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From Dublin: Boyne Valley, Newgrange Celts and Castles Tour

1. From Dublin: Boyne Valley, Newgrange Celts and Castles Tour

The Boyne Valley and the Boyne River extend through the counties of Meath and Louth in the east of Ireland to the sea at Drogheda. Explore this historically important and wonderfully scenic area on a guided tour from Dublin. This tour includes your entrance fee and skip the queue at Newgrange Monument and Bru Na Boinne. Discover the sites and monuments in this area that date back over 5,000 years. Learn about the story of Ireland and the Irish people that can be traced back in this valley to the first Neolithic settlers and their megalithic tombs and to the Celts and their pagan beliefs. Visit Trim Castle, the largest Norman Castle in Ireland and film location of the movie "Braveheart". Proceed to visit the Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Hear about the Viking Raids and the Norman Conquest of Hugh De Lacy. See the sites of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 and the major Irish Rebellions of 1641 and 1798. Finally, head to Slane Castle, home of the Marquess Conyngham, and the site where U2 recorded the Unforgettable Fire album, before heading back to Dublin.

Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

2. Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour from Dublin

Visit Ireland’s most famous castle on a full-day tour from Dublin. Enjoy free time to explore the city of Cork and visit Blarney Castle. Stroll in the footsteps of St Patrick at the Celtic Crosses and Round Tower. Meet your guide at Paddy's Palace in Dublin and hop aboard a comfortable and climate-controlled van for a scenic drive through green fields and dairy farms of the Golden Vale of County Cork. Enjoy panoramic views of the Galtee Mountains and County Tipperary. Stop in Cork on banks of the River Lee and spend an hour of free time exploring the city at your own pace. Have the option to visit the historic English Market, or marvel at the architecture of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral. Drive on to Blarney Castle, home of the legendary Blarney Stone. It’s said that if you kiss the stone you will receive the “gift of the gab” for 7 years. Pucker up and kiss the stone or snap a picture.  Explore the castle grounds and gardens to discover the Witch's Cave. Take advantage of the tax free shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills and craft shop. Step back in time at the evocative Celtic Crosses and Round Tower. Depart for Dublin on a path through the Golden Vale of County Tipperary and arrive back in the city at night. 

From Dublin: Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour

3. From Dublin: Blarney Castle Full-Day Tour

Set off on board a luxury, air-conditioned bus and watch Dublin's urban cityscape give way to the rolling, green hills of the Irish countryside. 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. First, arrive at Blarney Castle which is known around the world for its famous Blarney Stone. Kiss the stone and receive the “gift of the gab." Be sure to explore the rest of Blarney Castle as well as its lush grounds and woodland walks. Discover the scenic Rock Close by taking the Wishing Steps.  Depart Cork and arrive at one of Ireland’s 7 Wonders, the Rock of Cashel in County Tipperary. Explore the Hall of Vicars, Cormack’s Chapel, the Celtic Cathedral, the Round Tower, and the surrounding grounds filled with ancient high crosses. Admire one of Ireland’s oldest Romanesque wall paintings inside this world-famous historical landmark. For your final stop of the day, visit one of Ireland's largest and best-preserved castles, Cahir Castle. The Castle was built in the 13th century, to house the Butler family. Built as a defensive castle it still boasts a lot of the original structure. Afterward, return to Dublin city center to complete your tour.

Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

4. Rail Tour: The Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle Tour

Check in at Dublin Heuston Station at 6:40 AM to take the InterCity train service to Limerick. Upon arrival, join your coach bus and have a short tour of the treaty city, the setting for "Angela's Ashes". From there, head north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village (admission included), then to a Doolin Pub for our traditional Irish lunch stop. Then, it's on to the majestic Cliffs of Moher on the country's wild Atlantic coast, one of Ireland's most famous and beautiful attractions.  After that, enter the unique lunar landscape of the Burren, rounding Black Head before heading along the shores of Galway Bay to reach Galway, the city of the tribes. After taking some time to take in this beautiful city, board our Dublin-bound train, arriving at Heuston Station at 9:00 PM.

Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast (Titanic or Black Taxi)

5. Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast (Titanic or Black Taxi)

Travel through the Boyne Valley on a full-day scenic tour from Dublin, and discover the home of the 5,000-year-old Hill of Tara, the ancient capital of the High Kings of Ireland. Upon arrival in Belfast you have the option to take a political sightseeing tour in an iconic black cab (taxi) or visit the Titanic Experience (the museum will be closed from 2nd January - 28th February 2023) For the black cab tour you will see sites that have played a key role in the city’s political history, such as the Falls and Shankill neighborhoods. Learn about the industrial roots of Belfast, and the 4 decades of civil unrest in the late 20th century. Sign the peace line, the towering wall that divides the communities, and read the political murals. A guide will relate their own family experiences to give your tour a more personal touch. Alternatively, go to the world’s largest state-of-the-art Titanic experience in Belfast’s new Titanic Quarter, located in the former shipyards of Harland and Wolf. This option is unavailable in january and february 2023 Relive the liner’s tragic voyage, sinking, and eventful discovery on the seabed, via exhibits that explain her construction, launch and history in 9 different galleries. Typically the tour would visit the Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge. However, it is currently closed for tour operators and it is not yet clear as to when it will reopen. As an alternative attraction, visit the very popular Dun Luce Castle. Enjoy this historic castle that dates back over 500 years and which is dramatically positioned on the edge of a cliff over the Atlantic. Discover this castle which has been used to film things like Game of Thrones. Visit and peruse the castle and grounds for 45 minutes. Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Giant’s Causeway, formed over 60 million years ago by volcanic eruptions. Admire its distinctive rock formations that span nearly 18 miles of coastline. Hike to the formations known as “The Wishing Chair”, “Giant's Boot”, and “Giant's Organ.” Learn the legend of the Irish giant Finn McCool, said to be the Causeway's creator. This is where you have the option to have lunch in a number of venues located at the Causeway. With 2 hours there is ample time to lunch and walk this fabulous coastal landscape. Continue along the Antrim Coastal, driving past spectacular scenery of stony shores, wooded glens and sheltered harbors. See the remains of Dunseverick Castle, and admire views of the Mull of Kintyre. On a clear day, see Scotland in the distance. The route back to Dublin is different than the route taken to the Causeway earlier in the day, giving you different scenery to enjoy. Arrive back in Dublin City Center at 20.30 and enjoy the rest of your evening. The tour guide will be on hand to help you with any directions or information you need.

Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

6. Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

Get to grips with the turbulent and fascinating history of Dublin in just 2 hours. This tour is led by history graduates of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin and aims to inform and entertain you all at once. Visit sites and hear stories detailing the complex history of Ireland. Learn about the influence of the American and French revolutions, the Potato Famine, the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Visit sites such as the Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, the City Hall and the Medieval City. Delve into modern history and explore the effects of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Take a walk around the city and experience modern day Dublin. This award-winning tour scores top marks for educational, entertainment all at once, with its guides possessing that natural Irish flair of combining history with wit to an extraordinary effect.

Dublin 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

7. Dublin 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover the sights, sounds, history and architecture of Dublin on a 2.5-hour guided bike tour and see more of the city than you would on a walking tour. Experience the fun personality and personalities of Ireland's capital. The tour encompasses the rich history and folklore of the city, passing great buildings, such as College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery and St Patrick's Cathedral. Cycle through legendary neighborhoods, such as the nightlife center of Temple Bar, the Italian Quarter, Parnell Square and the fashionable southside. See the Georgian buildings of the northside, and the Oscar Wilde Memorial. En route, your guides will talk about Dublin's literary and rock'n'roll traditions and events, as well as historic personalities and how they helped shaped the city's character. You will learn which famous Dublin writer, fond of a drink, said "I'm a drinker with writing problems." Discover what school U2 frontman Bono got expelled from, why Nigerians get a shock when they drink Guinness brewed in Ireland, and what W.B. Yeats asked when he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

8. Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

Start your tour as you depart from Dublin and explore the nearby coast of Dublin Bay, moving through the interior and then the coast. Make a photo stop at the curious Casino Marino for the chance to learn about the use of this little architectural jewel. Take a tour inside Malahide castle and enjoy some free time to explore its gardens at your own pace. This castle was owned by the same family, the Talbot, for 800 years. Hear the ghost stories that are associated with its walls and corridors. It dates from the 11th century and was enlarged and restored at the time of Georgian splendour. En route, marvel at pretty villages like Malahide, parks like St Anne's, and beaches like Portmarnock. Take an optional walk from Howth's Summit cliff to the village to enjoy breath-taking views of Dublin bay and the Wicklow mountains. In the fishermen's harbor of Howth, have the chance to see seals swimming and begging for food from the boats. Finally, return along Bull island and the park of Santa Ana and Fairview.

