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About Dublin Bay

The Irish capital Dublin has undergone an incredible transformation in the last decade with many modern buildings springing up to add to its historical and cultural appeal.

Dublin's pubs and bars are world-renowned from the city's oldest, The Brazen Head, to the newest wine bar. A visit to the Guinness Storehouse and Brewery provides an insight into the history of Ireland's favourite tipple.

Grafton Street is a shopper's paradise with a stop at Bewley's historic coffee house a must for people-watching.The library at Trinity College is home to the eighth-century Book of Kells, with the National Museum housing exhibits dating back from the Irish Bronze and Iron ages. The city's literary heritage is celebrated at the adjoining National Library with works of famous Irish writers such as Beckett, Joyce, Swift and Yeats collected together.

 

Shore excursions in Dublin Bay

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

City and Dublin Castle

Activity medium

Duration: 4½ hours

Take in the sights of Dublin City combined with a visit to Dublin Castle.

Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and is Ireland’s principal port. It is particularly rich in historical 18th century architecture that lends beauty to the city’s wide streets and spacious squares.

Departing from the harbour town of Dún Laoghaire, you’ll take a journey into the heart of Dublin. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic city drive passing by the main highlights of Dublin, including the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam. Here, you’ll find the famous Doorways of Dublin where a short photo stop will be made.

A visit will then be made to the charming 13th century Dublin Castle, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the state apartments. Once the residence of English viceroys the apartments are now the venue for many of Ireland’s state functions. The most impressive of the apartments is St Patrick’s Hall with its lofty panelled ceiling decorated by paintings. You’ll also see the medieval undercroft in the lower castle yard; here small feeder boats would land provisions from larger boats moored on the River Liffey.

Your return drive will allow you to enjoy more of the surrounding scenery, before arriving back at Dún Laoghaire.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking and standing. There is varying terrain to negotiate which includes steps. There are some narrow passageways that lead to the medieval undercroft. Flat, comfortable non-slip shoes are recommended. Photography is not permitted inside Dublin Castle.

City Tour and Guinness

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy a tour of Dublin before discovering the ingredients, the process and the effort that goes into making a pint of the ‘black stuff’.

Embark on a journey to the historic city of Dublin, a city tour will take you round the Dublin’s main sights, including the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, Old Parliament House, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral, before visiting the home of the famous brew – Guinness.

The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago and ends in ‘Gravity’, the sky bar, which has astonishing views of Dublin. The ‘Guinness adventure’ begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, pint-shaped heart of glass. Find out how the drink that carries Arthur Guinness’s name has travelled around the world.

After your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the world famous stout. There will also be time to shop in the Guinness Store, where you’ll find the world’s greatest selection of Guinness memorabilia.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot.Entrance into the Brewery itself is not permitted. There are several stairs to negotiate within the Guinness Storehouse. Please note that your visit to the Guinness Storehouse is self guided and due to its popularity can become busy.

Discover County Wicklow

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Combine a leisurely drive through some of the finest scenery in Ireland with a visit to an important monastic site.

Your scenic drive through County Wicklow into Wicklow Mountains National Park will take you past mountains, through lush glens and by pretty lakes, which all combine to create a naturally beautiful backdrop.

On arrival in Glendalough, you will visit one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. The early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St Kevin in the 6th century and consists of a number of monastic remains. One of Europe’s finest examples of Round Tower architecture can be found here, as well as a cathedral, stone church and decorated crosses. Admire the picturesque setting as you take a guided tour around the monastic ruins which are scattered around 2 lakes. Following your walk, refreshments of tea or coffee and scones will be served at a local hotel.

Having enjoyed the beauty of this peaceful and picturesque valley, your return journey will take you through pretty quaint villages before joining the scenic coastal road.

Essential information

Approximately 1 hour is spent at the monastic ruins, the terrain in parts is uneven and gravelled. A stop will be made on the return journey to take photos of the scenery.

Discover County Wicklow Small Group Option

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Choose this option if you prefer to take this tour in a smaller group.

Your scenic drive through County Wicklow into Wicklow Mountains National Park will take you past jagged mountains, through lush glens and by pretty lakes, which all combine to create a naturally beautiful backdrop.

On arrival in Glendalough, you will visit one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. The early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St Kevin in the 6th century and consists of a number of monastic remains. One of Europe’s finest examples of Round Tower architecture can be found here, as well as a cathedral, stone church and decorated crosses. Admire the picturesque setting as you take a guided tour around the monastic ruins which are scattered around 2 lakes. Following your walk, refreshments of tea or coffee and scones will be served at a local hotel.

Having enjoyed the beauty of this peaceful and picturesque valley, your return journey will take you through pretty quaint villages before joining the scenic coastal road.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Early booking is advised due to limited availability. Group size is up to 25 passengers. Approximately 1 hour is spent at the monastic ruins, the terrain in parts is uneven and gravelled. A stop will be made on the return journey to take photos of the scenery.

Dublin and Ballyknocken Baking Experience

Activity mediumMeal included

Duration: 8 hours

Admire the sights of Dublin and experience the art of baking the perfect scone at Ballyknocken Cookery School.

Departing Dún Laoghaire, you’ll travel north to the heart of Dublin City to enjoy a panoramic drive, passing by all the main highlights including Trinity College and the famous Guinness Brewery. A brief photo stop will be made for you to admire the exterior of the charming St Patrick’s Cathedral.
<>br> As you leave the city behind, you’ll head in a southerly direction to County Wicklow, known fondly as ‘The Garden of Ireland’. Your destination is the charming 19th century Ballyknocken House, owned and run by Catherine Fulvio, a highly acclaimed chef, food writer and television personality. Catherine’s passion for teaching the art of baking led to the old milking parlour within the house being transformed into a ‘state of the art’ cookery school.

Upon arrival, you’ll be joined by a member of the professional cookery team who will show you the wonderful herb and fruit garden. Its then time to prepare for your hands-on baking experience and to learn the true art of how to prepare the perfect scone, including the famous Irish brown soda bread or soda bread scone. After your baking experience, it will be time to sit down and relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour, combined with a delicious Ballyknocken lunch.

As your experience comes to an end, you’ll rejoin your coach for the drive back to Dún Laoghaire, where you can reflect on your new found knowledge of baking. A short stop will be made en route at the Avoca Handweavers, where you may wish to purchase a souvenir.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour is not suitable for children. The drive to Ballyknocken is around 1½ hours each way. Participants will be required to stand for the duration of the baking lesson.

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