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Dublin: River Liffey Sightseeing Cruise

Dublin: River Liffey Sightseeing Cruise

Step aboard an all-weather 48-passenger river boat for a cruise along the River Liffey in Dublin and see the city from the water. Get insight into the history of Dublin City and the River Liffey in particular, from the arrival of the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, through the swift development of Dublin during the 18th and 19th centuries, to the subsequent decline and more recent redevelopment of Dublin Docklands. Hear about the iconic Ha'penny Bridge and Gandon's masterpiece Custom House. Follow the story of Dublin’s Royal and Grand Canals, and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. Discover how Captain William Bligh surveyed Dublin Bay in 1800 and how much of present-day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the Spire in O'Connell Street.

Dublin: Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship Irish Famine History Tour

Dublin: Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship Irish Famine History Tour

Climb aboard the Jeanie Johnston and learn about the one million Irish people that fled Ireland during the famine. 2,500 took a gruelling voyage on the Jeanie Johnston. Take a journey back in time, get an insight into life on board a Famine ship and hear the stories of the people who made the arduous voyage. Above Deck Experience the Wonder of a Tall Ship We begin with a walk around the upper deck, where you can see the majestic masts, admire the craftsmanship and learn about the ship’s history. Take in the sights and sounds of Dublin’s Docklands from a unique perspective. Feel the wind in your hair, breathe in that salty sea air and listen to the gulls calling overhead. Get a snap of yourself on one of the area’s most photographed attractions. Hear the fascinating history of tall ships and the shipping trade in the 19th Century. Learn all about the original Jeanie Johnston. Hear about the building of the replica ship. Below Deck Hear the Remarkable Stories of her Passengers and Crew Take a deep breath and go below deck to experience the cramped quarters where up to 250 passengers spent most of their time, only emerging for a half an hour of fresh air each day. Meet some of the passengers and crew. Hear their personal stories. Find out how they paid for their crossing See what they ate on the long voyage. Imagine what life was like on-board. Learn about their grim voyage in cramped and filthy conditions and the risks they faced from disease, starvation and disaster. Hear how they passed the time. Discover what fates awaited them at their destination.

Dublin: Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour with Live Guide

Dublin: Big Bus Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour with Live Guide

Discover the magic of Dublin with our hop-on hop-off bus tour! With a 24 or 48 -hour ticket, you can explore the city's top sights, including St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and St. Stephen’s Green at your own pace. Starting at Upper O'Connell Street, the Red Line has 25 stops packed full of Irish fun. Hop on and off the bus as many times as you wish within your ticket validity, and with buses passing through every 30 minutes, you can rejoin the tour when you're ready. Explore the beauty of Nassau Street and plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square and stroll around the Georgian-style gardens before grabbing a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Don't forget to visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland - The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. And if you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse. But that's not all! Join the optional Yellow Umbrella Walking Tour to delve into the mysteries of Dublin, visit Trinity College, and explore the vibrant city center with our charming and witty guides. For a fun evening out, take our Panoramic Night Tour where our live guide shares the fascinating tales of the city as you cruise along its illuminated streets. Hear the hidden stories and exciting history with a locals' look into Dublin's traditions, architecture, and most memorable characters. Looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a trip to the Irish countryside? Our half-day Coastal Tour is perfect! Visit scenic Howth Summit and its fishing village to explore the cliffs on a guided walking tour and stroll through the picturesque Village on your own time. Try a delicious seafood dinner caught fresh from the shores before returning home. Experience Dublin like never before, with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want!

