Clontarf, Dublin.

The Red Stables

The red stables in St Anne's Park were built in 1885 by Arthur Edward Guinness, Lord Ardilaun. The stables now house an arts and crafts centre with room for artists, a gallery and a café. Every Saturday there is a food and crafts market in the courtyard.

Clontarf Castle

Clontarf Castle has been a hotel since 1998, but it stands on the site of a castle that dates back to 1172. For many years the castle was a base for the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller who were both involved in the Crusades to the Holy Land. They were skilled fighters who took part in wars about religion by Christian Europeans against other religions.