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  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:  7 hours (approx.)
Spend your time in port in Dublin checking out the capital city’s top historical attractions on this full-day shore excursion. Considered the jewel in the Emerald Isle’s crown, Dublin is a city teeming with history and culture. Head to the city center for a glimpse of several historical monuments, including Dublin Castle and the Guinness brewery. Explore St Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College, and enjoy a couple of hours of free time for shopping, eating or drinking at a local pub before heading back to your cruise port.


  • Full-day shore excursion of Dublin, Ireland’s capital city
  • See monuments and historical buildings in the city center
  • Tour St Patrick’s Cathedral, the country’s largest church
  • View historical displays in the Trinity College library
  • Visit Grafton Street and see the famous Bewley’s Café
  • Enjoy free time for shopping, eating or drinking at a local pub
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Dublin Shore Excursion: City Tour including St Patrick’s Cathedral

St Patrick's Cathedral

After your cruise ship docks in Dublin, Ireland’s most populous city, get ready to see the highlights on a shore excursion with an informative local guide. Travel a short distance into the city center by comfortable coach, following the River Liffey and crossing O'Connell Bridge.

You’ll head first to O'Connell Street to see the Spire of Dublin and several famous statues as your guide offers commentary about the leaders memorialized there. Then, take a look at the General Post Office, completed in 1818 with a portico of six Greek-style columns.

Continue past the Dublin Castle, established in 1204, and catch a glimpse of the Guinness brewery – a towering brick building where the popular ale has been made since the mid-18th century. Then, head to St Patrick's Cathedral, where Gulliver’s Travels author Jonathan Swift, whose remains are buried within, served as the dean for 32 years.

Completely re-furbished by the Guinness family in the 19th century after severe damage from the Cromwellian invasion of the mid-1600s, Ireland’s national cathedral is the largest in the country. As you tour inside, learn more about its history and architecture from your guide.

Back aboard your coach, ride past the stately Christ Church Cathedral and onward toward St Stephen's Green to view the Lord Mayor's residence at Mansion House. Get out to stroll past the bustling shops of Grafton Street and see the stained glass windows of Bewley's Café, frequented by some of Ireland’s most famous writers such as Samuel Beckett and James Joyce, who mentioned the cafe in his book Dubliners.

From here, head to Trinity College, founded in 1592, to admire the amazing library, including Brian Boru's Harp – one of only three surviving medieval Gaelic harps – and other historic documents on display. If you choose, view the famous illuminated gospel, The Book of Kells (own expense).

End your day with a couple of hours of free time in Dublin to shop, eat or visit a local pub to try out the local Guinness (own expense) before being transported back to the Dublin cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Dublin port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013


4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

Our tour guide was very informative and pleasant. The only issue we had was that we paid for admission to St. Patrick's Cathedral. We realized that this was suppose to be included in the price for this tour after the tour was over.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2013

Very good guide. Will use Viator again as I have several times before.

3 star rating: Worth doing July 2013

Alot of money for 5 hrs on our own. Guide was good but only with him for a couple of hours

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