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River Liffey

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Discover Dublin By Boat

1. Discover Dublin By Boat

Climb aboard an all-weather 48-passenger river boat for a 45-minute 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 by Kayak 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

2. Dublin by Kayak 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour

Travel through Dublin city center by kayak, paddling past some of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Discover both the old and new quarters, and explore Dublin in memorable way. Spend approximately 1.5 hours on the beautiful river Liffey, and keep a look out for local wildlife too. No previous experience is necessary, and the tour is accessible to all—old and young, sporty and not so sporty. You’ll travel in a stable double-seater kayak, and there will be a small support boat in case anyone gets tired and needs a short tow to take a break. After the tour return to the start point location, a short walk from the city center.

Dublin: 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

3. Dublin: 2.5-Hour City Bike 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: Old Liffey Ferry Guided Tour

4. 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: Music Under the Bridges Kayaking Tour

5. 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: Downtown Doughnut Guided Walking Tour With Tastings

6. Dublin: Downtown Doughnut Guided Walking Tour With Tastings

Our tour begins near St. Stephen’s Green at The Rolling Donut, one of Dublin’s original doughnut shops. The Rolling Donut has an amazing selection of doughnuts to sample and you can see many of them in the photo above. While we’re there, we’ll try some of their signature flavors and talk a bit about the history of Dublin and the surrounding neighborhood. From there, we’ll walk up Grafton street on our way to visit Molly Malone and learn a bit about how she fits into the history of Dublin. At our second stop, we’ll try some traditional Irish churros . Believe me, churros might not be traditional to Dublin, but these churros are delicious nonetheless. Walking through Temple Bar, we’ll make our way to our third stop, which is one of the best doughnut shops you’ll ever visit in Dublin or elsewhere. Make sure to pace yourself at this point, because we have one last stop to see. After crossing the River Liffey and taking in the beautiful sites along the river, we’ll make our last stop at the Hot Donut. We hope you can join us on our doughnut adventure. We look forward to hosting you soon!

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What people are saying about River Liffey

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 220 reviews

Our guide James was fantastic! The way he took a keen interest in every member of the group, his ability to speak several languages, and of course his wealth of knowledge of the local area made this tour fabulous from start to finish. Our groups ages ranged from 18 to 61 and we all loved it! The bikes were a little bit in need of some attention but it just kinda added to the experience! Loved it and would highly recommend! Thank you James!

Kept up to date on changes of where pick was located, they were on time with launch & the tour. The safety features were well outlined before the start. The tour was well done by being amusing, factual, & bringing in some of the known city lore.

Frank and Dave were absolutely brilliant ! My nephew won’t stop talking about them , and he can’t get over driving the boat. Amazing trip and will definitely be booking again . Can’t thank yous enough !

Lovely pleasant journey down the river with guided tour commentary.

Good trip & staff very knowledgeable & friendly.Good value.