10 Things to Do in Donabate That You Shouldn't Miss

July 21, 2017 Frederic Celentano

Donabate (Irish: Domhnach Bat) is a small coastal town in Fingal, Ireland, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) north-northeast of Dublin. The town is on a peninsula on Ireland's east coast, between the Rogerstown Estuary to the north and Broadmeadow Estuary to the south. Donabate is a civil parish in the ancient barony of Nethercross. Donabate is also a parish in the Fingal North deanery of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.
Restaurants in Donabate

1. Newbridge House

Donabate | 8 km north of Malahide, signposted from N1, North County Dublin, Donabate, Ireland +353 1 843 6534
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4.5 based on 156 reviews

Newbridge House

Reviewed By emg G - Dublin, Ireland

Lovely place but found the tour overpriced for what we were told. Guide was very nice and knowledable but spoke very fast and we could only pick up a fraction of what was being said. Did not really try to engage us. Ardgillan tour and cafes are way better.

2. Malahide Castle Co. Dublin

Back Road, Malahide, Ireland +353 1 816 9538
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4.5 based on 216 reviews

Malahide Castle Co. Dublin

Reviewed By Chris S - Londonderry UK

The extensive grounds of the castle are really great for walks, superb children’s playground, a museum - all free (extensive parking also free). The Avoca cafe and shop is on site to tempt one. The castle itself and walled Gardens are the only areas where an admission fee is charged, both well worth a visit

3. Portmarnock Beach

Portmarnock, Ireland
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4.5 based on 228 reviews

Portmarnock Beach

Reviewed By dtlibra - Ennis, Ireland

This has to be the best beach in Dublin. We walked for miles in the Portmarnock and Malahide areas, lovely walks on the dunes, along the seafront and of course on the miles of beach!
Amzingly bracing on a fine winter's day, lovely views of Howth and Ireland's Eye

4. Swords Castle

Swords Castle Bridge Street, Swords, Ireland +353 1 890 5600
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4 based on 105 reviews

Swords Castle

Reviewed By DublinWelcomesAll - Dublin

It’s great to see this complex being restored. The church and tower have been restored and give a great insight into how people lived in medieval times. It was owned by Archbishop of Dublin and Swords became a very wealthy town on the back of his presence.

5. Skerries Mills

Skerries Town Centre | Fingal, Skerries, Ireland +353 1 849 5208
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4.5 based on 196 reviews

Skerries Mills

Skerries Mills is a unique collection of two windmills and a watermill with associated mill pond, mill races, wetlands and is an ideal place to visit on a day tripOne of Dublins top tourist attractions.In association with Dublin Tourism, Heritage Island, Houses & Castles of Ireland, Fingal Tourism & Taste of Skerries.Step back in time with our guided tours and see the mill as they were in day gone by with many of the exhibits working. The Mill complex also houses the Watermill Cafe and the Craft Shop which stocks the leading brands in Crafts, Irish Giftware and Souveniers.

Reviewed By MeafordVickie - Meaford

Perfect spot for afternoon coffee and cake. Actually it was latte and apple pie and both absolutely scrumptious. Lovely atmosphere and a very nice little gift shop to boot.

6. Secret Spa

Blakes Cross | Airport View Hotel, Lusk, Ireland +353 1 843 8756
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5 based on 12 reviews

Secret Spa

Reviewed By Lea B

We stayed here the night before an early departure for USA on the 18th July . We booked a family room for ourselves and 2 daughters aged 18yrs and 21 yrs. The room was spotless , so comfortable , spacious with a large fantastic bathroom and powerful shower. The owner Gerry made us so welcome and is great craic !
Great start to the holiday and we would highly recommend this hotel.

7. Millbank Theatre

Chapel Green, Rush, Ireland +353 1 843 7475
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5 based on 9 reviews

Millbank Theatre

Home to Rush Dramatic Society since 1988 and refurbished in 2002. Situated in Chapel Green,Rush in North County Dublin. We host Theatre Performances and gigs

Reviewed By Pamela W - Dublin

The Millbank is a small intimate Theatre popular with locals. I've attended various shows there over the years and I must say that they have all been very professional. Great place for gigs too, occasionally hosts some very famous musicans & singers. They also run a great Drama programme for children.

8. The Island Golf Club

Corballis, Donabate, Ireland +353 1 843 6205
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4.5 based on 57 reviews

The Island Golf Club

Founded in 1890, this is one of the oldest and highest ranked Links golf courses in Ireland and a true links golf experience. Located only 15 minutes from Dublin Airport and 30 minutes from Dublin City Centre, the Island Golf Club will challenge your game while presenting beautiful vistas.

Reviewed By Gary C - Noblesville, Indiana

We played this fresh off of the plane with no sleep for 36 hours. It was rainy most of the round. We still enjoyed the layout and views. The staff was great in helping us get out early. Nice small pro shop. Good carts for...MoreDear Gary Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience with us. I am delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and I hope we can welcome you back again in the near future. Many Thanks John Lawler General Manager

9. Malahide Castle

Malahide, Ireland +353 1 816 9538
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle & Gardens is a beautiful & historic medievel castle, with a facinating story dating back to the 12th Century. Located on the beautiful north coast of Dublin City Malahide Castle was once owned by the Talbot Family for nearly 800 years and is one of the longest owned Castles by one family in the country. Set on 250 acres of stunning parkland, Malahide Castle is also home to one of Ireland’s four botanical walled Gardens with 5000 species of plants inculding a wonderful collection from many Southern Hemisphere countries. Guided tours of the castle take place daily from 9.30am all year round. Our friendly and informative guides bring to life the story of the Talbot family during the 45 minute tour through the main reception rooms & bedrooms. The modern & bright visitor centre is home to the garden exhibition area and gives access to the Talbot Botanical Walled Garden. Avoca Cafe & retail is located in the visitor centre and is a treasure trove of wonderful gifts.

Reviewed By daymoLiverpool - Liverpool, United Kingdom

On the way to the airport my friend suggested we left in the afternoon and spend the day in Malahide. We had days in the lakes and Mountains And now this was equally something gorgeous of Ireland - a country park with a turreted castle. There is a great walk through the grounds down to the village and then the Marina and back again stopping at the Avoca Cafe for 2 soups.

10. Portmarnock Golf Club

Portmarnock golf club, Portmarnock, Ireland +353 1 846 2968
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4.5 based on 91 reviews

Portmarnock Golf Club

Host to 18 Irish Opens. This 18-hole, Bernhard Langer-designed links golf course is one of the best in Ireland.

Reviewed By Doubleeagle - Connecticut

Located within 30 minutes of Dublin City Center. Excellent links course - no blind shots, quite fair, excellent layout and pure greens. Recommend Caddy to add to the overall enjoyment. We arrived approx an hour before scheduled tee time. Shortly after a small bus of 16 golfers arrived. The Starter actually sought us out and suggested in that we were a twosome he would get us prior to the large group. In doing so he definitely added to our enjoyment of a great links course. Situated directly on the Irish Sea and the winds were blowing - on average a 2 to 3 club wind. Our green fee for the day included lunch in the clubhouse. As is the case with almost all of the great Irish golf course Portmarnock is a private club. That being said I don't believe that there was a single member who enjoyed a greater clubhouse experience than we did. Although Portmarnock is off of the beaten path of the great Irish links courses - if you have the opportunity to play this course and experience their hospitality- do not miss this one. Due to proximity to Dublin City Center it is apparently the desired membership for Dubliner.

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