Dublin, Ireland

Four courts building in Dublin, Ireland with river Liffey

Introduction to Dublin

The Republic of Ireland's wonderful capital city wears its past with pride and is a magnet for visitors seeking unabashed joie de vivre. Literature, theatre, the arts and the famous Irish 'craic' play an important role in Dublin's unique cultural experience.

A welcoming city with a warm atmosphere and special character, Dublin is one of Europe’s must-visit cities. Renowned for its vibrancy, nightlife and many tourist attractions, a trip to the Republic of Ireland’s capital is always full of excitement.

There are several museums and monuments in the city centre that highlight the vast history of Dublin and Ireland, as well as art galleries, exhibitions, cathedrals and castles to visit. Particular highlights are St Patrick’s Cathedral – Ireland’s largest church – Dublin Castle, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the National Museum of Ireland. All are either within the city centre or just a short distance away, so are easily accessible.

Don’t forget to visit the renowned Temple Bar district and arguably Dublin’s most famous attraction – The Guinness Storehouse at St. James Gate Brewery. Here you will discover the history of Guinness and learn about how it’s brewed. You may even get to pour your own pint of ‘The Black Stuff’ in the factory bar.

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Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

A LEISURELY DRIVE THROUGH DUBLIN CITY

 

  • Admire many of Dublin’s highlights from the comfort of your coach
  • Marvel at some of the city’s finest buildings
  • Capture photos of the impressive St Patrick’s Cathedral
Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 2.5 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and Ireland’s principal port. Enjoy a leisurely drive through the city to enjoy many of the highlights from the comfort of your coach.  

Your tour commences with a drive past The Custom House, located on the north bank of the River Liffey. Crossing the river to Dublin’s south side, pass The Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland, and Trinity College. The tour continues with a short photo stop at one of the Georgian squares, Merrion or Fitzwilliam, to capture the famous doorways of Dublin, before passing the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St Stephen’s Green.

Next, pass Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral, where a photo stop will be made. Continue your drive, passing the renowned Guinness Brewery, home of the famous ‘black stuff’, which Dublin is famous for. Then travel to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park, where you will see the homes of Ireland’s President and the American Ambassador. As you make your way back, on the north side of the Liffey, you will pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s Courts of Justice. The north side boasts the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, and here you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is predominantly a coach tour. Although photo stops will be made, guests can remain on the coach if they wish. Please note that there are no scheduled toilet stops. Phoenix Park can be closed to the public due to events taking place, in which case we would not be able to drive through. The order of sights visited may vary.


Guinness

A TASTE OF DUBLIN & GUINNESS STOREHOUSE

  • Combine the sights of Dublin with a visit to the Guinness Storehouse
  • The storehouse is arguably one of Dublin's most iconic attractions
  • Enjoy a pint of the world famous ‘black stuff’
Activity Tour
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Take in the highlights of Ireland’s capital city – steeped in history and youthful energy, before visiting the Guinness Storehouse. Be sure to visit the top, which affords a rooftop 360˚ view of Dublin city, whilst enjoying a complimentary pint of Guinness.

Your tour begins with a panoramic drive. Travelling through the city you will see the Old Parliament House, which is now the Bank of Ireland, Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, and the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam. Merrion is one of Dublin’s grandest Georgian squares and was once home to famous people such as Daniel O’Connell, WB Yeats and Oscar Wilde. It is now the address of the National Gallery of Ireland and Leinster House, home of the Irish Parliament. Continue by passing St Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral en route to visit the home of the world’s most famous brew – Guinness.

Upon arrival, you will enter the Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery, for a self-guided tour. Discover what goes into making a pint of Guinness – the ingredients, the process and the effort. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago and ends in The Gravity Bar, the sky bar, which has astonishing views over Dublin. Often surprising and always entertaining, the adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, pint-shaped heart of glass.  Learn how the drink carrying the name of Arthur Guinness has travelled around the world. Discover how important it is to pull the ‘perfect pint’ – how to hold the glass, the time it takes for the pint to settle and the final touch that gives the pint a creamy head – before you sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of the black stuff.

