Dublin, Ireland - British Isles & North West Europe Cruises

The dark waters of the River Liffey swirling beneath the Halfpenny Bridge appear to transport you to a different age, the literary Dublin of Yeats, Shaw, Swift and Wilde. From the smart surroundings of St. Stephen’s Green, down bustling O’Connell Street, to the blarney welcome you'll find waiting in a hundred little bars and restaurants the craic, like the Guinness, is always good in Dublin.

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Excursions

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.

  • Dublin Sights & Irish Music & Dance

    See the sights of Dublin and enjoy a live performance of traditional Irish music and dance.

    Dublin Sights & Irish Music & Dance

    Drive through Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital, stopping for photographs of the famous Doorways of Dublin, Government Buildings and St Patrick’s Cathedral.

    Both Guinness and Riverdance started their lives on the Banks of the River Liffey. Riverdance was originally a seven minute live television performance, broadcast from Dublin to a European viewing audience of over 300 million during the Eurovision Song Contest in1994. It integrated traditional and modern music, with spectacular hard-shoe Irish dancing in a way never dreamed of before. The heart of the nation was captured that very first night by young and old alike, and this was to be the beginnings of what became the runaway artistic and commercial success of the decade in Ireland.

    Stop at an Irish pub situated near the River Liffey for a live performance of the traditional music and dance. Try a Guinness or, if you prefer, why not have a cool glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The venue will be on ground level with easy access, however on weekend calls, it is possible that the live performance will take place in the basement, which is accessed via 15 steps.

    Tour code

    DUB_018

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Leisurely Dublin

    Enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.

    Leisurely Dublin

    Pass by the Custom House, located on the north bank of the River Liffey, before crossing to the south side. Here, you will see The Old Parliament House and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college.

    Your panoramic drive of the city takes you past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous ‘Doorways of Dublin’. Continue past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St Stephen’s Green.

    See Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean from 1713 to 1745. See where the famous ‘Black Stuff’ is produced as you pass the Guinness Brewery en route to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park.

    Back on the north side you pass the Four Courts, and the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street. Refreshments of tea or coffee and scones will be served during the tour.


    This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach.

    Tour code

    DUB_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Discover County Wicklow - Small Group Option

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

    Discover County Wicklow - Small Group Option

    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 will 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. Following your walk, refreshments of tea or coffee and scones will be served at a local hotel.

    Having enjoyed the beauty of this peaceful and picturesque valley, your return journey will take you through pretty quaint villages before joining the coastal road. As well as coastal scenery along the route you’ll see the historic harbour of Dun Laoghaire.

    This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot.Early booking is advised due to limited availability. Group size is up to 25 guests. Approximately one hour is spent at the monastic ruins, the terrain in parts is uneven and gravelled. A stop will be made on the return journey to photograph the scenery.

    Tour code

    DUB_027

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Dublin Highlights & Book of Kells

    Discover the rich cultural heritage of Dublin's highlights and visit the historic Trinity College to view the famous Book of Kells.

    Dublin Highlights & Book of Kells

    Your drive will take you into the heart of bustling Dublin, where you’ll pass the main sights including the splendid Georgian Squares, the Edwardian Government Buildings and the renowned St Stephen’s Green.

    Continuing on your journey, you’ll pass the 18th century Dublin Castle, City Hall and ornate Christchurch Cathedral before stopping to photograph the impressive 12th century St Patrick’s Cathedral.

    Arriving back in the centre of Dublin, you’ll stop at the famous Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1. Step back in time as you walk through the courtyard past the historic and decorative buildings to the Old Library where the world famous Book of Kells is located.

    On entering the building you’ll be taken through an interesting ‘Turning Darkness into Light’ exhibition, which places the Book of Kells in its historical perspective and shows how the Book was illustrated. The exhibition ends in the Treasury where you’ll be able to see the fascinating Book of Kells, a hand illuminated 9th century manuscript of the four Gospels written in Latin on vellum (prepared calfskin). It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and is lavishly decorated with figures of humans, animals and mythical beasts, together with Celtic knots and interlacing patterns in vibrant colours. The Book of Kells is considered to be one of the greatest artistic treasures in the world.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1¼ hours spent at Trinity College. There are some cobble stones in Trinity's courtyard. Photography is strictly forbidden in the Old Library. There may be queues to view the Book of Kells.

    Tour code

    DUB_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • City Tour & Guinness

    Enjoy a tour of Dublin before discovering the ingredients, the process and the effort that goes into making a pint of the ‘black stuff’.

    City Tour & Guinness

    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 will have the opportunity to taste the world famous stout. There will also be time to shop in the Guinness Store, where you will find the world’s greatest selection of Guinness memorabilia.


    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.

    Tour code

    DUB_009

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • City & Dublin Castle

    Take in the sights of Dublin City combined with a visit to Dublin Castle.

    City & 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.

    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.

    Tour code

    DUB_025

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    4 hours

  • River Cruise & Dublin Sights

    ‘Dublin’s Fair City’, one of Europe’s liveliest cities can be enjoyed on this excellent combination tour by river and land.

    River Cruise & Dublin Sights

    Your voyage of discovery begins with a transfer to the River Liffey upon which Dublin is built. Board the ‘Spirit of Docklands’ for a gentle and relaxing cruise (45 minutes) and hear the story of Dublin, from the first arrival of the Vikings 1,000 years ago to the rapid development of the city. Listen to the story behind the iconic Ha’penny Bridge and hear about 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. Learn how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the spire in O’Connell Street.

