Ireland's eighth city located between Belfast and Dublin


Dundalk town is on the Castletown River, which flows into Dundalk Bay on the east coast of Ireland.

Dundalk has a rich literature, culture, arts and music tradition. Located near Carlingford Lough and the Cooley/Mourne mountain range, which offers a family-friendly environment and excellent quality of life, with superb water-based, equestrian and other outdoor activities.

Dundalk is a one-hour drive by motorway to Dublin and Belfast. Dublin International Airport is a 45-minute drive, with Belfast International Airport a 70-minute drive.

Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) has 4,600 students and is home to several research centres supporting technology development.

Why Dundalk is the best city to live and study English in Ireland

Dundalk enjoys an excellent location between Dublin and Belfast, the two largest cities in Ireland.

Dundalk is known as "the land of legends" and has a rich heritage of medieval castles and monasteries, Celtic crosses and dolmens, allowing you to relive famous Irish epics and legends.

The vibrant nightlife of Dundalk these days and the great cultural and social scene it has is well known. We can highlight The Spirit, one of the best music venues in Ireland.

Fashion fans will enjoy the unique shops, strolling through the Marshes Mall or the renovated Market Square, where you can enjoy the variety of restaurants and cafes.

The Cooley Peninsula and the picturesque town of Carlingford are some of the best-kept secrets in this area of Ireland.

Stroll through its medieval streets and enter the pubs to enjoy varied traditional Irish music while enjoying the wonderful local oysters.

The town of Carlingford is home to King John's Castle and the Omeath Greenway, where you can go kayaking on the lake, rock climbing or zip-lining through the mountains.

Most popular sights, tourist attractions, and things to do and see in Dundalk


  • Blackrock Seaside Village.
  • Castle Roche.
  • Cúchulainn's Castle - Castletown Motte.
  • Dundalk Craft and Farmers Market.
  • Dundalk Library.
  • Dundalk Museum.
  • King John's Castle.
  • Medieval Carlingford & the Cooley Peninsula.
  • St. Mochta’s Medieval Monastery.
  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • Stephenstown Pond Nature Park.
  • Templetown Blue Flag Beach.

Top Attractions

  • Brubaker's – Food & Music.
  • Carlingford Adventure Centre.
  • Dundalk Craft and Farmers Market.
  • Fitzpatrick’s Bar & Restaurant.
  • Marshes Shopping Centre.
  • Omniplex Cinema.
  • On Yer Bike, 7km Carlingford Lough Greenway Cycle.
  • The Dundalk Stadium - Horseracing & Restaurant.
  • The Spirit Store - Music Venue.

Most important events and festivals in Dundalk

  • Boyne Music Festival.
  • Carlingford Oyster Festival.
  • Culture Night.
  • Dundalk Christmas Market.
  • Dundalk Stadium Events.
  • Frostival Winter Festival.
  • International Festival for Irish Harp.
  • National Heritage Week.
  • National Leprechaun Hunt.
  • SEEK Contemporary Urban Arts Festival.
  • St Patrick’s Day Festival.
  • Vantastival Music Festival.


Population (hab)39,004
Altitude (m.a.s.l.)6


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Louth English

Louth English

Family English language school with interactive whiteboards in a modern and comfortable building in Dundalk, Ireland