Staying in Greystones, Ireland, allows you to experience an Irish seaside town, with two beaches and a variety of other attractions. The name of the town is inspired by the grayish stones that are dotted between its two beaches. The town has transformed into a popular seaside holiday spot from its humble origins as a village mainly involved in fishing. As the town has expanded over the years, its cafes and restaurants have become its main attractions, while its people still pride themselves on their friendly attitude which ensures that visitors feel welcome.
The town, located in County Wicklow, is well connected by the railways to the city of Dublin. It can also be easily accessed via the N11 while the popular harbor in town is busy and popular with boating clubs. And your accommodation is sorted thanks to the amazing number of Airbnb vacation rentals in Wicklow that will help you explore Greystones quite easily. In the town, there are a lot of quaint shops, food markets, pubs, and the north and south beaches. With the town seeing an increased inflow of tourists during the summer months, the area continues to develop and offer more tours and activities. To help you enjoy the area to the fullest, here’s our list of the best things to do in Greystones, Ireland.
1. Enjoy the sun, surf and sand at Greystones Blue Flag Beach
Greystones Blue Flag Beach is one of the most popular Greystones attractions. Known locally as south beach, it has a Blue Flag certification, which denotes that it meets standards set up by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). The beach, therefore, has the very best environmental and safety standards, and is a nice place to spend time when vacationing with the family in the summers. It is easily accessible from the nearby car park and you can spend time paddle boarding or swimming and enjoy the clean waters and the area. Located amidst town, the beach is a short walk from the DART station and has coffee shops nearby that are ideal for grabbing a bite to eat. The views at the half-mile long beach are striking and children can spend time at the playground that is adjacent to it. Water at the beach is warm and pleasant during summer, but its temperature can dip after sunset.
Greystones Blue Flag Beach
Address: Killincarrig, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Website: Greystones Blue Flag Beach
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
2. Go on a boat ride at Greystones Harbour Marina
Recently constructed the Greystones Harbour Marina has space for up to 250 boats. Since it was opened in 2013, the harbor and the marina within, has steadily grown in size and it is one of the best spots to visit when in the town of Greystones. It is located at the site of the centuries-old harbor, and is designed along the modern lines. It provides visitors with stellar views of several nearby locations, including Bray Head and the Wicklow mountains. Designed to provide top-quality services and facilities to people and their boats that frequent it, the harbor has seen its occupancy rise every year. It is especially busy during the summer and often operates at full capacity. Free WiFi and a range of other facilities ensure that visitors and registered berth holders enjoy a hassle-free visit. The harbor and its marina are used by many local clubs for water sports including sailing.
Greystones Harbour Marina
Address: Harbour Marina, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, A63 YD62, Ireland
Website: Greystones Harbour Marina
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
3. Listen to local music at Hot Spot Music Club
If music is your passion and you want to experience what the locals in Greystones prefer in terms of entertainment, then head to the Hot Spot Music club. It is a popular hangout for locals and hosts live gigs. It is also frequently hired to hold private events and gatherings, such as fundraisers and corporate meetings. It is located on the floor above the beach house, at the harbor marina. Several famous performers and groups have graced the stages at the club, including Andy Irvine, Hozier, and Kila. Additionally, the club hosts performances by local talent such as Hue Grass. The music at the club spans a wide range and encapsulates Spanish flamenco. Jam sessions are held on Sunday and these are free, and feature performances with several musical instruments. The club includes a full-service bar and a barista menu.
Hot Spot Music Club
Address: The Beach House, Victoria Rd, Rathdown Lower, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Website: Hot Spot Music Club
Opening hours: Fri - Sat: 8pm – 12am; Sun: 4:30pm – 8pm (closed on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu)
Price: 28 USD for two (approx.)
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4. Catch a performing arts show at Whale Theatre
If you’re wondering what to do in Greystones, consider visiting Whale Theatre. Located in the heart of the town, Whale Theatre is a popular venue that hosts a variety of events and even screens movies. The ticket price for each event or movie screening varies. It has a seating capacity of 130 people, and the stage and seating provided are flexible and often change. The theatre has two stages, a full-size commercial kitchen, and a full bar. It is home to two theatre groups, and often hosts film screenings by the Greystones Film Club. The sophisticated sound system of the theater is one of its highlights. It is easily accessible and there are train and bus stations nearby, while those who prefer to use their car can make use of the parking, which is available at Meridian Point Car Park and can avail of a discounted fee upon inquiry.
Address: Theatre Lane, Adjacent Meridian Point, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, A63 V1F8, Ireland
Website: Whale Theatre
5. The wild and spectacular Cliff Walk
A good way to understand the coast around Greystones is to go on the Cliff Walk. There are two routes and locals can give you information about each. The route can be traversed from the town of Greystones to Bray. Many who try the Cliff Walk start in Bray and wind up in Greystones, after an approximately 7 km (4 mi) journey on foot. As the town has numerous cafes and restaurants, which are ideal for resting after you have been walking for several hours. The Cliff Walk covers a path along the coast and is filled with lovely scenery and wildflowers, especially during the summer. The Cliff walk route is very safe and well maintained all year round and it passes near colonies of various birds and cliffs that dot the area. After completing the walk, visitors can return to Bray or Greystones via the DART.
