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Things to do in Leinster, Ireland

Our most recommended things to do in Leinster, Ireland

Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

1. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip to discover the iconic Cliffs of Moher by bus. Visit Galway and its stunning surrounding landscape and see famous landmarks, including Dunguaire Castle and Kilmacduagh Monastery. Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information. Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse—unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for around 1.5 hours. Go to the visitor's centre for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen displaying a bird's-eye view from the cliffs, and a video from the underwater caves. Next, discover the lunar landscapes of The Burren with a 15–20-minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest ground temperature in Ireland. Arrive in the city of Galway, where you will have around 1 hour to explore on your own. Discover its old-world charm on cobblestone streets that evoke an authentic Ireland of times gone by. Then drive along the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way to Kinvara, passing Dunguaire Castle and the 12 Bens mountain range along the way. Return to Dublin and get dropped off at the meeting point at around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Guinness Storehouse: Entrance Ticket

2. Guinness Storehouse: Entrance Ticket

A visit to the magical home of Guinness is a must on anyone’s trip to Dublin. Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St. James’s Gate. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the 7-story visitor experience tells the history of the world-famous Guinness Stout. Your adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, the pint-shaped heart of glass. As you make your way through the Guinness Storehouse, you’ll discover what goes into making the Black Stuff – the ingredients, the process, and the passion. Learn about the different award-winning advertising campaigns and slogans used to market Guinness. Having traveled through more than 250 years of history, end your tour at the Gravity Bar where you’ll receive a pint of Guinness. Relax and enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views over Dublin.

Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

3. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a comfortable bus. Follow your guide as you visit iconic sights, including the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast. Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast, to buy lunch, and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Thrones series and the Transformers movie. Lastly, head to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner. Stop next to Belfast City Hall and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the city. Do some sightseeing, shopping, and grab some food before continuing the journey home.

Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings

4. Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings

Learn the story of John Jameson and his adventures in whiskey making on a guided tour of the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. Learn about the history or the brewery building and the development of one of the most popular whiskeys worldwide. Explore the Jameson Distillery Bow Street in Smithfield, Dublin. Enjoy 3 different experiences, one at the Bow Street location and its facilities, a second one about those who make whiskey, and a third about those who shake whiskey.  Touch, smell, and taste Jameson whiskey in the original Bow Street Distillery buildings. Visit the live maturation warehouse and learn about the various steps that go into creating the whiskey. You will also get to taste some Jameson straight from the barrel. Afterward, you can enjoy a signature Jameson cocktail at the JJ Bar. You may also choose to purchase a personalized bottle of whiskey as a memento of your experience.

Dublin: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 35+ Attractions

5. Dublin: Go City All-Inclusive Pass with 35+ Attractions

With the Dublin All-Inclusive Pass, you get to enjoy access to more than 35 sites attractions and sites including the Guinness Storehouse, Chester Beatty Library, Christchurch Cathedral, and many more. Explore all there is to do in Dublin at your own pace. Pay nothing at the gate; simply show your QR-coded digital pass on your phone (or print at home and take it with you) and you're in. Your pass includes free entry to over 35 Dublin attractions, including: Popular Attractions • Guinness Storehouse • Dublin Hop-on Hop-Off Big Bus Tour • EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum • Jameson Distillery Bow St. Tour • Saint Patrick’s Cathedral • Christ Church Cathedral • Dublinia • Dublin Castle Museums & Heritage • National Wax Museum PLUS • GPO Museum • Little Museum of Dublin • Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) • 14 Henrietta Street • Jeanie Johnston Tallship and Famine Museum • Irish Rock 'n Roll Museum Experience • Malahide Castle • Casino Model Railway Museum • Newbridge House & Farm • Skerries Mills • Airfield Estate • Castletown House and Parklands • Farmleigh House & Estate • Irish National Stud & Garden Tours & Experiences • Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour • Walking Food Tours - Food on Foot (R) • Walking Food Tours - Drinks on Foot (R) • Lazy Bike Tours - Half Day Hire (R) • Dublin Zoo • The Murder at Trinity College • Big Bus Dublin Coastal Tour • Rock Shop at the Hard Rock Hotel • Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum additionally, receive a special offer gift at Dublin attractions where public entry is free: • Chester Beatty Library • Irish Museum of Modern Art • National Gallery of Ireland • National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology • National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History • National Museum of Ireland – Natural History (closed currently) (R) Advanced reservations need. Check your included digital guide for instructions on how to access each attraction with your pass before you go. Please note attractions and tours are subject to change - check the digital Dublin Pass guide for an up-to-date attraction line-up including opening times and instructions.

From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher and Galway City Full-Day Trip

6. From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher and Galway City Full-Day Trip

Witness the dramatic features of the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren on a full-day guided tour of Ireland’s west coast from Dublin. Explore the vibrant city of Galway and enjoy a pub lunch in Doolin. Depart from Dublin and learn about the region from your guide as you go west. Arrive at the Cliffs of Moher and follow the cliff path to the edge for breathtaking views over the Atlantic. Breathe in the ocean wind and hear the waves crashing below you. Explore on your own for 1.5 hours. Get a bird's-eye view of the cliffs and see the underwater caves on a large multimedia screen at the interactive Visitor Centre. Continue to the charming village of Doolin for lunch in a local pub and spot the Aran Islands in the distance along the way. Stop at The Burren for 15 to 20 minutes and get photos of its otherworldly landscape. See rare orchids and admire views of the Baby Cliffs.  Then, explore the vibrant city of Galway, known for its strong tradition of Irish music, language, and dance. You will have around 1 hour to explore on your own. Finish your day with the scenic journey back to Dublin. Expect jolly commentary, anecdotes, and even some Irish music to keep you entertained on the road back to the capital.

