Dublin (Dun Laoghaire), Ireland

Dublin has experienced a renaissance. Today, this gracious and cosmopolitan city on the Liffey is one of Europe's premier destinations. The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is an intimate place that is easy to explore. Stroll past St. Stephen's Green or survey the gray, stone façades of Trinity College, Ireland's oldest university. The city is also remarkably well-preserved - every June 16, scholars retrace the paths of James Joyce's characters in the novel "Ulysses," set in Dublin on June 16, 1904.

Dublin possesses a storied history. A settlement has existed on the banks of the River Liffey for at least a millennium and a half. Succeeding waves of Gaelic, Viking, Norman and English invaders have left their mark on the city.

Dún Laoghaire gets its name from the Irish translation Fort (Dún) of Laoghaire as it was once the seat of King Laoghaire, the ancient High King of Ireland. The town is on the east coast of Ireland, about seven miles south of the capital Dublin and its focal point is the splendid harbour.

Note - Dun Laoghaire is a tender port located an approximate 30 minute drive from Dublin.

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Points of Interest

  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Trinity College
  • Guinness Storehouse and/or Visiting a Pub
  • Dublin Castle
  • Glendalough
  • Powerscourt
  • Causey Farm
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More about Dublin (Dun Laoghaire), Ireland Points of Interest

  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

    Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland. It's said to be one of the earliest Christian sites in Ireland where St. Patrick baptized converts.

  • Trinity College

    Trinity College is Ireland's oldest university and one of the great universities of the world. Trinity College Library is the home to the Book of Kells.

  • Guinness Storehouse and/or Visiting a Pub

    Dublin has over 1,000 pubs and several hundred types of beers. St. James's Gate Brewery, a brewery founded in 1759 in Dublin by Arthur Guinness, is today the largest brewer of stout. The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland's number one visitor attraction and tells the story of the "black stuff".

  • Dublin Castle

    Dublin Castle represents some of the oldest surviving architecture in the city, with its 13th-century record tower and State Apartments, once the residence of English viceroys.

  • Glendalough

    A monastery set in a spectacular natural setting, Lonely Planet Ireland calls Glendalough "truly one of the most beautiful places in Ireland and a highlight of any trip to the island."

  • Powerscourt

    Powerscourt is set in the graceful Wicklow Mountains. As one of the most beautiful country estates in Ireland, its grounds boast the highest waterfall in Ireland.

  • Causey Farm

    Located near Navan in County Meath, this family-owned farm is in the heart of Ireland's rich grasslands. Causey Farm raises sheep and cattle as well as a small herd of Connemara ponies.

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Glendalough and the Monastic Ruins

5 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 2 2 5
  • Trinity College
  • Glendalough

Travel to Glendalough, home of 6th-century monastic ruins, via the plush hills of County Wicklow. An audiovisual presentation highlights the ruins' features before your return drive through the quaint village of Vale of Clara.

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Dublin On Your Own

6.5 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 1 8 5
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

For independent travelers who enjoy sightseeing on their own, this un-guided day in Dublin affords time to explore all the sights you wish to see. A motorcoach brings you to a location and departs to return to your ship at a designated time.

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Dublin Castle & The Book of Kells

4.25 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 2 1 0
  • Trinity College
  • Dublin Castle

Step back in time on this half-day exploration of Dublin Castle and Trinity College. You will witness the elaborately decorated state apartments of the castle, and view the Book of Kells, a medieval manuscript containing the four Gospels.

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Baking at Ballyknocken

3.75 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 2 3 0

Learn the secret of baking the perfect Irish scone with a demontration at the award-winning Ballyknocken Cookery School. Tucked in the rolling hillside of County Wicklow, this charming Victorian farmhouse is the perfect setting for a relaxing demonstration followed by a tea and a stroll through the fragrant herb garden.

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Dublin Highlights

4.25 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 2 0 0
  • Dublin Castle
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

See the city's scenic highlights on a narrated drive through Dublin. This half-day tour gives you free time in the city, to a visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral, with historic sites along the way.

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Dublin Highlights (Wheelchair Accessible)

4.25 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 2 0 1
  • Dublin Castle
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

See the city's scenic highlights on a narrated drive through Dublin. This half-day tour takes you from Trinity College, Ireland's oldest university, to St. Patrick's Cathedral, with historic sites along the way.

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Powerscourt Estate & Dublin On Your Own

8 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 1 8 0
  • Trinity College
  • Powerscourt

It's Dublin on your own for nearly a whole day. You will visit the stunning formal gardens at Powerscourt Estate and shop for Irish linens and crafts. Then you will spend your afternoon in Dublin, shopping along Grafton Street and in trendy Temple Bar, and perhaps sampling Irish fare in a local pub.

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Walking Tour of Dublin & Pub Visit

4 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 3 8 5
  • Trinity College
  • Guinness Storehouse and/or Visiting a Pub

Public houses have been at the center of Dublin's social life for generations. Explore a special area of pub culture on a guided walking tour of the city and some of its pubs which were favored by the likes of James Joyce, Brendan Behan and Patrick Kavanagh.

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Guinness Storehouse & City Drive

4.25 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 3 0 5
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Trinity College
  • Dublin Castle
  • Guinness Storehouse and/or Visiting a Pub

This half-day tour of The Guinness Storehouse unveils the secret to brewing Guinness stout. You will enjoy a complimentary taste and explore the gift shop, home to all things Guinness.

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Malahide Castle & Irish Pub

5.25 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 2 2 0
  • Guinness Storehouse and/or Visiting a Pub

Set off on a half-day tour of Malahide, home to the oldest castle in Ireland. You will visit Malahide Castle and the town of Howth before visiting a local pub to sample a complimentary Irish coffee before capping off your day with panoramic views of and Dublin Bay.

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Powerscourt Estate & Waterfall

7.75 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 1 6 5
  • Powerscourt

A full day of breathtaking beauty is yours to enjoy as you explore Powerscourt in the Wicklow Mountains. You will witness the Powerscourt Waterfall and take a guided nature walk to the Dargle River. A local pub/hotel serves up complimentary traditional Irish lunch before your visit to the lush Powerscourt Estate.

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Best of Town & Country

8.5 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 1 5 0
  • Trinity College
  • Glendalough

Spend a day exploring the Irish countryside and monastic ruins dating back to the 6th century. Your tour includes a lunch overlooking the Aughrim River, and shopping at the Avoca Hand Weavers.

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Local Connections: Irish for a Day with the Murtagh Family

8.5 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 1 7 0
  • Causey Farm

Visit Causey Farm in County Meath for a day in the countryside where you will meet the Murtagh Family. Learn how to cut turf, milk a cow and play the game of hurling. Observe the tradition of sheep herding and meet farmyard animals. Enjoy Irish dancing and music and tuck into a hearty lunch of Irish fare.

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A Discovery Exclusive: Ultimate Dublin

7 hours | Dublin (Dun Laoghaire) | D L 1 - 1 1 5
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Trinity College
  • Dublin Castle

Acquaint yourself with Dublin's historical and cultural attractions on this guided sightseeing tour that takes you past Trinity College, Dublin Castle, and other local sights to an entertaining lunch in the famed Temple Bar area. Along the way, you'll have time to shop, enjoy taking photos and explore on your own.

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