River Liffey

River Liffey: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dublin: River Liffey Sightseeing Cruise

1. Dublin: River Liffey Sightseeing Cruise

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: Jeanie Johnston Tallship Emigrant Experience

2. Dublin: Jeanie Johnston Tallship Emigrant Experience

Take a guided tour of the Jeanie Johnston tallship in Dublin’s Custom House Quay, and learn about the experiences of Irish emigrants in the 19th century. Hear about the daunting transatlantic passage they took, full of hope and desperate to escape the hardship in Ireland during the years of famine. Daily tours take place on board the ship, located downriver from the International Financial Services Centre and across the road from Jury’s Inn Hotel. Once on board, you will be transported back in time 150 years and more to join the poverty stricken Irish emigrants as they boarded the sturdy ship for the difficult voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to the New World. Descend to the dimly-lit quarters below deck to see the grim realities that faced the passengers. In extremely cramped conditions, up to 250 frightened people were abruptly thrown together, completely unfamiliar with the conditions they would face on their sea passage. Life-sized figures in the museum below deck are based on actual passengers who sailed, from the 15 year old girl (Margaret Conway) traveling with her 12 year old brother, to the father of 11 (James Stack) whose livelihood was ruined by the famine. Back on deck, marvel at the ingenuity and craftwork involved in re-creating this genuine replica of a wooden tallship, one of the last of its type to sail the Atlantic in the 19th century. After the tour, you are free to visit the Famine Memorial Statues, located close by on Custom House Quay.

Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

3. Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour that’ll show you the real Dublin by visiting well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Whether you’ve visited the city before or are a total newbie to Irish soil, this tour will give you a taste of what life is like here. Learn the history of Dublin through its unique architectural landscape as well as getting a feel of its current atmosphere as you wander through the city. From theaters, cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and pubs you’ll see it all. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll.

Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Live Guide

4. Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Live Guide

Explore Dublin at your own pace aboard a spacious open-top bus with this hop-on hop-off tour. Chose a 1, 2, or 3-day ticket and see top sights like St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and St Stephen’s Green. Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun. You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, rejoin the tour when you’re ready. Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. If you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse After seeing all the sights on the bus, join the Yellow Umbrella Walking Tour. Delve into the mysteries of Dublin, visit Trinity College, and explore the vibrant city center with charming and witty guides. Premium and Deluxe tickets include a 1-hour panoramic Dublin Night Tour. Enjoy an exciting evening tour of the city as the live guide shares fascinating facts and stories. Learn fascinating insights into Dublin's history, architecture, and memorable characters. With the Deluxe ticket, enjoy a half-day Coastal Tour to scenic Howth Summit and its fishing village. Head to Howth from Dublin, explore the cliffs of Howth on a guided walking tour, and stroll through the picturesque Howth Village in your own time. Enjoy a seafood dinner caught fresh from the shores before returning home. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour and walking tour combination. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

Dublin: 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

5. Dublin: 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

Grab a set of wheels for an active bicycle 2.5-hour tour around Dublin city and discover the city’s most famous sites alongside a fully qualified ‘Failte Ireland’ national tour guide. Begin our tour at in Whitefriar Place near St. Stephen’s Green and set off to explore Dublin’s canals and the River Liffey, Georgian Dublin with its grand 18th-century houses, beautiful parks, and Norman Dublin’s castles and cathedrals. Get an insight into the culture of Dublin’s writers, painters, poets, and special characters and visit places of revolution and war from Dublin’s turbulent history.  As you cycle around in the streets of Dublin, your guide will point out all the good pubs and traditional music venues along the route- If there is enough time you might even be able to stop at one.

Walking Tour Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners

6. Walking Tour Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners

This 2-hour Dublin highlights walking tour takes a journey through the many centuries of history and uncovers many of the city’s hidden gems that visitors often miss. Starting from O'Connell Street, your guide will show you Dublin icons, such as the General Post Office, used as the temporary headquarters of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. This tour will take you through the heart of the north and south central areas of historic Dublin and give you an experience of both well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Included will be the General Post Office; scene of a revolutionary past. Visit bustling Henry Street, the River Liffey, the cultural quarter of Temple Bar, and the former Viking and medieval area around Christ Church Cathedral. Check out Dublin Castle and the 18th-century splendor of Trinity College, among other intriguing places. You will come away enriched by a city full of far-reaching history and great stories. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll. And as an extra bonus, your ticket will entitle you to discounts in the Church Bar and Café (a wonderfully restored early 18th-Century church).

