Dublin is the largest City, and capital of
Ireland. It is on the east coast, at the mouth of the
River Liffey. Dublin was founded as a Viking
settlement in the 800s, becomming Ireland's main
settlement since that time.
The currency in Southern Ireland since 2002 is the
Euro. Food and drink prices are compatible with the
UK. Beer Prices .
Flight times between UK Airports and Dublin are
about 50 minutes.
For information on what Airlines fly tot Dublin,
Dublin Airport is 7 miles
north of Dublin centre. Taxi/Coach
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The Spire of
Dublin is in the City centre on the
main street named O'Connell Street.
At 396 feet high, it is now Dublin's most
by Zhi Yong
The Dublin Spire was the winning entry in an
Architectural Competition to provide a
replacement for Nelson's Pillar, that was blown
up in 1966.
The Spike, as it is now normally referred
to, was erected between December 2002 and
January 2003. This is now a favourite meeting
place, as it is so easy to find, is on the main
shopping street, and only a few hundred yards
from the River Liffey and Temple Bar. Most of
Dublin's busiest Bars are alongside the River
and in the Temple Bar area.
The Tour Bus booking offices are next to the
College, or University of
Dublin, is 0.5 of a mile south of
O'Connell Street. On the tour bus
Image by Sean MacEntee
The College is open to visitors, details of
various visits can be found on the Website.
The College was founded in 1591. Famous
Authors that Graduated at Trinity were Jonathan
Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, and Oscar Wilde. Its
library holds the 8th-century Book of Kells,
the famous decorated Gospel Book made by Celtic
The first fortified building on this site
was a Danish Viking Fortress built around 930.
The Norman invasion of 1169 led to the Normans
strengthening and expanding the Town Walls and
Castle. The Castle was further expanded by King
Jouhn of England in 1204.
A fire 7th April 1684, burned down much of
the Castle, including the old Parliament House.
The rebuilding by King James at that time, is
what can be seen today.
The present day looks of the Cathedral are
from extensive restorations carried out by the
architect George Edmund Street in the 1870s.
The Dublin whiskey distiller Henry Roe funded
The original Viking church on this site was
built around 1030. In 1152, that building was
incorporated into the Irish Church.
In 1562, the nave roof vaulting collapsed.
Rebuilding work began at that time.
Cathedral is 1 mile southwest of
O'Connell Street, a few hundred yards
south of Christ Church Cathedral. On
the tour bus route.
Image by Michael Coghlan
St Patrick's Cathedral was completed in
1254. The Lady Chapel was added by Archbishop
Fulk de Saundford in 1270.
The original Tower and part of the West Nave
were destroyed by fire in 1362. These were
replaced by Archbishop Minot by 1370.
Storehouse is 1.6 miles
southwest of O'Connell Street. On the
tour bus route.
Admission fee includes a complimentary pint
of Guinness in the Gravity Bar (a bar situated
high above the old storehouse with panoramic
views of Dublin).
Arthur Guinness founded this business here
Now Ireland's number 1 visitor attraction,
it is open 7 days a week from 09.30 am to 17.00
pm (remains open until 20.00 during July and
Distillery is situated about 1
mile west of O'Connell Street. On the
tour bus route.
Image by Neil Turner
The Old Jameson Distillery is situated on
the site of the original Jameson Distillery
founded in 1780.
The visitor centre opened in November 1997,
allowing visitors to the taste the whiskey, and
learn about the history of John Jameson's Irish
Whiskey. Tours are hosted by professional
is situated about 3 miles west of
O'Connell Street. On the tour bus
route. Image by F. David
The Irish Presidents
Residense is also in the park with tours
available every Saturday between 09.40 and
Phoenix Park is nearly 2,000 acres (800
hectares) in size, with a Zoo and Racetrack.
This Park is regarded as the second largest
enclosed Park in the world, only Yellowstone in
the U.S.A is larger. The Memorial in Phoenix
Park was built to commemorate the victories of
the Duke of Wellington, who was born in Dublin.
This is the tallest Obelisk in Europe, although
originally intended to be higher than it is, a
shortage of funds led to it being completed in
1861 at 205 feet.
operate the Dublin Tour - North Coast
& Castle that travels along the
north coast of Dublin where many of the
richest people in Ireland live, and
stops at Malahide Castle for a tour of
this stately home.
Malahide Castle sitis in 250 acres of park
land by the seaside Town of Malahide. The
Castle was the fortress and private home of the
Talbot family from 1185 to 1973, until the last
Lord Talbot died.
The Tour goes around Dublin Bay, past Dun
Laoghaire's promenade and yacht-filled harbour,
and to James Joyce's Tower at Sandycove.
The Tour then heads inland over the Wicklow
Mountains, through the old-world village of
Enniskerry, then to Powerscourt House &
Gardens, as seen above.
The Cork and
Blarney Castle Rail Tour from
Dublin is a popular tour that starts at
the Dublin Heuston Train Station, where
you meet the Guides.
Images by Alain Rouiller
You travel by Train to Cork, about 160 miles
southwest, then transfer to a Coach for a tour
of Cork, Blarney Castle, and Cobh (formerly
Queenstown) where many of the Irish Emigrant
Ships departed from.
Castle was built nearly six
hundred years ago by one of
Ireland’s greatest chieftains,
Image by Bill
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Millions of tourists now visit Blarney,
leading to it becomming one of Ireland’s
The famous Blarney Stone is at the top of
our Tower. They say once you kiss it, you will
never be lost for words again. You have to lean
out backwards to kiss the stone, held by a
guide. Mind any change in your pockets, it
normally ends up on the ground far below.
Queenstown, as it was named for
some decades, reverted to its old Irish
name in 1922 - the Cobh (cove) of
Images by Gary Bembridge
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From here, millions of mostly poor Irish men
and women left to start a new life in America.
The Famine years of 1844-48 escalated the
Many thrived and prospered in
the new country, but many died on the crossing
due to the traveling conditions of the
The Queenstown Story is housed
in parts of the Railway Station at Cobh. This
visitor attraction tells the story of
emigration from Cobh in the period of the
Famine to the era of the Great Liners in the
Explore Ireland's west coast highlights on a
Coach and Rail day trip to the wild Cliffs of
Moher, the Burren, and picturesque Galway
You meet the guide at Dublin Heuston
Station, then catch a Train to Limerick with
breakfast service available onboard. You then
have a short tour of the Limerick City. The
tour then heads north to Bunratty Castle and
Folk Village. After lunch, at the Doolin Pub,
the tour continues to the Cliffs of Moher on
the Atlantic coast.