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Guinness Storehouse: Entrance Ticket

1. Guinness Storehouse: Entrance Ticket

A visit to the magical home of Guinness is a must on anyone’s trip to Dublin. Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery at St. James’s Gate. Housed in an old fermentation plant, the 7-story visitor experience tells the history of the world-famous Guinness Stout. Your adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, the pint-shaped heart of glass. As you make your way through the Guinness Storehouse, you’ll discover what goes into making the Black Stuff – the ingredients, the process, and the passion. Learn about the different award-winning advertising campaigns and slogans used to market Guinness. Having traveled through more than 250 years of history, end your tour at the Gravity Bar where you’ll receive a pint of Guinness. Relax and enjoy the spectacular 360-degree views over Dublin.

From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Burren & Galway City Day Tour

2. From Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Burren & Galway City Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip to discover the iconic Cliffs of Moher by bus. Visit Galway City and its stunning surrounding landscape and see famous landmarks. Pass by quint villages like Ennistimon and Kinvara .drive by castles and visit the Burren. Besides the stops at the Cliffs of Moher and other fantastic attractions, enjoy the stunning views along the Wild Atlantic Way, including views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Depart Dublin at 6:45 AM and journey through the flat open plain of the Curragh. Pass the Irish National Stud thoroughbred horse breeding facility as your guide shares a wealth of history and information while driving to the Cliffs of Moher. To break up the drive, take a 15-minute rest stop at Barack Obama Plaza, which was built in the small village of Moneygall, where Obama's maternal ancestral origins are located. Here, stock up on food for the day. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for around 2 hours. Go to the visitor's center for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen, which displays a bird's-eye view from the cliffs and a video from the underwater caves. Next, discover the lunar landscapes of the Burren with a 15- to 20-minute visit. Hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, which is home to the warmest ground temperature in Ireland. Drive along the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way to Kinvara, passing Dunguaire Castle and the Twelve Bens mountain range along the way. Take in the awe-inspiring views of the Wild Atlantic Way, along with views of the Aran Island. See Galway across Galway Bay. Arrive in the city of Galway, and enjoy around 1.5 hours to explore on your own. Discover its old-world charm on cobblestone streets that evoke an authentic Ireland of times gone by. We offer a short walking tour to orientate yourself. Optional for those that want to partake. Return to Dublin and get dropped off at the meeting point around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

3. Dublin: Giants Causeway, Dark Hedges, Dunluce & Belfast Tour

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a comfortable bus. Visit iconic sights, including the Giant's Causeway, the Dark Hedges, Dunluce Castle, and Belfast. Depart Dublin and travel North, stopping at a service station along the way for breakfast, to buy lunch, and to stretch your legs. Your first attraction is to take a 5-minute photo stop at the famous and picturesque ruins of Dunluce Castle. Afterward, head to the Giant's Causeway, formed from about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns. Enjoy at least 2 hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site and get up close to the hexagonal columns, often referred to as the "8th Wonder of the World." Take in the fantastic views of the Irish Sea and then spend around 20 minutes traveling along the avenue of intertwined beech trees known as "Dark Hedges." Planted in the 18th-century by the Stuart family, the beautiful sight was used in the Game of Thrones series and the Transformers movie. Lastly, head to Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland and the birthplace of the Titanic ocean liner. Stop next to Belfast City Hall and spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the city. Do some sightseeing, shopping, and grab some food before continuing the journey home.

Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Atlantic Edge & Galway City

4. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Atlantic Edge & Galway City

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin for a scenic full-day drive through the counties of Kildare, Limerick and Clare, passing the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and world-class golf and surf resort of Lahinch. Your ultimate destination is the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, where you will get 2 hours of free time to explore and premium entrance to the new Atlantic Edge, an interpretive visitor experience that gives you a virtual reality birds’ eye view of cliff edge life above and below sea level. Then, you can choose to walk along the cliff face and experience the power of nature at work. Feel the fresh air blowing off the ocean, and the sheer height of the cliffs overlooking the Atlantic. Visit O'Brien's Tower, standing proudly on the headland, with panoramic views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Next, drive deep into the Burren, traveling along Europe’s edge! See native flora, ancient monuments, and megalithic tombs in Burren National Park, and look out for the unique Fairy Forts and Celtic Crosses. Continue around Galway Bay to medieval Galway City, passing the Blackhead Lighthouse and fishing village of Kinvara, famed for its Galway Hookers (boats). Upon arrival in Galway, described by W.B. Yeats as “The Venice of the West”. Enjoy a 30-minute guided walk, and learn about the city’s trade connections with Spain. You will have some free time to explore the narrow streets on your own, or relax in boutique stores and quaint cafés. 2 hour stop. Then, sit back on the return drive to Dublin, enjoying the on board entertainment, including extracts from the show “Riverdance” and other examples of Irish culture.

Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings

5. Dublin: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings

Learn the story of John Jameson and his adventures in whiskey making on a guided tour of the Jameson Whiskey Distillery. Learn about the history or the brewery building and the development of one of the most popular whiskeys worldwide. Explore the Jameson Distillery Bow Street in Smithfield, Dublin. Enjoy 3 different experiences, one at the Bow Street location and its facilities, a second one about those who make whiskey, and a third about those who shake whiskey.  Touch, smell, and taste Jameson whiskey in the original Bow Street Distillery buildings. Visit the live maturation warehouse and learn about the various steps that go into creating the whiskey. You will also get to taste some Jameson straight from the barrel. Afterward, you can enjoy a signature Jameson cocktail at the JJ Bar. You may also choose to purchase a personalized bottle of whiskey as a memento of your experience.

From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

6. From Dublin: Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough & Kilkenny Tour

Embark on a guided day trip through the lush pastures of Ireland from Dublin. Tour the vast Wicklow Mountains and see the monastery of Glendalough. Lose yourself in the medieval lanes of Kilkenny. Depart from Dublin and set off on a luxury bus to Glendalough. As you journey out of the city, your guide will fill you in on many interesting facts and fun stories about Dublin. Arrive at Glendalough, considered one of the most beautiful corners of Ireland. Enjoy an optional guided tour of the monastic settlement and some free time to explore the area or relax at a local café. The more adventurous can opt to take a hike to the Upper Lake and return via a boardwalk (approx. 2.5 km). The route takes you past the Lower Lake through a stunning nature trail that leads deep into the valley and on to the Upper Lake. Continue through the Wicklow Mountains. As you drive, your guide will tell you about its geology and history. Pass through famous movie locations featured in P.S. I Love You and Braveheart. Stop for a 10-minute photo opportunity at the Wicklow Gap before a scenic ride to Kilkenny. Once you reach Kilkenny, have free time to navigate the narrow lanes and historic buildings. Admire its extraordinary castle where you can picnic, or enjoy lunch in the local pubs. Then, join an optional guided tour of the city before making your way back to Dublin.

Dublin: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 Day GoCity All Inclusive Dublin Pass

7. Dublin: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 Day GoCity All Inclusive Dublin Pass

Enjoy access to all the top sites attractions and sites including the Guinness Storehouse, Chester Beatty Library, Christchurch Cathedral, and many more with the Dublin All-Inclusive Pass. Explore all there is to do in Dublin at your own pace. With this ticket you can save up to 50%* off top Dublin attractions and activities. Pay nothing at the gate; simply show your QR-coded digital pass on your phone (or print at home and take it with you) and you're in. Your pass includes free entry to over 40 Dublin attractions, including: Popular Attractions • Guinness Storehouse (R) • Dublin Hop-on Hop-Off Big Bus Tour • EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum • Jameson Distillery Bow St. Tour (R) • Saint Patrick’s Cathedral • Christ Church Cathedral • Dublinia • Dublin Castle Museums & Heritage • National Wax Museum PLUS • GPO Museum • Little Museum of Dublin • Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) • 14 Henrietta Street • Jeanie Johnston Tallship and Famine Museum • Irish Rock 'n Roll Museum Experience • Malahide Castle • Casino Model Railway Museum • Newbridge House & Farm • Skerries Mills • Airfield Estate • Castletown House and Parklands (R) • Farmleigh House & Estate • Irish National Stud & Garden • National Gallery of Ireland • Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) • National Botanic Gardens • National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology • National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History • Chester Beatty • Casino Model Railway Museum Tours & Experiences • Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour (R) • Walking Food Tours - Food on Foot (R) • Walking Food Tours - Drinks on Foot (R) • Lazy Bike Tours - Half Day Hire (R) • Dublin Zoo • The Murder at Trinity College • Big Bus Dublin Coastal Tour • Rock Shop at the Hard Rock Hotel • Bus Dublin Coastal Tour • Game of Thrones Studio Tour • SEA LIFE Bray Aquarium (R) Attractions marked with an (R) require advanced reservations. *Savings based on sample itineraries on the local partner's website.

From Galway: Full-Day Cliffs of Moher & Burren Guided Tour

8. From Galway: Full-Day Cliffs of Moher & Burren Guided Tour

Discover the history and landscapes of Ireland on a day trip from Galway with a local driver and guide. Marvel at centuries-old buildings and striking natural features before taking in one of the best views the country has to offer from the Cliffs of Moher. Stop for plenty of photo opportunities. Meet your trained driver and guide outside the Kinlay Hostel. Climb aboard the bus to head to your first stop, Dunguaire Castle on the outskirts of Kinvara. Looking at the 16th-century medieval tower house castle, discover why it is one of the most photographed castles in the whole of Ireland. Then, drive through the unique glaciokarst landscape of the Burren and past the 12th-century Corcomroe Abbey, a Cistercian monastery noted for its distinguished carvings and rich ornamentation. Then, follow the Wild Atlantic Way as it wends its way along the coast of County Clare. Pass Black Head and Fanore Strand, Discovery Points on the Wild Atlantic Way, from where you can marvel at views of the three Aran Islands, Inishmore (Inis Mor), Inishmann (Inis Meain), and Inisheer (Inis Oirr), locking in Galway Bay, and in the distance the Connemara mountains. Next, stop for photos at Doolin pier. Feel the Atlantic wind in your face and admire the power of the sea as it crashes onto the shore. After you've worked up an appetite on the beach, tuck into lunch at the Doolin Hotel (not included). Try any of the local seafood dishes. You won't be disappointed. Then, head to your main stop of the day, the Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy 2 hours at this signature point along the Wild Atlantic Way. Admire one of Ireland's most spectacular sights. Rising 214 meters out of the Atlantic Ocean, the Cliffs of Moher offer one of the most amazing views in Ireland. After the Cliffs of Moher, return to Galway via Lisdoonvarna, famous for its annual matchmaking festival.