    Rejoining your coach, you will then take a panoramic drive through the city. See the Georgian Squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam and stop to photograph the renowned Dublin doorways. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s Cathedral is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. Next, drive past the Guinness Brewery, home of the famous ‘black stuff’ for which Dublin is famous. Continuing to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park, see the homes of Ireland’s President and American Ambassador. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice.


    This excursion will operate by coach and river cruiser. There are a few steps to embark/disembark the cruiser. This itinerary may operate in reverse order.

    Tour code

    DUB_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    4 hours

  • A Walk in Dublin's Fair City

    What better way to become acquainted with the city than by walking the infamous streets and seeing the architecture up close

    A Walk in Dublin's Fair City

    Arriving at the Georgian Square of Merrion, your walking tour of the city will commence with a stroll through the Gardens of Merrion Square. Pass the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and Ely Place, before arriving at St Stephen’s Green. A short walk along ‘The Green’ will take you to Dawson Street, where you will see The Mansion House, residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor.

    Crossing from Dawson Street to South Anne’s Street, there will be a stop for a cool drink in one of Dublin’s famous pubs.

    Then, take a walk along Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s fashionable shopping streets. Located at the bottom of Grafton Street is Trinity College. Stroll through the University grounds before enjoying some free time in the city.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves up to 2½ hours of walking, which includes inclines, steps and uneven surfaces. No visits or entrances are included. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. Your guide will advise the meeting point and time for the return journey to the ship.

    Tour code

    DUB_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Discover County Wicklow

    Combine a leisurely drive through some of the finest scenery in Ireland with a visit to an important monastic site.

    Discover County Wicklow

    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 will 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. Following your walk, refreshments of tea or coffee and scones will be served at a local hotel.

    Having enjoyed the beauty of this peaceful and picturesque valley, your return journey will take you through pretty quaint villages before joining the coastal road. As well as coastal scenery along the route you’ll see the lovely historic harbour of Dun Laoghaire.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Approximately one hour is spent at the monastic ruins, the terrain in parts is uneven and gravelled. A stop will be made on the return journey to photograph the scenery.

    Tour code

    DUB_024

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • North County Coastal Panorama

    Enjoy panoramic views of Dublin Bay as you travel to the coastal towns of North County Dublin.

    North County Coastal Panorama

    Travel via Fairview and the northern suburb of Coolock before arriving at the beautiful seaside village of Malahide, a noted yachting centre. In the latter part of the 19th century with the advent of the railway, Malahide became a tourist resort and a residential town. Since then, though the population has exploded in a major way, Malahide Village has still managed to retain an old-world elegance. A stop will be made to photograph Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of parkland, which was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years.

    Continue your coastal drive through the village of Portmarnock where the world famous Portmarnock Golf Club is located. This club was, for many years, home of the Irish Open Championship.

    Soon you will arrive in the quaint fishing port of Howth. Nestling against the ancient ruins of Howth Abbey with the lovely fishing harbour and marina below, is the 11th century Abbey Tavern, a perfect spot to enjoy an Irish Coffee and savour the genuine atmosphere of old Ireland. Enjoy some short free time to wander through the marina with its extensive variety of private boats and fishing vessels, or relax in the Abbey Tavern.

    Departing from Howth, drive over the summit, where you will enjoy wonderful views of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains beyond. You will return to the port via Dollymount and Clontarf.


    This excursion will operate by coach. The order of highlights may vary. There is limited walking on this tour, and walking in Howth is optional.

    Tour code

    DUB_022

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Dublin Highlights & Book of Kells Small Group Opti

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

    Dublin Highlights & Book of Kells Small Group Opti

    Your drive will take you into the heart of bustling Dublin, where you’ll pass the main sights including the splendid Georgian Squares, the Edwardian Government Buildings and the renowned St Stephen’s Green.

    Continuing on your journey, you’ll pass the 18th century Dublin Castle, City Hall and ornate Christchurch Cathedral before stopping to photograph the impressive 12th century St Patrick’s Cathedral.

    Arriving back in the centre of Dublin, you’ll stop at the famous Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1. Step back in time as you walk through the courtyard past the historic and decorative buildings to the Old Library where the world famous Book of Kells is located.

    On entering the building you’ll be taken through an interesting ‘Turning Darkness into Light’ exhibition, which places the Book of Kells in its historical perspective and shows how the Book was illustrated. The exhibition ends in the Treasury where you’ll be able to see the fascinating Book of Kells, a hand illuminated 9th century manuscript of the 4 Gospels written in Latin on vellum (prepared calfskin). It is a masterwork of Western calligraphy and is lavishly decorated with figures of humans, animals and mythical beasts, together with Celtic knots and interlacing patterns in vibrant colours. The Book of Kells is considered to be one of the greatest artistic treasures in the world.

    This excursion will operate by minibus and onn foot. Early booking is advised due to limited availability. Group size is up to 25 guests. There is approximately 1¼ hours spent at Trinity College. There are some cobble stones in Trinity’s courtyard. Photography is strictly forbidden in the Old Library. There may be queues to view the Book of Kells.

    Tour code

    DUB_026

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    4 hours

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