Dublin Attractions & Tours (65)
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Wild Wicklow Tour including Glendalough from Dublin[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
The Wild Wicklow Tour from Dublin is the perfect introduction to Wicklow's untamed landscapes. On this Wicklow day tour you'll explore ancient monastic ruins at Glendalough, enjoy the 'craic' in a traditional Irish pub, and see where film-makers brought a little bit of Scotland to Ireland when filming scenes for 'Braveheart' at Sally's Gap.
The beautiful coastal drive from Dublin to Glendalough takes you past Dun Laoghaire Harbor, Dalkey and Killiney. These exclusive suburbs on the out reaches of Dublin are home to Ireland's rich and famous including U2's Bono, Enya and film director Neil Jordan. Then, driving through the Wicklow Mountains, you'll soon understand why this area is known as 'the Garden of Ireland?.
You'll continue on to the green mountains of Wicklow County, where you'll stop for morning tea (additional cost) at Avoca Handweavers. The oldest wool mill in Ireland, Avoca Handweavers is a great place to shop for high-quality Irish crafts.
The next stop on your Wicklow tour in Glendalough, in Wicklow Mountains National Park. Glendalough is renowned for its natural beauty and history, and is one of the most visited places in Ireland.
At Glendalough, your guide will walk with you through the 6th-century monastic settlement. You'll learn about St Kevin, the founder of the ancient monastery, and hear stories relating to the ruins scattered about the site, including the famous Round Tower. There will also be time for a leisurely stroll through the woods to Upper Lake.
Leaving the peace and serenity of Glendalough behind, you'll head off for a stop at a local pub for lunch (additional cost). Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and good old-fashioned home cooking of a traditional Irish pub. Why not wash lunch down with a hearty pint of Guinness?
After lunch you'll begin your return to Dublin, via Sally's Gap, where scenes from 'Braveheart' were filmed in 1995. This scenic but desolate area of wild bogland offers a stunning contrast to the Wicklow Mountains.
You'll arrive back in Dublin in the late afternoon, with drop- off either in Ballsbridge (D4) or at Trinity College.
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Skip the Line: Guinness Storehouse Entrance Ticket[Category: Sightseeing Tickets & Passes]
|Book your Skip the Line: Guinness Storehouse Entrance Ticket now and your ticket will be pre-booked and pre-paid, for a fast, hassle-free entry into Ireland's number one visitor attraction. The staff will be pleased to welcome you and serve you a complimentary pint of the black gold! No trip to Dublin is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse.|
Located in the heart of the legendary St James's Gate brewery in Dublin, this production site has been home to the "Black Stuff" since 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years. The Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has now been remodeled into a visitor center dedicated to the history of Guinness. Ireland's number one visitor attraction unfolds its tale across seven floors shaped around a giant pint glass which, if full, would contain 14.3 million pints of Guinness.
The highlight of the visit for many is the Gravity Bar, symbolically the "head of the pint", where one can enjoy 360 degree views across Dublin while savoring a complimentary pint of Guinness.
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Dublin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour[Category: Tours & Sightseeing]
|Explore Dublin's historic buildings and vibrant nightlife with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Valid for 24 hours you have plenty of time to see the sights of Dublin as you hop-on and hop-off 20 stops around the city.|
With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Dublin.
You can hop-on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus. There are 20 stops and the entire route takes approximately 90 minutes. The bus departs regularly from each stop and your ticket is valid for 24 hours from first use.
The route takes you to many of Dublin's major attractions including Dvblinia, Old Jameson Distillery, Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park (where you will find Dublin Zoo), and of course the Guinness Storehouse.
For complete route and full list of stops, please click on 'View Additional Info' below
Dublin Traditional Irish House Party including Dinner and Show[Category: Food, Wine & Nightlife]
|Welcome to the party! A traditional Irish house party is the perfect introduction to Dublin, with great entertainment and a warm and friendly atmosphere. You'll enjoy good food, local musicians, storytellers and dancing on an evening out that's unlike any other you'll experience in Dublin.|
The Irish House Party is Dublin?s unmissable Irish music and dance show. Now in its fourth successful year it is hosted by All Ireland champion musicians, dancers and entertaining presenters in an intimate and homely dinner theater setting. No Irish house party is complete without a good meal beforehand and you will be served a delicious three-course Irish dinner. Once you have finished your meal, the music, singing and dancing begins.
The show is suitable for all ages, and families with children are welcome. You can take part in the entertainment as much as you like, or simply sit back in comfortable surroundings and enjoy:
- A presentation about traditional music and Irish writers
- A live traditional music session
- Learning a song in the Irish language with a songbook
- Trying some simple Irish dancing
- The house party piece, where you can perform something yourself!
The Dublin Pass[Category: Sightseeing Tickets & Passes]
|Dublin, a wealth of history and culture. So whether you prefer museums or galleries, cathedrals or castles - Dublin has it all. The pass offers FREE ENTRY to 27 of Dublin's top visitor attractions, free transport from the airport to the city and access to over 25 special offers and discounts in shops, restaurants and much more!|
FREE ENTRY to 27 of Dublin's top visitor attractions:
There are 27 attractions available on your Dublin Pass, so the more you see, the more you save! Dublin is a delight to explore and very easy to navigate on foot, many visitor attractions are within easy walking distance of each other. All the free entry attractions are listed below.
FREE Dublin Arrival Airport Transfer:
Travel free of charge from Dublin Airport to Dublin City only. Simply validate your Pass at the Aircoach stop outside Dublin Airport and jump on an Aircoach right into the city center. Use of this service activates your Dublin Pass. Once activated it is valid for number of days indicated on the pass.
