Summer has finally reached Ireland and with its arrival, it is time to highlight a selection of our favourite summer activities.

Dublin has some of the most scenic coastal towns with swimming spots and water activities in the country.  Picking just one to showcase would be impossible…..
We’ve put together a list of the best water activities to do this summer along the coast and also in the city!  From sunrise swims to sunset kayaking with seals, to paddle boarding in the docklands, there is something for everyone to enjoy and remember for years to come.

We are located just a two minute walk from the Grand Canal Dock Station, from where you can go anywhere along the coast.  If you are not sure which train to get, our reception team will be more than happy to help with anything you may need!  Grab an iced coffee and treat from Canal Express to enjoy along your way and when you come back after a day of full of fun, relax on our Gasworks patio with a creamy pint of Guinness, or a chilled cocktail.


If you like to ease yourself in, this one is for you. With steps down and rails to the beach, it is incredibly easy to get in and out of the water here.  Popular amongst avid sea swimmers, the blue flag beach offers you incredible views of Dublin Bay and the famous Poolbeg Towers. 

Getting to Seapoint couldn’t be easier …. Hop on the Southbound DART, disembark less than 15 minutes later at Seapoint and follow the signs.

The Forty Foot

Take a leap, climb down, or walk in, the choice is yours. With three different ways of getting in the water, there’s an option for everyone and their comfort levels. Dive in from the famous platform or swim out from the beach for some of the most incredible views of Dublin.  The beach is a sheltered suntrap ideal for warming up post swim and to enjoy a picnic.

Hop onto the Southbound DART and enjoy the views for 20 mins before getting off at Sandycove & Glasthule. Once you’re off the DART, follow the signs along the coast and enjoy your swim!

Vico Baths

A little further out that the other swim spots, but not one to be missed, Vico Baths is a firm favourite among the Dublin population. Jump, dive, and swim with stunning views.  If you find the water a little choppy, there’s a historic seawater pool right next to it for a more easy-going swim.  With easy access, changing areas and Matt Damon’s approval, be sure to put this one your list.
To reach the baths, take the Southbound DART to Dalkey and take in the coastal views. Once you’re off the DART, follow the signs and you’ll be there in about 10 minutes.

Kayaking In Dalkey

Award winning offers up a variety of guided tours from early morning tours to stunning sunset tours around Dublin Bay. Suitable for both beginners and experienced kayakers, you can expect to meet Dalkey’s famous seals and other wildlife on your tour as your experienced guide brings you around the bay. Discover more and book your tour here.
To get to the meeting point for your tour, simply hop on the Southbound DART to Dalkey Station and follow the signs to Bullock Harbour.

SUP & Windsurfing In Grand Canal Dock

Surfdock, conveniently located in the Grand Canal Dock, offers lessons in Stand-Up Paddle Boarding and Windsurfing in the sheltered surroundings of the dock. Perfect for beginners looking to start a new hobby or for those looking for a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon, Surfdock guarantees an unforgettable time for friends and family alike.
A handy 10-minute stroll from the hotel, they couldn’t be any easier to get to. To view their lessons and to book yours, click here.

Dublin has an endless offering of activities this summer and picking just one might not be enough. With our ideal location right by the Grand Canal Dock Station, we are the perfect base camp for your summer getaway. To book your break now, click here.


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