Website: Cliff Walk
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6. Soak in the history at Kindlestown Castle
Kindlestown Castle is located in Delgany, a five-minute drive inland from Greystones. The castle is an example of a ‘Hall House, and is believed to have been built around 1300 AD. The Archbold family was believed to have lived there. Part of the eastern wall and the northern wall are intact to the level of the parapet. However, the western and southern walls were demolished following the medieval period. The castle is constructed of rough limestone and window seats have survived on the first floor. Visitors can access the castle on the slopes of Kindlestown Hill to the north of the town. The structure is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) west of Greystones railway station. It offers sweeping views over the countryside and Irish Sea. Kindlestown Castle has been declared a National Monument in Ireland.
Address: Old Delgany Rd, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
7. Smile at the Beach Bear Greystones
During your Greystones sightseeing trip, don’t forget to check out this cute bear statue! This charming bear appears to be on a mission to have fun at Greystones beach. The sculpture is the work of artist Patrick O’Reilly and was donated to the Greystones Tidy Towns Committee by property developer Dermod Dwyer. Mr. Dwyer donated the bear in memory of his daughter, Caroline Dwyer-Hickey who died of cancer in the town at a young age. When the sculpture was first placed at the beach, there was a mixed response, with some locals finding it inappropriate for the area. Others believed the bear would scare young children visiting the beach. However, most residents found the bear statue to be charming and inoffensive.
Beach Bear Greystones
Address: Marine Rd, Rathdown Lower, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)
8. Gaze at the historic Killincarrig Castle
The village of Killincarrig was built before Greystones and is known for its many ancient structures, including an Elizabethan manor house. The manor house is now known as Killincarrig Castle and stands in ruins. The castle was constructed during the early 16th century and initially owned by Henry Walsh. Among the ruins, it can be seen the castle had two floors and an attic. The village’s history tells that Oliver Cromwell stayed at Killincarrig Castle for a number of nights. According to legend, Cromwell’s horse was stolen by locals during his stay here. Access to Killincarrig Castle is difficult, as the ruins are overgrown and it is surrounded on most sides by private property.
Address: Killincarrig, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
9. Say 'Cheers!' at The Beach House pub
The Beach House is a charming pub and eatery open every day of the week and offers several venues to suit all patrons and groups. The property serves great beer, wine, and scrumptious food made from locally sourced ingredients. The décor is shabby chic, with exposed stone walls and timber sleepers as well as retro furniture. The property has a lovely indoor dining area and laidback outdoor seating too. So grab your buddies and head over to The Beach House for a pint or two!
The Beach House
Address: The Harbour, Rathdown Lower, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Website: The Beach House
Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 11:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 12:30am
10. Dine on freshly made dishes at The Hungry Monk
The Hungry Monk has been family-owned by Pat and Sylvia Keown since 1988. The restaurant is run by Pat, her son, Julian, and his wife Samantha. The restaurant boasts dishes that are crafted using only the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients, including crab and lobster caught off Wicklow Coast, and pheasant and venison shot locally too. A wide range of spirits, local craft beers, ales and an award-winning wine list are also available to diners.
The Hungry Monk
Address: 1 Church Rd, Killincarrig, Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Ireland
Website: The Hungry Monk
Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5pm - 11pm; Sun: 12:30pm - 8:30pm
Since Greystones rose to the top of the most livable communities list, and won the title conferred by the LivCom awards in 2008, the town has continued to grow and attract the attention of tourists, especially during the summer. Greystones has also surely and steadily built a reputation as one of the towns in Ireland with the best cafes.
Frequently asked questions about things to do in Greystones, Ireland
1. Which are the top attractions to visit in Greystones?
The charming town of Greystones offers plenty of attractions to visitors. The top attractions to visit in Greystones are Cliff Walk, Beach Bear Greystones, Killincarrig Castle, Kindlestown Castle and Greystones Blue Flag Beach.
2. Which are the best outdoor activities in Greystones?
Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of activities to indulge in at Greystones. You can embark on the wild and spectacular Cliff Walk, go on a boat ride at Greystones Harbour Marina or enjoy the sun, surf and sand at Greystones Blue Flag Beach.
3. Which are the most popular things to do with kids and family in Greystones?
Several family-friendly attractions are located in Greystones. The popular things to do with kids and family in Greystones are enjoying the sun, surf and sand at Greystones Blue Flag Beach, where the charming Beach Bear Greystones statue is also located. You could take your entire family on a boat ride at Greystones Harbour Marina too.
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