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Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

1. Dublin: Cliffs of Moher, Kilmacduagh Abbey & Galway Day Tour

Embark on a guided day trip to discover the iconic Cliffs of Moher by bus. Visit Galway and its stunning surrounding landscape and see famous landmarks, including Dunguaire Castle and Kilmacduagh Monastery. 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. Head to the ruins of Kilmacduagh Monastery and its roundhouse—unique for the way it leans over by more than 2 feet. Spend 15-20 minutes here. Then, arrive at the Cliffs of Moher for a view of the Atlantic Ocean and explore on your own for around 1.5 hours. Go to the visitor's centre for the interactive Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience with a large multimedia screen displaying 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 15–20-minute visit and hear about the many secrets of this atypical landscape, home to the warmest ground temperature in Ireland. Arrive in the city of Galway, where you will have around 1 hour to explore on your own. Discover its old-world charm on cobblestone streets that evoke an authentic Ireland of times gone by. Then drive along the coastal route of the Wild Atlantic Way to Kinvara, passing Dunguaire Castle and the 12 Bens mountain range along the way. Return to Dublin and get dropped off at the meeting point at around 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Discover Dublin By Boat

2. Discover Dublin By Boat

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: Jameson Whiskey Distillery Tour with Tastings

3. 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. Since his brave first steps into the brewery building in 1780, the Jameson brand has been focused on its founder's ambition to create unforgettable experiences. The new look Jameson Distillery Bow Street in Smithfield, Dublin features 3 fully guided experiences. One of the Bow Street location and its facilities, a second one about those who make whiskey, and a third about those who shake whiskey. All are fully immersive and fun! Get an invite to touch, smell, interact and taste Jameson whiskey in the original Bow Street Distillery buildings. Visit the live maturation warehouse and get to taste some Jameson straight from the barrel. Then, enjoy a drink or two at the JJ Bar and raise a glass to life!

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

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

Tour the coastline of Northern Ireland on a day trip from Dublin in a comfortable bus. Follow your guide as you 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, go to Belfast to see 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: Kilkenny, Wicklow, & Glendalough Guided Tour

5. Dublin: Kilkenny, Wicklow, & Glendalough Guided Tour

Admire the tower of Glendalough, the wild beauty of the Wicklow Mountains, and the medieval city of Kilkenny on a full-day guided tour from Dublin. Depart from Dublin and make your way directly to Kilkenny, a town that was once the medieval capital of Ireland. Enjoy walking down the cobbled streets and visit the Black Abbey and the Cathedral of Saint Canice. After that, travel through the Wicklow Mountains to your next stop. Visit the monastic site of Glendalough. Hollywood Blockbusters like ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ have been filmed here. Explore the area renowned for its ruins, magnificent lakes, and waterfalls. Finally, head over to a sheepdog farm and watch a sheepdog herd with his master. Look at the Border Collies using a tactic called “The Eye” on sheep. Witness a shepherd and his dog at work and watch how they herd a flock of sheep.

Dublin: Generation Pub Crawl

6. 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.  Meet your guide and fellow partygoers at the Norseman pub in Temple Bar 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 where you 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.

Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

7. Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Discover the “most precious object in the western world,” according to the 1007 Chronicles of Ulster, on a cultural fast-track easy access tour of the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. Meet your local Dublin guide at the main entrance to Trinity College and marvel at the rich ornamentation and dense symbolism of the 8th century Book of Kells. This is an illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Get up close and admire one of the finest examples of medieval illumination. On the second part of this fascinating tour visit the 12th century Dublin Castle built by King John where your professional local English-speaking guide will show you all the exterior highlights including the Castle gardens, affording you one of the best tour experiences in Ireland. An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous Castle.

Dublin: Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour & Tasting

8. Dublin: Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour & Tasting

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first new distillery that opened in Dublin in over 125 years and has brought the craft of distilling back into the heart of the city. Located in the historic Liberties area of Dublin, an area long associated with brewing and distilling, the new distillery is a 3-copper pot still operation reviving the traditional style of Dublin whiskey distillation. Experience the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of a fully operational distillery on a fully-guided tour followed by a tasting of the award-winning Teeling range. Teeling Whiskey Distillery is open 7 days a week and also boasts the Bang Bang bar where you can enjoy rare whiskeys and handcrafted cocktails, shop for Teeling Whiskey and mementos of your trip. The Phoenix Café offers local artisan tea and coffee and a range of locally produced sweet and savory treats and snacks.

Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

9. 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

Dublin: Afternoon Tea Vintage Bus Trip

10. Dublin: Afternoon Tea Vintage Bus Trip

Relax on board a vintage 1960s double-decker bus that has been fully restored and decorated to the highest standard. Sit back and enjoy a full afternoon tea with vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available. The seasonal menu includes a trio of freshly made sandwiches, freshly baked scones with jam, butter, and clotted cream, and desserts including a cheesecake, lemon drizzle cake, and almond Bakewells among others. There is a wide range of teas, coffees, and hot chocolates to choose from.  Listen to 1950s jazz play while you have a jaunt around the city and hear the hosts' share their favorite stories of Dublin. Have time to enjoy a chat over a cup of tea and food, the real Irish way. This is a very personalized way to see Dublin as the hosts are always on hand to answer any questions you may have. Your tour begins in Essex Street East and travels past Trinity College, Georgian Dublin, Merrion Square, St. Stephen’s Green, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Christ Church Cathedral. It continues down the Quays past the Guinness brewery and into the Phoenix Park.

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based on 12,310 reviews

This tour is worth the price if you want to see a few key locations in Ireland in a day! Our guide was very knowledgeable of the locations we visited on the tour and Ireland in general and shared a lot of interesting information, so that was a positive addition to the overall tour experience. The Cliffs of Moher are breathtaking if the weather is in your favor, and luckily, we had partially sunny skies the entire time we were there with this tour! The only downside to the tour is we didn't get much time to walk the Cliffs of Moher or explore Galway. You really need at least 3 hours each to explore both places pretty thoroughly - 1.5 hours just isn't enough time.

Peter was very knowledgeable and friendly. He gave good advice about what to do at each location we visited. I feel like I learned a lot about Ireland in a short time. I'm very glad I booked the tour with Finn McCool. If I ever come back to Ireland I will book another tour.

The music and dance show were just fabulous. Errin amazed us with her talent, and Declan and Gerry with their performance, Eamon demonstrated his mastering of uilean pipes

Excellent tour! Very engaging and funny tour guide. Totally recommend to anyone!

Driver was very friendly, bus was comfortable and we got to see a lot in a day!