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St Patrick's Cathedral: Self-Guided Cathedral Admission

1. St Patrick's Cathedral: Self-Guided Cathedral Admission

Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it, Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. Built in 1220, the Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland, hosting sung services twice daily Sunday through Friday, and also serves as a popular visitor attraction. On view are a selection of artifacts relating to Jonathan Swift, the dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745 and author of Gulliver’s Travels. The cathedral also features a new Discovery Space with iPads playing samples of their choir and touch screen technology illuminating the cathedral’s long history. Perhaps more than any other building in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral embodies the history and heritage of all Irish people of all backgrounds from the earliest times to the present day.  

Dublin: Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery Experience

2. Dublin: Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery Experience

Located in Dublin's historic Liberties district, Pearse Lyons Distillery is Dublin's only boutique distillery and is just a 5-minute walk from The Guinness Storehouse. Nestled in the former Church of St. James, this distillery has a colorful history which dates back to the 12th-century. Begin the experience with a tour of the distillery and surrounding graveyard. Be introduced to the compelling characters from Dublin's famous distilling and brewing district. Find out how this district, rich in culture and tradition, was once the place of a booming industry known as The Golden Triangle.  Learn about how The Pearse Lyons Distillery produces some of Ireland's finest small batch Irish whiskeys as you celebrate the Irish tradition of storytelling during the guided tour. Enjoy a sensory experience as you are brought through the distilling process, before enjoying a whiskey and gin tasting at the tasting bar. Choose from a guided tour and tasting experience. All of the booklets, interactive exhibits, and the welcome video are translated into 7 languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Portuguese.

Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

3. Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a full-day tour south to the vibrant city of Cork. Kills the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle, admire Georgian buildings in the city center, and visit Cork Harbor to see a Victorian era train station and transatlantic terminal.   Depart by train from Heuston Station in the early morning for the InterCity service to Cork City. Upon arrival, head to Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone and acquire the gift of eternal eloquence. Relax with some free time to shop and enjoy lunch in Blarney village. Head to Cork for a short city tour of Ireland’s southern capital, famous for its arts, music and literature scenes.  Built on the site of a 6th-century monastic settlement, the city center is full of Georgian buildings, 17th-century alleys, and dynamic new architecture. Continue your journey along Cork Harbour to Cobh, location of the Queenstown Story Heritage Center.  Set in a beautifully-restored railway station of the Victorian age, it was also the transatlantic terminal that served as the point of departure to the New World for generations of Irish emigrants, from the time of famine up to recent years. Transfer back to Cork City center to catch your return InterCity train back to Dublin, with a scheduled arrival at Heuston Station at in the evening. 

Dublin: 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

4. Dublin: 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

Grab a set of wheels for an active bicycle 2.5-hour tour around Dublin city and discover the city’s most famous sites alongside a fully qualified ‘Failte Ireland’ national tour guide. Begin our tour at in Whitefriar Place near St. Stephen’s Green and set off to explore Dublin’s canals and the River Liffey, Georgian Dublin with its grand 18th-century houses, beautiful parks, and Norman Dublin’s castles and cathedrals. Get an insight into the culture of Dublin’s writers, painters, poets, and special characters and visit places of revolution and war from Dublin’s turbulent history.  As you cycle around in the streets of Dublin, your guide will point out all the good pubs and traditional music venues along the route- If there is enough time you might even be able to stop at one.

Dublin: Panoramic Open-Top Night Bus Tour & Live Guide

5. Dublin: Panoramic Open-Top Night Bus Tour & Live Guide

See the lights of Dublin sparkle at night on-board an open-top double-decker bus tour. The panoramic tour which lasts one hour will take you past some of the city's most famous sights and attractions including Dublin Castle, the Christ Church Cathedral and St. Stephen's Green. While travelling along the Night Tour's unique route, hear historical tales of city's top sights and prominent figures including Temple Bar, the Docklands and the oldest pub in Dublin, The Brazen Head with the stories following James Joyce, Oscar Wild or Bono. It’s the perfect way to spend the evening in Dublin whether you're travelling alone, with family or with someone special.

Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

6. Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

Journey back in time by almost 1,000 years as you enter Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Built circa 1028, the sacred monument is perfectly located in the heart of the city's medieval center and features a beautiful interior and the largest crypt in Ireland. Constructed in the early 12th century, and the oldest structure still in use in Dublin today, the crypt is home to some fascinating memorials and curiosities. Look at the treasury, and see the mummified cat and rat. According to cathedral lore, the cat chased the rat into the pipe of an organ and both became stuck. They are mentioned by James Joyce in "Finnegans Wake" and are known locally - with typical Dublin wit - as "Tom and Jerry." Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who beat a path to the church in the Middle Ages. Learn about the important collection of relics in the church. Admire the stained glass windows and medieval floor tiles of the nave. 

5-Day Tour of West Ireland: Blarney Stone & Cliffs of Moher

7. 5-Day Tour of West Ireland: Blarney Stone & Cliffs of Moher

Spend five full days in Western Ireland, a landscape studded by breathtaking cliffs and seaside towns. Kiss the Blarney Stone and get the Gift of Gab, take the Ring of Kerry tour, stand on the majestic Cliffs of Moher, and explore the Aran Islands on this 5-day guided tour. Today, visit the famed Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck. See the Queenstown Story at Cobh, then hop on the train to a charming bed and breakfast in the town of Killarney. Day 2: Ring of Kerry, Dingle Bay (Meals: B) Embark on the breathtaking Ring of Kerry tour, where you will get to view Ireland's most spectacular scenery along the Dingle Peninsula and bay. See the Macgillicuddy Reeks, Carrantouhill (Ireland's highest mountain), Ladies' View, and the world-famous Lakes of Killarney. Day 3: Cliffs of Moher, Galway Bay (Meals: B) Head down to Limerick to see the stunning Cliffs of Moher, jutting out over the Atlantic Ocean. Pay a visit to Bunratty Castle, then stop in at O'Connors Pub in Doolin before seeing Galway Bay. Day 4: Inishmór, Fort Dun Aengus (Meals: B) Fly to Inishmor and explore the largest of the Aran Islands. After lunch in Kilronan, enjoy a tour of the ancient fort Dun Aengus, admiring its sharp cliffs and dramatic seascapes. Day 5: Kylemore Abbey (Meals: B) Visit the district of Connemara, flanked by a coastline full of peninsulas, and tour Kylemore Abbey, home to a community of nuns that has resided there since 1920. Explore this site, the oldest benedictine abbey in Ireland, before departing for Dublin.

Kilkenny: Self Guided Tour of Medieval Mile Museum

8. Kilkenny: Self Guided Tour of Medieval Mile Museum

Discover the wonders of the medieval era at Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum. At the start of your visit, pick up your audio guide, available in 6 different languages as well as a child friendly option, then set out on your journey back in time. The museum is Ireland’s finest example of a medieval church and has been lovingly restored in recent years. As you explore the museum, admire the array of ancient artifacts that have been hidden for centuries and are now on display in a world-class exhibition. From your audio guide, learn about and marvel at the treasure trove of objects on display that encompass the work and lives of Ireland and its people throughout the centuries. The museum also contains some of Ireland’s best examples of medieval sculpture and the country’s largest collection of Renaissance tombs which date back to the year 1200. Here you can see the burial site of the rich and poor, and in fact many of Kilkenny’s past generations are still at rest here in the tombs.

Dublin: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

9. Dublin: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Dublin's most vibrant Christmas spots on a 2-hour group walking tour around the charming, wintry city. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide in front of the iconic Christ Church Cathedral. Take in views of the impressive cathedral before heading on your way. Marvel at the twinkling festive lights that add a certain magic to Dublin in winter, and visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city. Along your way, learn fun anecdotes about Dublin in wintertime from your expert, local guide. Stop for a visit at a traditional Christmas Market and warm yourself up with a hot drink and snacks, and browse the sparkling stalls for seasonal goodies to bring home.

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based on 149 reviews

This is a wonderful distillery tour! The guide was both entertaining and informative. I learned a lot, enjoyed the whiskeys, and especially enjoyed the company’s origin story. Truly a great time!

Atmospheric tour, we would do it again at any time. It was just how we imagined the trip to be. Even with the guide serenading.

Amazing guided tour in a former church, very impressive! An interesting and understandable explanation and storytellig :-)

Beautiful cathedral, to visit with the audio guide that is provided free of charge at the entrance

Great fun! Even in the constant drizzle. Our guide was very knowledgeable.