Did you know that you can enjoy a day excursion to Dublin with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company this spring?

New for 2020, Steam Packet Holidays is offering a return day trip to the historic city on Saturday 28th March. Passengers have the option to spend the day soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of Dublin City, or to take a walk on the wild side at Dublin Zoo, one of Ireland’s most popular attractions.

Both options include return ferry travel as a foot passenger and coach transfers, plus entry tickets for those who opt for Dublin Zoo.

  • Dublin city – Adults: £42.50, Child: £29.50, Infant: Free
  • Dublin Zoo – Adults: £71.00, Child: £51.00, Infant: £12.50


This special excursion is an exciting opportunity to experience everything Dublin has to offer for one day only, with return coach transfer to and from the city centre. If you’re in need of some inspiration on what you can get up to in the city, here’s just some ideas, including the estimate time needed for each activity and some top tips to help you plan and pack more into your day.

Please note these are estimate times only and will vary from person-to-person. Queuing, comfort breaks and journey times will also need to be taken into consideration.

The Book of Kells Exhibition Estimate time: 40-60 minutes

The Long Room in The Library of Trinity College Dublin. Photo credit: Tony Pleavin/Tourism Ireland

In the heart of the city centre lies Trinity College Dublin. The university’s striking architectural design and impressive building façade is reason enough to visit, but there’s more to discover within its historic walls.

The Library of Trinity College Dublin, the oldest and largest in Ireland, is home to the Book of Kells Exhibition. The Book of Kells, a medieval religious manuscript and one of Ireland’s cultural treasures, sits proudly on public display at this must-see Exhibition. The experience also gives you access to the Long Room, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring libraries featuring hundreds of thousands of ancient books.

Top tip – save time on the day and avoid long queues by booking tickets in advance online.

Ha’penny Bridge Estimate time: 15 minutes

Ha’penny Bridge. Photo credit: Brian Morrison/Tourism Ireland

One of the most famous and romantic bridges in Dublin, Ha’penny Bridge was the first pedestrian arch to cross the River Liffey, and so-called because you once had to pay half a penny to cross it on foot!

Its super central location makes it easy to fit into any day trip itinerary. Plus, the picturesque cast iron  structure makes a great addition to any Instagram feed – bonus!

St Patricks Cathedral Estimate time: 60 minutes

St Patrick’s Cathedral. Photo credit: ©ROB 2014/Failte Ireland

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Dublin and the largest Cathedral in Ireland, St Patrick’s Cathedral offers a compelling cultural experience, magnificent architectural design and daily sung services. Founded in 1191, it is the resting place of Jonathan Swift, the Irish clergyman and writer  best known as the author of Gulliver’s Travels.

The Cathedral is central and easy to find, making it ideal to fit into your jam-packed itinerary.

Top tip – there are guided tours throughout the day or you can download a free app if you prefer to explore in your own time.

Guinness Storehouse Estimate time: 90 minutes

Guinness Storehouse. Photo credit: ©ROB 2014/Failte Ireland

Guinness is synonymous with Ireland, so when in Dublin a visit to the home of the iconic drink is a must. 

At Guinness Storehouse you can immerse yourself in history and excitement as you delve into its fascinating story. Sample a taste of the ice cold Black Stuff, learn how it’s made, discover the impact the renowned brand has had on the city and finish the experience at Gravity Bar, where you can take in 360 degree views of Dublin’s skyline from the famous rooftop bar.

Old Jameson Distillery Estimate time: 40 minutes.

Old Jameson Distillery. Photo credit: Gareth Byrne/ Failte Ireland

For those who have a taste for liquor, Old Jameson Distillery is an exciting and immersive attraction just off Smithfield Square, a modern area in the centre of Dublin. Although distilling no longer takes place on site, you can enjoy a tour of the distillery, learn the process of producing Irish whiskey and discover the story behind the famous brand.    

Of course, no distillery experience is complete without a taste, and the comparative tasting element of the tour will help you get a feel for the key differences between different types of whiskey.

Top tip – tours are every 15 minutes but can fill up early on Saturdays, so get there before 3pm to avoid disappointment. 

National Museum of Ireland Estimate time: 60-120 minutes per museum

National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. Photo credit: ©ROB 2014/Failte Ireland

For those looking to absorb some of the Emerald Isles’ history and culture, the National Museum of Ireland is a great free option. With four sites, three of which in Dublin, each museum specialises in a particular area including Archaeology, Decorative Arts & History and Natural History.

Each site is central and within walking distance of each other, or easily accessible on public transport. With lots of interesting and highly regarded exhibits. One – or all three – of the museums are well worth a visit on your Dublin day trip.


Baby Rhinocerous at Dublin Zoo.

For those who decide on Dublin Zoo, this is a full day excursion. Located in Phoenix Park, a beautiful stretch of greenery just outside of the city centre, the zoo is a great day out and an opportunity to go on a journey of learning and discovery.   

On the day you can go wild with more than 400 animals from across the globe, including elephants, hippos, lions, giraffes and zebras. In the Meerkat Restaurant, you can even watch the small mischievous mammals up close as you grab a bite to eat!

I’m in! How do I book?

To book one of these special day excursions, call 01624 661661 or visit the Ferry Travel Shop in Douglas. Spaces are limited, so we suggest booking sooner rather than later!

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