P&O Cruises now offer a selection of cruises that include the city of Dublin in Ireland as a Port-of-Call.
The Irish capital Dublin has undergone an incredible transformation in the last decade with many modern buildings springing up to add to its historical and cultural appeal.
Dublin’s pubs and bars are world-renowned from the city’s oldest, The Brazen Head, to the newest wine bar.
A visit to the Guinness Storehouse and Brewery provides an insight into the history of Ireland’s favourite tipple.
Grafton Street is a shopper’s paradise with a stop at Bewley’s historic coffee house a must for people-watching.
The library at Trinity College is home to the eighth-century Book of Kells, with the National Museum housing exhibits dating back from the Irish Bronze and Iron ages. The city’s literary heritage is celebrated at the adjoining National Library with works of famous Irish writers such as Beckett, Joyce, Swift and Yeats collected together.
A full list of the P&O cruises that feature Dublin as a Port of Call can be found here:
Dublin Cruises from P&O Cruises
P&O Dublin Cruises also feature a fantastic selection of shore excursions. We’ve listed a few of the most popular excursions below. Please check the P&O Dublin Excursions page for a complete list of current excursions.
River Cruise and Dublin Sights
‘Dublin’s Fair City’, one of Europe’s liveliest cities can be enjoyed on this excellent combination tour by river and land.
Your voyage of discovery begins with a transfer to the River Liffey upon which Dublin is built. Board the ‘Spirit of Docklands’ for a gentle and relaxing cruise (45 minutes) and hear the story of Dublin, from the first arrival of the Vikings 1,000 years ago to the rapid development of the city. You’ll be told the story behind the iconic Ha’penny Bridge and hear about Gandon’s masterpiece, the majestic Customs House. Follow the story of Dublin’s Royal and Grand Canals and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. Learn how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the spire in O’Connell Street.
Rejoining your coach, you’ll then take a panoramic drive through the city. See the Georgian Squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam and stop to photograph the renowned Dublin doorways. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s Cathedral is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. Next, drive past the Guinness Brewery, home of the famous ‘Black Stuff’ for which Dublin is famous. Continuing to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park, you’ll see the homes of Ireland’s President and American Ambassador. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you’ll pass the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice.
City Tour and Guinness
Discover what goes into making a pint of the ‘Black Stuff’ – the ingredients, the processes and the effort.
Travelling through the city, you’ll see the Old Parliament House, Trinity College and the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam. Travel to St Stephen’s Green and Dawson Street and view the Mansion House, residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor. You’ll pass Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral en route to visit the home of the famous brew – Guinness.
The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago and ends in ‘Gravity’, the sky bar, which has astonishing views of Dublin. The ‘Guinness adventure’ begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, pint-shaped heart of glass. Find out how the drink that carries Arthur Guinness’s name has travelled around the world. After your visit, you’ll have the opportunity to taste the world famous stout. There will also be time to shop in the Guinness Store, where you’ll find the world’s greatest selection of Guinness memorabilia.
Enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.
Pass by the Customs House, located on the north bank of the River Liffey, before crossing to the south side. Here, you’ll see The Old Parliament House and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college.
Your panoramic drive of the city takes you past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous ‘Doorways of Dublin’. Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St Stephen’s Green. On Dawson Street, view The Mansion House, residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor.
See Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. See where the famous ‘Black Stuff’ is produced as you pass the Guinness Brewery en route to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park.
Back on the north side you pass the Four Courts, and the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street. Tea or coffee and biscuits will be included during your tour.
A Walk in Dublin’s Fair City
What better way to become acquainted with the city than by walking the infamous streets and seeing the architecture up close?
Arriving at the Georgian Square of Merrion, your walking tour of the city will commence with a stroll through the Gardens of Merrion Square. You’ll pass the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and Ely Place, before arriving at St Stephen’s Green. A short walk along ‘The Green’ will take you to Dawson Street, where you’ll see The Mansion House, residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor.
Crossing from Dawson Street to South Anne’s Street, there will be a stop for a cool drink in one of Dublin’s famous pubs.
Then, take a walk along Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s fashionable shopping streets. Located at the bottom of Grafton Street is Trinity College. Stroll through the University grounds before enjoying some free time in the city.
See the sights of Dublin, sample a glass of the famous brew and enjoy some traditional Irish music and dance.
Drive through Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital, stopping for photos of the famous Doorways of Dublin, Government Buildings and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Both Guinness and Riverdance started their life on the Banks of the River Liffey. Riverdance was originally a 7 minute live television performance, broadcast from Dublin to a European viewing audience of over 300 million during the Eurovision Song Contest in1994. It integrated traditional and modern music, with spectacular hard-shoe Irish dancing in a way never dreamed of before. The heart of the nation was captured that very first night by young and old alike, and this was to be the beginnings of what became the runaway artistic and commercial success of the decade in Ireland.
Stop at an Irish pub situated near the River Liffey for a live performance of the traditional music and dance. Try the Guinness or, if you prefer, why not have a cool glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream.
Enjoy panoramic views of Dublin Bay as you travel to the coastal towns of North County Dublin.