At the end of your tour, you may have some free time to browse the shop, where you will find the world’s greatest selection of Guinness fashions and memorabilia.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. There are approximately 30 steps to negotiate at the Guinness Storehouse; however there is an escalator and lift to reach each floor - including the Gravity Bar on the seventh floor. Entry to the brewery itself is not permitted. Please note that tickets to the Guinness Storehouse will be pre booked for the tour group, therefore avoiding the long queues which otherwise can be expected.


Cruises to Dublin, Ireland

AN EVENING AT ABBEY THE TAVERN

  • An Irish welcome and evening of entertainment await you
  • Enjoy a delicious dinner followed by Irish coffee or a coffee liqueur
  • Get caught up in the lively traditional music and song
  • Be dazzled by the Irish dancing 
Activity Tour
Price£80.00 - £90.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Snack includedSnack included

Our overnight stay in Dublin allows you to enjoy a traditional Irish evening.

Leave the ship and travel along the seafront to the fishing village of Howth. Nestling against the ancient ruins of Howth Abbey and with the lovely fishing harbour and marina below is the Abbey Tavern — an ideal spot in which to savour the genuine atmosphere of old Ireland.

On entering the tavern you will be struck by its old world charm, authenticity and simplicity. Blazing turf fires, original stonewalls, flagged floors and gaslights make for a truly warm welcome. In this historic venue you will feast on a typical Irish dinner. The Abbey Tavern show features the renowned Abbey Tavern singers and musicians who are sure to thoroughly entertain you with their lively performance of music, song and the very best of Irish dancing. All too soon, the show will conclude and you will return to your ship with the melodies still running through you.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Walking of approximately 50 metres from the ship to the coach and further walking from the coach to the pub, and vice versa, is required. There will be six to 20 steps to negotiate at the pub and there is no lift. All participants must be able to get on and off the coach unaided. The driving time will be approximately 30 minutes each way. Dinner will, typically, be three courses with tea or coffee and followed by an Irish coffee. Additional drinks are at your own expense.


Beaulieu House, Dublin, Ireland

BEAUTIFUL BEAULIEU HOUSE & GAREDNS

  • Uncover the history of Beaulieu House with your knowledgeable guide
  • Amble around this beautiful Estate situated on the banks of the River Boyne
  • Explore the walled gardens and terraced lawns at leisure

 

Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included

On the banks of the River Boyne, between the town of Drogheda and the Irish Sea, Beaulieu House was built by Sir Henry Tichbourne in the 1600’s. As the premier historic house in County Louth, and one of the finest examples in Ireland, Beaulieu House has over 350 years of family history, which is explained during your tour.

Departing from the pier, you will travel north via the motorway towards County Louth. You will soon reach Beaulieu House and Gardens. The Beaulieu Estate is situated on the banks of the River Boyne and was built between 1660 and 1666. The Plunkett family previously owned the lands of Beaulieu and its castle and there has been a church in the grounds since they owned the estate. The church was rebuilt around 1830 and at the entrance there are two stone coffin lids on display – one Norman and the other, a carved skeleton. After a guided tour of the house, the terraced lawns, walled gardens and churchyard may be explored at leisure.

Having enjoyed the beauty of this wonderful demesne, you will return to Dublin, passing Drogheda town as you leave Beaulieu House. Your journey will take you past Julianstown, a County Meath village that stands on the road that once was the main route between Belfast and Dublin. Leaving County Meath and continuing to County Dublin you travel towards the busy town of Balbriggan. Once a small fishing village, Balbriggan has become one of Dublin’s fastest growing towns. Spectacular sea views continue in the beautiful coastal town of Skerries. From the road you will see the two towering Skerries windmills - the oldest of which dates back to the late 16th century. You have a short photo stop here. Re-boarding the coach your journey takes you through the small towns of Rush and Lusk before passing Dublin Airport and the Dublin city suburb of Santry.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  The drive to Beaulieu House will be a direct, motorway route, taking around one hour. Once there you will have a guided tour followed by some free time. You will be walking and standing for approximately two hours. The upper floor of the house is reached by stairs, and is not accessible to wheelchair users. Your scenic return drive will take approximately one and three quarter hours.

