Swords 5-day itinerary
Located in the centre of the ancient town, Swords Castle is a former residence of the Medieval Archbishop of Dublin. Constructed in a piecemeal fashion over a period of 400 years, Swords castle became one of the eight manorial estates belonging to the medieval Archbishops of Dublin. Parliaments are even said to have been held in the great hall of the Castle. Swords Castle is the only fortified residence of the Archbishop of Dublin to survive in a reasonable state of preservation. Swords Castle contains over 800 years of history.
The Castle is open to visitors: October to March:
Tuesday – Sunday from 9.30am to 4pm, last entry at 3.30pm
March to October:
Tuesday – Sunday from 9.30am to 5pm.
Tours are provided subject to demand.
After your visit to the castle, time permitting why not indulge yourself with something to eat and drink in the many restaurants and bars in Swords centre. A diverse culinary menu is available, reflecting the evolving influences affecting the county town.
A leisurely stroll around the many shops and attractions in Swords is the perfect way to start day two. Swords is home to a wide variety of shops, featuring clothes, food and bric a brac. Finish off your morning shopping with lunch in one of the many restaurants and bars that serve a wide range of meals from simple sandwiches to gourmet fare.
Take a longer walk in the afternoon. There are a few options: River Valley park or along the shores of Broadmeadow estuary. Both choices offer a mixture of green parkland and waterside locations. Broadmeadow is home to a bird sanctuary so you could spend some time watching the many species of fowl and wild birds that make the estuary their home. After the shopping and exercise of the day finish off with a meal, the huge range on offer is sure to provide many options to cater for all tastes.
With coastline and inlets Fingal has plenty of opportunities to do water sports. Swords is the perfect vantage point to to indulge you love of the water. Swords Sailing & Boating Club is located on the beautiful Broadmeadow Estuary in between Swords and Malahide. The estuary is sheltered and not really affected by the tide which enables sailing at anytime of the day in a relatively safe environment.
The club runs an extensive Sailing Programme and is family friendly.
The club has 3 fleets of Club sailing boats. 6 off Topaz, 6 off Laser Vago’s & 3 off Dart 16x catamarans which are used for training and can be hired by club members with the appropriate experience. There are also 3 off Club Safety boats and a Race Committee boat.
If you don’t fancy doing the sailing yourself, from Swords you can visit Howth and take trip out to Irelands eye. Ireland’ Eye Ferries are a fourth generation family business. Running trips to and around Ireland’s Eye several times a day.
The trips are a scenic tour around the Island taking in the wonderful views and wildlife, and last approximately forty minutes.
For those that are a little bit more adventurous, you can stop off on the island. Why not spend an hour or two exploring, hiking or simply relaxing on the quiet beaches? This short boat ride is a must for locals and visitors from afar. After a tiring day hiking up the Island’s hills, viewing the many bird sanctuaries and seal colonies on its shores. Drop into one of Howths pubs before you leave. Wash down some amazing seafood with a pint of the black stuff for the full Irish experience.
A longer stay will allow the visitor to visit Dublin city centre and one of the many tourist attractions in Ireland’s Capital. Public transport is the best way to make the journey into the centre. From Swords the bus trip takes around 40 minutes. A day spent shopping or visiting the many historic attractions might be finished off with a meal in the city centre before taking the bus back to Swords. Transport services run until approximately 23:00. Alternatively, if the sight-seeing has taken its toll an early evening return to Swords for food in one of the many eating venues can provide a relaxing end to day four.
A visit to one of the other Fingal towns or villages is a great way to spend day five in the area. Rush, Skerries or Balbriggan are all within 30 mins from Swords by bus. The sea air and historic sites dotted around the Fingal coastline will give the visitor a taste of what is on offer for the compulsory return visit to the area. Newbridge House and demesne in Donabate, or Ardgillan Castle in Balrothery will provide a different insight into Fingal’s many big houses and castles. Alternatively, a short hop by bus, or walk for the more energetic visitor will bring you to Malahide. This bustling seaside town offers History and retail in equal measure. A tour of Malahide castle will unveil some of the rich history of the area, before spending the rest of the day shopping. Malahide is only 3 kilometres away so the visitor can choose to finish the day in Malahide with many food options or return to Swords where, by now you will be treated as a regular in the bars and restaurants.