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Howth, Ireland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Howth, Ireland. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Howth?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Howth, they said:

"Howth is a small village located on the peninsula of Howth Head, which is part of the greater Dublin area. It's known for its stunning natural beauty, including cliffs, a lighthouse, and an island. Before moving to Howth, expats should know that the cost of living can be quite high, especially when it comes to housing. The village is a popular tourist destination, which can drive up prices. Public transportation is available in Howth, with regular bus and train services connecting the village to Dublin city center. However, owning a car can be beneficial for exploring the surrounding areas. The weather in Howth is typically Irish, meaning it can be quite unpredictable. It's not uncommon to experience all four seasons in a single day, so it's important to always be prepared with appropriate clothing. English is the primary language spoken in Howth, but as with the rest of Ireland, you'll also hear Irish (Gaelic). While it's not necessary to speak Irish to live in Howth, learning a few phrases can be a nice way to connect with the local culture. Howth is known for its seafood, with many restaurants serving fresh fish caught in the local waters. The village also has a number of pubs, where you can enjoy a pint of Guinness and some traditional Irish music. Healthcare in Ireland is of a high standard, but it's important for expats to have appropriate health insurance. Ireland has both public and private healthcare systems, and while EU citizens can access the public system, non-EU citizens will typically need private health insurance. Finally, Howth is a safe and welcoming village with a strong sense of community. It's a great place for families, with good schools and plenty of outdoor activities. However, it's also popular with retirees due to its peaceful atmosphere and beautiful surroundings," said one expat in Howth.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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