 


DUBLIN & WICKLOW ON THE BIG SCREEN

  • Discover Dublin’s “Hollywood”
  • Learn about Dublin’s Film industry through the years

 

Price£90.00-£100.00
DurationApproximately 8 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included

Although arguably less celebrated, Dublin’s cinema tradition is as rich as its literary tradition. Dublin has long served as both a setting and a location for a wide variety of international and domestic film and television production. It was the 1980’s and 90’s when Ireland really came of age as a major production destination, providing the talent, cast and inspiration for such films as “My Left Foot”, “The Commitments”, “Braveheart” and “Michael Collins”. Leading the way for the Irish industry at the time were indigenous Irish directors and producers such as Jim Sheridan, Noel Pearson, and Neil Jordan.

Today the Irish Film Industry is thriving with upwards of 6000 people employed across its many companies and suppliers. The industry generates hundreds of millions annually for the Irish economy, and as many as 30% of visiting tourists cite seeing Ireland on-screen as a reason for their visit.

Your Dublin City and suburban tour will take you to some of Dublin’s most filmed locations. You will see the enigmatic cobbled streets of Henrietta Street and Yarnhall Street, possibly the most filmed exterior in Ireland, the serene Georgian splendour of North Great Georges Street, the maze of hop-scented streets that surround the Guinness brewery, and the battle scarred facade of the General Post Office.  All of these places have a rich and interesting tradition of use by innumerate international film and TV series’.

Stop to enjoy a coffee and scone at the oft-filmed Cobalt Café before travelling along the quays of Dublin to a former military barracks, Collins Barracks Museum, named after Michael Collins, to visit the beautiful stone barracks and famous square used in several productions. Collins Barracks Museum has been used as both a location and a production base to dozens of Irish films throughout the years. A stop will be made to photograph this magnificent structure.

Continue to the town of Bray, the de-facto home of the Irish Film Industry. It features such locations as Bray Promenade, Bray Head, and the enigmatic and utterly charming Bray Head Hotel, a building that has unquestionably played host to more film productions than any other in Ireland. Time will be permitted to visit this storytelling building.

Lunch will be enjoyed in a local establishment.

Re-join your coach and travel into the foothills of the remote and rugged Wicklow Mountains, passing the Sally Gap, whilst also taking in the majestic views at Luggala Estate before returning to port and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There are some uneven streets and surfaces to encounter at each stop, therefore we recommend wearing flat, comfortable shoe. We do not recommend this tour to guests in wheelchairs. As locations throughout this tour may be in operation for filming some features of this tour may have limited access or may require changing. The order of sights may vary.

 


DUBLIN CHRISTMAS MARKET INFORMATION

DUBLIN CHRISTMAS MARKET

At the time of the tours for your cruise going on sale, the Dublin City Christmas Market Organisation had yet to confirm the details of Dublin’s 2016 Christmas Market. Once a decision is made by the official authorities, we will notify guests by email or once onboard.

 


Trinity College, Dublin

DUBLIN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Take this comprehensive tour of delightful Dublin
  • Visit Trinity College and view the Book of Kells
  • Pass many of the city’s highlights and stop at St Patrick’s Cathedral
Activity Tour
Price£45.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking

Dublin is known for the world famous Book of Kells and this tour allows you to see this masterpiece at Trinity College, as well as visiting St Patrick’s Cathedral and having a general sightseeing tour of the city.

Departing from the pier, begin by passing The Custom House, located on the north bank of the River Liffey. It was designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791. Crossing the River Liffey to Dublin’s south side, pass The Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland, and reach Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, it is Ireland’s oldest college. Located in its library is the Book of Kells - a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. Originally a single volume, it was rebound in four volumes in 1953 for conservation reasons. Two volumes are usually on display - one opened at a major decorated page, the other at a text opening. You will stop here to view this world-renowned treasure, which lies deep within the walls of the historic grounds.

Your city tour continues, passing the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St Stephen’s Green. Next, pass Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745, and the pulpit from which he preached can still be seen. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s Courts of Justice. The north side boasts the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, and here you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation. 

