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Tour of Dublin, Southern Ireland


Dublin is the largest city, and capital of Ireland. It is situated on the east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey. Dublin was founded as a Viking settlement in the 800s, becomming Ireland's main settlement since that time.

The currency in Southern Ireland since 2002 is the Euro. Food and drink prices are compatible with the UK. Beer Prices . Currency Converter.

Flight times between UK Airports and Dublin are about 50 minutes.

Ryanair provide regular flights between Dublin Airport and UK Airports such as: Birmingham . Bristol . East Midlands . Edinburgh . Glasgow/International . Leeds . Liverpool . London/Gatwick . London/Luton . London/Stanstead . Manchester . Newcastle .

Most UK based Airlines and International Airlines also provide flights to Dublin Airport. For information on what airlines and from what airports, visit: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin_Airport.

Dublin Airport is situated about 7 miles north of Dublin centre. Aircoach provide a good service with luxury coaches waiting outside the main terminal. Just pay the driver then you are on your way to Dublin. The driver announces each stop in Dublin with information on what top hotels that stop is close to. Returning to the airport, just go back to the stop you got off at and wait for one of the coaches that run about every 20 minutes. Taxi prices from the Airport to Dublin centre are about 25 Euro. Aircoach pirces are about 6 Euro each way. Taxi/Coach information . Google Map.

Car Hire Companies at Dublin Airport

Dublin Hotels . Self Catering . Restaurants . Night Clubs . Hostels . B&Bs .

The Spire of Dublin is situated in the city centre on the main street named O'Connell Street.

At 396 feet high, it is now Dublin's most prominent Landmark.

The Dublin Spire was the winning entry in an architectural competition to provide a replacement for Nelson's Pillar, that was blown up in 1966.

The Spike, as it is now normally referred to, was erected between December 2002 and January 2003. This is now a favourite meeting place, as it is so easy to find, is on the main shopping street, and situated only a few hundred yards from the River Liffey and Temple Bar. Most of Dublin's busiest Bars are situated alongside the river and in the Temple Bar area.

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The tour bus booking offices are situated next to the spire.

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The college is open to visitors, details of various visits can be found under more information.

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Trinity College, or University of Dublin, is situated about 0.5 miles south of O'Connell Street. On the tour bus route.

The college was founded in 1591. Famous authors that graduated at Trinity were Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith and Oscar Wilde. Its library holds the 8th-century Book of Kells, the famous decorated gospel book made by Celtic Monks.

Dublin Castle is situated about 0.7 miles southwest of O'Connell Street. On the tour bus route.

The first fortified building on this site was a Danish Viking Fortress built around 930. The Norman invasion of 1169 led to the Normans strengthening and expanding the existing town walls. The castle was further expanded by King Jouhn of England in 1204.

A fire on the 7th April 1684, burned down a lot of the castle, including the old Parliament House. The rebuilding by King James at that time, is what can be seen today.

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The present day looks of the cathedral are from extensive restorations carried out by the architect George Edmund Street in the 1870s. The Dublin whiskey distiller Henry Roe funded the restoration.

Christ Church Cathedral is situated about 0.9 miles southwest of O'Connell Street. On the tour bus route.

The original Viking church on this site was built around 1030. In 1152, that building was incorporated into the Irish Church.

In 1562, the nave roof vaulting collapsed. Rebuilding work began at that time.

St Patrick's Cathedral is situated about 1 mile southwest of O'Connell Street, a few hundred yards south of Christ Church Cathedral. On the tour bus route.

St Patrick's Cathedral was completed in 1254. The Lady Chapel was added by Archbishop Fulk de Saundford in 1270.

The original tower and part of the west nave were destroyed by fire in 1362. These were replaced by Archbishop Minot by 1370.

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Admission fee includes a complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar (a bar situated high above the old storehouse with panoramic views of Dublin).

The Guinness Storehouse is situated about 1.6 miles southwest of O'Connell Street. On the tour bus route.

Arthur Guinness founded this business here in 1759.

