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The Jeanie Johnston

The Jeanie Johnston is docked at Custom House Quay in Dublinís City Centre.

The Jeanie Johnson is a replica of the famous Tall ship that sailed from Tralee in Co. Kerry to North America during the Great Famine between the years 1847 and 1855. The ship is open to the general public with guided tours running daily.

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Viking Splash Tour

The Viking Splash was established in 1999 by an Irish-American couple that saw the possibility of the Viking Splash after they saw something similar in Boston.

The fleet consists of 6 DUKWS, each one named after a Viking god/goddess.  Dukws were used during World War II to ferry troops and supplies like food, water and medical equipment to land.  

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Etihad Skyline - Croke Park Stadium Rooftop Tour

Enjoy some of the best views of Dublin from the rooftop of Croke Park Stadium.

Visitors will be led by an experienced tour guide up to a walkway which is 44 metres above ground level following the roofline of the Croke Park Stadium.  There you can take in breath taking views of Dublin City framed by the Dublin Mountains... More

 

River Liffey Cruise

Take a trip down the River Liffey on the all-weather, purpose built vessel, "The Spirit of Docklands".

The tour will take you through the heart of Dublin capturing some of City’s best views. The Vessel can accommodate up to 48 passengers, is air conditioned and offers maximum comfort and safety and is wheelchair accessible. Relax and enjoy Du... More

 

Day Tours

Explore the Beauty of Ireland and treat yourself to one of these popular day tours.

 Cliffs of Moher

Includes: Cliffs of Moher, The Burren, Galway bay and Limerick.

You will first arrive in Limerick city to view St John... More

 

Lambert Puppet Theatre

Irelandís only purpose built puppet theatre and home to Irelandís oldest puppet company.

Founded in 1972 by Eugene Lambert and his family the theatre present’s family performances most weekends of the year and also special seasons for schools and pre-school groups.

 The venue has a large modern purpose built theatre... More

 

Guinness Storehouse Tour

Guinness is synonymous with Ireland and no visit to Dublin is complete without a tour of the Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse, the "Home of Guinness", is Dublin's most popular tourist attraction. A converted brewing factory where they used to add the yeast to the beer for fermentation it is now a Guinness museum, incorporating elements from the old br... More

 

Horse Riding

Dublinís city parks and surrounding mountains are the perfect place to enjoy views from a different perspective.

 There are a number of stables around the Dublin area which are all easy to reach by car or bus, with horse riding experiences suitable for all levels. Prices can vary but the prices would average around €30 per hour with stables offerin... More

 

Dublin Zoo

Dublin zoo is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in the world, where conservation and education combine to provide a great experience.

Dublin Zoo is much more than a fun-filled; stimulating day out for all the family... it’s a place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered. The Zoo is a registered charity – your visit will help maintain Dubli... More

 

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

The Glasnevin Cemetery officially known as Prospect Cemetery is the largest non-denominational cemetery in Ireland. There are over 1.5 million people buried there, from rebels, revolutionaries, body snatchers and gravediggers to just ordinary people. Glasnevin Museum shares their stories with you.

Glasnevin Cemetery was originally opened in 1832 by a great Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, as a place where people could bury their dead of all religions with dignity. Now a national monument it is a vital part of the Irish Heritage story.

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Jeanie Johnson Tour

Tour the Jeanie Johnson and experience life of Irish Emigrants in Famine Times.

The Jeanie Johnston is docked at Custom House Quay in Dublin’s City Centre. It is a replica of the famous Tall ship which originally sailed from Tralee in Co. Kerry to North America during the Great Famine between the years 1847 and 1855. A ... More

 

Kayaking and Rafting

Kayaking and Rafting are popular sports taking place on the River Liffey and give you the opportunity to see Dublin City from a completely different perspective!

Kayaking

City Kayaking operates from their base at the Dublin City Moorings beside the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) on the River L... More

 

Golf

There are many outdoor activities to enjoy whilst you are in the Dublin area. Golf is one of them.

