WHERE TO STAY
Thanks to the fantastic transport links in the Dublin area, the choices for where to stay are endless. If you would like to be close on hand then the best place to stay is at the Royal Marine Hotel, the reception venue. A number of rooms are reserved for wedding guests at a preferential rate, see contact details below. If this doesn't suit your needs then the following options are recommended.
PREFERENTIAL ROOM RATES
Single occupancy including breakfast
Double occupancy including breakfast
call +353 1 230 0029
and quote Steven and Gillian's wedding
The Royal Marine Hotel is one of two hotels in Dun Laoghaire alongside Haddington House. A wider selection of hotels can be found in Dublin city centre, easily reached via the DART train line, bus or car.
BED AND BREAKFASTS
Most travel sites will list a number of excellent bed and breakfasts in Dun Laoghaire and the surrounding area. There is a selection walking distance from both the church and the reception venue.
HOTEL AND AIRBNB QUICKFINDER
If you are travelling by car you are encouraged to park free of charge in the Royal Marine Hotel underground car park, 15 minutes walk from the church and adjacent to the reception venue. You are welcome to park there throughout the day and there are plenty of spaces available. The car park entrance is found at the end of the hotels drive, off from Marine Road. Get your ticket validated at the hotel reception desk.
If this does not suit you, there is a very limited quantity of pay and display parking available on R831, the coast-facing road behind the church, and in two small car parks opposite the church on Glasthule Road. These locations are shown in yellow on the map opposite. You will be unable to park inside the church grounds.
Dublin has excellent public transport options. If you are coming from Dublin city centre or most suburbs on the coast the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) train line runs regularly to and from Dun Laoghaire (which is opposite the Royal Marine Hotel) and Sandycove/Glasthule (which is opposite St. Joseph's Church) stations. It is a cheap, fast and reliable option until approximately midnight.
Dublin Bus operates numerous routes with distinctive yellow and blue buses. There are many options that pass the Royal Marine Hotel. Their website has a great route planner which will help you find your best route.
If you are staying in the centre of Dublin, the LUAS tram network is useful for getting around.
On the DART and LUAS you can buy a ticket prior to boarding and on buses you can pay in cash. Otherwise, you can buy a Leap card and top it up with travel credit for use on all public transport. On the DART and LUAS remember to tap on and off, and on buses talk to driver before tapping.
TO AND FROM DUBLIN AIRPORT
A variety of transport options are available from Dublin Airport including Dublin Bus and Taxi but we would recommend the Air Coach. One of its routes stops at the Royal Marine Hotel and St. Joseph's Church (703 to Killiney / Dalkey). You can purchase single or return tickets just outside the terminal building using cash or card, or on the bus using cash. Different routes run with different frequency - you can check the timetables online at their website.
WHILE IN IRELAND
WHILE IN DUN LAOGHAIRE
If you're staying in Dun Laoghaire for a day or two below are some ideas for things to do in and around Dun Laoghaire:
Join us from some lunch on Sunday 21st July at the People Park Market in Dun Laoghaire, in between St. Joseph's Church and the Royal Marine Hotel.
Take a walk up Killiney Hill to get a better view of the sea, and whole of Dublin bay.
Visit the James Joyce Tower and Museum, the setting of the opening of his book Ulysses.
Killiney Hill Views
Visit Temple Bar for a drink and some live music
Do some shopping on Grafton Street
See the Spire on O'Connell Street
Have a look at some of the national art treasures at the National Gallery
Below are some day trip suggestions within an hour or so drive of Dublin. Buses are available to bring you to most or you can drive by car.
Eat and watch the weavers at work at Avoca Handweavers. There are plenty of Avoca Handweavers cafès, restaurants and shops dotted around Ireland but you can visit the original from which they all originate, within driving distance of Glendalough.
Visit Newgrange, a 5,200 year old neolithic passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland's Ancient East that has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It's older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids!
Glendalough Round Tower
WHILE IN DUBLIN
If you haven't visited Dublin before and intend to make a weekend out of our wedding, this list should give you a good starting point for what to squeeze in.
Go on the Dublin free walking tour. We haven't done this tour in Dublin but have used this company in many other European cities. It's a great why to learn about a city, while hearing some interesting stories along the way and for as much as you're willing to pay
See Dublin through the eyes of the Vikings on Viking Splash
Dress code is summer smart, e.g. suits and cocktail dresses. We're not too worried about what you wear but wear something that makes you feel amazing and ready to enjoy the day. We've picked what should be a warm and sunny day, but it is Ireland, so bear this in mind. We only request that you don't wear a white dress, for obvious reasons. Our bridesmaids will be wearing light blue dresses, but we are not bothered if you end up matching.
Many of you will know that we bought ourselves a little flat in London in early 2018. Over the past year, we've spent our time decorating and filling it with everything we could possibly need. Your presence at our wedding is all that we hope for. Having you here with us to celebrate means more to us than spatulas or toasters, we promise! And let's face it, travelling and staying in Dun Laoghaire isn't cheap!
If you would like to make a further gift then we would very much appreciate a contribution towards our next big adventure together - our honeymoon. To make this as easy as possible we've set up a list at Prezola. Please click on the button below to access our wishlist.