Water activity

Discover Dublin By Boat

Activity provider: Dublin Discovered

Discover Dublin By Boat

Activity provider: Dublin Discovered
Likely to sell out Booked 12 times yesterday

From US$ 17.44 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 12 times yesterday

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


  • 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 585 reviews

    Review summary

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    It was a very good introduction to the city of Dublin, with interesting historical background about the river, and the city. The tour guide gave an excellent overview of the many buildings along the banks of the river, as well as an insight into the city’s economic rise in the last few decades.

    July 11, 2022

    Pouring Rain but a great experience The Captain Excellent The Guide funny knowledgeable Great Trip Happy we chose this way to enjoy the Liffey! This was my Granddaughters first trip to Ireland and she loved it! Already recommended The Guide to my friend and her son for London and Paris.

    July 9, 2022

    I’m a Dubliner and went with my 14 year old son so we knew about a lot of what we were looking at. But there were still things to learn and seeing the city from the river was a very nice experience. The guide and boat driver were very nice and cheery.

    June 30, 2022

    Product ID: 29053