FREE 88 Page Dublin Color Guidebook:
Receive a comprehensive Dublin guidebook including attractions, general information, interesting facts about Dublin and full color city and regional maps. With clear, concise information and easy to follow directions, this guide has all the essential tips for a top Dublin experience!
Skip the Line:
The Dublin Pass entitles you to the benefit of fast-track entry, allowing you to skip the long queues at some of the busiest tourist attractions! Simply show your Dublin Pass to the attendant and you can bypass the queue, saving you time, adding convenience and making you feel like a VIP!
Save even more money with the Dublin Pass and avail of more fabulous special offers in some of Dublin's finest shops, restaurants, theatres, entertainment venues, tours and much more!
Newgrange and Monasterboice Day Trip from Dublin[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
|Don't miss the chance to take this popular tour of the Boyne Valley, one of Ireland's most important historic locations. You'll get a sense of the ghosts of Ireland's past at the tombs of Newgrange and see some of the country's most famous Celtic crosses at Monasterboice.|
To help you experience the history of this ancient land, your guide will lead you into the actual tombs of Newgrange (dating from 3000 B.C.), one of the oldest and largest Neolithic burial chambers in Europe. They even predate the Egyptian pyramids!
Afterwards, you'll enjoy a relaxed drive through the Boyne Valley to visit Monasterboice, a spellbinding place which is home to some of Ireland's most famous Celtic crosses.
This tour is seasonal, operating from April to October only.
Likely to sell out! This popular tour has limited availability, and sells out quickly. Book now to avoid disappointment!
Dublin Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl[Category: Cultural & Theme Tours]
|Discover Dublin's traditional pubs and wonderful Irish music on this 2.5-hour pub crawl through historic Temple Bar. Led by two talented professional musicians, you'll visit famous pubs and bars, and hear the story of Irish music and its influences on contemporary world music. Irish pubs and traditional Irish music - it's the perfect match!|
The Irish pub remains the social focus of Irish culture and is one of Ireland's most popular attractions. While most cities around the world boast of at least one offspring of Celtic drinking culture, the original Irish pub remains a rare commodity. On this entertaining musical pub crawl you'll visit authentic establishments in the heart of Dublin.
Temple Bar is a hive of activity where artists, designers and young entrepreneurs have set up small art galleries, cafes, theaters and colorful shops. The pedestrianized streets allow you to walk freely through the narrow cobbled alleys running close to the banks of the River Liffey.
Dublin Traditional Irish Music Pub Crawl includes at least 2 of the following famous Irish bars:
All pubs are located in close proximity to each other. It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes. All pubs in Ireland are non-smoking.
- Oliver St. John Gogarty's
- The Ha'penny Bridge Inn
- Isoldes Tower
- The Chancery
- The Legal Eagle
- The Palace Bar
Wicklow Day Trip from Dublin[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
|Enjoy a leisurely drive into the heart of Wicklow's scenic countryside on this stimulating day trip from Dublin. You'll delve into Ireland's history at magnificent Powerscourt Estate, visit the ancient monastic settlement of Glendalough and have a photo opportunity in the scenic coastal village of Bray.|
Travel along the southern coastline to Bray for a photo stop before continuing deep into the heart of Wicklow's hilly countryside. You'll be suitably impressed by the magnificent historic house and gardens of Powerscourt Estate. Dating back to the 18th century, Powerscourt's gardens command views over the surrounding countryside, and the house is one of Ireland's finest.
Your tour continues into the heart of the Wicklow Mountains to Glendalough. Glendalough is a truly spellbinding place, home to the impressive 10th-century Round Tower. After your guided tour of this beautiful spiritual site, you will have time to enjoy lunch (not included in the tour cost), surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside Ireland has to offer.
Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Visit three top Ireland attractions in one day on the Blarney Castle and Cork Day Trip from Dublin. From the comfort of your luxury coach, you'll travel south to Blarney Castle, Cork City and the Rock of Cashel cathedral, passing through beautiful, green South Irish countryside on your way. Be sure to kiss the famous Blarney Stone, and you'll be blessed with the "gift of the gab" for a lifetime of smooth talking!
Leaving the city of Dublin behind, you'll set off on board a luxury, air-conditioned coach and watch the landscape change from Dublin's urban cityscape to the rolling, green hills that typify the Irish countryside. Your day trip will drive through several areas of interest, including the Galtee Mountains and the Curragh in County Kildare, which is home to Ireland's National Stud Farm and is famous as a sporting region.
Passing south through County Tipperary, your tour will reach Blarney Castle by late morning. This beautiful medieval castle is home to one of Ireland's best loved treasures - the fascinating Blarney Stone, which sits at the top of the castle's tower. According to legend, kissing the stone bestows the kisser with the "gift of the gab," or talent for eloquence that the Irish famously possess.
From Blarney Castle, your tour will continue on to Cork City, where you will have approximately two hours at leisure for independent sightseeing. Enjoy lunch at the English Market (available for an extra cost) or perhaps visit the triple-spired St Finn Bar's Cathedral. Your guide will be happy to provide recommendations of further things to do in Ireland's third-largest city.
On leaving Cork, you'll head up to the Rock of Cashel back up in County Tipperary. This imposing Celtic Cathedral towers above the town of Cashel from a limestone mound, approximately 200 feet (61 meters) high. Highlights at the Rock of Cashel include the Hall of Vicars and Cormac's Chapel, home to the oldest Romanesque wall painting in Ireland. Explore these historical sites with your guide, before heading back to Dublin to arrive in the early evening.
