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Swords is a town 15 km north of Dublin, in Ireland.

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Get in[edit]

If travelling to Swords from within the island of Ireland the easiest way to get there is by driving or by bus or coach. Swords is close to the hub of Ireland's road network and is served by bus and coach services from throughout the island. If travelling from outside Ireland the best way is by air, with Dublin Airport only located five minutes from Swords.

By car[edit]

Swords is located along the M1 motorway, which is the main road between Dublin and Belfast. If travelling from Dublin you should head north on the M1 motorway towards Dublin. Take exit 3 just past Dublin Airport and follow signs into Swords. If travelling from Belfast/Lisburn/Newry/Dundalk/Drogheda follow the A1/M1 towards Dublin. Take exit 4 off the M1 motorway and follow signs into Swords. If travelling from (London)Derry/Letterkenny/Omagh/Monaghan follow the A5/N2 towards Dublin. When you reach Ardee turn off the N2 onto the N33 link road to the M1 motorway. Head south on the M1 towards Dublin as far as exit 4, then follow signs into Swords.

Swords is also adjacent to Dublin's M50 ring road, which is the hub for Ireland's national road network. If you are travelling from the west or south of Ireland the easiest way to drive to Swords is to follow one of the national primary roads leading to Dublin:

Continue along these roads towards Dublin until you reach the M50 motorway (Junction 1 on all roads), then head northbound on the M50 until you reach junction 3. Exit here onto the M1 motorway towards Belfast. You will now see signs for Swords, just follow them and you will get to the town centre.

By bus[edit]

The quickest and easiest way to get to Swords from Dublin City Centre is by the Swords Express [1]. These express coach services depart at least every half hour from Eden Quay, and pick up along North Wall Quay and East Wall Road. Coaches operate through the Dublin Port Tunnel and take about 30 minutes, serving Holywell, Boroimhe, Forest Road, Swords Pavillions, Applewood and Brackenstown. Fares cost €3 (€4 at peak times, €5 late night).

Dublin Bus [2] operates frequent bus services between Dublin City Centre and Swords, with a journey time of 45-60 minutes. This is the busiest bus corridor in the country with buses every 5-10 minutes throughout the day and up to every 58 seconds at peak times. All Dublin Bus services to Swords depart from stops on Lower Abbey Street, and pick up along Gardiner Street, Drumcondra Road and Swords Road. Routes 33, 41, 41b and 41c all serve Swords Main Street. Routes 41 and 41b also serve Rathbeale Road while route 41c also serves Boroimhe, River Valley and Applewood. Cash fares between Dublin and Swords cost €2.80. Dublin Bus services do not give change and only accept coins (you can get the change later at the Dublin Bus main office in O’Connell Street, Dublin).

By coach[edit]

Swords is only five minutes from Dublin Airport, which is served by direct coach services from throughout Ireland. Most services are operated by Bus Éireann [3], but there are also a large number of private operators.

Dublin Bus' Route 41 (towards Swords Manor) runs every 20 minutes and serves Pinnockhill, Swords Pavillions, Main Street, Rathbeale Road, Murrough Road and Brackenstown. Route 102 (towards Sutton Station) runs every 30 minutes and serves Forest Road, River Valley, Swords Pavillions and Malahide Road. Cash fare is €2.15 to Main Street and €2.60 for areas past the Main Street.

By plane[edit]

Dublin Airport [4] is approximately 5 minutes from the centre of Swords. Once you arrived you can get on a bus or get a taxi to reach Swords centre.

’’’Dublin bus’’’ routes 41 and 102 provide a connection to Swords. Jourey time depends on traffic, but it should be between 5 and 15 minutes. Remember to pay the fare with the exact amount of coins as buses do not give change. Luggage racks are limited on Dublin Bus local buses, so if you have many bags you should consider not to take the bus.

A taxi to Swords should cost around €10.

The are plans for a metro line connecting Dublin Airport to Swords.

By train[edit]

There are no rail services in Swords. There are plans for a new metro line that should connect Swords to St Stephen's Green in Dublin city centre, but this is not expected to open until at least 2021.

The closest train station is Malahide Station, in Malahide which is served by ’’’DART’’’ and Commuter Services. Rail services are operated by Iarnród Éireann [5] .