Dublin: Generation Pub Crawl

9. Dublin: Generation Pub Crawl

Join this pub crawl and have a guaranteed great night out in Dublin. Enjoy a taste of creamy, malty goodness with a free welcome Guinness, bar hop with your guide and fellow crawlers, and enjoy live music in fantastic local Dublin pubs before hitting the club dancefloor.  We're the longest running Pub Crawl in Dublin, and it's still the best! We go to more pubs than anyone else, and give you way more value - free welcome Guinness and free shots with no purchase necessary, exclusive drinks discounts, and free entry to more paid venues than any other crawl, including VIP entry to Dublin nightlife institutions Whelans and the city's most-loved nightclub, Copper Face Jacks. Oh, and all our guides are actual local Irish guys and gals who know how to do a proper Dublin night out! Join us for the real deal and an unrivalled Dublin nightlife experience. Meet your guide and fellow partygoers at the 4 Dame Lane pub to begin this pub crawl. Start the night with a free welcome Guinness to down before you set off to have the best night of your life. Don't worry, what happens in Dublin stays in Dublin.  Experience a night full of the craic (an Irish word slang for fun and enjoyment), party like the locals, stagger to 5 lively venues, and get free shots and drink discounts. Enjoy skip-the-line access and free entrance to all venues with your newfound drinking buddies. Immerse yourself in the electric atmosphere of Dublin's nightlife. Drink, dance, and be merry as you hit the much-loved Whelan's. Then, finish your night on a high at the famous nightclub, Copper Face Jacks, where you will enjoy VIP entry and can party until the wee hours. Discover some of the city's best pubs and clubs with in-the-know locals, and get exclusive savings on this pub crawl. If you enjoy drinking, dancing, and meeting easy-going people then this pub crawl is right up your street.

Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

10. Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Get on and off the bus as often as you like with a ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours, and learn about the history and culture of the city with the live commentary in several languages. Hop-on Hop-off TourThe double-decker tour bus takes you around the most interesting attractions in Dublin. Stroll among the students along the cobbled paths and visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and stroll in the stunning Phoenix Park. • Tour starts: O'Connell Street/DoDublin HQ • Parnell Square North - Writers Museum • O'Connell Street/Abbey Street - GPO • Nassau Street - National Library of Ireland • Merrion Square West - National Gallery • Merrion Street - Leinster House & Natural History Museum • St. Stephen's Green - Little Museum & Grafton Street • Westland Row - Oscar Wilde's Birthplace • Pearse Street - Science Gallery  • College Green - Trinity College & Irish Whiskey Museum • Dame Street - City Hall & Temple Bar • Cork Hill - Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library • Christ Church Cathedral & Dublinia • St. Patrick's Cathedral & Marshes Library • Newmarket Square - Teeling's Whiskey Distillery • St. James Gate - Guinness Storehouse • James's Street - Roe & Co & Pearse Lyons Distillery • Royal Hospital - Museum of Modern Art & Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Rail Station • Phoenix Park - Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street - Ryan's Victorian Bar • Collins Barracks - National Museum of History • Arran Quay - Jameson Distillery Bow Street and St. Michan's Church • The Four Courts • Bachelor's Walk - Dublin Discovered Cruise

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based on 3,137 reviews

Gina and Goran are a dynamic duo! Gina provided excellent information along the way covering everything from Irish folklore to Irleand's history to landmarks to festivals in the area to places to eat! She had an amazing sense of humor and even got the bus to sing along to a song (obviously not required, but how can you say no to such an amazing tour guide?) On our trip we visited the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, and a few photo opportunities along the way. This was, by far, better than I could have expected! I highly recommend booking a tour with her specifically!! Goran was an excellent driver also! No swaying on the crazy Irish roads (I am easy to get car sick and had no issues). I highly recommend these two for your next tour of Ireland!

Such an inspirational and enriching experience! Since the moment we started the trip we were given interesting details of the history of Ireland and the most popular Irish tales. We were delighted with this perfect playlist of folkloric and recent Irish music. All the information given in each stop was super useful. And I think the timing was perfect. The collection and drop point were great and centric. Our driver JP and PJ the guide, were incredibly nice! I wish I was half as skillful driving my automatic 3 doors car as he is driving a bus.

Even in the winter, it was a wonderful trip. It's a looooong trip but worth the time. Bring some snacks and water, just in case.

Very educated guides made long trip short few stops along the way to make time go by quick

Amazing experience thanks to CJ our guide and JP our driver.