Cliffs of Moher Day Trip from Dublin[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Leave Dublin behind for a day, and travel to County Clare to see the spectacular Cliffs of Moher on Ireland?s west coast. Standing 702 feet (214 meters) high, the cliffs provide dramatic views over the Atlantic Ocean and west coast countryside. Your day trip includes several walks, taking in sites of historical relevance amid stunning Irish scenery in Burren National Park.
Your Cliffs of Moher day trip will head out of Dublin in the early morning, making best use of the quiet roads.
Passing through rural County Dublin, you will see the rolling hills, shimmering lakes and medieval castles that typify the Irish midland countryside. En route, there will be a stop in Limerick, the Mid-West Irish city that began life as a Viking colony and your expert guide will happily regale you with tales about the city's Viking past. Here you will pass the imposing King John's Castle and have the chance to stand beside the infamous Treaty stone, where the historic Treaty of Limerick was signed by the Jacobite Irish in 1691.
On arrival in County Clare, your guide will take you on a leisurely walk (lasting approximately 1.5 hours), over to the Cliffs of Moher, where you can enjoy unlimited photo opportunities. The cliffs are 702 feet (214 meters) high at their highest point and span more than 5 miles (8 km) of the coastline, creating a dramatic backdrop against the Atlantic Ocean. Take in spectacular views of the pretty Aran Islands and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara to the south.
Continue on to the quaint village of Doolin for lunch in one of its four traditional Irish pub (for an additional cost), before walking it off with a stroll through Burren National Park ? a vast limestone region, reminiscent of a lunar landscape, containing rare flowers. On your journey back to Dublin, you will travel via the scenic route on smaller roads overlooking the ocean. There will a brief stop for coffee near Galway Bay before arriving in Dublin in the early evening.
Dublin Liffey River Cruise[Category: Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours]
|Drift down the River Liffey on a leisurely 45-minute cruise from the heart of Dublin. With a local guide providing professional commentary, your all-weather, purpose-built vessel can accommodate up to 48 passengers, offering maximum comfort and safety. The boat is wheel chair accessible and suitable for young and old alike.|
Discover all aspects of the history of the River Liffey and of Dublin city itself, from the first arrival of the Vikings 1000 years ago, to the rapid development of the city during the 18th and 19th Centuries to become a major European capital, and of the subsequent decline and more recent redevelopment of Dublin's Docklands.
You will learn the story behind the iconic Ha'penny bridge as well as Gandon's masterpiece, the majestic Custom House. You will follow the story of Dublin's Royal and Grand Canals and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. You'll also hear how Captain William Bligh surveyed Dublin Bay in 1800. Learn of how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the Spire in O'Connell Street.
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Dublin Historical Walking Tour including Trinity College[Category: Walking & Biking Tours]
|Few cities wear history on its sleeve like Dublin does! The Historical Walking Tour has been acclaimed as a must-do tour for any visitor to Dublin and starts at Trinity College main gates. It takes in the grounds of Trinity College, Old Irish Parliament, Dublin Castle, City Hall, the Medieval and Viking quarter centered around Christ Church Cathedral and finishes in the old port of Temple Bar on the banks of the River Liffey.|
Your guide has a passion for all aspects of history and will be delighted to discuss anything which might be of interest to you. Dublin combines a medieval city with the most stately of eighteenth century architecture and a thriving contemporary cultural scene. Behind the doorways, at every street corner there are reminders of the characters - revolutionary, literary and others - who imagined the city.
In just 2 hours, this entertaining 'seminar on the street' conducted by history graduates of Trinity College Dublin, explores the main features of Irish history - Dublin's development, the influence of the American and French Revolutions, the Potato Famine 1845 - 1849, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and concludes with the Northern Ireland peace process.
Giant's Causeway Day Trip from Dublin[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
See Northern Ireland's spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site ? Giant's Causeway ? on a day trip from Dublin. From the comfort of your luxury coach, you'll see the Causeway's famous rock formations alongside dramatic coastal scenery, as you experience one of the greatest road journeys in the world. Additionally, your Giant's Causeway day trip includes visits to Belfast (Northern Ireland's capital city) and the unique Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.
Your day trip to Giant's Causeway will set off from Dublin in the early morning to make good use of the quiet roads. There will be a brief coffee stop as you enter Northern Ireland, before continuing north to the picturesque Carrick-a-Rede town, home to the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge ? a rope suspension bridge that links the island of Carrick to the Northern Ireland mainland. Enjoy an hour's walk along a rugged, coastal path before crossing over the historic bridge. Make sure to bring your camera to capture views of the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland and Rathlin Island, which is the northernmost point of Northern Ireland.
Taking the scenic route from Carrick-a-Rede you'll head through the Irish countryside to catch your first glimpse of the famous Giant's Causeway ? a fascinating rock formation that was the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Most of the rocks are hexagonal in shape and look like stepping stones that lead down from the cliff edge and disappear under the sea.
The Giant's Causeway area is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and bearing testament to this status, you'll find the Causeway coast to be an area of unsurpassed natural beauty. As you travel, pass romantic towns and quaint villages, surrounded by isolated ruins, rocky shores and green glens. Unsurprisingly, the Causeway coastal road is often referred to as one of the world's greatest road journeys, so sit back and enjoy the ride!