From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

7. From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

Embark on a guided day trip through the lush pastures of Ireland from Dublin. Tour the vast Wicklow Mountains and see the monastery of Glendalough. Lose yourself in the medieval lanes of Kilkenny. Depart from Dublin and set off on a luxury bus to Glendalough. As you journey out of the city, your guide will fill you in on many interesting facts and fun stories about Dublin. Arrive at Glendalough, considered one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland. Enjoy an optional guided tour of the monastic settlement and some free time to explore the area or relax at a local café. The more adventurous can opt to take a hike to the Upper Lake and return via a boardwalk (approx. 2.5 km). The route takes you past the Lower Lake through a stunning nature trail that leads deep into the valley and on to the Upper Lake. Continue through the Wicklow Mountains. As you drive, your guide will tell you about its geology and history. Pass through famous movie locations featured in P.S. I Love You and Braveheart. Stop for a 10-minute photo opportunity at the Wicklow Gap before a scenic ride to Kilkenny. Once you reach Kilkenny, have free time to navigate the narrow lanes and historic buildings. Admire its extraordinary castle where you can picnic, or enjoy lunch in the local pubs. Then, join an optional guided tour of the city before making your way back to Dublin.

Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Atlantic Edge & Galway City

8. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Atlantic Edge & Galway City

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin for a scenic full-day drive through the counties of Kildare, Limerick and Clare, passing the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and world-class golf and surf resort of Lahinch. Your ultimate destination is the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where you will get 2 hours of free time to explore and premium entrance to the new Atlantic Edge, an interpretive visitor experience that gives you a virtual reality birds’ eye view of cliff edge life above and below sea level. Then, you can choose to walk along the cliff face and experience the power of nature at work. Feel the fresh air blowing off the ocean, and the sheer height of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. Visit O'Brien's Tower, standing proudly on the headland, with panoramic views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Next, drive deep into the Burren, traveling along Europe’s edge! See native flora, ancient monuments, and megalithic tombs in Burren National Park, and look out for the unique Fairy Forts and Celtic Crosses. Continue around Galway Bay to medieval Galway City, passing the Blackhead Lighthouse and fishing village of Kinvara, famed for its Galway Hookers (boats). Upon arrival in Galway, described by W.B. Yeats as “The Venice of the West”. Enjoy a 30-minute guided walk, and learn about the city’s trade connections with Spain. You will have some free time to explore the narrow streets on your own, or relax in boutique stores and quaint cafés. 2 hour stop. Then, sit back on the return drive to Dublin, enjoying the on board entertainment, including extracts from the show “Riverdance” and other examples of Irish culture.

Dublin: Private City Tour in German

9. Dublin: Private City Tour in German

Discover Dublin in a number of ways with an individual and private sightseeing tour (only available in German). Get a personalized tour tailor-made to your wishes and interests like history, Irish literature, architecture or the more macabre aspects of Dublin. Experience a relaxed walk through the city center, the Docklands, Dun Laoghaire, Howth and many more. You decide when you want to start and where you want to meet your guide. Learn interesting facts through fascinating stories with lots of humor. Pass by Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. You may visit the campus independently after the tour since, until further notice, Trinity is closed due to the COVID-19 virus.

Dublin: Afternoon Tea Vintage Bus Trip

10. Dublin: Afternoon Tea Vintage Bus Trip

Relax on board a vintage 1960s double-decker bus that has been fully restored and decorated to the highest standard. Sit back and enjoy a full afternoon tea with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. The seasonal menu includes a trio of freshly made sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam, butter, and clotted cream, and desserts including a cheesecake, lemon drizzle cake, and almond Bakewells among others. There is a wide range of teas, coffees, and hot chocolates to choose from.  Listen to 1950s jazz play while you have a jaunt around the city and hear the hosts' share their favorite stories of Dublin. Have time to enjoy a chat over a cup of tea and food, the real Irish way. This is a very personalized way to see Dublin as the hosts are always on hand to answer any questions you may have. Your tour begins in Essex Street East and travels past Trinity College, Georgian Dublin, Merrion Square, St. Stephen’s Green, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Christ Church Cathedral. It continues down the Quays past the Guinness brewery and into the Phoenix Park.

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you want to make different visits, it is the best option to save, everything went smoothly, except for the activity that required a reservation, which was sold out due to high tourism dates, but we contacted the manager via chat and that They solved the problem the same day, we were able to make all the visits we had planned for three days, we lacked time to take advantage of all the ones they offer, it will be on another trip. Thank you for the service and speed with which you assisted us and addressed the issue of adding programming to the Guinness Storehouse tour.

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and thought it was excellent value for money. It was so nice to see so many places outside of Dublin. We did worry it might feel like a long day but it goes very quickly and doesn’t feel like you’re on the coach for a long time. Our driver and your guide were both lovely. Highly recommend.

This was such a nice day! Our tour guide was fun and shared alot of interesting facts and history. We lucked out with weather as it was gorgeous out, I would think the tour would be disappointing if the weather wasn't good and caused bad visibility up on the mountain.

Lovely, wise and professional people. Everything was amazing. I enjoyed the journey and thanks for sharing your knowledge with us.

Great value for money. Easy to use and strongly recommend.