Want to relax on your holiday with a round or two of Golf , then Dublin is the place to be, it  is one of the finest places to play golf in Europe. We have 5 of the top 10 courses in Ireland & 3 of them are only around an hour’... More

 

The National Leprechaun Museum

The National Leprechaun Museum is located on Jervis Street in Dublin City Centre just off OíConnell St.

The museum was set up for people to explore Irish Mythology. It is a unique, exciting and interesting place to visit and fun for the whole family. Your journey through the museum will teach you the fascinating tales about leprechauns, fairies, rai... More

 

Jameson Distillery Tour

This tour of the original Jameson Distillery is very worthwhile experience whilst you are in Dublin. The tour will tell the story of John Jameson and his infamous Irish whiskey.

The tour begins with an audio visual presentation that is then followed by a tour given by expert guides who will guide you through and tell the engrossing story of Jameson. All the visitors will receive a complimentary Jameson drink with some bei... More

 

Viking Dublin at Dublinia

Loose yourself in Viking Dublin at this exhibition. Dublinia is an unforgettable experience in a historically important location at the heart of Dublin City where modern and old Dublin meet.

There are three exhibitions in Dublinia where you will see Dublin city from a new perspective. These exhibitions based on Dublin allow the visitor to interact with the exhibition itself allowing all ages to engage, learn and share. Come away knowi... More

 

Hugh Lane: Art workshop (Kids Club)

Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane has many Children's Workshops and other events for Children

Hugh Lane: Kids Club events and art workshop

 Charelmount house, Parnell sq north, Dublin 1.

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The Chester Beatty Library

The Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library; it houses the vast collections of Alfred Chester Beatty. It has been described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe.

Born in New York in 1875 Alfred Chester Beatty was a collector of Oriental art, books, manuscripts, Paintings, Prints, Rare Books and Decorative Arts. Upon his death in 1968, he was accorded a state funeral by the Irish g... More

 

The National Aquatic Centre

If you would like to spend a day out in the swimming pool with your family the National Aquatic Centre would be the place to go. It offers several water slides, pools and other activities.

The Aquatic Centre is separated in 3 main parts:

 

 Aqua Zone:

Aqua Zone is one of the most innovative water parks in Euro... More

 

Take a tour of Georgian Dublin at Number Twenty Nine

Number Twenty Nine Lower Fitzwilliam Street is Dublin's Georgian House Museum.

Visitors take a guided tour from the basement to the attic, through rooms which have been furnished with original artefacts as they would have been in the years 1790 to 1820.

The house was first occupied in 1794, during a time of great cha... More

 

Tour Dublin on a Segway

GlideTours are the premier Segway Tour operator in Ireland. They seek to provide a unique tourist experience by offering a ďFuturistic Glide through HistoryĒ.

Docklands Tour: The docklands area is one of the nicest area’s to visit in the City Centre, so why not experience a guided tour of old and new architecture on a Segway along the River Liffey, and all the hidden stories behin... More

 

Sea Safari

See Dublin Port and the River Liffey with a difference. The Sea Safari offers two tours one of Dublin Port and the surrounding area and one of Dublin Bay and the south coast.

The Dublin Port tour leaves from outside the Convention Centre on the north side of the River Liffey and is within easy access from the Castle Hotel. During the Dublin Port tour you will get to see the working of one of the world ... More

 

Walking Tours

New to Dublin and becoming very popular is Walking Tours and the great benefit is itís never been easier to find your way around the City.

Sademans New Europe Walking Tours is free and is highly recommended. It offers 3 hours of Walking Tour and covers all the main attractions and highlights you would expect such as, T... More

 

Visit Dublin Coastlines

The North and South Coastlines around Dublin have many beautiful Villages, Seaside towns and fishing areas with fantastic views and scenery just outside the City Centre.