Your route back from Northern Ireland to Dublin follows the Giant's Causeway south, so you'll have further time to take in the amazing views and spot coastal wildlife. There will be a stop in Belfast on the return journey and you?ll have chance to stretch your legs and have a look around the capital city, which has undergone extensive regeneration work in recent years. Your day trip arrives back in Dublin in the early evening, after an exhilarating day at Northern Ireland's most spectacular location.
Glendalough and Avoca Day Trip from Dublin[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
|Take the scenic route out of Dublin, passing through the Wicklow Gap and Blessington Lakes to lovely Glendalough and the pretty village of Avoca. This scenic day trip is the perfect excursion from Dublin, filled with picture-postcard views of Ireland at its best.|
The BBC series Ballykissangel was filmed in the lovely village of Avoca, and you will have time to check out the familiar sites such as Fitzgerald's pub and the Post Office. You'll also have time to visit the Avoca Handweavers and craft shop, reputed to be the oldest weaving mill in Ireland.
Then it's on to the tour's other highlight, Glendalough, the 'glen of the two lakes'. The ancient monastic settlement of Glendalough is a truly spellbinding place, home to the impressive 10th-century Round Tower.
Dublin Bay and Malahide Castle Half-Day Tour[Category: Tours & Sightseeing]
|Got the morning or afternoon free in Dublin? Then explore Dublin Bay just outside the capital on this relaxing 3.5-hour tour. You'll take a wander through the beautiful estate of Malahide Castle and enjoy the fresh sea breeze and breathtaking views of Dublin Bay.|
Your visit to Malahide Castle includes a guided tour. There will also be time to unwind with a cup of tea in the pleasant castle surrounds.
Soak in scenes of Irish daily life and watch the native seals as your tour explores the picturesque fishing village of Howth.
Belfast Day Trip from Dublin[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Disover the capital of Northern Ireland on the Belfast Day Trip from Dublin! Combining guided tours with independent sightseeing, you'll gain an understanding of Northern Ireland's complex and fascinating history. Visit the historical coastal town of Drogheda, important churches and Irish political sites.
Starting from a central Dublin location, your day trip departs early to beat the traffic on the drive north to Belfast. Your first stop of the day will be at Drogheda, on the east coast of Ireland, former home of St Oliver Plunkett - the last English Catholic martyr. In Drogheda, you?ll visit St Peter?s Roman Catholic Church, where Plunkett?s embalmed head remains as a grim reminder of Ireland?s turbulent, religious history.
Your Belfast day trip will continue north onto Monasterboice, the Irish-Celtic monastery and cemetery in County Lough. This monastic site comprises historical ruins, a round tower and several stone Celtic crosses, including the famously well-preserved Muiredach?s Cross. Before reaching Belfast City, there will be one further stop at Proleek Dolmen, an interesting tomb structure that dates back to the Viking age (more than 3,000 years ago).
In the early afternoon, you?ll enter Northern Ireland and reach Belfast, the country?s capital city. Here you?ll have approximately two hours to spend at leisure, and your guide will happily offer directions to recommended lunch spots. Suggested Belfast attractions for you to see include Belfast Cathedral (also known as St Anne?s Cathedral), or the landmark site of Belfast City Hall on Donegal Square.
Your day trip will resume with a guided coach tour of Belfast City, where you'll be shown the Belfast peace walls that act as peace lines between the Catholic and Protestant communities. Look out for the wall murals that tell stories of community disputes from both sides of the fence. After a lighthearted introduction into the perils of Belfast politics, you?ll visit the Harland and Wolff dry docks, where the doomed Titanic ship was designed and built.
Before leaving Belfast, there is a final visit to the Irish Republican History Museum where you can see a large collection of artifacts that represent the history of the struggle for Irish freedom.
Connemara and Galway City Day Trip from Dublin[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
Explore Connemara and Galway City on a full-day trip from Dublin. Traveling by luxury coach, you'll discover this unspoiled area of natural beauty on Ireland's dramatic west coast. See the majestic Kylemore Abbey, take a boat cruise around Killary Harbour (Ireland's only fjord) and soak up the bohemian atmosphere in Galway City.
After leaving Dublin and crossing Ireland, you'll travel along the scenic coastal road to the beautiful Connemara region on Ireland?s west coast that is often referred to as Ireland?s last unspoiled area. You?ll pass through a landscape of deep-green pastures where wild Connemara ponies graze and see networks of lakes in the shadows of the Twelve Bens mountain range. Connemara is a region where many ancient Irish traditions and customs are preserved, and you'll find it to be a Gaelic-speaking area. Be sure to ask your guide for a few handy phrases!
After a break at Maam Cross, your Connemara and Galway City Day Trip will continue through the Inagh Valley, before reaching Kylemore Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery and one of Ireland?s most distinctive buildings. Now used primarily as a nun?s retreat, Kylemore Abbey enjoys a tranquil location, nestled at the foot of the formidable Duchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul. Have your camera ready to capture unforgettable shots of the abbey in the peaceful solitude of its stunning surroundings.
Originally built in 1867, the abbey is again steeped in history, including tragedy, Royal visits. Entry to the abbey, the Walled Gardens and the Gothic
Church is included during winter months only (November - March). During summertime (April
- October), you'll enjoy a boat trip around the Killary Fjord, Ireland's only fjord, to
experience the unspoiled splendor of its landscape. Marvel at all the mussel beds in the fjord as you look at Mweelrea, the highest mountain on the west coast of Ireland. You will not be disappointed with this natural wonder of the world.
