Delightful Dublin — By Day & Night

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Charming Dublin may be enjoyed on a Europe Coastal/British Isles cruise or land vacation.  When visiting the Emerald Isle and in Dublin days provide a tremendous number of things to engage in.  When the sun goes down  diverse nightlife beckons, from  traditional Irish music and a pint in a local pub to attending the theater.

Charismatic Dublin is deeply rooted in history while also a trendy city. Traditional pubs, cobblestone street and historic architecture merge with chic bars, artisan restaurants and boutiques selling all manner of designer goods. Discover the many wonders of this celebrated capital with its intimate feel. Tour centuries-old castles, each with its own story, ghost tales and more. Stroll along the crooked streets in between the neat Georgian columns of one of Europe’s most exciting destinations.

Day Highlights

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum

Acclaimed as the world’s only fully digital museum, step into history with high-tech exhibits. Discover hundreds of narratives of adversity, adventure and success as you learn about the fascinating history of over 10 million Irish people who left their homeland and eventually influenced the fabric of the world.

 Trinity College/Book of Kells

Beautifully ensconced in the heart of Dublin is Trinity College. Here you’ll find  The Book of Kells, the oldest book in the world! Completed in 800 AD, it is a magnificent copy of the first four gospels in Latin.

Dublin Zoo

Home to nearly 600 animals, Dublin Zoo is one of the world’s largest. Areas are divided into easily distinguishable habitats such as Orangutan Forest, Sea Lion Cove  and  African Plains.  You’re sure to locate and learn more about your favorites.

National Gallery of Ireland

Culture lovers will be in their glory at the National Gallery of Ireland. Here you’ll find  a vast collection of artwork and mediums representative of every major European School of art through watercolors, drawings, prints and sculpture. See works by such masters as Rembrandt, Vermeer and Goya that will leave you spellbound.

Dublin Castle

One of the most important buildings in Irish history, Dublin Castle was originally designed as a medieval fortress under the orders of King John of England. Rebuilt after a fire in the late 17th and 18th centuries, it was transformed into a stunning Georgian palace. Grand reception rooms known as the State Apartments, hosted state balls and regal ceremonies.  Tour the castle, filled with gorgeous artwork and antiques. Many also believe the ghosts of murdered invaders from centuries ago can still be seen here.

 St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Known for its incredible choir, St. Patrick’s Cathedral has been part of Ireland’s history for more than eight centuries. Built between 1220 and 1260, it’s one of the few buildings still standing from medieval Dublin, offering a glimpse into the past.

Antique Quarter

Make your way to the cultural mecca of Dublin.  Go antiquing on Francis Street where demure shops are laden with lovely antiques, crafts and artwork. Located in one of the most historic parts of the city, treasures found include chandeliers, Regency furniture and paintings among others.

Cliffs of Moher

Take a shore excursion, not far from Dublin, to one of Ireland’s most spectacular natural attractions — the Cliffs of Moher. Walk along this breathtaking area and take in the sweeping sea views. Nature lovers will be in their glory as they meander along one of the world’s most scenic and iconic landscapes. This is also home to major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds including colorful Atlantic Puffins.

Irish Whiskey Museum

Take a fun tour of the famous Irish Whiskey Museum, while also learning about its history as guides recant fascinating stories. Best of all, at the end of your tour you will be considered a master of whiskey and will get to taste the world-famous Irish drink. Did you know that Irish whiskey is distilled three times?

 Guinness Storehouse

Depending on your preference, grab a pint of Ireland’s favorite dark brew while touring the Guinness Storehouse. This historic brewery pays homage to the cold and frothy beverage. Highlighting the experience, will be learning about the craft of brewing and fun facts. There’s nothing quite as exceptional as “Downing the Black” in the home of Guinness! Did you know that the ideal pour is actually a multi-step 2 minute process?

 Dublin After Dark

Liffey-River-Dublin-IrelandTemple Bar Area

Situated between Old City and Trinity College is Dublin’s Temple Bar area. Located in the center of the city it’s widely considered a cultural and party hub. You’ll find the medieval streets are filled with live music emanating from the variety of pubs, quaint restaurants and art galleries. Quite possibly the most famous pub in Dublin, The Temple Bar dates back to 1599 when teacher and philosopher, Sir William Temple, built his house here. Ireland’s largest collection of rare whiskeys from around the world calls this home.

Dublin Pub Crawl

Join the fun on a pub crawl. Share a pint with fellow  beer-lovers and connoisseurs as you make the rounds at several popular Dublin venues. You’ll visit  a variety of modern bars, late-night clubs, traditional Irish pubs and more. Drink specials are included on many of these outings for a once-in-a-lifetime treat. Sláinte!

Literary Pub Crawl

Culture-minded cruisers may select Literary Pub Crawls. Reflecting Ireland’s love of everything literary, these tours also provide the added perk of meeting up with other book lovers for a fun evening of drinks and conversation. A highlight is your firsthand experience of the sights and sounds of Dublin which served as inspiration for such writers as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett and Irish poet W.B. Yeats, who helped found the Abbey Theatre.

Grafton Street

By day, a popular high-end shopping area, at night Grafton Street becomes a filled with revelers enjoying the many pubs, cafés and restaurants. Street performers, such as musicians, poets and mimes, add to the festive ambiance.

Dublin is an interesting and unique city in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. By day or night, enjoy the enthralling options of this vibrant city.

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