I aven't been fortunate to do this tour but have had reports that it is great fun. And well it is quirky too.
Driving around Dublin centre in a boat type bus with viking hats shouting at passers by then driving into the docks ha, brilliant.
Give it a go. The kiddies will love it
I suppose if you go to Dubling you have to go to the Guinness Brewery. I am not a beer drinker but I had to give this a go and let me tell you I had quite a few tastes after that... well they do say it's good for you and I aimed to prove the point. You buy your ticket, 14 Euros and you make your way to the very top where you go through a journey of 250 years of history and the making of the Guinness. On the seventh floor you have the Gravity bar. Here you receive your complimentary pint of Guinness and you can enjoy the panoramic views across Dublin City. It was quite busy, and no available sitting area left which would have been welcoming after the long tour to the top floor. Back down to the ground floor and you have the retail store. Again these tourist shops are always quite expensive for what you get. However, you do get a little souvenier when you purchase your ticket.
This has to be one of the most interesting places I visited in Dublin. The guide was amazing, took you back in time. This was a sad place in Irish History where many of the Irish revellions were arrested and executed here. The conditions were appalling, overcrowded with men, women and children up to five in each cell, you can get an idea on the size of each cell by one of my pictues, even the corridors were used. Chidren as young as seven were imprisoned for petty theft. Some of the adult prisoners were deported to Australia.
Kilmainham Gaol, has been used for the making of many films, one of my favourites is 'The Wind That Shakes The Barley'.
Takes about two hours and the queue is usually long to get in. You tour the factory, then the tasting rooms. Then we were allowed to go to the Galaxy Bar on the seventh floor for complimentary pints of Guinness. I have never liked Guinness. I thought it tasted like cough syrup and paint thinner and don’t ask me how I know how paint thinner tastes. But to have it fresh,
and poured properly from a tap, was a wonderful experience. I am now a convert. And while you are drinking your complimentary alcohol, you can also take panoramic pictures
of downtown Dublin. Wisely the Guinness family figured that after you visit the tasting lab and the free pub, why not walk you through the gift store on your way out? Wise wise people. I honestly had to stop myself from buying the dogs little tiny foam Guinness hats that just cracked me up. A very enjoyable experience.
I say go for the Short Hop 3 or 7 day ticket. This includes Bus and the Dart which can take you to Howth, Malahide, and other points of interest.
Howth is a great place to go for lunch or dinner if you like seafood. An active fishing village, there are numerous great restaurants and seafood markets. Take some smoked salmon back to the City with, it is the best. Freshest seafood you will ever get.
There are many places just 20 to 30 minutes by Dart from Dublin
Take the Dart north to Malahide (maybe a 30 minute ride) and walk about 10 minutes through the Malahide demense(grounds) to Malahide castle. Enjoy tea in their cafeteria, tour the model railroad and the castle grounds. Then Dart back south (toward Dublin) to Howth Junction (10 minutes) and change for Howth (10 minutes). As you leave the Howth Dart station, turn left go straight ahead 5 minutes to reach the east pier. Howth is a charming, active fishing village. Enjoy lunch and a leisurely stoll on the either of the two piers, or a longer walk around the Nose of Howth (just ask at Ann's, an ice cream novelty shop near the entrance to the east pier, either Jonathan or Una will be glad to direct you.) Buy some smoked salmon at one of the shops for your picnic lunch tomorrow If the weather is fine, take the boat out to the Eye of Ireland - a small island about 20 minutes away. If you are around for dinner, you will enjoy some of the freshest seafood ever. Then Dart back to Dublin, about a 30 minute ride.
Day Trip from Dublin - take the train to Galway on the west coast in the a.m. (about 2 1/2 hr out) that should give you most of the day for shopping and walking and a hearty carvery lunch (nice place near the train station) then train back to Dublin in time for dinner.
Their are two parts to this, first part is on the south of the Liffey. It is called Duvblina. You put on thease head phones and walk through this door where it's like old Dublin with Vikings attacking people and things like that, the second part is called the Viking splash tour. You get into a boat shaped boat at St. Patricks Cathedral and have a Viking tour of the city, the bus then drives into Dublin Bay and turns into a boat, you are then given a Viking tour of the bay, you get to see things such as ,where the Vikings first landed in Dublin and where some of their boats were burnt!