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour is predominantly a sightseeing coach tour with stops at both Trinity College and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Walking of over 1,000 metres is required, and over 50 steps are encountered – therefore this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Traffic permitting, you should spend approximately 45 minutes at each stop. Please note that the Book of Kells is a very popular exhibit so the College will probably be very busy and there may be a wait to view it. There are toilet facilities and a small shop available at Trinity College. The order of sights visited may vary.

 


Dublin Custom House

DUBLIN PRIVATE TOURS

  • If there is somewhere you have a burning desire to visit that is not to be found in this programme?

 

 

Activity Tour
PriceFrom 390 Per vehicle
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

If there is somewhere you have a burning desire to visit that is not to be found in this programme, why not book a private tour. Private tours also provide a more personal experience – with one-to-one service from an excellent, knowledgeable guide – and may particularly appeal to passengers who find the pace of organised tours a little difficult to keep, or those who rely on a wheelchair. Unfortunately many venues do have lots of steps, and lifts are a rarity, however on a private tour our guides will do their best to tailor-make the itinerary, considering any difficulties.

2-3 passengers

(for a minimum of 4 hours), you can have your very own car, driver and English speaking guide, to take you wherever you want to go – you decide. This price, per vehicle, includes entrance fee. If you use a wheelchair but are able to get in and out of a car, this option could be suitable for you (for those confined to a wheelchair, please see the next paragraph) - please advise at the time of booking.

4-6 passengers

(for a minimum of 4 hours), you can have your very own minivan, driver and English speaking guide. You customise the tour itinerary! Entrance to one main museum is included in the price. 

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Is this tour right for you?

PLEASE NOTE: Private tours should be booked in advance of your cruise, through the Shore Tours department at Head Office in Ipswich. E-mail requests can be sent to shore.tours@fredolsen.co.uk or please indicate on your booking form that a private tour is required and send separate details of what you would like to see and how long you would like the vehicle, although there is scope to change your plans on the day, after all, we realise that once you are in a fascinating city, it might be too difficult to decide! 

 


Dublin, Ireland

IRISH MUSIC PUB TOUR

  • Visit two of Dublin's best traditional pubs
  • Friendly musicians will discuss the various tunes and instruments used in Irish music
  • Experience a memorable sing along 
Activity Tour
Price£75.00-£85.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Accompany some of Ireland's finest musicians as you listen and learn about Irish traditional music, song and dance.

Travel to Dublin’s city centre to embark on a Dublin pub tour where you will meet and enjoy the performances of some of Ireland’s foremost traditional musicians.  As the night progresses, you will learn to play a tune on the Irish tin-whistle and learn a song or two. It is all in the spirit of a traditional Irish music session, where everyone is welcome and enjoyment is key. Savour the experience of a closer look at the “craic” in one of the local Irish pubs before rejoining your tour coach for your return drive to Dublin quayside and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that you will spend approximately two and a quarter hours on the pub tour, including walking between the two pubs. There will be private areas reserved for Fred. Olsen guests in the different pubs. Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking; however guests must be physically fit to partake in the Irish dancing. There may be some steps to negotiate and participants must be able to board the coach unaided. Please note that one drink per person, per pub, will be included.


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POWERSCOURT GARDENS

  • Admire the beauty of Powerscourt Gardens - boasting over 200 varieties of trees and shrubs
  • Seek out the wonderful shops situated within the house
  • This is the perfect garden tour, aware from the hubbub of Dublin city
Activity Tour
Price£40.00-£50.00
DurationApproximately 3.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Wicklow is a natural scenic wonderland with domed granite mountains and purple glens, of soft rolling hills and silvery streams rushing cool and clear from mountains into the rivers of the countryside.  It aptly deserves the name “Garden of Ireland” – today you will discover this as you leave the city behind and head to a more tranquil setting.

Travelling south out of Dublin, you will head towards the wilderness of the Wicklow Mountains. Arriving at Powerscourt Gardens, set in a 14,000 acre estate, you will discover a blend of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statuary and ornamental lakes together with secret hollows, rambling walks, walled gardens and over 200 species of trees and shrubs. The house was rebuilt in 1996 after a fire broke out in 1974, and today this fine house now stands proudly against the backdrop of its exquisite gardens.

