Dublin Delights

Dublin Baile Átha Cliath, meaning "town of the hurdled ford", is the capital and most populous city of Ireland.The English name for the city is derived from the Irish name Dubhlinn, meaning "black pool". Dublin is situated near the midpoint of Ireland's east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey and the centre of the Dublin Region.

Originally founded as a Viking settlement, it evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island's principal city following the Norman Invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century; it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest in Europe. Dublin entered a period of stagnation following the Act of Union of 1800, but it remained the economic centre for most of the island. Following the Partition of Ireland in 1922, the new parliament, the Oireachtas, was located in Leinster House. Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland.

Similar to the cities of Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Waterford — Dublin is administered separately from its respective County with its own City Council. The city is listed by the Globalisation and World Cities  Research Network as a global city, with a ranking of "Alpha-", placing Dublin among the top 30 cities in the world.It is a historical and contemporary cultural centre for the country, as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administration, economy, and industry.

Ireland's vibrant capital, Dublin, is a city steeped in history. Though it is probably best known for being home to the world-famous Guinness®, the city's many historical sights include two majestic cathedrals, the oldest University in Ireland, the iconic Ha'penny Bridge and the fascinating Castle. Enjoy a pint of 'the black stuff' in Temple Bar, relax on a cruise on the river Liffey, stroll around Phoenix Park or St. Stephen's Green, visit the many fine museums and art galleries or go in search of a bargain on Grafton Street.

 

Things to do and recommended excursions for coach travel and group tours & holidays

Day 1

Travel to hotel.

Arrive in Ireland's vibrant capital, Dublin, a city steeped in history. A guided tour of this historic city is a must so enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour with a local guide.

Day 2

Trinity College

Visit Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland, famed for the great treasures including the Book of Kells, the Books of Durrow and Armagh and an early Irish harp. These are displayed in the Treasury and the Long Room which houses over 200,000 of Trinity's oldest books. Afterwards, visit one of the city's many attractions - relax in Temple Bar, see Christchurch and St. Patrick's Cathedrals or the magnificent State Apartments at Dublin Castle. Visit one of Dublin's many fascinating museums (such as the Dublin Writers Museum, the James Joyce Centre, George Bernard Shaw's Birthplace, the Irish Museum of Modern Art or the National Gallery of Ireland) or take a journey through the heart of Dublin on a cruise on the river Liffey.

Day 3

Guinness Storehouse and Jameson's Distillery

A bit of a boozy day today! The first visit is the Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery, which has been home to the black stuff since 1759. The seven floors bring to life the rich heritage of Guinness, telling the story from its origins at St. James's Gate in Dublin to its growth as a global brand, known all around the world. Learn everything about this famous beer from how Guinness is made to the ancient craft of Guinness barrel making in the Cooperage. In the Gravity Bar, enjoy a complimentary pint of Guinness while you enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree views across Dublin City. Then re-live the story of John Jameson & Son at the Old Jameson's Distillery. Originally built in 1780, this Distillery was once considered one of the largest and finest Distilleries in the world. Discover the time honoured secret of how three simple ingredients - water, barley and yeast - are transformed into the smooth golden spirit that has always been and continues to be Jameson Irish Whiskey. After the tour, enjoy a Jameson signature drink - some lucky volunteers are selected to participate in a tutored whiskey comparison. In the evening, why not experience the 'craic' with a meal and show at one of the traditional Irish nights? Enjoy a traditional Irish four course dinner, followed by fast paced traditional songs, music and Irish dancing.

Day 4

Return home.

After breakfast, enjoy some time at leisure exploring the other fine museums and art galleries or go in search of a bargain on Grafton Street before heading back to the ferry port.