Dublin Port of Call
Minard © René van Linde
Dublin's fascinating history, going back to the Viking Age and the Norman invasion of the 12th century, draws millions of visitors each year. A cosmopolitan city of nearly two million people, Dublin is the cultural heart of Ireland and has been home to some of the United Kingdom's greatest writers, including James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, and WB Yeats.
A lively and festive city, Dublin's buzzing Temple Bar District, bustling street markets, and vibrant music and theatre scene ensure there is always something to see and do in Dublin, including tours of the famous Jameson Distillery and Guinness Brewery.
The most popular travel destination in Ireland, many visitors to the famed emerald isle have discovered the delights of a cruise to Dublin and exploring popular attractions like Trinity College and Dublin Castle with the port as their base.
Cruise ships in Dublin dock at Maritime House in North Wall Quay. The dock is in an industrial area of Dublin, with limited shopping and sightseeing opportunities within walking distance.
The easiest way to get into Dublin from the port is by taxi, which will cost less than €10. Once in town, the bus services and LUAS light rail make it easy to get around in Dublin, connecting most of the popular attractions.
Dublin is a city full of history, and many of its most popular attractions, including Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Old Parliament House, Trinity College and St Patrick's Cathedral have their own multi-century stories. Historical Walking Tours of Dublin are conducted daily, and are both interesting and informative, going back to the Viking Age. If you only have a few hours in the city, taking one of these tours is a great way to get a sense of the place.
Gallagher's Boxty House - A friendly restaurant with traditional Irish food
Honest to Goodness - Great brunches and vegetarian food in a bustling bakery
The Pig's Ear - elegant and intimate Irish restaurant
Boxty (potato pancake), or Dublin Bay Prawns
The best shopping in Dublin is concentrated in a few areas. Grafton Street has a good selection of higher-end merchandise, and you'll find more affordable souvenirs in the funky Temple Bar District. The House of Ireland shop in Nassau Street also offers traditional souvenirs like Irish linen, woollen hats, and shamrock-emblazoned everything.
Hand-knit woollen items
Take a tour of the Guinness Storehouse
Have a picnic in Phoenix Park
Visit Dublin Castle
Trace your Irish roots in the National Library of Ireland
Get wet on a Viking Splash Tour of Dublin
Become our Ireland Travel Expert
We are looking for contributors for our Ireland travel guide. If you are a local, a regular traveller to Ireland or a travel professional with time to contribute and answer occasional forum questions, please contact us.
iExplore designs made-to-order, privately-guided adventure tours to Ireland and over 200 other world wonders. Come Back Different!