Travelling to the Coastline is easy from Dublin City Centre, just take the DART from Connolly, Tara or Pearse Street Stations, all are located about 10 minutes walk from the Castle Hotel and travelling time is roughly 20-35 minutes for most destin... More

 

The Chocolate Warehouse

The Chocolate Warehouse is a real chocolate wonderland and was set up with one key objective: giving children (and adults) wonderful memories that stay with them for life. This is a unique and special journey through the history and joy of making chocolate

Ireland’s original and best Chocolate Workshops were started in 2001 by Natasha Caffrey Grand Daughter of the late Thomas Caffrey known as The Irish “Willy Wonka”.  Caffreys Confectionery’s legendary Snowballs, Tea Cak... More

 

The Little Museum Of Dublin

Dublin History comes to life at this charming non-profit museum. Housed in one of the city's finest Georgian mansions, it was set up to tell the history of Dublin in the 20th century.

The Little Museum of Dublin is situated on the first floor of a Georgian Building on St Stephen’s Green.  It was opened in 2011 to show case artefacts of Dublin in the 20th century. Th... More

 

Dublin Markets

Not only does Dublin have great shops to offer but there are also markets that can be found all over the city.

Temple Bar Markets:

The food market in Temple Bar is well worth a visit, selling a variety of foods that you can sample before you ... More

 

Fishing

Fishing is a very popular activity for the whole family to enjoy and the coast of Dublin offer some great fishing.

Howth, Dun Loughaire, Skerries, Malahide, Dollymount Strand and Balbriggan are all within easy distance of Dublin City Centre and offer great fishing. Small boats can be launched on request for those who wish to fish mid sea. Fishing over seas you... More

 

The National Botanic Gardens

These beautiful gardens cover a total area of 19.5 hectares, part of which is the natural flood plain of the River Tolka. The Gardens are located just 3.5km north of Dublin City Centre and make a great daytrip.

Founded in 1795 the National Botanic Gardens contain many attractive features including an arboretum, sensory garden, rock garden, burren area, large pond, extensive herbaceous borders, and an annual display of decorative plants including a rare e... More

 

The Ark (Children's Culture and Arts Centre)

The Ark introduces children to the wonder and creativity of the arts playing a vital role in raising the standard of culture for children.

The Ark was founded on the principle that children, as citizens, have the same cultural rights as adults. The Ark strives to ensure that all children in Ireland have access to high quality cultural experiences, here children aged 2 to 12 explore t... More

 

Indoor Karting

Kylemore Karting is Dublinís largest indoor Go-Karting Arena, located just off the Kylemore road on Dublinís Southside.

Kylemore Karting, established in 1992 as the first indoor track in the Republic of Ireland, is now Ireland's market leader in indoor Karting. There is a choice of three 360-metre tracks with flyovers, underpasses, hills, and bendy corners. Kylemor... More

 

The National Wax Museum Plus

One fantastic thing you can do while your stay in Dublin is to visit the National Wax museum based in the heart of the city

The National Wax Museum Plus is an exciting visitor attraction with a lot on view to offer. It is located in the Heart of Dublin City Centre and its entrance is situated across from Trinity College, just off Dame Street and only 2 minutes’ w... More

 

Stroll around St Stephen's Green

St Stephens Green is located on the South side of Dublin at 22 acres of land is Dublinís largest public park. Located in a Georgian square, it was first opened to the public on 27th July 1880.

Standing at the main entrance to St Stephen’s green is the Fusilier Arch which was added in 1907, it is a tribute to all of those that fought and died in the Second Boer War. As you walk under the arch look up and you will see all the names ... More

 

The Decorative Arts and History Museum

The Museum is home to a wide range of objects, which include coins, weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware; as well as examples of folklife and costume.

The Decorative Arts & History Museum is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland opened in 1997 at the former Collins Barracks.

The Museums exhibitions include the Great Seal of the Irish Free State which was used to seal offici... More

 

The Archaeology Museum

The Museum is repository for all archaeological objects found in Ireland and home to over two million artefacts.

The Archaeology Museum is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland located on Kildare Street in Dublin 2.

The Museums exhibitions include the finest collection of prehistoric gold artefacts including early work in gold, church treasures ... More

 

The Natural History Museum

The Museum houses galleries of animals from Ireland and overseas, also geological exhibits from a total collection of about 2 million scientific specimens.

