait paintings, mainly from the National Gallery.
Many additions and alterations have been made to this romantic and beautiful structure, but the contours of the surrounding parklands have changed little in 800 years, retaining a sense of the past. The grounds are also open to the public and appeal to all visitors, young and old.
The Casino is considered to be one of the finest 18th Century neo-Classical buildings in Europe. It is located at Marino, just off the Malahide Road and only 3 miles north of the centre of Dublin.
Designed by Sir William Chambers as a pleasure house for James Caulfield, 1st Earl of Charlemont, The Casino, meaning "small house", surprisingly contains 16 finely decorated rooms.
It is a box of tricks, full of illusions and appears to be bigger on the inside than is conveyed from its external structure.
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