In the late afternoon, you'll visit the postcard-perfect village of Leenane, where the 1990 film ?The Field? was filmed, before heading into lively Galway City. Here you?ll have approximately one hour to sightsee at leisure, so why not take a walk down to Galway Harbour (Claddagh)? The peaceful harbor area is the entrance to famous Galway Bay, and is perfect for a spot of relaxation before returning to Dublin.
Northern Ireland and the North West Small Group Jeep Tour from Dublin (5 days)[Category: Multi-day & Extended Tours]
|Head North on a journey through 1000's of years of fascinating history, dramatic scenery and legendary places to the heart of one of Europe's most off-the-beaten-track regions. Northern and North-western Ireland has so much to offer as one of the most diverse, intriguing and beautiful areas of Western Europe, it will be a tour that you will never forget.|
The trip is an awesome blend of great scenery, fresh air and outdoor activity, local culture and history and loads of laughs. The small group sizes mean an amazing degree of flexibility, so every trip is different and moulded to suit you and your fellow passengers. The small groups also allow you to stay in small out-of-the-way B and B's and hotels, offering a warm friendly welcome and first class accommodation. All rooms have private bathrooms and most come with TV's and Tea and Coffee facilities.
- Visit the legendary Giants Causeway
- Conquer your fear of heights on the Carrick-a-Rede Rope bridge
- Clamber over the cliff-top ruins of Dun Luce Castle
- Take a Black cab tour of the fascinating Belfast city
- Hill-walking amongst some of the most remote and stunning scenery in Ireland
- Try Surfing in the North and north-west
- Horse-riding on breath-taking endless beaches
- A walking tour of Londonderry/Derry city
- Explore the nine Glens of Antrim
- Walk in the Mourne Mountains
- Climb Knocknaree Mountain to Queen Maeve's tomb
These are just some of the possibilities, if you have any suggestions or requests let us know and we will try and organize something for you.
Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
See Irish castles, caves and cloisters on the Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip from Dublin. Traveling by luxury coach, you'll head into Ireland's south-east region - an area as historically interesting as it is beautiful. Visit Kilkenny Castle, the Dunmore Caves and the monastic settlement of Glendalough while gaining insight into Irish folklore and history from your guide.
After setting off from central Dublin, your first stop on the Kilkenny City and Glendalough Day Trip will be the 12th century Kilkenny Castle - a beautiful Anglo-Norman castle that stands on the banks of the River Nore. You?ll have time to explore Kilkenny Castle?s beautiful gardens, before ambling into the city for lunch (available for an additional cost) and a stroll around its picturesque, cobbled streets. Kilkenny City has a rich heritage of cathedrals, Tudor houses and monasteries, and you'll gain a sense of its medieval history as you walk around. Before leaving the city, you'll see the St Francis Abbey Brewery, founded in the 12th century, where many Irish ales are still brewed today.
A short drive from Kilkenny City is the town of Ballyfoyle, home to the Dunmore Caves. These are Ireland?s largest caves and consist of a series of vast limestone chambers, that you can walk through with your guide. See the massive, icicle-like calcium deposits (stalactites) that hang from the cave ceilings, and learn of the grim Viking massacre that took place in the caves in 928AD.
In the afternoon, your tour will continue over the Wicklow Gap, an unspoiled mountain pass that winds through the magnificent Wicklow Mountains National Park. The route is a photographer?s dream, so be sure to have your camera ready to capture sights of this wild mountain range that dominates the County Wicklow countryside.
Emerging from the west side of the Wicklow Gap, your day trip will reach the glacial valley of Glendalough - famous for its two beautiful lakes and monastic site, comprising the ruins of a medieval monastery and round tower. Reputedly founded by St Kevin, a hermit monk, the round tower was thought to have been created as a place of refuge for Irish monks in medieval times. You?ll have approximately 1.5 hours to explore this fascinating site at your leisure, before returning to Dublin.
Celtic Heritage Day Trip from Dublin: Boyne Valley, Hill of Tara and Loughcrew Celtic Tombs[Category: Day Trips & Excursions]
See the most ancient parts of Ireland on this full-day trip from Dublin to Boyne Valley. Travel through the counties of Meath and Louth and see primeval sights in places like Loughcrew, Trim and Ardee. Then, visit the Celtic High Cross of Muiredach in Monasterboice before exploring the historical town of Drogheda with your expert guide.
Leave Dublin by bus and embark on a full-day trip to Boyne Valley for a unique Celtic experience. Stop first in the County of Meath to explore the passage tombs at Loughcrew with your expert guide and view the 6,000-year-old artistic stone carvings that hold considerable historical importance for Ireland. After a scenic drive through Ireland's beautiful countryside, arrive in the old town of Trim. Take a guided tour of the famous Trim Castle, the largest, best-preserved and most impressive Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland.
Travel farther to one of the most sacred sites of ancient Ireland? the Hill of Tara. A thousand years ago, the High Kings ruled the country from these grounds because a quarter of Ireland's landscape can be seen from a panoramic viewpoint here, making it the royal center of Ireland. After touring this area with your guide, pass through the town of Trim again and take time to enjoy lunch at a local restaurant (own expense).
Then, drive through the village of Slane, stopping to take some photos of the incredible Slane Castle, before arriving just outside Ardee. Exit the bus at the ruins of the Jumping Church, a monument that has been the source of fascination for visitors and locals alike. It is said that the gable wall of the church jumped 3 feet (1 meter) inwards, excluding the grave of an excommunicated occupant outside the walls of the church. Whatever the real story is, it sure makes for an intriguing stop!
