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About Dublin

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

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: 4 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 pier, you’ll drive past the old Customs House, before heading across the River Liffey to Dublin’s south side. Your city drive will pass 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 take you on the north side of Dublin’s River and back to Dublin Port via the International Financial Services Centre.

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: 4 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. On Sundays and bank holidays there may be alcohol purchasing restrictions in the brewery gift shop.

City Tour and Guinness - Small Group Option

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

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

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’ 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 minibus and on foot. Early booking is advised due to limited availability. Group size is up to 25 passengers. 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 very busy. On Sundays and bank holidays there may be alcohol purchasing restrictions in the brewery gift shop.

Discover County Wicklow

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 5 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’ll 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 scattered monastic ruins.

Afterwards, your scenic drive continues to Enniskerry, where a stop will be made for you to enjoy refreshments of tea or coffee and scones, at a local hotel.

On the return journey, enjoy more of the surrounding scenery as you head back to Dublin.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Approximately 1 hour is spent at the monastic ruins, the terrain in parts is uneven and gravelled. There are some steps without handrails to negotiate and extra caution is advised. 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: 5 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 mountains, through lush glens and by pretty lakes, which all combine to create a naturally beautiful backdrop.

On arrival in Glendalough, you’ll 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 scattered monastic ruins.

Afterwards, your scenic drive continues to Enniskerry, where a stop will be made for you to enjoy refreshments of tea or coffee and scones, at a local hotel.

On the return journey, enjoy more of the surrounding scenery as you head back to Dublin.

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. There are some steps without handrails to negotiate and extra caution is advised. A stop will be made on the return journey to take photos of the scenery.

 

A selection of cruises to Dublin

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