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Constable Tower at Swords Castle

Historical[edit]

  • Swords Castle, Swords Town Park (entrances on Bridge Street and North Street), +353 1 890 5600 (), [6]. 10am-5pm Nov-Jan, 10am-6pm Feb-Mar, 10am-7pm Apr&Oct, 10am-8pm May&Sep, 10am-9pm Jun-Aug. It was built as the manorial residence of the 1st Archbishop of Dublin, John Comyn, around 1200 or a little later, and was never strong in the military sense, but covers a large pentagonal walled area of nearly 1.5 acres (6,000 m²) with a tower on the north, probably the Constable's residence, and an impressive gateway complex on the south. The warder may have occupied the quarters to the left of the gate, while to the right was the janitor's room with the priest's room overhead. The adjoining chapel, built in the late thirteenth century, was probably used as the Archbishop's private oratory. Other buildings, recorded in an inquisition in 1326, have now vanished, including the great hall on the east side of the enclosure. The Archbishop abandoned Swords once a new palace was built at Tallaght in 1324 - a move no doubt encouraged by damage sustained during Bruce's campaign of 1317. The stepped battlements suggest some form of occupancy during the fifteenth century, but by 1583, when briefly occupied by Dutch Protestants, it was described as "the quite spoiled old castle". It was used as a garden in the nineteenth century and sold after the Church of Ireland was disestablished. Swords Castle is undergoing a significant redevelopment and is intended to become a major tourist attraction. The newly renovated castle was used as a film location for the production of TV series The Tudors in spring 2010. Due to the ongoing restoration work, the interior of the castle is only open for groups by appointment only by calling the number above. Free. (53.459533,-6.220006‎) edit
  • St. Columba’s Church, Belfry & Round Tower, Church Road, [7]. The round tower is the surviving remnant of St. Colmcille’s monastic settlement. The only remaining relic of the medieval church is its belfry, from c. 1300, which on fine days in summertime gives a view of four counties from the tower’s height. The original church is said to have fallen into ruin sometime in the seventeenth century. The new church of early Gothic style was built in 1811 on the foundations of the old St. Columba's Round Tower. The Sexton’s Lodge is also of architectural interest and was built in 1870. The body of Brian Boru was said to have been brought there in 1014 to be waked after the Battle of Clontarf, while on the way to be buried in Armagh. As of June 2013 the Belfry and Round Tower have been closed to the public for safety reasons. The church has also been closed for restoration and is due to reopen later in 2013. (53.457544,-6.223976‎) edit
  • St. Colmcille’s Well, Well Road, +353 1 840 0080, [8]. In a locked chamber. Reputed to be where Swords got its name when St. Colmcille blessed the well of clear water, ‘Sord’ being the Irish for ‘clear or pure’. Entry to the Well is by appointment only by contacting Swords Historical Society at the number above. The well chamber can be viewed from the outside. (53.455924,-6.222651‎) edit
  • Swords Museum, Carnegie Library, North Street, +353 1 840 0080, [9]. 1pm-5pm Mon-Fri. Built as Carnegie Library in 1909. Redbrick building typical early 20th century. Now houses a museum and genealogy centre run by the Swords Historical Society. Free entry. (53.461606,-6.218206‎) edit
  • St. Colmcille’s RC Church, Chapel Lane, +353 1 840 0547, [10]. A pre-Catholic Emancipation church built in 1827 on a site donated by James Taylor of Swords House. The graveyard contains many interesting headstones, including one for Andrew Kettle, who was known as Parnell’s Righthand Man. Free. (53.457925,-6.217197‎) edit

Modern[edit]

  • Fingal County Hall, Main Street, +353 1 890 5000, [11]. 9:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri. The award-winning modern Fingal County Hall by Bucholz McEvoy architects dominates the northern end of Main Street. It is built in 2000 on the site of Swords House, the home of the Norman family of Taylors of Swords. Records show the family came there in the 13th century and built a ‘Mansion House’ in 1403. Free. (53.459048,-6.219196‎) edit
  • Tesco Ireland Distribution Centre, Lanestown. This large dry grocery distribution centre is the 8th largest building in the world by volume. The building is over half a kilometre long and could fit 16 jumbo jets. Access to the building is restricted to private tours, but it is worth getting a view from the outside. The best view is from the R126 road between Swords and Donabate, where you can see the full length of this huge building. (53.486692,-6.185583‎‎) edit

Natural[edit]

