Water activity

Discover Dublin By Boat

Discover Dublin By Boat

Activity provider: Dublin Discovered
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From US$ 17.96 per person

See Dublin from the River Liffey on a 45-minute boat cruise, and admire the city’s monuments from the water. Learn the history of Dublin, from the arrival of the Vikings to the rapid development of the city in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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Duration 45 minutes
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Get a unique perspective of Dublin from the River Liffey
  • Learn the history of Dublin and its river, from the Vikings to modern day redevelopments
  • Climb aboard an all-weather river boat and sail past monuments such as Dublin Docklands
  • See city landmarks and historic neighborhoods, such as Temple Bar, from the water
Full description
Climb aboard an all-weather 48-passenger river boat for a 45-minute cruise along the River Liffey in Dublin and see the city from the water. Get insight into the history of Dublin City and the River Liffey in particular, from the arrival of the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, through the swift development of Dublin during the 18th and 19th centuries, to the subsequent decline and more recent redevelopment of Dublin Docklands. Hear about the iconic Ha'penny Bridge and Gandon's masterpiece Custom House. Follow the story of Dublin’s Royal and Grand Canals, and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. Discover how Captain William Bligh surveyed Dublin Bay in 1800, and how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the Spire in O'Connell Street.
  • River cruise
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    Meeting point

    Situated on the North Side of the River, on the Boardwalk, between Ha'penny Bridge and O' Connell Bridge. The departure point may be amended owing to tidal conditions on the Liffey. An email will be sent to you should a change arise in advance of your arrival.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Face mask or protective covering

    Know before you go

    • Please note that all bookings are subject to availability and tidal conditions on any given day
    • If there is a problem with your selected time and date, you will be contacted to arrange an alternative sailing
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 387 reviews

    Review summary

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    We loved this tour. The first contact we had with the team was absolutely delightful. Since we were late on another tour, we had to ask for this tour to be postponed and they were totally helpful. They helped us in everything and were immediately available to find a solution. The tour was great, the guide is super friendly and knowledgeable about the history of Dublin and makes a point of showing the sights in detail. Even with rain, as we took it, it is a tour that I recommend doing. With the rise in the water level of the river, the boat left us in a different place from the place of embarkation, but they were more than quick to show us the best ways to return to the place of departure.

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    May 3, 2022

    Would highly recommend this boat trip to anyone visiting dublin or even people from dublin im from dublin myself and learned some interesting things about my hometown that i didn't know. The pricing of the tour is very reasonable and the tour guides were very helpful and added some irish humour to the tour which made it even more enjoyable.

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    September 13, 2020

    Was booked on line and informed of a change of departure location the day before. Boat arrived on time and sailing time was punctual. No issues. COVID measures were in place but made to feel very welcome and safe by guide and captain.Boat was adapted to ensure social distancing although there was only a family of 4 and myself on board..Difficult times for these attractions!!

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    August 11, 2020

    Product ID: 29053