Next, head to one of Ireland's oldest and best-known religious sites -- Monasterboice. The Celtic High Cross of Muiredach is one of the finest high crosses in Ireland, and is regarded as a rare surviving example of Irish religious art.
The final stop of your tour is the historical town of Drogheda, where you will get a walking tour of the city. Afterwards, spend some free time exploring the meandering streets and check out the local shops and street stalls before relaxing on a scenic drive back to Dublin.
Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour[Category: Cultural & Theme Tours]
Do you want to find out what happened to the lost souls of medieval, plague-ravaged Dublin? This bus tour is your chance to do just that! Visit eerie yet impressive local sites where haunting historical events took place. Don't miss out on this opportunity to discover Dublin's haunted past and find traces of the city?s sinister legacy.
During this tour, your guide will transport you back 600 years to the times of the old Augustinian Priory with its plague house (a place where plague-sick people were impounded). Walk through the ruins of the original Augustinian Priory Chapter House as you listen to your knowledgeable guide reciting spooky tales of a plague-ravaged Dublin. Hear about the extraordinary events that took place here and the ghoulish legends from Dublin's past.
Pass by Dublin Castle and Christ Church and hear the stories of the city's central area, Cork Hill, as you make your way to St Audoen?s Church, your first major stop. Get off the bus and explore this historic building while listening to the shocking tales of 'The Black Dog' jail and the mysterious phantom pig. Then, head further to Kilmainham Jail (Kilmainham Gaol), where you'll hear accounts of the various ghosts that are said to haunt the place. Visit Bully?s Acre, a historic graveyard more than 1,000 years old, where encounters of the graveyard?s watchmen's pursuit for professional body snatchers date back to the very beginning of the cemetery's opening.
Drive by the memorial of Croppies Acre and St Michan?s Church before arriving at the original Gravediggers Pub. Here, relax and enjoy a complimentary ?ghoulish brew? with your group and guide. After a final stop at the Black Church, also known as St Mary?s Chapel of Ease, you will return back to College Green.
The price of the tour includes a free 'Haunted Dublin Historical Walking Tour' pass, which can be enjoyed separately from this tour. It gives you more insight into Dublin's mysterious history of witches and creepy stalkers, making stops at supernatural places in eerie, cobblestoned streets. Your ticket is valid for one month.
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl[Category: Cultural & Theme Tours]
|Immerse yourself in Dublin's rich literary heritage and enjoy a few pints along the way on a literary pub crawl through Dublin. This walking tour is a wonderful introduction to Dublin's literary past and exciting pub culture.|
On this tour that's as educational as it is recreational, you'll embark on an animated and entertaining journey through the sights and sounds that inspired great Irish writers including James Joyce, George Bernard Shaw, Brendan Behan, Sean O'Casey, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats - not forgetting modern scribes like Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Paula Meehan and Brendan Kennelly.
Kicking off at the Duke Pub on Duke Street, this literary pub crawl will take you to famous pubs and haunts while actors recite verses from the best Irish literature. You can sink a pint while learning about the lives of these great writers and hear some of the hilarious stories that became folklore in Dublin's literary circles.
8-Day West of Ireland Tour from Dublin[Category: Multi-day & Extended Tours]
Discover the enchanting west of Ireland on an incredible 8-day tour from Dublin. With wild landscapes, crashing coastlines and famously friendly people, western Ireland is sure to impress. Mixing independent sightseeing with optional activities (own expense), this tour allows you to discover the region in a truly personalized way. Pass through County Cork, visit Beara Peninsula, follow the Ring of Kerry route and explore Dingle with its famous pub scene. Tour Galway Bay, Connemara and more on this unforgettable tour!
Leave Dublin behind and travel by comfortable minivan to Ireland?s beautiful southwest. On the journey down, pass through County Kildare, home to the famous Curragh Racecourse, and County Cork with its myriad of fascinating attractions like the Rock of Cashel.
With an expert local guide, passionate about the Irish countryside, culture and people, visit Ireland?s Atlantic Coast, taking in all the spectacular windswept sights around the Beara Peninsula. Spend two days following the Ring of Kerry route around Iveragh Peninsula and discover exactly what draws people to this area of unsurpassed natural beauty. Find white, sandy beaches lapped by the crashing waves of the Atlantic, tumbling waterfalls and deep forests.
Your 8-day tour is mostly spent at leisure, but your guide can help you organize additional activities (at your own expense). Examples include kayaking in Adrigole Bay, a boat ride to the UNESCO-listed Skellig Islands, a beach-side barbeque or horse riding. Should you choose to skip the additional activities, then rest assured, your guide will show you the very best that the towns and countryside of West Ireland have to offer. Simply tell your guide at the start of each day what activities you plan to do.
Spend time in the picturesque town of Dingle with its brightly colored houses and lively Irish pubs, and venture into heart of west Ireland?s Gaelic-speaking region in Connemara. Explore gorgeous County Clare and take a tour of 15th-century Listowel Castle.
On your eighth afternoon, leave the countryside of west Ireland behind and head back to Dublin, where you?ll arrive in the early evening.
Please see the Itinerary below for details on each day of the tour.
Dublin Shore Excursion: City Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour[Category: Shore Excursions]
When your cruise ship docks in the Dublin port, embark on a hop-on hop-off sightseeing shore excursion and discover Dublin?s historic buildings, museums and more! Enjoy the comfortable seats and top deck of the open-top minibus as you tour around the city and explore at your own pace. Listen to the informative onboard audio guide and hop off at any of the 20 stops whenever you want! Create your own itinerary and decide what sights you want to see, when you want to see them.