  • Ward River Valley Park, Brackenstown Road & River Valley Road, +353 1 890 5629, [12]. 10am-5pm Nov-Jan, 10am-6pm Feb-Mar, 10am-7pm Apr&Oct, 10am-8pm May&Sep, 10am-9pm Jun-Aug. The Ward River Valley Park is a linear park on the banks of the Ward River approaching town. It covers an area of 89 ha. (220 acres) between Swords town centre and Knocksedan Bridge. Features of interest include some 12th century fortifications, woodland habitats, wetlands and rolling grassland. There are viewing points, picnic sites, sports pitches and tennis courts. Free. (53.457547,-6.241915) edit
  • Broadmeadow Estuary, Estuary Road & Hutchinsons Strand, [13]. The Broadmeadow Estuary is a fine example of an estuarine system, providing both feeding and roosting areas for a range of wintering waterfowl. The lagoonal nature of the inner estuary is of particular value as it increases the diversity of birds which occur. The site is of high conservation importance, with an internationally important population of Brent Goose and nationally important populations of a further 12 species. Free. (53.462299,-6.177935‎‎‎) edit
  • Newbridge Demesne Regional Park, Hearse Road, Donabate (take 33b bus from Swords), +353 1 890 5629, [14]. 9am-5pm Nov-Jan, 9am-6pm Feb-Mar, 9am-7pm Oct, 9am-8pm Apr&Sep, 9am-9pm May-Aug.. Newbridge Demesne covers an area of 150 ha. (370 acres). The park was probably designed by the Wexford landscape gardener Charles Fritzell about 250 years ago. The parkland is a good example of an eighteenth century landscape park with perimeter woodland belts and fine vistas across lawns and wildflower meadows. Newbridge House built by the Cobbe family in the mid 1700s is open to the public and is a fine example of Georgian architecture. It is a focal point in the park and the cobbled courtyard includes a restaurant, and a range of interesting outbuildings. Other visitor attractions include Newbridge Traditional Farm where you can see old breeds of farm animals, as well as displays of machinery were part of Irish farming life in previous centuries. The Walled Garden has extensive orchards and a collection of old Irish apple varieties. Two 19th Century glasshouses have recently been restored and sections of the walled garden have been replanted with herbaceous borders. The Park also includes a major Children's Playground and Sports Pitches. Free. (53.483117,-6.176598‎‎‎) edit

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Camping[edit]

Swords is not well-served for visitors who wish to camp in designated sites. Caravan and camping space is available but is limited. Visitors planning to camp can get more information from Fingal Tourism, Main Street, +353 1 840 0077, [15].

Budget[edit]

  • Forty Four Main Street, 44 Main Street, +353 1 840 1308 (), [16]. Forty Four main street (formerly the Hawthorn Hotel) is located in the heart of Swords village, surrounded by bars, shops and championship golf courses. (53.457639,-6.221038‎) edit
  • Travelodge Swords, Pinnock Hill Roundabout, +353 1 807 9400 (, fax: +353 1 840 9235), [17]. An ideal accommodation for anyone travelling through Dublin Airport, the Travelodge offers comfortable, three-star guest rooms as well as an on-site restaurant. The hotel is a short walk from Swords Main Street. (53.449379,-6.223750) edit
  • Premier Inn Swords, Lakeshore Drive, Airside Retail Park, +353 1 895 7777 (, fax: +353 1 895 7700), [18]. A stylish and comfortable accommodation, the three-star Premier Inn is a great choice for anyone travelling through Dublin Airport. 10 minutes walk from Swords Main Street. (53.445053,-6.225977‎) edit
  • San Augustine Bed and Breakfast, Rathbeale Road, +353 1 840 8729 (), [19]. Detached, modern, Georgian type town house. Five minutes walk to Swords, with pubs, shopping centre, restaurants and castle. On Bus route 41 to airport and Dublin. €70 double/twin room. (53.460699,-6.225743‎) edit
  • Evergreen B&B, Balheary Avenue, +353 1 840 3886 (), [20]. 3 km to Swords, very convenient for Dublin Airport ( 8 mins drive ), city of Dublin ( 25 mins drive ) Great touring location, close to M50 motorway. Warm welcome, quiet country location, great breakfast. €74 double/twin room. (53.4851,-6.2462) edit
  • Rathview House, 3 Rathbeale Court, +353 1 840 4443 (), [21]. Rathview is an elegant detached Georgian town house. Situated in a quiet leafy cul de sac yet only 2 minutes walk from Swords main street with restaurants, pubs, shopping mall and multi screen cinema. On main bus route to airport and Dublin. €70 double/twin room. (53.4614,-6.2260) edit
  • Blackbridge Airport Lodge, Spittal Hill, Lissenhall, +353 1 840 7276 (), [22]. En suite bedrooms with television. Conservatory for guest use. Five kilometres from airport. Transport arranged. (53.468226,-6.211074‎) edit
  • Ard Cill, Rath Lane, Rowlestown, +353 1 840 5172, [23]. Peaceful setting, yet only a 5min drive to Swords Village and 10min drive to Dublin Airport. Surrounded by several recreational activities, such as horse-riding, golf and many more. Spacious rooms. Tea & Coffee making facilities. (53.477725,-6.297425‎) edit
  • Highfield House, Forest Road, +353 1 840 7989 (), [24]. Beautiful family home, only 3km from Dublin Airport. On bus route 102 from airport & 41c & Swords Express. Three star tourist board rating. Ground floor accommodation available. Free Wifi, tea/coffee. (53.454156,-6.225531‎) edit
  • Collinswood, 1A Rathbeale Road, +353 1 840 0966 (), [25]. Beautiful detached Georgian style home within walking distance of Swords Village. Bus stop outside which services the airport and Dublin. 2 miles from Dublin Airport. (53.461203,-6.227313‎) edit