Dublin: Book of Kells, Dublin Castle and Christ Church Tour

Dublin: Book of Kells, Dublin Castle and Christ Church Tour

Join our Licensed Local Guide on a captivating journey through Dublin, a city steeped in rich history and vibrant culture. Our group walking tour covers the most iconic landmarks and attractions, and includes skip-the-line tickets to the Book of Kells exhibition at the Old Library in Trinity College! Come and discover Irish treasures and legends! This 3-hour walking tour is an essential experience of Dublin. We begin our exciting adventure on the bank of River Liffey in the Temple Bar neighborhood, known as Dublin's 'cultural quarter’ and nightlife district where you’ll find the city’s most important cultural institutions and historic pubs. This will give us a chance to learn about Irish whiskey, Irish beer, Irish rock’n’roll, Irish film, and so much more. We'll dig through centuries of Dublin’s history and culture as we explore the historic city center, discovering traces of the Vikings, stories about Anglo-Saxon kings, and monuments commemorating historical events such as the Great Irish Famine. We'll see highlights such as the majestic Christ Church Cathedral, the Georgian City Hall, and the inner courtyards of Dublin Castle - the nerve center of historical power in Ireland (admission tickets are not included). We'll also discover some hidden gems, such as St. Andrew's Church, and the Statue of Molly Malone, which has an interesting legend behind it. The main attraction of this tour will be a visit to the Old Library in Trinity College, one of the 7 ancient universities of Great Britain and Ireland. The Old Library dates to 1712 and houses a collection of over 200,000 books, including the famous Book of Kells - a rare medieval manuscript renowned for its intricate illustrations and calligraphy. We provide skip-the-line tickets to this popular attraction, so our 25-people group won’t be delayed by long queues. Come and see a cultural treasure of Ireland!

Dublin: Sightseeing Walking Tour in German

Dublin: Sightseeing Walking Tour in German

Please note that all visits are external, but opportunities will be available for such visits after the tour. •City Hall •Dublin Castle grounds & gardens •Christ Church Cathedral •Fishamble Street & Smock Alley •Meeting House Square, Temple Bar •Millennium Bridge & River Liffey •Italian Quarter •St Mary’s Church (now a famous café/bar) •Henry & Moore Streets •O’Connell Street •General Post Office •O’Connell Monument •Former Parliament House (bank of Ireland) •Finish outside Trinity College with its famed Book of Kells This exceptional and easy-going tour is one of the best introductions to Dublin’s rich history and culture. Enjoy this small-group experience. Maximum numbers on tour limited to 16 people and is often less. Additional guides are provided where required. (effective from 01 April 2023).The walk takes you to many of Dublin’s icons and also brings you to some wonderful hidden spots too. If you are looking for a comprehensive tour that introduces you to the best of the city centre, on both sides of the River Liffey, then this is the tour for you. Starting from Dame Street you will wind your way through the former Viking & Medieval Quarter including Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral before wheeling around through Temple Bar and across to the River Liffey to the Northside City and onto the main historic street, O’Connell Street. We will pass by the General Post Office which housed the headquarters of the rebels of the 1916 Rising which resulted in the then destruction of this building and almost the entire street and surrounds. We will finish around Trinity College and the former 18th century Houses of Parliament. All these places certainly have their interesting histories, but the human stories associated with them often capture more than just their eventful past. Our dedicated guides will share their love for the city with you and make you feel like a true Dubliner. To crown all this, the tour will also introduce you to many secret gems and surprises that visitors and even Dubliners often miss. Find Dublin’s first but now defunct full-time cinema, a church that’s not a church, a former Lisbon tram now serving as a café. Discover an amusing representation of a da Vinci painting, feel the bounce of a wobbly bridge and enjoy the tale of a post-box that represents Ireland’s transition to independence. And not forgetting a stark-naked representation of a very famous 18th century composer!

Dublin City: Guided Cycle Tour

Dublin City: Guided Cycle Tour

Grab a set of wheels for an active bicycle 2.5-hour tour around Dublin city and discover the city’s most famous sites alongside a fully qualified ‘Failte Ireland’ national tour guide. Begin our tour at in Whitefriar Place near St. Stephen’s Green and set off to explore Dublin’s canals and the River Liffey, Georgian Dublin with its grand 18th-century houses, beautiful parks, and Norman Dublin’s castles and cathedrals. Get an insight into the culture of Dublin’s writers, painters, poets, and special characters and visit places of revolution and war from Dublin’s turbulent history.  As you cycle around in the streets of Dublin, your guide will point out all the good pubs and traditional music venues along the route- If there is enough time you might even be able to stop at one.