Dublin: Downtown Doughnut Guided Walking Tour With Tastings

7. Dublin: Downtown Doughnut Guided Walking Tour With Tastings

Our tour begins near St. Stephen’s Green at The Rolling Donut, one of Dublin’s original doughnut shops. The Rolling Donut has an amazing selection of doughnuts to sample and you can see many of them in the photo above. While we’re there, we’ll try some of their signature flavors and talk a bit about the history of Dublin and the surrounding neighborhood. From there, we’ll walk up Grafton street on our way to visit Molly Malone and learn a bit about how she fits into the history of Dublin. At our second stop, we’ll try some traditional Irish churros . Believe me, churros might not be traditional to Dublin, but these churros are delicious nonetheless. Walking through Temple Bar, we’ll make our way to our third stop, which is one of the best doughnut shops you’ll ever visit in Dublin or elsewhere. Make sure to pace yourself at this point, because we have one last stop to see. After crossing the River Liffey and taking in the beautiful sites along the river, we’ll make our last stop at the Hot Donut. We hope you can join us on our doughnut adventure. We look forward to hosting you soon!

Dublin: 3-Hour Irish Revolution Walking Tour 1913-1923

8. Dublin: 3-Hour Irish Revolution Walking Tour 1913-1923

Join this walking tour to chart the revolutionary period of 1913-1923, a decade of division, and war, that created the independent Irish state and partitioned the island of Ireland.  The tour begins in the heart of Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592 A.D. by Queen Elizabeth I. Discover how in 1913, Ireland was a constituent part of the UK and by 1923, an independent Irish Free State had emerged from the shadow of Civil War.  Continue to outside Liberty Hall, where the rebellion of 1916 began at 12 noon on 24th April, as the involvement of the labor movement under James Connolly is explained by your guide.  After a brief stop at the Abbey Theatre to discuss the cultural context of the Gaelic Revival and W.B. Yeats, arrive in front of the General Post Office, the headquarters of the Easter Rising, a pivotal moment for Irish independence.  Travel across the city, making stops at Ha’Penny Bridge and Eagle Tavern, before arriving at Dublin City Hall. In the grounds of Dublin Castle, learn how Michael Collins waged a campaign against the Special Branch of the Royal Irish Constabulary and British Military Intelligence.  Your last stop is the Four Courts by the River Liffey. Here your guide will tell you about the Irish Civil War of 1922-23. The republican movement that had been so successful split over the issue of the Treaty and two sides came to blows which started an 11-month civil war.

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What people are saying about River Liffey

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based on 1,573 reviews

I opened my app and found the code, but what I needed was a QR code. They said it was sent by email. Since I had made the reservation two or three weeks before, I had trouble finding any email. They very kindly took pictures of the reservation on my phone app and gave me tickets. My husband, son, and I enjoyed the whole 90-minute tour on the top of the bus on the most beautiful day with mostly blue sky. The driver was a wonderful storyteller with a calming voice. We thanked him very much on the way out, and asked him how he could talk constantly for 90 minutes and still keep his voice. He joked that when he goes home at night, he doesn't speak at all. A good laugh. Later I discovered that the email with the QR code came just the day before our tour. I've been so busy sightseeing, I haven't looked at email that much. Perhaps the driver/ticket person could know this, and tell tourists to look for an email that just came the day before.

Fantastic insight in to the city. Jerry and Tony were both very funny and factual at the same time. Really gave us a head start to our trip in Dublin!

We thought it was going to be okay but it was so interesting and you learn so much! One of my favourite activities we did in Dublin

Lively and entertaining commentary with lots of local history from a very knowledgable guide. Covered boat with comfy seats.

A very fun experience to take. The guides were great and covered the long history of Dublin in short time.