A hop-on hop-off bus tour is the perfect sightseeing shore excursion while you?re in port in Dublin. Enjoy great views from the top of the bus and see top Dublin attractions as you tour around the city.
Board the open-top, double-decker bus and see several of Dublin's major attractions including Dublinia, a great interactive exhibition of Irish history and culture. Visit the Old Jameson Distillery, the historic Dublin Castle, the Dublin Zoo in Phoenix Park and, of course, the famous Guinness Storehouse.
Enjoy the informative audio commentary and hop on and off as many times as you like at any of the 20 stops around the city. The buses depart regularly from each stop, and the entire route takes approximately 90 minutes. Your ticket is valid for 24 hours after the first use.
For the complete route and full list of stops, please click on 'View Additional Info' below.
This excursion is located within a 20-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Dublin. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
Half-Day Dublin Coastal Experience[Category: Tours & Sightseeing]
|Got the morning or afternoon free in Dublin? Then explore the spectacular northern shores just outside the city on this relaxing 3.5-hour tour. After a first stop at Howth Summit, famous for its breathtaking views, you'll head on to the village of Howth, where you'll explore the sights of this charming fishing town.|
On this half-day trip to the beautiful coast north of Dublin, soak up panoramic views from the stunning Howth Summit. Take pictures from this amazing viewpoint and enjoy some time to wander along the cliff tops, letting the fresh sea breeze rush past you.
Then, head into the village of Howth, a typical marina village of colorful houses and fishing boats. Keep an eye out for seals that pop up along the harbor, and get a taste of Irish life at Findlater?s, a contemporary pub, where you can indulge in delicious fish and chips (own expense) before your return to Dublin.
5-Day Highlights of Ireland Tour: the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry[Category: Multi-day & Extended Tours]
See the highlights of Ireland on a 5-day small-group tour from Dublin! Traveling by luxury minivan, head to Galway and Killarney with an expert guide, checking out everything of interest en route! Tour an Irish whiskey distillery in Kilbeggan, explore the Burren, gaze in awe at the Cliffs of Moher and travel along the famous Ring of Kerry. On the way back to Dublin, visit Blarney Castle and Gardens - home to the famous Blarney Stone!
Numbers are limited to 16 people on this small-group Ireland trip, ensuring you?ll enjoy a more personalized experience.
Day 1: Dublin ? Galway (B)
Leave Dublin behind and travel west by luxury coach, stopping at Locke's Distillery in Kilbeggan. Sample award-winning Kilbeggan whiskey, and then continue to Clonmacnoise Monastery on the banks of the Shannon River to explore this important early Christian site. Visit a typically friendly local pub (full of both character and characters!) before arriving in Galway for your first night.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in central Galway
Day 2: Galway ? Killarney (B)
Set out with your guide to explore beautiful County Clare on Ireland?s west coast. Visit the Burren ? the aptly named barren rolling hills covered with limestone rocks ? and then spend your afternoon at the Cliffs of Moher. Standing more than 700 feet (213 meters) high, the cliffs cover more than 5 miles (8 km) of coastline, forming a breathtaking backdrop against the Atlantic Ocean waves. After enjoying time at leisure, cross Shannon Estuary with your guide, and arrive in Killarney ? your base for the remaining three nights. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in central Killarney
Day 3: Killarney ? Dingle Peninsula (B)
Set off early to discover Dingle Peninsula, an area famous for its scenery and Gaelic Culture. Traveling by luxury minivan, you?ll stop to check out ancient forts and early religious sites before soaking up panoramic views from Slea Head and Inch Beach. Spend time in the tiny town of Dingle itself ? famous for its local music scene and buzzing Irish pubs. Your guide will show you the best spots, and you?ll have time to explore independently before returning to Killarney to enjoy the night.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in central Killarney
Day 4: Killarney ? Ring of Kerry (B)
Travel along the famous Ring of Kerry ? one of the world's classic touring routes ? which stretches along Ireland?s southwestern coast. The entire ring covers nearly 109 miles (176 km) of sublime coastal roads, and deserves a full day to really appreciate it. Traveling around Ivernagh Peninsular, enjoy stops with your guide to learn about the history of the area. Explore ancient ring forts, small fishing villages and sandy beaches. Walk through Killarney National Park to visit Torc Waterfall ? thought of locally as a natural wonder! Then return to Killarney in the evening.
Overnight: 3-star hotel or B&B in central Killarney
Day 5: Killarney ? Dublin
Hop back on your minibus and travel through the breathtaking West Cork Mountains to reach Blarney Castle. While exploring with your guide, be sure to kiss the infamous Blarney Stone for a lifetime of smooth talking! En route to Dublin, see the Rock of Cashel, a Celtic cathedral in County Tipperary, and then enjoy a break in Kilkenny City before reaching Dublin in the evening.
The Dublin City Walking Tour[Category: Walking & Biking Tours]
Take a city walking tour around Dublin with a local guide to make sure you don?t miss Dublin's most popular icons. See the General Post Office, walk down O?Connell Street, visit Temple Bar, explore Trinity College and more! Your local guide will tell you about Dublin?s long and fascinating history and entertain you with interesting facts about the important sights you?ll see.
Your Dublin walking tour starts on Dublin?s main street, O?Connell Street, one of the widest streets in Europe. Here you will see the General Post Office, a place of symbolic importance for Irish people, as it was the headquarters of the Irish provisional government during the 1916 rebellion, which led to Irish independence!
