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From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

1. From Dublin: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Kilkenny Full-Day Trip

First, make your way directly to Kilkenny, a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland. Enjoy walking down the cobbled streets and visit the Black Abbey and the Cathedral of Saint Canice. After that, travel through the Wicklow Mountains to your next stop. Visit the Monastic site of Glendalough. Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ have been filmed here. Explore the area renowned for its ruins, magnificent lakes, and waterfalls. Finally, head over to a sheepdog farm and watch a sheepdog herd with his master. Look at the Border Collies using a tactic called “The Eye” on sheep. Witness a shepherd and his dog at work and watch how they herd a flock of sheep.

Discover Dublin By Boat

2. Discover Dublin By Boat

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.

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, departing by train from Heuston Station at 06:40 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! Then, relax with some free time to shop and enjoy lunch in Blarney village. Next, return 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 20:20.

Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

4. 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." Watch an audio visual presentation about the site. 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. 

Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

5. Dublin: Full-Day Howth and Malahide Castle Tour

Start your tour as you depart from Dublin and explore the nearby coast of Dublin Bay, moving through the interior and then the coast. Make a photo stop at the curious Casino Marino for the chance to learn about the use of this little architectural jewel. Take a tour inside Malahide castle and enjoy some free time to explore its gardens at your own pace. This castle was owned by the same family, the Talbot, for 800 years. Hear the ghost stories that are associated with its walls and corridors. It dates from the 11th century and was enlarged and restored at the time of Georgian splendour. En route, marvel at pretty villages like Malahide, parks like St Anne's, and beaches like Portmarnock. Take an optional walk from Howth's Summit cliff to the village to enjoy breath-taking views of Dublin bay and the Wicklow mountains. In the fishermen's harbor of Howth, have the chance to see seals swimming and begging for food from the boats. Finally, return along Bull island and the park of Santa Ana and Fairview.

Dublin: 2.5-Hour Fabulous Food Tasting Trail

6. Dublin: 2.5-Hour Fabulous Food Tasting Trail

Take a gentle 2.5-3-hour stroll through Dublin and visit 6-7 independently-owned gastronomic gems with a local guide. Savor a tasting using the best of Irish produce at each place, and meet the purveyors or makers. As you walk through the city's small, local neighborhoods, relish a range of tastings that reflect the current food scene. Sample new and contemporary tastes, as well as established traditional fare. As you enjoy the food, you’ll also learn a little about the culture and history of this lively and charming city.

Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour with Lunch

7. Dublin: Full-Day Wicklow Mountains Tour with Lunch

This tour brings you to the best places in the Wicklow mountains. Your Italian guide will brief you about the monastic site of St. Kevin in Glendalough and will walk you to the lakes in the National Park. Visit the award-winning gardens at Powerscourt with their curious pet graveyard, the Japanese garden, the winged horses, the Rapunzel tower, and much much more. After a full day of fresh outdoor exploring, take the chance to enjoy the traditional Irish Stew at the pub Johnnie Fox's, probably the most hidden gem of the Wicklow mountains. Menu: • Starter: Salad or vegetable soup with brown homemade bread • Main: Irish stew or vegetarian lasagne • Dessert: Whiskey cake • Tea or coffee • Vegetarian, vegan and kids options available on request

Dublin: Old Town's Famous Pubs Exploration Game

8. Dublin: Old Town's Famous Pubs Exploration Game

Explore Old Town Dublin with an exciting and interesting exploration game for smartphones. Discover Dublin's best pubs while reenacting the role of a young man learning his mother's mysterious family history. Begin at the Brazen Head, and take between 2 to 2.5 hours to complete the game or explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it, and finish the game at Toners. Solve challenges, and watch the story unfold as exact directions on your phone guide you to the next location. Get ready for an exciting city game and get ready to discover Dublin's best pubs.

Dublin: The 7 Wonders of the City Exploration Game and Tour

9. Dublin: The 7 Wonders of the City Exploration Game and Tour

Explore the Dublin buried beneath your feet, a Dublin of English invaders, run with an iron fist by the Catholic Church and built by the Vikings. Uncover their stories by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you book the quest, you’ll receive your access code by email to be used in the app. The tour will take you up to two hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Titanic with Ticket

10. From Dublin: Giant's Causeway & Belfast Titanic with Ticket

This full-day tour takes you from Dublin to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland.  Visit the Titanic Museum and spend 1.5 hours learning the story of the Titanic ocean liner and her ill-fated maiden voyage. The story comes alive with innovative technology, scale models and more. See the Giant's Causeway, comprising about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Spend 1.5 hours getting up close to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, often referred to as the 8th Wonder of the World. You will have the time to walk along the cliffs overlooking the Causeway taking stunning pictures, before going for a stroll on the Giant's Causeway itself. The tour will then include a photo stop at the magnificent Dunluce Castle. This 13 century castle ruin is known as the nicest photo opportunity of all castles in Ireland and will make any amateur photographer look like a professional photographer! Stop at the Dark Hedges for 15-20 minutes. This centuries-old lane of beech trees has featured in films (Transformers) and on television (Game of Thrones). Then you’ll be able to explore Belfast for around 30 minutes. See the Big Fish, Albert's Clock, St. Anne's Cathedral and much more. You will have time to do some shopping and buy some food before heading back to Dublin.

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The tour that I have dreamed happened, it was in Dublin featured by Finn McCools Tours, represented by kindness people, Barbara and Michael. Thank for this amazing team that shows magnificent places and fulfill ours souls of joy. They taught us how good is to travel and learn more about Irish culture, so, for a memorable trip, you have the right recipe, Finn McCools Tours, Barbara and Michael.

Nice tour,very witty well informed guide.really recommend the tour.only suggestion is they put a sign at the beginning &end of the stone wall so yo don't have to walk along the path to find you have to walk back or climb over the wall to access the tour.

We had such a lovely time on this tour and our guide Godfrey was so amazing (with additional humour and musical treat) to explain everything about the places we visited. The lovely sunny weather was the icing on the cake to enjoy the beautiful sites.

We had a great day exploring Glendalough and Kilkenny. I do recommend the tour if you are short on time but want to get a good overview of both. Great craic, Finn McCools Tours!

Great commentary made the tour very enjoyable and good fun.