Now Ireland's number 1 visitor attraction, it is open 7 days a week from 09.30 am to 17.00 pm (remains open until 20.00 during July and August).

The Old Jameson Distillery is situated about 1 mile west of O'Connell Street. On the tour bus route.

The Old Jameson Distillery is situated on the site of the original Jameson Distillery founded in 1780.

The visitor centre opened in November 1997, allowing visitors to the taste the whiskey, and learn about the history of John Jameson's Irish Whiskey. Tours are hosted by professional guides.

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The Irish Presidents residense is also situated in the park with tours available every Saturday between 09.40 and 16.20.

Phoenix Park is situated about 3 miles west of O'Connell Street. On the tour bus route.

Phoenix Park is nearly 2,000 acres (800 hectares) in size, with a Zoo and Racetrack.

This park is regarded as the second largest enclosed park in the world, only Yellowstone in the U.S.A is larger. The memorial in Phoenix park was built to commemorate the victories of the Duke of Wellington, who was born in Dublin. This is the tallest obelisk in Europe. Although originally intended to be higher than it is, a shortage of funds led to it being completed in 1861 at 205 feet.

Dublin Bus operate the Dublin Tour - North Coast & Castle that travels along the north coast of Dublin where many of the richest people in Ireland live, and stops at Malahide Castle for a tour of this stately home.

Malahide Castle sitis in 250 acres of park land by the seaside town of Malahide. The castle was the fortress and private home of the Talbot family from 1185 to 1973, until the last Lord Talbot died.

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Dublin Bus also operate the Dublin Tour - South Coast & Gardens that travels to Dublin's beautiful south coast.

The tour goes around Dublin Bay, past Dun Laoghaire's promenade and yacht-filled harbour, and to James Joyce's Tower at Sandycove.

The tour then heads inland over the Wicklow Mountains, through the old-world village of Enniskerry, then to Powerscourt House & Gardens, as seen left.

The Cork and Blarney Castle Rail Tour from Dublin is a popular tour that starts at the Dublin Heuston Train Station, where you meet the guides.

You travel by train to Cork, about 160 miles southwest, then transfer to a coach for a tour of Cork, Blarney Castle and Cobh (formerly Queenstown) where many of the Irish emigrant ships departed from.

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Cork website: www.cork-guide.ie/corkcity.

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Castle website: www.blarneycastle.ie

You have to lean out backwards to kiss the stone, held by a guide. Mind any change in your pockets, it normally ends up on the ground far below.

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Blarney Castle was built nearly six hundred years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac MacCarthy.

Millions of tourists have have visited Blarney recently, leading to it becomming one of Ireland’s greatest treasures.

The famous Blarney Stone is situated at the top of our Tower. They say once you kiss it, you will never be lost for words again.

Queenstown, as it was named for some decades, reverted to its old Irish name in 1922 - the Cobh (cove) of Cork.

From here, millions of mostly poor Irish men and women left to start a new life in America. The Famine years of 1844-48 escalated the migration.

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Many thrived and prospered in the new country, but many died on the crossing due to the traveling conditions of the time.

The Queenstown Story is housed in parts of the railway station at Cobh. The visitor attraction tells the story of emigration from Cobh in the period of the famine to the era of the Great Liners in the 1950s.

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The tour then heads north to Bunratty Castle and Folk Village. After lunch, at the Doolin Pub, the tour continues to the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast. Google Map/Reviews .

The Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Burren and Galway Bay Rail Tour from Dublin.

Explore Ireland's west coast highlights on a coach and rail day trip to the wild Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and picturesque Galway Bay.

You meet the guide at Dublin Heuston Station, then catch a train to Limerick with breakfast service available onboard. You then have a short tour of the Limerick City.

Museums in Dublin include the National Gallery of Ireland, the National History Museum , the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art and Wax Museum .

More Dublin Attractions

Tours to Northern Ireland including the Giants Causeway . Optional Tours .

More history of Dublin: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin.

Ireland's Top Golf Courses .

Dublin Area Golf Clubs .