Not only are the gardens a highlight, but also the shop at Powerscourt is truly unique and its magnificent setting within the house lingers long after the visit. The shop is divided into many different rooms, all of which have their own traditional style and character. These rooms include; a garden gift and pottery room, a clothing room housing Irish designers with jewellery and accessories, a children’s emporium set in the original kitchens of the house, to name a few. The Terrace Café looks out over the beautiful terrace and gardens and is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee and sample the delicious food (at your own expense), freshly cooked in-house each day. Having enjoyed the beauty of this wonderful demesne, you will return to Dublin and your awaiting ship.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking if you wish to discover the gardens, with walking throughout the house and gardens at your own discretion. There are many steps to the centre of the garden and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. You will spend approximately one hour and 45 minutes at Powerscourt, to discover the gardens and shops within the house.

 


River Liffey, Half Penny Bridge

RIVER CRUISE & CITY SIGHTSEEING

  • A River Liffey cruise will show you many of Dublin’s highlights
  • See some famous sights from the comfort of your coach
  • Suitable for most guests as little walking is required
Boat Tour Panoramic Coach Tour
Price£55.00 - £65.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Bustling, cosmopolitan, ancient but young at heart - Dublin is one of Europe’s liveliest cities. Discover the city from a different perspective, from both land and river.

Your voyage of discovery begins with a transfer to the River Liffey, upon which Dublin was built. Here you board a boat for a gentle and relaxing cruise along the river, whilst listening to the story of Dublin. During your journey you will hear the story behind the iconic Ha’penny Bridge, as well as Gandon’s masterpiece, the majestic Custom House. Follow the story of Dublin’s Royal and Grand Canals and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. You will also learn how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the Spire in O’Connell Street.

Following the river cruise, you re-board your tour coach for a panoramic drive through the city. The journey will take you past the Georgian Squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, with a short stop for a photo opportunity of the renowned Dublin doorways. There will also be a photo stop at St Patrick’s Cathedral. Continuing, you drive past the renowned Guinness Brewery, home of the well-known ‘black stuff’, which Dublin is famous for, before passing Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park. Here you will see the homes of Ireland’s President and American Ambassador.

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Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is a short walk from your coach to board the boat and vice versa, over uneven and cobbled ground and there are approximately ten steps to negotiate to reach the floating pontoon. The boat is accessible for wheelchair users but has limited availability - please ask before booking this tour if you use a wheelchair. Phoenix Park can be closed to the public due to events taking place, in which case you would not see the formal residences. There will be one toilet stop in the Park, or elsewhere in the city if not able to enter the Park. The boat journey will last approximately 45 minutes. The order of sights on this tour may vary, with the city tour before the boat journey.


Dublin, Ireland

TOUR B - JOLLY DUBLIN

  • Admire many of Dublin’s highlights from the comfort of your coach
  • Capture photos of the impressive St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Soak up the atmosphere of Temple Bar as you enjoy a desert and entertainment
Price£50.00-£60.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included

Enjoy a leisurely drive through the city of Dublin, one of Europe’s finest capitals. In addition to its public buildings, Dublin is rich in domestic architecture dating from the 18th century. Fine Georgian mansions, many of them with historical associations, lend sober beauty to the city’s wide streets and spacious squares.

 

Depart the pier for your panoramic drive, soon passing the Customs House. Located on the northern bank of the River Liffey, it was designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791. Crossing the River Liffey to Dublin’s south side, you will then pass the Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland; and Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, it is Ireland’s oldest college, and within its library is the world-famous Book of Kells, a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels.

Next, pass Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral before proceeding to St Patrick’s Cathedral for a photo stop. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s is perhaps best-known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745.

