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Guinness Storehouse: Entrance Ticket

1. Guinness Storehouse: Entrance Ticket

A visit to the magical home of Guinness is a must on anyone’s trip to Dublin. Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St. James’s Gate. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the 7-story visitor experience tells the history of the world-famous Guinness Stout. Your adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, the pint-shaped heart of glass. As you make your way through the Guinness Storehouse, you’ll discover what goes into making the Black Stuff – the ingredients, the process, and the passion. Learn about the different award-winning advertising campaigns and slogans used to market Guinness. Having traveled through more than 250 years of history, end your tour at the Gravity Bar where you’ll receive a pint of Guinness. Relax and enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views over Dublin. Proof of Immunity for Gravity Bar required: Customers will need to provide a valid photo ID and Proof of Immunity on arrival to confirm that all are over 18 and are either fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 6 months. Under 18s who are in the care of a permitted person in an indoor setting, currently do not require Proof of Immunity. By purchasing these tickets you agree to only visit if you and your group are all in good health, symptom-free and have not had contact with anyone with a confirmed COVID-19 infection within the last two weeks. Please check here for symptoms: Symptoms of COVID-19By purchasing these tickets you're confirming that if anyone in your group has been to or come from overseas recently, you have been complying with the latest COVID-19 governmental travel advice: International Travel

Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

2. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip to discover the iconic Cliffs of Moher by bus. Visit Galway and its stunning surrounding landscape and see famous landmarks, including Dunguaire Castle and Kilmacduagh Monastery. Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information. Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse—unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for around 1.5 hours. Go to the visitor's centre for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen displaying a bird's-eye view from the cliffs, and a video from the underwater caves. Next, discover the lunar landscapes of The Burren with a 15–20-minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest ground temperature in Ireland. Arrive in the city of Galway, where you will have around 1 hour to explore on your own. Discover its old-world charm on cobblestone streets that evoke an authentic Ireland of times gone by. Then drive along the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way to Kinvara, passing Dunguaire Castle and the 12 Bens mountain range along the way. Return to Dublin and get dropped off at the meeting point at around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

3. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a comfortable bus. Follow your guide as you visit iconic sights, including the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast. Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast, to buy lunch, and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Thrones series and the Transformers movie. Lastly, go to Belfast to see the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner. Stop next to Belfast City Hall and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the city. Do some sightseeing, shopping, and grab some food before continuing the journey home.

Discover Dublin By Boat

4. Discover Dublin By Boat

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.

Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings

5. Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings

Learn the story of John Jameson and his adventures in whiskey making on a guided tour of the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. Since his brave first steps into the brewery building in 1780, the Jameson brand has been focused on its founder's ambition to create unforgettable experiences. The new look Jameson Distillery Bow Street in Smithfield, Dublin features 3 fully guided experiences. One of the Bow Street location and its facilities, a second one about those who make whiskey, and a third about those who shake whiskey. All are fully immersive and fun! Get an invite to touch, smell, interact and taste Jameson whiskey in the original Bow Street Distillery buildings. Visit the live maturation warehouse and get to taste some Jameson straight from the barrel. Then, enjoy a drink or two at the JJ Bar and raise a glass to life!

Kilkenny: Guided City Boat Tour with Kilkenny Castle Views

6. Kilkenny: Guided City Boat Tour with Kilkenny Castle Views

Boats depart from Canal Square and head upstream on the river Nore. Along the route, passengers will view the medieval architecture of Kilkenny, hear of the local history and take in sites such as the WW1 Memorial, St Canice’s Catheral and Kilkenny’s Round Tower. Turning at Greens Bridge, boats then travels back down stream, under Lady Desert bridge and St Johns Bridge, pass the boarding point, and beneath the shadow of the ever imposing, Kilkenny Castle. Continuing south, boats travels along the crest of Castle Weir through lush greenery to the ruins of Ormonde Woollen Mill. Here, boats turn once more and return passengers to the boarding pontoon at Canal Square. This Guided Boat Tours takes approximately 40 to 45 minutes.

Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

7. Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Discover the “most precious object in the western world,” according to the 1007 Chronicles of Ulster, on a cultural fast-track easy access tour of the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. Meet your local Dublin guide at the main entrance to Trinity College and marvel at the rich ornamentation and dense symbolism of the 8th century Book of Kells. This is an illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Get up close and admire one of the finest examples of medieval illumination. On the second part of this fascinating tour visit the 12th century Dublin Castle built by King John where your professional local English-speaking guide will show you all the exterior highlights including the Castle gardens, affording you one of the best tour experiences in Ireland. An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous Castle.

From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

8. From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

Visit the tower of Glendalough, admire the wild beauty of the Wicklow Mountains, and explore the medieval city of Kilkenny on a full-day guided tour from Dublin. First, make your way directly to Kilkenny, a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland. Enjoy walking down the cobbled streets and visit the Black Abbey and the Cathedral of Saint Canice. After that, travel through the Wicklow Mountains to your next stop. Visit the monastic site of Glendalough. Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ have been filmed here. Explore the area renowned for its ruins, magnificent lakes, and waterfalls. Finally, head over to a sheepdog farm and watch a sheepdog herd with his master. Look at the Border Collies using a tactic called “The Eye” on sheep. Witness a shepherd and his dog at work and watch how they herd a flock of sheep.

Dublin: Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour & Tasting

9. Dublin: Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour & Tasting

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first new distillery that opened in Dublin in over 125 years and has brought the craft of distilling back into the heart of the city. Located in the historic Liberties area of Dublin, an area long associated with brewing and distilling, the new distillery is a 3-copper pot still operation reviving the traditional style of Dublin whiskey distillation. Experience the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of a fully operational distillery on a fully-guided tour followed by a tasting of the award-winning Teeling range. Teeling Whiskey Distillery is open 7 days a week and also boasts the Bang Bang bar where you can enjoy rare whiskeys and handcrafted cocktails, shop for Teeling Whiskey and mementos of your trip. The Phoenix Café offers local artisan tea and coffee and a range of locally produced sweet and savory treats and snacks.

From Dublin: Howth Coastal Half-Day Bus Tour with Live Guide

10. From Dublin: Howth Coastal Half-Day Bus Tour with Live Guide

Discover the charming seaside village of Howth on this half-day Coastal Tour. The tour includes a return bus journey from Dublin to Howth Summit and its famous fishing village. Take in the incredible views of the cliffs of Howth during a guided walking tour and then enjoy free time to explore the picturesque Howth Village at your leisure. Get a glimpse of the 19th-century Martello Tower, and stroll past the medieval ruins of St. Mary’s Abbey. Take the opportunity while you are there to try some of the best seafood and fish and chips that Dublin has to offer. This leisurely excursion is the perfect way to enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour.

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What people are saying about Leinster

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Brought my parents to Dublin for the weekend and thought the best way to show them around the best bars and pubs was to do a bar crawl. At first we were abit worried because there was 130 on the crawl! So had no idea how they were going to manage it, but there was 4 lads running it and they split us up in to groups of 4, and we reunited at the end. It was well managed, all 4 lads were kind, helpful and a good laugh. The pubs/bars we attend were great, some with love music and all were very big. Value wise for drinks, it was a. No brainer. Having paid Dublin prices before, the discounts definately made a difference, plus the shots and half pint of Guinness. All in all, we had a great laugh, didn't quite make it to the super club at the end as needed food! But yeah, thank you for a great night. All ages, diverse range of people, great ways to meet people.

Derek is probably the funnies, kindest and the most professional guide I've ever met. He's such a credit to the company and Ireland as a whole. Incredibly charming and knowledgeable, he made a rainy day one full of sunshine. The tour is wonderful, first Cliffs of Moher, an old monastery and finally Galway. They all have different aspects that anyone can enjoy. JP the driver was excellent, bravely roaming through very narrow roads and keeping everyone safe, and he made a great team with Derek. I would recommend this tour to anyone and would love to do it again myself.

We wish we could leave a 6 star review. Marc was an awesome guide and best of all a good Irish bloke. We had an awesome afternoon sampling some beautiful seafood and importantly quite a few local craft beers….and the scenery was amazing. Seriously a great experience that everyone visiting Dublin should do. Can’t wait to come back. Michael and Lisa (convicts from down under).

Perfect, the guide was very nice and the Giant Causeway is awesome! But maybe the stop at Dark Hedges is not really necessary

Excellent Neil was fantastic recommend to everyone thanks