Dublin Cruises, Ireland
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See the sights of Dublin from two very different angles. This trip starts with a boat ride along the River Liffey, which runs through the centre of Dublin. You’ll climb onboard for a journey past all the main landmarks, including the Ha’penny Bridge and the elegant Georgian Custom House. You’ll see the Royal and Grand canals, too, and you’ll sail past the spot where Oliver Cromwell launched his invasion of Ireland. Afterwards, you’ll swap boat for coach for a narrated drive around the city. You'll pass the National Archaeological Museum. This place is a treasure trove of ancient pieces, like the Ardagh Chalice – one of the best examples of eighth-century metalwork ever discovered, and the Tara Brooch – a Celtic piece of jewellery that dates back to around 700 AD. Prehistoric relics aside, the museum itself is pretty impressive – its entrance was modelled on Rome’s Pantheon. And keep an eye out for Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university - past students include Oscar Wilde.
You’ll see the Georgian architecture, traditional squares and sweeping bridges Dublin is synonymous with on this drive. Plus, you’ll pass landmarks like the old Parliament House and pop in to St Patrick’s Cathedral. This is Ireland’s largest church, and it becomes the focal point of the city during St Patrick’s Festival, when it’s bathed in green light every evening. You’ll also tick off Dublin Castle – with its turrets and stone walls, you almost expect to see Maid Marian appearing out of its wooden doors. Continuing along the River Liffey, you’ll check out the Irish Law Courts and the Customs House, as your guide fills you in on their history. Also on the agenda is O’Connell Street, which is lined with modern shops and grand buildings. Your final stop is Leinster House, a stately mansion that houses the two chambers of the Irish Parliament.
Think of Dublin and a pint of Guinness is probably one of the first images to spring to mind. Locals have been drinking the stuff for years now, and you’ll get an insight into how this famous drink came to be on this tour. It all happens at St James’s Gate Brewery in the heart of the city. This is the birthplace of Guinness, and it’s close to the spot where the creamy stout was first produced over 250 years ago. When you arrive, you’ll get an introduction about the black stuff, before taking a self-guided tour through the making process. You’ll see the machines where the drink is produced, and get the lowdown on the advertising and transport of Guinness around the globe. Best of all, the tour ends in ‘The Gravity’ bar that offers up panoramic views, so you can sample a pint of the brew while you look out over the city.