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Dublin Port of Call

Dublin © Denis Moynihan

Dublin's fascinating history, going back to the Viking Age and the Norman invasion of the 12th century, draws millions of visitors each year. Dublin is a cosmopolitan city of nearly two million people, and the cultural heart of Ireland. It's been home to some of the United Kingdom's greatest writers, including James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, and WB Yeats.

Dublin's buzzing Temple Bar District, bustling street markets, and vibrant music and theatre scene ensure there is always something to see, including tours of the famous Jameson Distillery and Guinness Brewery.

Dublin is the most popular travel destination in Ireland. Many visitors to the famed emerald isle have discovered the delights of a cruise to the Irish capital and explored attractions like Trinity College and Dublin Castle with the port as their base.

Cruise ships in Dublin dock at Alexandra Quay, 1.2 miles (2km) from the city centre.


Dublin Port Company
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Dublin Port is served by an Express Bus Transfer 7 days a week. The journey time between the Central Bus Station and Dublin Port takes about 15 minutes. The port is also served by the Red Luas line.


Dublin is 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: An elegant and intimate Irish restaurant

Best Dish

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.

Best Buy

Hand-knitted 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.

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