The Natural History Museum, sometimes called the Dead Zoo is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland, it is located on Merrion Street in Dublin 2.

 The Museum was opened in 1857 by the famous Scottish explorer Dr. ... More

 

The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour

The Dublin Ghost Bus Tour is a night-time bus tour through Dublin, taking in several allegedly haunted places, and visiting many of the city's historic sites

The tone for the evening is set as soon as you board the Ghost Bus which is a unique attraction itself! Decorated in gothic style with a dark atmosphere and sinister accessories it is not for the squeamish. A live storyteller will take you on a sp... More

 

Victoria's Way

Victoriaís way is Indian Sculpture Park located in Roundwood Co.Wicklow approx. a 45 minute drive from the Castle Hotel.

Victoria’s Way is an open-air arts park containing the most beautiful and fascinating Indian inspired sculptures covering over 22 acres of open fields. It was designed as a space to be used by individuals between the ages of 28 to 60,  ... More

 

Horse and Carriage Tour of Dublin

Enjoy the sights of Dublin in style, on a handsomely outfitted Horse Drawn Carriage. Whether it's a romantic ride for two or a relaxing tour of Dublin, the drivers will accommodate you.

You can pick up a horse and carriage from outside St Stephens Green opposite Grafton Street. The carriages queue up like taxis on a first come, first served basis and are available from approx. April to October (depending on the weather)

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Tayto Park

Tayto Park is a "theme park" in County Meath and geared at families with children and is one of the most popular hot spots for entertainment in Ireland. It is just a 25 minute drive from the Castle Hotel.

Tayto Park is located on 55 acres and is an educational and activity based experience for families. It also includes a comprehensive visit to the Tayto Factory (Tayto is a major Irish crisps and popcorn manufacturer) The Park offers over 100 attra... More

 

Butlers Chocolate Experience

Ever wondered what really goes on behind the doors of a working chocolate factory? Would you like to discover where Butlers chocolate comes from and how it is made? Then Butlers Chocolate Experience is for you.

Butlers Chocolate was founded by Marion Butler and first opened its doors in Dublin’s Lad Lane in 1932; Marion named her luxurious chocolate creations “Chez Nous Chocolates”. Making these chocolates by hand she went on to establi... More

 

The National SEA LIFE Centre

The National SEA LIFE Centre on the Seafront in Bray is a perfect family fun day out. An aquatic Zoo with 30+ displays which are home to over 1,000 creatures.

Are you a Shark lover, a Seahorse fancier or a Clownfish groupie? Perhaps it’s the mysterious Sea Dragon or the clever Common Octopus that you love the most. Maybe you simply can’t decide! At the National SEA LIFE Centre Bray you can s... More

 

The Science Gallery

The Science Gallery is a public science centre at Trinity College. It is housed in Trinty's Naughton Institute and was opened in 2008.

The Science Gallery has two floors of interactive exhibitions focusing on different areas of science. There are many interesting events that take place on regular basis giving anyone with an interest in science an opportunity to interact with rese... More

 

Canal Boat Restaurant

Why not Experience fine dining in style whilst cruising the Grand Canal on the Canal Boat Restaurant.

Why not Experience fine dining in style whilst cruising the Grand Canal on the Canal Boat Restaurant.

The new replica Guinness Canal Barge MV Cadhla gently meanders along a beautiful stretch of Dublin's Grand Canal, from Charlemont place, ... More

 

Traditional Story Telling Bus

Climb on board Dublinís traditional Irish storytelling bus and take a magical journey through Irelands past and listen to the great stories and mythís told from Irish history.

The first stop on this magical journey is to Beann Eadair. Gaze across to the small lighthouse at Howth Head, which is a known place for mermaid and merman spotting. It is said that although mermaids are known to be  a beautiful creature, the... More

 

Dublin Road Train Tour

Want to make your next trip to Dublin a little more exciting or want to try out something new?? Then you should avail of this tour!!

The Road Train departs from Leinster House and The National Gallery on Merrion Square and the tour consists of a 1 hour journey around Dublin City Centre and includes some of Dublin’s most historic and finest sights.

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