Dublin: Howth Peninsula Coastal Hiking Tour

9. Dublin: Howth Peninsula Coastal Hiking Tour

Enjoy an unforgettable day at this beautiful Dublin coastal harbor and village. Gain a unique insight hearing tales, legends, and history of Howth. Be surrounded by nature along with your guide and canine companion, Loki. Hike through the grounds of Howth's 800-year old castle, relax in the hidden wonder of the giant rhododendron gardens & follow the secret paths and trails through the woodlands and heathlands.   Take in the world-famous cliff path and best panoramic views on the east coast of Ireland which lead you back to the village and all the famous hospitality Howth has to offer.

Dublin: The Coastal, Castles & Whiskey Distillery Day Tour

10. Dublin: The Coastal, Castles & Whiskey Distillery Day Tour

Travel in an airconditioned bus from Dublin to Howth Peninsula for a panoramic tour. Explore the castles of Malahide and Ardgillan on guided tours. See how Pearse Lyons Irish Whiskey is crafted and sip on some whiskey samples. Visit the graveyard of the St. James Church during your visit to Pearse Lyons Distillery.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at centrally-located meeting points on Dublin's Nassau street or at the Custom House Quay. Relax aboard a comfortable and spacious bus. The guide will keep you well informed with storytelling and local history on the drive. Take in views of the stunning Clontarf Coast where you can gaze out at Bull Island before passing through the verdant hills and charming fishing village of Howth Peninsula. Stop at 'Malahide Castle and Gardens' for an in-house tour of one of the most pristine Irish castle interiors in the country. Visitors can then stroll through their wonderful gardens before purchasing a coffee or browsing through their gift shop. Continue to Ardgillan Castle and on the way, pass through magnificent North County Dublin Coastal towns of Skerries and Balbriggan. Walk through the halls of 18th-century Ardgillan Castle on a guided tour. Have some free time to purchase lunch in the the Castle Tea Rooms. The tour will then take you to the heart of Irish Whiskey distilling at Pearse Lyons Distillery. Uncover the secrets of the whiskey-making process straight from the distillers. Savor three samples of the Pearse Irish Whiskey range. Finally, experience the macabre on a guided tour of the St. James graveyard where your guide will share the history of St. James Church with you. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

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I am irish and have been to these places many times throughout childhood. However my 6 year old son and husband (who is American) have not. I picked this railtours as it was great value for money and we could see lots without having to rent a car or book accommodation and it was also child friendly. The guide was great he had loads of knowledge ,and we got to see loads in one day! I'm also 6 months pregnant, and it was great that there was loads of time to rest between each excursion due to the coaches and the time being allocated well at each place we visited. Every route the driver took had lots to see along the way also and the tour guide filled in about lots of the history. As someone who's irish, it's great to go on a tour that presents ireland in a way that made me proud and I'll recommend railtours to family and friends. Go raibh maith agat agus beannachtaí !

Booked the tour very last minute - and SO glad I did! Daragh was knowledgeable, entertaining, and a true Dubliner in showing us his native city with passion and bringing us into its rich and complex history. Truly the best walking tour I’ve ever experienced.

Despite a beautiful Dublin rain, we have excellent memories of our historic tour. Our guide was really great: nice, funny, interesting and caring. We learned a lot and were able to appreciate the historic center with a new eye.

We had a fun time with our guide, Daragh. He was animated, passionate and knowledgeable about Irish history. We learned a lot about both past and present Irish culture. Great intro to getting around the area. Highly recommend!

John was great and made the tour more fun! Definitely worth every penny.