Then follow your guide through the Henry Street shopping district toward St Mary?s Church, a former Church of Ireland that is now a bar and restaurant simply called The Church. It?s one of the earliest examples of a galleried church in Dublin. It was built at the beginning of the 18th century and boasts many outstanding features, such as the Renatus Harris-built organ and spectacular stained-glass window.
Next, head to the Italian Quarter. This delightful shopping and eating district, also called Quarter Bloom, is located on the north side of the River Liffey. From the Viking beginnings of Dublin to today, the Liffey has been important for trade in Ireland. Walk to the renowned Ha?penny Bridge, Dublin?s best-known river crossing. Built in 1816, it was the first iron bridge in Ireland and gets its name from the old half-penny toll to cross it.
From here, make your way to Temple Bar, the city?s promoted ?cultural quarter? and nightlife spot that preserves its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets.
Continue to see Dublin City Hall, an outstanding example of the Georgian architecture for which Dublin is world-renowned; Dublin Castle, with its 800-plus years of Irish history; and the former House of Parliament, the first purpose-built parliament house in the world.
Finally, arrive at Trinity College, founded just before the Tudor monarchy completed the task of extending its authority over the whole of Ireland. Trinity was established in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I; it is Ireland?s oldest university and one of the seven ancient universities of Britain.
Dublin Shore Excursion: Skip the Line Guinness Storehouse Entrance Ticket[Category: Shore Excursions]
When your cruise ship docks in Dublin, enjoy a shore excursion to the Guinness Storehouse! With this skip-the-line entrance ticket to the Guinness Storehouse, you?ll discover the fascinating heritage of this world-famous stout. Your ticket will be pre-booked and pre-paid, allowing you fast, hassle-free entry into Ireland's number-one visitor attraction. The staff will welcome you and serve you a complimentary pint of the black gold! It?s the perfect way to spend your time in port in Dublin.
Located in the legendary St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse production site has been home to the ?black stuff,? as Guinness is often called, since 1759, when Arthur Guinness signed a lease for 9,000 years. On this skip-the-line shore excursion, you can explore the Storehouse without waiting in line!
The Storehouse, a former fermentation plant, has been remodeled into a visitor center dedicated to the history of Guinness. Ireland's number-one visitor attraction unfolds its tale across seven floors shaped around a giant pint glass which, if full, would contain 14.3 million pints of Guinness.
The highlight of your shore excursion to the Storehouse will surely be the Gravity Bar, symbolically the ?head of the pint,? where you can enjoy 360-degree views across Dublin while savoring a complimentary pint of Guinness.
This excursion is located within a 15-minute taxi ride to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Dublin. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.
See the Itinerary section below for more information.
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Dublin Historical Walking Tour Including the Gardens of Dublin Castle[Category: Walking & Biking Tours]
See Dublin?s top sights on this 2.5-hour historical walking tour. With a professional guide, walk by famous landmarks, from Trinity College to Dublin Castle to relics of the city?s Viking past. Stroll around colorful Temple Bar and down Grafton Street, and encounter hidden cobbled alleyways and graceful Georgian mansions. As you walk, your knowledgeable guide will share interesting facts and stories about the attractions you see.
Walk through broad streets and narrow passageways of Dublin, admiring the city?s famed historical sights. With your knowledgeable guide, start your tour in central Dublin. Pass by the former Houses of Parliament and make your way to Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. Then walk through Grafton Street, one of Dublin?s major shopping areas, and Powerscourt Townhouse, an 18th-century Georgian mansion that is now an elegant shopping center.
Walk by Bewley?s (Dublin?s oldest cafe), City Hall and the Chapel Royal before wandering past the courtyards and gardens of Dublin Castle. Then see the Chester Beatty Library, the medieval city walls, the western section of Temple Bar (Dublin?s popular nightlife and culture district), Fishamble Street (the site of the first performance of ?Messiah? by George Frederick Handel) and Christ Church Cathedral (first founded by the Vikings).
Your tour ticket also includes discounts at The Church (a cafe and bar set inside the former St Mary?s Church) and Bewley?s ? head to one of these popular Dublin cafes after your tour if you wish!
Dublin Shore Excursion: Historical Walking Tour including Trinity College[Category: Shore Excursions]
While you are in port in Dublin, head out on a historical walking tour shore excursion. This must-do tour starts at the main gates of Trinity College, Dublin?s famed place of higher education and home of the Book of Kells. With your Trinity College graduate guide, explore the grounds of Trinity College, and see the Old Irish Parliament, Dublin Castle and City Hall. You?ll also visit the medieval Viking quarter, positioned around Christ Church Cathedral, and the Temple Bar district on the banks of the River Liffey.
Not your average walking tour, this historical shore excursion in Dublin is led by a guide who graduated with a history degree from Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. Your guide has a passion for all aspects of history and will be delighted to discuss anything that might be of interest to you.
Start your walking tour at Trinity College, where you can see the famous Book of Kells (entrance fee at own expense). Then make your way past the top sights of the city with your guide. Dublin is a city of many faces, home to a medieval quarter, stately 18th-century architecture and a thriving contemporary cultural scene. Behind the doorways and at every street corner you?ll find reminders of the characters ? revolutionary, literary and otherwise ? who made the city what it is today.
In just two hours, this entertaining 'seminar on the street' allows you to discover Irish history, from Dublin's development and the influence of the American and French revolutions to the Potato Famine, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the Northern Ireland peace process.
Your tour ends in Temple Bar, Dublin?s cultural quarter. This maze of cobbled streets is nestled on the south bank of the River Liffey, in central Dublin.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Dublin port for your ship?s departure. In the extremely unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.
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