Dublin: Highlights and Hidden Corners Walking Tour

Dublin: Highlights and Hidden Corners Walking Tour

Please note that all visits are external, but opportunities will be available for such visits after the tour. •City Hall •Dublin Castle grounds & gardens •Christ Church Cathedral •Fishamble Street & Smock Alley •Meeting House Square, Temple Bar •Millennium Bridge & River Liffey •Italian Quarter •St Mary’s Church (now a famous café/bar) •Henry & Moore Streets •O’Connell Street •General Post Office •O’Connell Monument •Former Parliament House (bank of Ireland) •Finish outside Trinity College with its famed Book of Kells This exceptional and easy-going tour is one of the best introductions to Dublin’s rich history and culture. Enjoy this small-group experience. Maximum numbers on tour limited to 16 people and is often less. Additional guides are provided where required. (effective from 01 April 2023).The walk takes you to many of Dublin’s icons and also brings you to some wonderful hidden spots too. If you are looking for a comprehensive tour that introduces you to the best of the city centre, on both sides of the River Liffey, then this is the tour for you. Starting from Dame Street you will wind your way through the former Viking & Medieval Quarter including Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral before wheeling around through Temple Bar and across to the River Liffey to the Northside City and onto the main historic street, O’Connell Street. We will pass by the General Post Office which housed the headquarters of the rebels of the 1916 Rising which resulted in the then destruction of this building and almost the entire street and surrounds. We will finish around Trinity College and the former 18th century Houses of Parliament. All these places certainly have their interesting histories, but the human stories associated with them often capture more than just their eventful past. Our dedicated guides will share their love for the city with you and make you feel like a true Dubliner. To crown all this, the tour will also introduce you to many secret gems and surprises that visitors and even Dubliners often miss. Find Dublin’s first but now defunct full-time cinema, a church that’s not a church, a former Lisbon tram now serving as a café. Discover an amusing representation of a da Vinci painting, feel the bounce of a wobbly bridge and enjoy the tale of a post-box that represents Ireland’s transition to independence. And not forgetting a stark-naked representation of a very famous 18th century composer!

Dublin: Music Under the Bridges Kayaking Tour

Dublin: Music Under the Bridges Kayaking Tour

After meeting your guide on the River Liffey, head into the changing rooms to store any valuables, or change out of any clothes you don’t want to get wet. Then you’re off to experience the unique combination of kayaking and music. Over the course of your 2.5-hour tour, some of the best musicians in town will play for you under the most iconic bridges of Dublin. After hopping aboard your sit-on-top kayaks, paddle towards the city center, where you’ll be met by talented local musicians, serenading you at every turn. Enjoy the otherworldly acoustics and one-of-a-kind atmosphere as the musicians play original songs, mixed in with a touch of poetry and history. This private concert sums up what the city is about — good "craic" with friends, laughing, singing along, and breathtaking city views.

Dublin: Old Liffey Ferry Guided Tour

Dublin: Old Liffey Ferry Guided Tour

Take a tour around Dublin on this guided river cruise. Setting off from the Dublin Docklands, you’ll sail along the river under Samuel Beckett Bridge, past highlights such as the Old Pidgeon House Hotel, the Great South Wall, and the Ringsend Chimneys.  Receive a warm welcome from your guide as you settle in for your adventure down the River Liffey. Learn about the local communities that live around the river and nearby estuaries and the trades and traditions that grew up around and amongst these people. As you sail along the waterways, look out for wildlife along the way. Marvel at the gannets, seals, and one of Europe’s largest colonies of arctic terns. End your tour back at your departure point and continue your exploration of Dublin with a new perspective on the city.

Dublin: A City of Story and Song Music Tour

Dublin: A City of Story and Song Music Tour

Follow a bonafide local musician and balladeer for an interactive journey through the street songs of Dublin and the folk ballads of Ireland. Strip away the layers of modern Dublin and explore Dublin’s rich history of story and song, on this tour that is completely unlike any other. Hear the songs of soldiers and sailors, laments for loves long gone, murder ballads and ghost stories, songs that long for freedom and liberty while discovering Dublin in a new way. Learn from your local guide how to sing like an Irish folk legend, and become an expert by the time your finished. Take an interactive journey through Dublin's history, by exploring the rich tapestry of Ireland's musical heritage. Listen to the street songs and folk ballads of Dublin’s rich and colorful history, from foot-stamping, rabble-rousers to forlorn lament, and everything in between.

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What people are saying about River Liffey

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Such a great activity! The boat was comfortable and easy to access. Both boat driver and tour speaker were amazing! Such a funny trip and so much info given in 45mins it was very enjoyable

What an entertaining and different way to explore Dublin and its history through songs! Ciaran was a great singer and full of interesting stories. A really enjoyable tour.

We did the tour as a last minute decision. Hannah was amazing and kept us entertained throughout the entire tour. I would definitely recommend.

Informative and the guide was very knowledgeable. Would have been nice to have gone down the river more towards the sea though

Our guide Brian was so fantastic. Easy and interesting stories. Top