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.
Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland. It is said to be one of the earliest Christian sites in Ireland where St. Patrick baptized converts.
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 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.
From 1185 until 1973, Malahide Castle was the home of the Talbot family. Today, it's one of the oldest and most historic castles in Ireland.
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 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.
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.
Learn the distiller's art of whiskey making with a visit to the Jameson Distillery, Bow Street. Renowned as the world's best-selling Irish whiskey, the tour showcases the history and crafting of the "water of life." No would be complete without a glass of John Jameson's while in the comfort of JJ's Bar.
Local Connections: Dublin City & Traditional Boxty Tasting with local Chef Padraic O'Gallagher
4 hours | Dublin | DUB-350
Celebrate the Irish traditions of architecture and cuisine on a Local Connections tour. Enjoy a highlights driving tour through Dublin. Photograph Dublin Castle. Watch a cooking demonstration of boxty, a potato pancake.
Local Connections: Epic Dublin: The Irish Emigration Story with a Genealogical Expert
4 hours | Dublin | DUB-250
Visit EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum, on a self-guided tour through 20 galleries with interactive displays to experience the culture and genealogy of the Irish community. Conclude with a panoramic driving through Dublin.
Discover Powerscourt in the Wicklow Mountains. Gaze upon a waterfall and take a nature walk through a birch grove to the Dargle River. Explore the extensive gardens of Powerscourt Estate. Includes lunch. Shop for Irish gifts.
An Evening of Irish Song and Dance at Abbey Tavern
4 hours | Dublin | DUB-870
An evening of rip-roaring revelry at Abbey Tavern, home to Ireland's longest-running and most entertaining traditional Irish show. Indulge in a four-course dinner topped off with a Powers whiskey Irish Coffee.
Delight in a panoramic tour of Dublin City with cultural and historic highlights. Visit the Guinness Storehouse and learn the history of the creamy stout. Lunch includes entertainment. Free time to explore and shop.
Discover two of County Wicklow's historical gems. First on the itinerary is a tour of the impressive 6th century monastic ruins of Glendalough. Following lunch at a stately Georgian residence, you'll visit the awe-inspiring Powerscourt Gardens, an 18th century beauty built on a medieval Norman castle.
Dublin by Private Vehicle - Car Class Half Day (With Guide)
4 hours | Dublin | DUB-915
A private vehicle (car class) is the perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Enjoy a half day with a driver and a guide.
Dublin by Private Vehicle - Van Class Half Day (With Guide)
4 hours | Dublin | DUB-910
A private vehicle (van class) is the perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Enjoy a half day with a driver and a guide.
Dublin by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Guide)
8 hours | Dublin | DUB-905
A private vehicle (car class) is the perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary. Enjoy a full day with a driver and a guide.