Travel via Fairview and the northern suburb of Coolock before arriving at the beautiful seaside village of Malahide, a noted yachting centre. In the latter part of the 19th century with the advent of the railway, Malahide became a tourist resort and a residential town. Since then, though the population has exploded in a major way, Malahide Village has still managed to retain an old-world elegance. A stop will be made to photograph Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of parkland, which was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years.
Continue your coastal drive through the village of Portmarnock where the world famous Portmarnock Golf Club is located. This club was, for many years, home of the Irish Open Championship.
Soon you will arrive in the quaint fishing port of Howth. Nestling against the ancient ruins of Howth Abbey with the lovely fishing harbour and marina below, is the 11th century Abbey Tavern, a perfect spot to enjoy an Irish Coffee and savour the genuine atmosphere of old Ireland. Enjoy some short free time to wander through the marina with its extensive variety of private boats and fishing vessels, or relax in the Abbey Tavern.
Departing from Howth, drive over the summit, where you will enjoy wonderful views of Dublin Bay and the Dublin Mountains beyond. You will return to the port via Dollymount and Clontarf.
A Viking Adventure
Enjoy this fun and unusual tour of Viking Dublin by land and sea in a special World War II amphibious military vehicle.
Your costumed and colourful Viking Captain will tell you all about the most exciting sights in Dublin; how the Vikings first settled in the city over 1,000 years ago and how Dublin has become a thriving, cosmopolitan European city.
In 837, Viking ‘Dragon’ warships appeared at the mouth of the Liffey. Five years later, a Norwegian force took the harbour. These events turned Dublin into a Viking city, a heritage of which Dubliners are still proud. During the tour you will see the sights where these early mariners settled and view some of Dublin’s famed landmarks such as Trinity College, Merrion Square, the 2 cathedrals of Christchurch and St Patrick and O’Connell Bridge. You may even be asked to give a Viking roar at passers by!
Finally, you’ll experience a real thrill as your Captain drives the ‘Duck’ into the water for a 20-minute tour of the historic Grand Canal Basin. Each one of the Viking Captains is certified and highly trained. They are colourful characters and love to have fun. So, although they look like rough and tough Vikings, don’t be afraid to ask them a question about anything you see on the tour.
Malahide Castle and Howth
A scenic tour taking in the coast, a Castle, beautiful countryside and an Irish coffee!
You’ll travel via Fairview en route to Malahide Castle, seat of the Talbot family. The Castle, set in 250 acres of parkland, dates back to the 14th century and contains one of the finest collections of Irish period furniture together with a collection of Irish portrait paintings from the National Gallery. The Castle remained under the care of the Talbot family until the death of Lord Talbot in 1975, when Dublin Tourism then acquired it.
Nestling against the ancient ruins of Howth Abbey with the lovely fishing harbour and marina below, is the Abbey Tavern, an ideal spot in which to enjoy a short rest and savour an Irish coffee. As you enter the Tavern, you’ll be struck by its old-world charm, authenticity and simplicity.
At the top of the Hill of Howth a wonderful panorama opens up overlooking Dublin Bay, with the sprawling city and its suburbs beneath you, set against a backdrop of the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains.
Sights and Sounds of Dublin
Enjoy the full Dublin experience by combining beautiful scenery, live music, traditional food, a mountain walk and a city tour.
Leaving Dublin port you’ll head for Stepaside, a small village located in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. Stop at a local pub for refreshments of tea or coffee and a scone to fuel you for your Dublin Mountains guided walk.
The trail begins at the ancient 200 year old Kilgobbin Church, which stands near a 12th century High Cross. Enjoy the scenic views of Dublin as you walk along ancient trails and listen to tales of local legend and history. Your guide will explain the flora and fauna as you meander through the forest trails of the landscape. There will be ample opportunity to take photos of the views over Dublin City and across Dublin Bay to Howth Head.
After your walk, you will be welcomed into a pub where you will be served a 1 course Irish lunch, whilst you listen to the sounds of traditional live music.
On arrival back in Dublin, there will be a panoramic tour of the city. You’ll pass the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral, River Liffey, Trinity College – Ireland’s oldest college and the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, where you will see the famous Doorways of Dublin. A photo stop will be made at the impressive medieval St Patrick’s Cathedral, which dates back to 1192, before returning to the port.
Discover County Wicklow
Combine a leisurely drive through some of the finest scenery in Ireland with a visit to an important monastic site.
Your scenic drive through County Wicklow into Wicklow Mountains National Park will take you past jagged mountains, through lush glens and by pretty lakes, which all combine to create a naturally beautiful backdrop.
On arrival in Glendalough, you will stop for refreshments of tea or coffee and scones at a local hotel before visiting one of the most important monastic sites in Ireland. The early Christian monastic settlement was founded by St Kevin in the 6th century and consists of a number of monastic remains. One of Europe’s finest examples of Round Tower architecture can be found here, as well as a cathedral, stone churches and decorated crosses. Admire the picturesque setting as you take a guided tour around the monastic ruins which are scattered around 2 lakes.
Having enjoyed the beauty of this peaceful valley, you’ll rejoin your coach for the scenic return journey. Sit back and relax as you take in the stunning scenery of the Wicklow Mountains, hidden mountain streams, lush valleys, scenic lakes and the great expanse of rugged land which typifies the Irish countryside.
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Dublin Shore Excursions from P&O Cruises
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