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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:  8 hours (approx.)
When your cruise ship docks in Dublin, enjoy a full-day shore excursion to Powerscourt Gardens and back to the capital city to see the best sights. Aboard your comfortable coach with an informative guide, drive through the countryside of Wicklow and walk through the immaculate gardens of Powerscourt. On your tour of Dublin, you’ll get a taste of the city’s cultural and historical attractions, such as O’Connell Street, Phoenix Park and Dublin Castle.

Highlights

  • Full-day shore excursion of Powerscourt Gardens and Dublin
  • Drive through Wicklow Mountain National Park
  • Stroll through Powerscourt Gardens, a gorgeous country estate
  • Visit several museums and galleries in Dublin
  • See Dublin highlights such as O’Connell Street and Merrion Square
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

Dublin Shore Excursion: Powerscourt Gardens and Dublin City Tour

Powerscourt Gardens

After your cruise ship docks in Dublin, depart for County Wicklow on a shore excursion with a knowledgeable guide. Relax aboard a comfortable coach for about one hour as you take in the gorgeous scenery – including the Emerald Isle’s iconic lush green countryside. On the way, travel along the coast and through the granite uplands of Wicklow Mountain National Park, which surrounds the city of Dublin.

When you arrive at Powerscourt, a beautiful 68-room country estate completed in 1741, explore the surrounding gardens. The mansion stands on the site of a former 13th-century castle, originally owned by the Le Power family. In 1603, Queen Elizabeth granted the land to Richard Wingfield, whose descendants maintained the grounds for more than 350 years, planting Japanese gardens and a variety of trees.

As you stroll through the wooded grounds, learn more from your guide about the history and design of the Powerscourt Gardens. Stand next to the house to see vistas of the parkland and tree plantations heading north, and walk through the walled gardens to the south. Admire the tree-lined avenue as well as a fishpond, cascades, grottos and terraces.

After lunch (own expense), return to Dublin for a coach tour of the capital city and enjoy commentary from your guide about its rich cultural history. First, visit several galleries and museums to view the superb collections. Then, catch sight of all the top attractions, including Dublin Castle, Merrion Square, St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College, Phoenix Park, O’Connell Street and the Guinness brewery.

Your coach tour ends with return 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 December 2013

The Powerscourt Gardens were the highlight of our trip around the UK. Viator provided a reasonably priced means of reaching the gardens, time to fully explore the gardens and a brief overview of Dublin itself. I would strongly recommend a trip to the gardens for anyone visiting Dublin and the use of Viator for the excursion.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2013

Our tour was perhaps a little out of the ordinary. When we disembarked from our cruise ship (Celebrity Infinity) we could not locate the tour operator. We were expecting a coach or minivan and searched the dock with increasing anxiety. Finally we made contact with a smartly dressed driver holding a small sign with the expected words on it. It turned out that we were the only two ticket holders for this "group" tour so the local tour company had assigned us a tour driver/guide and a Mercedes car. Our driver, Shaun, could not have been nicer and simply offered to take us anywhere at all, but we stuck with the advertised itinerary, driving first to the Powerscourt Gardens. To our great surprise there were no large tour groups there and we spent a couple of hours strolling the gardens in cool but pleasant weather. Spring flowers were on gorgeous display and the Japanese garden was magnificent. Once we were done, we called the driver's mobile number and he came and picked us up. We toured the Wicklow mountains, stopped at the Avoca woolen shop and had a pub lunch at an almost deserted pub in a small village. The tour of the city of Dublin was extensive and informative. Our driver offered to drop us anywhere and return later to pick us up but by this time we were feeling ready to return to the ship. The crowds and the traffic in Dublin were not as enjoyable to us as the serenity of Powerscourt and its more rural surroundings. A thoroughly enjoyable day. We were most appreciative that that the tour operator still laid on a tour for us when they could have just as easily canceled and returned our money. My only minor criticism is that the "local" contact phone numbers provided in the confirmation were not local to Ireland but were UK numbers and for some reason I could not get through to either of them on my UK mobile phone.

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