A small historical town, Swords is a paradise for history enthusiasts with its array of fascinating landmarks that date back to 560 AD. Swords is also home to modern attractions and is known for its lively nightlife scene, golf courses and shopping opportunities.
Things to do in Swords
For insight into the local history, visit the Swords Castle. Built as the residence of the 1st Archbishop of Dublin, it features battlements, towers and a 13th-century chapel. You can also visit St. Columba’s Church to admire its Gothic-style architecture that dates back to 1811.
Enjoy a day of natural scenery at Ward River Valley Park, where 89 hectares of picturesque landscapes sit along the banks of the Ward River. Newbridge Demesne Regional Park is popular for its wildflower meadows, walled gardens and Georgian-style courtyard area.
Play a round of golf at Corrstown Golf Club with its championship layout of river and meadow courses or visit Balheary Open Golf Course to experience its unique concept of a shortened-length track. If you’re up for a day of shopping, browse through TK Maxx, Zara and H&M at Pavilions Shopping Centre.
After a day of exploration, pop into the Old School House Bar and Restaurant for a pint in their popular beer garden. The restaurant was an 18th-century schoolhouse, but now serves hungry patrons locally-sourced steak and seafood. Visit Rouge Nightclub for a Moulin Rouge-inspired evening, where plush red furnishings and a high-energy dance floor complement late-night entertainment.
Getting around Swords
Swords is easy to traverse on foot and is well served by frequent bus services. Dublin Airport is located 10 minutes away by car, with buses connecting Swords to Dublin’s city centre.