Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and Ireland’s principal port. Dublin Bay, with its great sweep of coast from the rocky brow of Howth in the north to the headland of Dalkey in the south, is a fitting introduction to one of Europe’s finest capitals.
In addition to its splendid public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in 18th-century domestic architecture. Fine Georgian mansions, many of them with historical associations, lend sober beauty to the city’s wide streets and spacious squares.
Our journey through Dublin starts...
Departing from the pier, you will pass The Customs House, located on the north bank of the River Liffey. It was designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791.
Crossing the River Liffey to Dublin’s south side, you will pass The Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland, and then enjoy a visit to Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, it is Ireland’s oldest college.
At Trinity College you'll view the Book of Kells , an important and exquisite 8th-century, hand-illuminated gospel containing the four gospels of the New Testament, which has been on display in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin since the mid-19th century. While the college was founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, most of the current structures date from the 18th century. The oldest is the red-brick Rubrics, where Oliver Goldsmith maintained his quarters.
The doorways of Dublin
Your tour of the city will continue, passing the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, where you will find the famous ‘doorways of Dublin’. Time will be given to take photographs. You’ll pass the National Gallery of Ireland, government buildings, and St. Stephen’s Green. You will also pass Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Christchurch Cathedral en route to your visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. The pulpit from which he preached is still in the cathedral.
You’ll continue the tour passing the renowned Guinness Brewery, home of the famous ‘black stuff’ for which Dublin is famous. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey you’ll pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice. The north side boasts the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street, where you’ll pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation. Then you’ll return to Dublin Port via the International Financial Services Centre.