Cruise visitors to Ireland’s capital city will find a friendly welcome. Situated off the east coast of Ireland, near the Irish Sea, Dublin is a small and compact city that offers cruise visitors a wealth of opportunities to explore. Designated as a UNESCO City of Literature, the city takes great pride in honoring its authors.
The River Liffey flows through the city. The river originates in the mountains nearby in Wicklow and flows through the city before running into the Irish Sea at the mouth of the Dublin Bay delta.
Cruise guests can use the river and the many bridges crossing the water as a landmark to help navigate the city. The streets are a maze of changing names that could prove confusing. A word to the wise is to have a map, know the names of popular historic sites, and be aware of which side of the river you are on.
The old city, located south of the river, offers the bulk of historic sites: Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College are located in the Southside. Located north of the River Liffey is the popular destination of O’Connell Street, one of the widest streets in Europe and a popular tourist destination.
Cruise visitors will encounter wonderful parks offering a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. There are many historic Georgian style buildings as well as numerous sites to learn about the heritage, culture and history of the Irish people. And no visit to Ireland would be complete without a stop into a neighborhood pub. Pub culture is famous for celebrating life through food, drink, story and music.
The port is managed by The Dublin Port Company. Cruise passengers arriving by small ship will arrive in the heart of Dublin City at the quayside of the River Liffey, close to the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Larger vessels call nearby at Dublin Port’s Alexandra Quay, only minutes from the city center, approximately 1.2 miles from downtown.
Cruise visitors wanting to start off their tour of the city should make their way to City Hall. This Georgian style building, which dates back to 1769, has a great multimedia presentation called “The Story of the Capital Exhibition.” This show chronicles the 1000-year history of the capital city and will serve as a good primer for the rest of the day.
At the heart of the city center is O’Connell Street, the city’s most famous thoroughfare . This area has restaurants, trendy bars, and great shopping. Close to O’Connell Street over the bridge is the area of Temple Bar, another popular tourist attraction.
Only five minutes’ walk form O’Connell Street is The Writers Museum, a great place to learn about the accomplishments of famed Irish authors.
Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, is home to The Book of Kells, an illustrated copy of the Gospels done by monks, and a national treasure. Be sure to visit the main library’s Long Room, which contains approximately 200,000 of the 3 million volumes in Trinity’s collection.
Besides guided tours visiting many of the sites in the Do Not Miss section, cruise guests will have additional tours to select from.
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