Mid-range[edit]

  • Carnegie Court Hotel, North Street, +353 1 840 4384 (), [26]. This three-star hotel is conveniently located on Swords Main Street, just minutes from Dublin Airport. The hotel prides itself on providing comfortable accommodation, traditional hospitality and excellent service. (53.462283,-6.217624) edit
  • Kettle's Country House Hotel, Ashbourne Road, Lispopple, +353 1 813 8511 (, fax: +353 1 813 8510), [27]. This three-star hotel is situated in rural countryside just outside the town of Swords. The elegant hotel has 25 bedrooms and a range of special events facilities. Only ten minutes by bus to Swords with five daily services (route 41b [28]). (53.482359,-6.288053‎‎) edit
  • Harap Farm Self Catering, Harap Farm, Magillstown, +353 1 840 1285 (), [29]. Attractive semi-detached two, three and five bedroom self catering homes set on a family run tillage farm in rural countryside north of Swords. The property is located only 5 minutes from the centre of Swords and 10 minutes from Dublin Airport. Not served by public transport but ideal location if you are bringing or hiring a car. (53.491509,-6.226545) edit
  • Riversdale Bed & Breakfast, Balheary Road, +353 1 840 4802 (), [30]. Family run modern house on spacious landscaped gardens, quiet location, 8 mins drive from Dublin Airport. 1km from Swords Village with restaurants,pubs,shops. All rooms en-suite. €60 double/twin room. (53.472427,-6.222347) edit
  • Abbeyglen Cottage Bed and Breakfast, 47 Dublin Road, +353 1 813 8721 (), [31]. This B&B offers quality and comfort in a privileged location, quiet yet just a five minute stroll to Swords Town Centre with all its amenities. Five minutes drive from Dublin Airport. €60-70 double/twin room. (53.451922,-6.225061) edit

Splurge[edit]

  • Roganstown Hotel and Country Club, Naul Road, Roganstown, +353 1 843 3188 (, fax: +353 1 843 303), [32]. This four-star Hotel and Country Club is a destination for relaxation, fine food and exceptional golf, set among 120 hectares of peaceful lakes and rolling hills. Each one of the luxuriously appointed bedrooms is cleverly designed to offer spectacular views over our championship golf course, Japanese style courtyard or mature front gardens. All guestrooms include complimentary high speed internet access, mini bar, laptop safe, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Facilities include restaurant, bar, full leisure centre, indoor swimming pool, 18 hole golf course, wedding and conference venues and ample free car parking. Not served by public transport but shuttle bus available on request to Swords or Dublin Airport for €5. (53.487149,-6.272561) edit
  • Heyward Mews, Roganstown Hotel and Country Club, Roganstown, +353 1 201 8400 (), [33]. These holiday homes are in a courtyard setting with open plan living area and French doors onto the patio. Guests have full access to the leisure facilities at the adjacent Roganstown Golf & Country Club. (53.486092,-6.271794) edit
  • Clarion Hotel Dublin Airport, Corballis Avenue, Dublin Airport, +353 1 808 0500 (, fax: +353 1 844 6002), [34]. This is a four-star hotel situated within the airport complex and only five minutes from Swords by frequent bus service. The elegant hotel comprises comfortable bedrooms, bar, restaurant and meeting rooms. (53.427787,-6.233857‎) edit
  • Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport, Corballis Way, Dublin Airport, +353 1 844 6000 (, fax: +353 1 844 6001), [35]. This four-star accommodation was formerly The Great Southern Hotel Dublin Airport and is located within the airport complex just five minutes from Swords by frequent bus service. 24 hour courtesy shuttle to passenger terminals. (53.426607,-6.232336) edit

Retreat[edit]

  • Emmaus Retreat & Conference Centre, Ennis Lane, Lissenhall, +353 1 870 0050 (, fax: +353 1 840 8248), [36]. The centre welcomes people who wish to take time out to find meaning in their lives. It sits on 10 acres of rural grounds with tree-lined paths, landscaped gardens and a river walk. It offers modern accommodation in 62 ensuite rooms, some of which are wheelchair accessible. Rates include breakfast, toiletries, WiFi, and use of the dining, oratory and prayer rooms. €70 double/twin room. (53.473827,-6.215764‎) edit

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