St Patrick's is built on the oldest Christian site in Dublin. It embodies the history and heritage of the Irish people form the earliest times to the present day.
Living Stones, the cathedral's permanent exhibition, celebrates the cathedral's place in the life of the city, its history, and its role in a fast changing world. It emphasises that the cathedral is not a museum but a building embracing the past, to herald the future.
Almost opposite our hotel was the start of the City Tour Hop on - Hop off bus. It really is the best and easiest way to see Dubling. The tour was 14 euros each and was valid for 24 hours. We started our tour at four oclock and and decided to remain on the bus for the whole of the round trip. This allowed us to get familirised and get a feel of Dublin. The tour itself only lasts about an hour and 15 minutes (depending on the time of day and the traffic). The buses run every 10 - 15 minutes so, this isn't a problem. The last bus is at 6.30pm. The driver welcomed new visitors at every stop, introduced himself with a different name. Odd... did he not say his name was Michael? But then it was John, then Paddy. As well as providing us with a thorough guided tour, he kept us entertained with his jokes through out the trip.
The next morning we would venture out on the tour again stopping at those places of our choise, and hop back on again to go to our next stop...Great idea. With the ticket, you also get discounts on a selection of other popular attractions in Dublin.
On leaving the bus, I turned to the driver and said "Thank you George." To which he replied, "it's Greg actually."
Well, thank you Greg.
A wonderful early 18th century palladian mansion on the outskirts of Dublin built by one of the biggest property developers of his day, who parleyed his political influence as speaker of the then Irish parliament into an immense fortune. Speaker Connolly rose from humble beginnings to become the richest man in Ireland. His house is now publicly owned and undergoing restoration but is still well worth a visit.
Airfield House was the home of the Overend sisters who lived quite happilly there for many years before bequeathing it to a trust to be run for the public good. Its a pleasant spot for a strollabout and has a small farm where kids can play with the animals. In the house is an exhibition on the sisters, who were notable people in early 20th century Ireland. The house also hosts a pleasant coffee room and regular concerts and lectures.
Unfortunately the trust has fallen on hard times and has begun to sell off some of the surrounding land to developers who have put up ugly apartment buildings overlooking parts of the land (while once way out in the country Airton House now sits on a chunk of prime real-estate probably worth tens of millions of euro). They need all the support they can get so go support them before its too late!
Nope, this isn't actually a Casino for any gamblers reading this, its actually a magnificent 18th century folly built for the 1st Earl of Charlemont by Sir William Chambers (A casino is actually a small house!). While small by an Earl's standards, it actually contains 16 rooms and was extremely expensive to build, as only the finest of materials were used. It is filled with architectural tricks that play with your sense of perspective and leave you marvelling that this was only really a playhouse for the Earl, whose actual house was long ago demolished, leaving this little gem surrounded by suburbia.
The state of preservation of the house is very good and great care is taqken to ensure that it is not damaged by visitors so be prepared to wear little boot bags to ensure your shoes don't damage the floor!:-)
This lovely building stands on O'Connell Street. It becamea symbol of the Irish uprising in 1916. It was on the steps here that the proclamation of the Irish republic was read out and the rebels remaned insde for a week before the British got them out!
A fire broke out, destroying most of the interior and the Post Office was closed until it was renovated in 1929. At the front of the building visitors can still see the shell marks of 1916.
Admission is free and opening times are: 8am-8 pm Mon-Sat, 10.30am-6.30pm Sun & Bank Holidays
One of Dublins most attractive spots is the Ha'penny bridge. The pedestrian bridge links the Temple Bar area of the city to Liffey Street. (Liffey being the river it crosses.) It is one of the most photographed places in Dublin.
It is now officially called the Liffey Bridge. The bridge earned it's nickname from the ha'penny toll that was charged to cross it up until 1919. It has recently had period lanterns installed on it which makes it even more attractive.