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River Liffey Tours

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River Liffey
Flowing through the center of town and dividing Dublin in two, the River Liffey is the waterway around which the city first grew and developed, and it remains at the heart of city life. Originating in the Wicklow Mountains, the river flows through Wicklow, Kildare, and Dublin, before emptying into the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay.
 
The Basics
With many of Dublin’s top attractions situated on either the north or south bank of the river, visitors to Dublin are guaranteed to see the River Liffey. Most walking tours of the city pass over the river via the pedestrianized Ha’penny Bridge, moving between Temple Bar on the south side of the city and O’Connell Street on the north side. Hop-on hop-off tour buses and sightseeing buses also pass over the Liffey via O’Connell Bridge.
 
Of course, the best way to experience the River Liffey is to get out on the water. Choose from among leisurely river cruises, trips on amphibious vehicles, and kayaking excursions.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Exploring the River Liffey and its immediate surrounds is a must for first-time visitors to Dublin.
  • If you plan on swimming, know that the waters of the Liffey are cold year-round.
  • Wheelchair-accessible boat cruises are offered, and many of the paths that run alongside the river’s edge are wheelchair and stroller accessible.
 
How to Get There
The River Liffey is accessible from many different parts of Dublin, but the most attraction-packed stretch flows through the city center. To get there, ride the Green Line Luas to the Westmoreland stop or the Red Line Luas to Abbey Street.
 
When to Get There
Kayaking excursions and cruises run on the Liffey year-round. The best time for riverside walks is early morning, before the commuting crowds arrive, or at dusk when you can watch the city light up. Open-water swimmers may want to attempt the Liffey Swim, a race that takes place annually in late August or early September.
 
Attractions Along the River Liffey
The Liffey is lined with some of Dublin’s most well-known attractions. Stroll east from O’Connell Bridge along the north side of the river and you’ll reach the Custom House, the Famine Memorial, and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Temple Bar is on the south bank, where you’ll find Smock Alley Theatre, Christ Church Cathedral, and Dublinia.

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Dublin Historical Walking Tour

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Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided historical walking tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then see famous landmark locations beginning with Trinity College and moving on to Dublin Castle, Old Irish Parliament, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about Dublin’s medieval past. Also, gain entry to some of the city’s top buildings and courtyards.
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Irish Food Trail - Taste Dublin Food Walking Tour

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Each location has been chosen to reflect the current food scene, we like to bring traditional Irish food together with modern cuisine. Taste Irish food influenced by contemporary tastes with a focus on local Irish produce.We work with the best local guides who will help you discover the city through this eyes. Discover the history, culture and flavours of our beautiful city.
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Maximize your time in Ireland’s vibrant capital with a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus ticket. Discover Dublin’s spectacular sights on two routes boasting 30 conveniently located bus stops. Listen to entertaining commentary as you cruise around the capital, enjoying excellent views from the top deck of a double-decker bus. Whenever a landmark captures your attention, simply disembark to explore further; see attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, and St. Stephen’s Green and then simply rejoin your bus tour at a time and stop that suits your schedule. Entry to the Little Museum and a Dublin walking tour are included with the bus ticket.
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Haunted Dublin City Game & Walking Tour

Embark on a quest around Dublin by solving clues that will take you to the most haunted places in the city, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own St. Ann's Church, Olympia Theatre, the River Liffey, and more.+ Discover the most haunted streets, villas, and squares in the city+ Find out the horror stories of the people who used to live there+ Solve clues on your phone while you visit the haunted DublinEach clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked.Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour?
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Dublin Freedom Pass: Unlimited Transport and Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing

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Explore the vibrant city of Dublin with ease using a Dublin Freedom Pass, a convenient and cost-effective pass that includes unlimited transport, airport transfers and a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Valid for 72 hours, the Dublin Freedom Pass allows you to discover the city at your own pace and includes a ticket for a sightseeing bus tour. Discover popular attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the famous Jameson Distillery at Bow St while listening to informative and insightful commentary. Receive discounted entry to a top Dublin attractions and enjoy the convenience of unlimited travel between the airport and Dublin city center.
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Music Under The Bridges

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Experience Dublin from a perspective rare to visitors on a kayak and live music tour along the River Liffey. After taking in views of the riverbanks from your tandem or triple kayak, your guides pause underneath two of the city’s iconic bridges as you sit back and listen to local musicians perform in an adjacent boat. A kayak tutorial and safety equipment are included for your comfort and convenience.
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*****A Top Rated Private Dublin Tour on Viator An opportunity to get a dynamic mix of what makes Dublin so unique in only a half day which means you will be fresh and ready to enjoy dinner and a night out in Dublin. (Full day 'Ultimate' option also available)We cover the heavyweight pieces of Irish history that still shape our character and even the land itself to this day, namely the Irish potato famine and the 1916 Easter Rising in DublinAlthough we will have plenty of fun along the way including some great Irish traditional music on our drive & maybe we will find a brave singer?An executive taxi means we are permitted in buslane's to maximize our time!Beautiful scenery of Dublin Bay will be there to enjoy as we journey out to a Little gem, the historical fishing village of Howth.When hungry, experience the taste of Dublin with traditional food and maybe a Guinness in a genuine Dubliners authentic pub!See you in Dublin. .Éamonn
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When your cruise ship docks, hit the streets on this sightseeing shore excursion that's perfect for everyone. Experience the beauty, history and culture of Dublin during a popular hop-on, hop-off bus sighting tour. Discover the best of the Emerald Isle, including historic buildings, iconic sites, ancient landmarks and vibrant nightlife at your own pace. With 28 stops along the way--including the Old Jameson Distillery, the National Art Gallery, St Patrick's Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse--this popular option ensures you don't miss a thing!
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Private Dublin City Tour

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