Things to do in Dublin City
Choose from Liffey River Cruises, Viking Splash Tours and High Speed Thrills on Sea Safari.
Liffey River Cruises
If the idea of seeing Docklands by water appeals to you, then you will definitely be interested in Liffey River Cruises, Dublin's tour service on the River Liffey. The bright red, glass-roofed tour boat, ‘Spirit of Docklands' operates between the city centre and the Docklands, exploring the historical sights and landmarks along the River Liffey.
A tour guide delivers entertaining snippets on Dublin life specific to the Liffey and Docklands throughout the journey, offering passengers an intriguing insight into Dublin folklore and history. The script has been developed by leading Dublin historian Pat Liddy. The tour departs from a landing station at Bachelor's Walk, passing under O'Connell Bridge downstream past the Custom House in Docklands. It reaches the East Link Toll Bridge and the Grand Canal Basin before passing the IFSC and returning to Bachelor's Walk.
‘Spirit of Docklands' arrived in Dublin in June 2005. Built in Sweden by boat builders Westers Mekaniska, it can accommodate 50 passengers, is 23 metres long and capable of travelling at 9.5 knots. It is wheelchair accessible and suitable for young and old alike.
The service is the latest of a number of initiatives under the Docklands Authority's River Regeneration Strategy to bring back life to the River Liffey to give Dubliners and visitors alike an alternative view of the city.
The Liffey River Cruises operates daily, with a journey time of approximately 45 minutes. For ticket prices and booking log onto liffeyrivercruises.com facebook.com/liffeyrivercruises
Viking Splash Tours
Viking Splash Tours is a city tour with a difference! The mode of transport is an amphibious World War II landing craft, allowing you to view the city from both land and water. Irreverent costumed Viking tour guides will lead you through the streets of Dublin, teaching you to roar like Vikings at passers by! Sights along the way include Dublin's two famous City Cathedrals, Saint Patrick's and Christchurch, Viking Dublin, Trinity College, Government Buildings (Leinster House) and Georgian Dublin. The highlight of the tour is the ‘Splashdown' into the water at the newly developed Grand Canal Dock. During the trip on the water you will see the recording studios of famous Dublin rock band U2. The Viking Splash is suitable for all, adults and children alike. It departs from St Stephens Green daily. For information on tickets log ontovikingsplash.ie
High Speed Thrills on Sea Safari
Sea Safari, the tour that is fast becoming one of Dublin's primary leisure attractions. With departures from Poolbeg Marina, Sea Safari has become a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike. Sea Safari will bring you on an exciting, fun filled sea tour of the Dublin Bay area while also showing you spectacular sights and attractions. The Sea Safari tour incorporates a unique and often stunning exploration of the rich bird and wildlife of the Dublin area, as well as an informative guide to the local history, culture and heritage of the region. Climb aboard one of our specially designed RIBs today and experience a thrill like no other. We regularly visit sights such as Lambay Island, Dalkey Island, Ireland's Eye, Howth and Killiney Bay. And with the possibility of seeing a wide variety of bird and wildlife- dolphins, puffins, kittiwakes, porpoises, seals and much more- Sea Safari truly is something not to be missed.
Sea Safari is suitable for .....
Just about everyone! Children over 8 years old are allowed partake in the fun. Sea Safari is a great day out for families and a unique tour for visitors to explore Dublin Bay, its surrounding coastline and the city itself. So whether you are organising a surprise party or a corporate event, book Sea Safari today for an unforgettable Dublin experience!
Temple Bar – 10 minute walk
The 3 Arena – 15 minute walk or 5 minute tram ride
IFSC & Connolly Station – 2 minute walk