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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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17 Tours and Activities to Experience River Liffey

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Historical Walking Tour of DublinFull-day Tours

Historical Walking Tour of Dublin

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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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Dublin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourMulti-day Tours

Dublin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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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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Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing TourBus Tours

Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Dublin at your own pace with Big Bus tour; your 24- to 72-hour ticket allows you to hop on and hop off whenever you like at more than 30 stops. Choose from two routes offered live or digital commentary that teaches you about Dublin's history and culture, and you also get access to a walking tour (with a 48-hour ticket) and included drinks at some bars and distilleries. Hop on and off as many times as you like to explore Dublin highlights at your leisure, such as St. Stephens Green, Croke Park, EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, and others.
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Dublin Ghost Tour: Night City Exploration Game in the City CenterCity Packages

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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 Dublin Each 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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Guinness Storehouse Fast-Track Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

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Maximize a short stay in Dublin with easy and efficient hop-on hop-off bus transport and fast-track access to the Guinness Storehouse. See as much of the city as possible, and get familiar with key sights as you listen to live commentary on board the open-top bus, then avoid lines at one of the capital’s most popular, and therefore busy, attractions.
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Dublin City & Bay Private Tour Authentic Irish Experience. (5hr or 8hr)Day Trips

Dublin City & Bay Private Tour Authentic Irish Experience. (5hr or 8hr)

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*****A Top rated private tour of Dublin. 5hr option or 8hr option includes extra time to visit attractions, for example: Guinness Storehouse / Jameson whiskey / Trinity college / St. Patricks cathedral / best Dublin Guinness pubs / live Irish music & dancing etc. Enjoy the most authentic experience in Dublin including a fun mixture of history, Irish music, Dublin bay scenery and our beloved pub culture. Itinerary is a guide, all tours are customized to your own preferences on the day. We will have plenty of fun along the way too as we strike the right balance between fierce revolutionary history, relaxed sightseeing and Irish music & stories. As I snap away all day, you'll have all the memories to take home. An executive taxi means we are permitted in bus lanes, so no sitting in traffic! Experience the taste of Dublin cuisine with traditional Irish food and maybe a Guinness in a genuine Dubliner boozer! (pub) as we meet the locals for the craic! See you in Dublin. . Éamonn
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Irish Food Trail - Taste Dublin Food Walking Tour Dining Experiences

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Dublin: Irish Rock and Roll Music & Whiskey Tour City Packages

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in DublinPhotography Tours

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My Authentic Dublin: History, Music, Locals & Pubs - Private Day Tour ExperienceDay Trips

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Totally bespoke Dublin tour unique to you based on our chat and I will do the rest! My tour style is: History - Music - The Craic (fun) - Real Pubs These 4 elements will give you an understanding of Irish culture such as we discover the 1916 Revolution, the catastrophic Great Hunger of the mid 19th century, Viking Dublin, classic Dublin pubs culture, religious Ireland, Irish America, scenic Dublin bay & more. Traditional Irish music throughout. Once you book the tour, we will coordinate which of the optional stops which are important to you and I can put the bespoke tour together for you. An Authentic Dublin Experience is to learn the real Dublin, meet the locals with a local and to see the sides of Dublin that also exist outside of the well worn tourist trail. Hope to see you soon in Dublin, Éamonn
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Dublin City & Bay + Dublin pubs Bucket List & live Irish music private day tourDay Trips

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Can't decide between a Dublin city & bay private tour or Dublins world famous pubs & whiskey scene? Now you don't need to choose between the two! Enjoy an authentic Irish experience and exploration of Dublin city & bay followed by a selection of classic Dublin pubs, only the very best. Phenomenal Guinness, Irish craft beer, Irish whiskey and traditional Irish music. In addition to some of your classic Dublin sightseeing, I cover the heavyweight pieces of Irish history that still shape our character and the land itself today, namely 'an gorta mor' (the great hunger) and the 1916 Easter Rising and our Dublin pub culture that is unrivalled for its craic (fun). We will have plenty of fun along the way too! including some great Irish traditional music which tell stories of their very own. An executive taxi means we are permitted in bus lanes, so no sitting in traffic! Along the way, we'll stop for some 'soakage' aka good Irish food before you have beers ;) See you in Dublin. . Éamonn
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2-Hour Liffey River Kayaking Adventure in DublinCultural Tours

2-Hour Liffey River Kayaking Adventure in Dublin

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Paddle through the heart of Dublin on a scenic kayaking tour and take in the sights from the water. Zip up your lifejacket, hop aboard your single or tandem kayak and set out along the river. Along the way, spot Dublin landmarks like the Ha’penny Bridge, O’Connell Bridge, Custom House, and the Jeanie Johnston ship.
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

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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 and listen to entertaining commentary as you cruise around the capital. 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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Saint Patricks Day - 4 Day Tour from DublinMulti-day Tours

Saint Patricks Day - 4 Day Tour from Dublin

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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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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in DublinPhotography Tours

120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

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  • 2 hours
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in DublinPhotography Tours

60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

Get vacation photographs you’re proud to share with the help of a professional photographer during a private shoot. Choose well-known Dublin settings, such as St. Stephen’s Green, the River Liffey, the Guinness Storehouse, or Temple Bar, or pick your own locations. Receive your high-res digital images within five days of the photography session.
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