Howth Market: when to visit, what to see, and things to know

If you thought the village of Howth couldn’t get more enchanting, think again. The Howth Market is a must-visit for anyone in the locale.

Howth is a gem of a go-to. Rich in charm and character, you are sure to find a true sense of Irish authenticity in the village of Howth.

Located not far from Dublin city, a day trip to Howth is more than achievable with many things to do and sights to see.

The Howth Market is one of the top attractions in the village, and we’re here to fill you in on all you need to know for your next visit.

History – a historic fishing village

The history of Howth Market.
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Howth is a small fishing village located a short distance from the capital city.

Sitting on a small seaside stretch along the Howth peninsula, the village is as quaint as they come.

The port has been a hub of the local Irish fishing industry since 14th-century. And, key heritage sites – including one of the oldest occupied buildings in Ireland, Howth Castle – rest in its domain.

Today, Howth is a hive of activity, as well as a significant stop on the tourist trail. Sure, with so much to see and do, this comes as no surprise.

From hiking to boat rides, Irish landmarks to traditional pubs, there is tonnes to do in the village of Howth; not to mention the Howth Market – a must for any visitor!

When to visit – weekends are its prime time

Weekends are the best time to visit.
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The Howth Market is open every weekend and on bank holidays. However, the street front units are open to the public seven days a week.

Summer is the most popular time for tourists to visit Howth. And, while we agree that a particularly buzzy atmosphere follows suit, we would suggest checking out the Howth Market in late spring or early autumn.

During these slightly off-peak months, you may enjoy the benefits of less footfall, and the weather can often be just as good as summer.

What to see – unique Irish gifts on offer

You can get unique Irish gifts at Howth Market.
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Howth Market is a fantastic little place to pick up an authentic Irish souvenir.

Makers, chefs, designers, jewellers, and bakers all come together here, and you’re sure to be leaving with a unique little piece of Ireland.

As well as the stalls, there are four permanent units, which face the street.

These include Amore Gelato and the Howth Market Deli as well as Unique Oak (a place for epic hand-carved gifts) and Gift from Howth (the perfect place for a token of Howth and all it has to offer).

Directions – how to get there

How to get there.
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Howth is located about 15 kilometres (9 miles) from Dublin city. While driving is more than manageable, we suggest using public transport.

The DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) takes 30 minutes from Dublin city, and saves you the hassle of trying to find parking in Howth village – not an easy feat!

Address: 3A Harbour Rd, Howth, Dublin, D13 T8Y7

Where to park – if you do decide to drive

Where to park when you visit Howth Market.
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If you do choose to drive, there is free parking around the harbour. That being said, on a sunny day, you’ll have to arrive bright and early to secure a spot.

Things to know – top tips

Things to know when you visit.
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The Howth Market is free to enter and partially covered, should it rain. We suggest you plan for the elements though; in Ireland, you never know when the next rainfall is due.

How long is the experience – how much time will you need

Take a stroll around Howth Harbour after visiting Howth Market.
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Overall the Howth Market shouldn’t take you longer than an hour to complete. And, afterwards, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to things to do.

We feel that no trip to Howth is complete without a cliff walk, so walk the water’s edge to the far side of the harbour, and then follow signs for the Howth cliff walk.

As one of the best hidden gems in Dublin, this walk promises to be an unforgettable experience with stunning sea views over the ocean and Ireland’s wild beauty in full bloom.

What to bring – come prepared

Bring some walking shoes.
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We suggest wearing good walking shoes when in Howth. With so much to see and do (including hikes and trails), you’ll be thankful for a comfy pair to pound the pavement.

A rain jacket rarely goes amiss in Ireland, so pack one to be on the safe side. A bottle of water also comes in handy, especially if you choose to take on some of the previously mentioned trails.

Where to eat – lots of delicious options

Where to eat when you visit Howth Market.
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If you’re craving some traditional Irish pub grub, check out The Bloody Stream which is located under the Howth DART station.

For a classic dinner, we suggest The House Restaurant in Howth village. But, if Howth’s famous seafood restaurant that you are after, head to Aqua for the all-star experience.

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