Sail with us to Dublin Port, which lies just a short distance from the city centre, and immerse yourself in the Irish capital famed for its culture, laid-back nature and friendly characters. You’ll be spoilt for choice with plenty to see, do and experience during your visit.
For history lovers, a trip to see the Book of Kells – a manuscript written in 800 AD – is a must, while art enthusiasts will enjoy the masterpieces on display in the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Of course, no trip to Dublin would be complete without sampling a Guinness, be that in Temple Bar or the iconic Guinness Storehouse. Needless to say, Dublin has more than enough to satisfy every visitor.
HISTORY & CULTURE
The National Gallery and the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) are two absolute musts for those with a passion for art. You’ll find award-winning pieces at the National Gallery from talents such as Vermeer, Picasso, Monet and Renoir. Or, if you’d like to delve into highly regarded modern art, IMMA, housed in the magnificent Royal Hospital Building, is not to be missed. You can also explore the largest public collection of 20th century contemporary Irish art, and more, at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
Dublin is known for the world-famous Guinness Storehouse in the heart of St James’ Gate Brewery. Enjoy seven floors of interactive experiences that take you on a journey through Ireland’s rich history and the story of how the dark Irish stout has changed the city. After discovering the history and brewing story, head to the Guinness Academy where you can learn how to pour the perfect pint!
If live performances are something you enjoy, The Abbey Theatre is a great venue to take in an authentic Irish stage performance. The Gate Theatre, the city’s most elegant theatre housed in a late 18th century building, continues to offer a stimulating classical program, appealing to theatregoers of all generations. For those keen to enjoy a musical, opera, ballet or drama while in the city, The Gaiety Theatre and stunning Olympia Theatre are where you’ll want to head.
To see a glimpse of history with your own eyes, it is well worth heading to College Green to see the Book of Kells. This precious ninth century document includes a mix of stunning Latin text and detailed illustrations. While visiting the world’s most famous medieval artifact, you can also check out the Long Room which is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in existence.
While touring Dublin, take a stroll across Ha’penny Bridge, the perfect spot for a scenic selfie. So familiar is the nickname of Dublin’s beloved Ha’penny Bridge that some locals don’t even know its official title – the Liffey Bridge. Built in 1816, it was the first pedestrian bridge across the River Liffey, and is so-called as you once had to pay half a penny to cross it on foot! The toll was eventually dropped in 1919.
Just a stone’s throw away from the city centre lies a magnificent coastline and beautiful mountain range which offer fantastic opportunities for outdoor experiences. You can embark on a variety of activities including sailing, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, cycling and hiking. Or, if you are looking for a more relaxing activity, take a stroll in the 19.5 acres of the National Botanic Gardens on the south bank of the Tolka River.
Throughout the year, visitors can experience the passion of a Gaelic games match in Croke Park, the thrill of a race meeting in Leopardstown, the excitement of a rugby or football match or the splendour of one of Dublin’s 80+ magnificent golf courses. Sport is huge in Dublin and a great city to visit to get that sporting fix!
The beauty of Dublin is that it is big enough to offer distinct shopping districts that are small enough to explore on foot. With no luggage fees to worry about, you have the opportunity to travel with an empty suitcase and fill it up with all you desire!
Grafton Street is the epicentre of Dublin’s shopping experience with everything from high street stores to boutique shops. The street is also known for its hustle and bustle, buskers and street performers. Henry Street, the main pedestrianised shopping thoroughfare, offers even more choice in high street fashion and is where Arnotts, one of Dublin’s oldest and best-loved department stores, can be found.
For something a little fun and quirky, the tourist hot-spot of Temple Bar is home to three different markets on the weekend. Head down to enjoy some local produce, hand-made crafts, vintage goods and a bit of local Irish banter.
It is at night time when Dublin’s streets really come alive! If you want to experience an evening with traditional Irish food, music and dancing, you will be spoilt for choice with the variety available in the city. Some pubs best known for their great craic include:
- Bar 1661, Parnell Square – which is leading a revival of poitin, Ireland’s answer to moonshine
- The Palace Bar, Temple Bar – almost 200 years old and loved by visitors and locals alike
- McDaid’s Pub, Grafton Street – a classic Irish pub in the heart of the city centre which began life at the city morgue before being converted into a chapel
- L. Mulligcan. Grocer. – known for its variety of craft beers on offer
- The Cobblestone – the perfect spot to enjoy a drink with some traditional live Irish music
Please note that some destinations may have COVID-19 measures in place.
The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company operates seasonal ferry services between the Isle of Man and Dublin. Our other ports include Belfast, Heysham and Liverpool.
Bring your vehicle on your travels and pack everything you need for an unforgettable Dublin experience with our great Car Offers. Fill the boot with your shopping bags on your return while enjoying no extra luggage fees, and the added convenience of driving off the ferry as soon as you arrive – ready to start exploring this great city at your leisure.
You could even travel further afield onto Belfast, giving you the opportunity to enjoy both of these must-visit cities, then pack up the car and return via our Belfast port.
Start planning your break to Ireland by ferry today at www.steam-packet.com
Please note that at the time of publishing (May 2021), there are travel restrictions in place.