Your final stop is at the Old Storehouse in Temple Bar, where you can enjoy a local dersert, a drink of choice and some entertainment. Sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere of the pub as you let the live music guide you through this joyful time of year.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that Temple Bar is pedestrianised, therefore there will be just under 200 metres (656 feet) of walking over cobbled ground, and between ten and 15 steps to negotiate during your visit to the Old Storehouse. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided. One drink – a glass of wine, beer or soft drink – is included in the cost of this tour – any additional refreshments will be at your own expense. This tour may operate in a different order to that described. 

 


St Patricks Cathedral, Dublin

TOUR DUB/FX - DUBLIN CITY & THE CHRISTMAS MARKET

  • Take this comprehensive tour of delightful Dublin
  • Pass many of the city’s highlights and stop at St Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Enjoy the festivities with a visit to the Dublin Christmas Market
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 3 1/4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

After enjoying Dublin’s highlights from the comfort of your coach you can enjoy a visit to the Christmas Market.

Departing from the pier, begin by passing The Custom House, located on the north bank of the River Liffey. It was designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791. Crossing the River Liffey to Dublin’s south side, pass by the Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland, before passing Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells - a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels.

Your city tour continues, passing the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St Stephen’s Green. Next, pass Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745, and the pulpit from which he preached can still be seen. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s Courts of Justice. The north side boasts the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, and here you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation.

Next, you will enjoy a stop at Dublin’s Christmas Markets to experience the novel Christmas festivities, crafts, food and beverages. The lights will sparkle and the atmosphere will shine to give you that warm feeling inside that is so special at Christmas time. Enjoy approximately 45 minutes of free time at the market before all too soon you will re-join your tour coach and travel back to your awaiting ship.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  This tour is a sightseeing tour of the city, with a visit to the Christmas Market. Please note that there will be approximately 45 minutes of free time at the market, where walking will be at the discretion of the individual. All guests must be able to board the coach unaided.  Please note that refreshments are not included in the cost of the tour.

 


Tour N - A Viking Adventure

  • Learn all about the history of the Vikings in Dublin
  • Enjoy a ride on a Vintage amphibious vehicle
  • Listen to the tails of the colourful Viking Tour Captains
Price£45.00-£55.00
DurationApproximately 2 1/2 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking

Your tour today will take you on an unusual adventure of Viking Dublin by land and by sea.  

Join this fun and completely unique tour of Dublin by land and water in special reconditioned World War II vintage amphibious military vehicles called "Ducks". Your costumed and colourful Viking Tour Captains will tell you all about the most exciting sights in Dublin: how the Vikings first settled in the City over 1000 years ago and how Dublin has become a thriving, cosmopolitan European city. Finally, you’ll experience a real thrill as your Tour Captain drives the Duck into the waters of the historic Grand Canal Basin for the water portion of the tour. You may even be asked to give a Viking roar at passers-by.

In 837 sixty Viking 'Dragon' warships appeared at the mouth of the Liffey, the river on which Dublin is built.  Five years later, the harbour of Dublin was taken by a Norwegian force, under the command of King Turgesius. They then 'threw up a fort on the high ridge where Dublin Castle now stands. The River Poddle formed a natural boundary on two sides and would have been of primary importance in the choice of this site.  These events created Dublin as a Viking city, a heritage of which Dubliners are still proud of.

You will see the sights where these early mariners settled and began trading. You will also see some of the cities renowned sights such as Trinity College, Merrion Square, the two cathedrals of Christchurch and St. Patrick and O’Connell Bridge. This bridge spans the River Liffey at O’Connell Street, Dublin’s main boulevard.

Next, enjoy the unique thrill of driving into the water, in your duck, at the Grand Canal Harbour for a 20 minute cruise of the inland waterway.  (You don't get wet!)

Each one of the Viking Tour Captains is a highly trained and certified driver guide. They are colourful characters and love to have fun. So, although they look like rough and tough Vikings, don't be afraid to ask them a question about anything you see on the tour.

After this thrilling and memorable adventure, you will return to Dublin Port and your awaiting ship.

 

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? There is little walking involved with this tour, however guests must be able to board and disembark a coach unaided. There are also ten steep steps to encounter to load the vintage vehicle. Guests will be transferred to the vintage vehicle by one of the ships shuttle buses.

 


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