Dublin, 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.

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Points of Interest

  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Trinity College
  • Guinness Storehouse and/or Visiting a Pub
  • Dublin Castle
  • Malahide Castle
  • Glendalough
  • Powerscourt
  • Causey Farm
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  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

    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

    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.

  • Malahide Castle

    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.

  • 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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Easy Dublin

3 hours | Dublin | DUB-205
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Dublin Castle

The perfect choice for those who prefer to see the sights from the comfort of their motorcoach, this panoramic three-hour highlight tour unveils the charms of Dublin. Your knowledgeable guide will impart the city's historic and cultural significance as you drive through vivacious streets and pause for several photo stops.

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Glendalough and the Monastic Ruins

5 hours | Dublin | DUB-225
  • 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 Highlights

4 hours | Dublin | DUB-200
  • Trinity College
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

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

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Bon Appetit Exclusive: Baking at Ballyknocken

4 hours | Dublin | DUB-230

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 Castle & The Book of Kells

4 hours | Dublin | DUB-210
  • 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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Powerscourt Estate & Dublin On Your Own

8 hours | Dublin | DUB-180
  • Trinity College
  • Powerscourt

It's Dublin on your own for nearly a whole day. You will tour 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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Guinness Storehouse & City Drive

4 hours | Dublin | DUB-305
  • 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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Walking Tour of Dublin & Pub Visit

3.5 hours | Dublin | DUB-385
  • 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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Dublin Highlights & Airport Transfer

4 hours | Dublin | DUB-960
  • Trinity College
  • Dublin Castle
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral

Make the most of debarkation day when you explore Dublin on a narrated highlights drive. This half-day tour includes a stop at St. Patrick's Cathedral. Conclude at the Dublin Airport with wonderful memories of the city.

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Malahide Castle & Irish Pub

4 hours | Dublin | DUB-220
  • Guinness Storehouse and/or Visiting a Pub
  • Malahide Castle

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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Local Connections: Dublin City & Traditional Boxty Tasting with local Chef Padraic O'Gallagher

4 hours | Dublin | DUB-350
  • Dublin Castle

Immerse yourself in the sights and tastes of Dublin when you celebrate Irish traditions of architecture and cuisine. Delight in a highlights driving tour through Dublin, pause to photograph the grounds of Dublin Castle, then watch a cooking demonstration of the beloved boxty - a potato pancake snack. And taste some samples!

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Epic Dublin: The Irish Emigration Story

4 hours | Dublin | DUB-250

There's a touch of the Irish in all of us! Visit EPIC, The Irish Emigration Museum, where a souvenir passport acts as your map on a self-guided tour through 20 impressive galleries with interactive displays to experience the culture and genealogy of this lively community. Conclude with a panoramic drive.

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Best of Town and Country

8.5 hours | Dublin | DUB-150
  • 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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Powerscourt Estate & Waterfall

7.75 hours | Dublin | DUB-165
  • 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 nature walk to the Dargle River. A local pub serves up complimentary, traditional, Irish lunch before your visit to the lush Powerscourt Estate.

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An Evening of Irish Song and Dance

4 hours | Dublin | DUB-860

A rollicking evening of traditional song, dance and humor accompanied by a delicious, four-course dinner celebrates the pub culture the Irish are famous for and showcases local talent and authentic cuisine. Journey to Taylors Three Rock pub in Rathfarnham, located in a farmhouse with the largest thatched roof in Ireland.

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An Evening of Irish Song and Dance at Abbey Tavern

4 hours | Dublin | DUB-870

Join in an evening of rip-roaring revelry at Abbey Tavern, home to Ireland's longest-running and most entertaining traditional Irish show. Clap your hands, stomp your feet and laugh with your fellow travelers as you indulge in a scrumptious four-course dinner topped off with a an Powers whiskey Irish Coffee. .

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An Evening of Irish Song & Dance at Merry Ploughboy Pub

5 hours | Dublin | DUB-875

Experience the fun and lively ambiance of a traditional Irish pub on this evening of entertainment and Irish cuisine at the Merry Ploughboy Pub. Ireland's longest running show offers rousing Irish music, songs and dancing served up with a hearty Irish meal accompanied by refreshments or Irish coffee.

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A Discovery Exclusive: Ultimate Dublin

8 hours | Dublin | DUB-115
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral
  • Trinity College
  • Dublin Castle
  • Guinness Storehouse and/or Visiting a Pub

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 before stopping to visit the Guinness Storehouse. With your introduction to Dublin City complete, your guide will take you to enjoy 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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Local Connections: Irish for a Day with the Murtagh Family

8 hours | Dublin | DUB-170
  • 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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Horseback Riding in the Garden of Ireland

4.5 hours | Dublin | DUB-430

Giddyup! Take in the scenic trails of spectacular County Wicklow by horseback on an outdoor adventure through 'The Garden of Ireland.' At the Brennanstown Riding School, your surefooted steed takes you along forested trails and fields of wildflowers, through Hollybrook and Killruddery Estate nestled at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain.

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