Large ships dock at Alexandra Quay, an industrial area, about 1.5 km from the city center. Your cruise line may offer shuttle service into town. Bus 53 also brings you to the center. Smaller ships may come right up the River Liffey into the city center.
Please Note: If your itinerary says that Dublin is a 'Tendered' port then you are probably stopping in Dun Laoghaire, not Dublin port. Check both cruise schedules to make sure.
Taxi to town is around 9 Euro (fixed rate). If you cruise line charges for the shuttle, taking a taxi might be a better option.
Some cruise lines provide a free shuttle bus that will take you to Kildare Street, which is right next to Trinity College in the heart of the city.
It is a one mile walk from the Dublin cruise terminal to the nearest Luas (Tram) stop at The Point. Return fare to Abbey (5 stops /alight adjacent to O'Connell Street) is currently €3.30. Exit Cruise Terminal on Ocean pier onto Alexander Road. Turn left. Continue to end of Road and turn left again. Walking towards the river, the Luas stop is on your right - close to the big wheel. Every 10 minutes.
You can pick up the Hop on Hop off buses on O'Connell Street.
Dublin Airport is conveniently located about 10 km north of Dublin city center.Hotels near the Cruise Terminal
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port and where you will be docked.
Check here for festivals and events in Dublin when you are in port.
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The capital city of Ireland is spread over the broad valley of the River Liffey around Dublin Bay in a great sweep of coast from the rocky brow of Howth in the north to the headland of Dalkey in the south, and sheltered by the Wicklow Hills.
In addition to its imposing public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in architecture of the 18th century with fine Georgian mansions, wide streets and spacious squares. There are fashionable shopping centers and a range of cultural and sporting entertainments.
There are many public parks in Dublin, the most famous of which is Phoenix Park at the western edge of the city. Originally priory land, it became a royal deer park in the 17th century. It is home to the Irish President and the US ambassador to Ireland. Housed in the west wing of Leinster House, The National Gallery has over 2000 paintings.
The National Museum has a collection of Irish antiquities from the Stone Age to medieval times. The most famous exhibits include the eighth-century Ardagh Chalice and Tara Brooch and the 12th-century Cross of Cong. There is also a room devoted to the Easter Rising and War of Independence.
Other museums worth visiting include the Dublin Civic Museum; the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art; the National Library of Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy Library. Trinity College Library houses the eighth-century Book of Kells and the finest collection of early illuminated manuscripts in Ireland.
Trinity College is the city's most famous landmark. Founded by Elizabeth I in 1591, it is noted for its cobbled stone quadrangles and imposing gray college buildings.
Dublin Castle, the seat of British administration from the 12th century to the 1920s, can be found on high ground west of Dame Street and Christ Church Cathedral, one of the city's finest historical buildings, is located at the end of Lord Edward Street.
Hop on and off the open top bus tour around the city. Stops at all of the major tourist spots, and you can hop off and on as often as you like. The bus drivers are very funny too - a great way to get a feel for the layout of Dublin.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
Special purchases include hand-woven tweed, hand-crocheted woolens and kinds of cotton, sheepskin goods, gold and silver jewelry, Aran knitwear, linen, pottery, Irish crystal, and basketry.
No visit would be complete without discovering the birthplace of Dublin's most famous beverages at the Guinness Brewery and Irish Distillery, both of which welcome visitors while the pubs of Dublin are famed the world over.
The Republic of Ireland is part of the Eurozone, so as in many other European Union countries the currency here is the Euro (symbol: €). Stand Alone Cash machines (ATMs) are widely available in every city and town in the country and credit cards are accepted in 90% of outlets. Fees are not generally charged by Irish ATMs (but beware that your bank may charge a fee).
English is spoken everywhere but Irish (Gaeilge) is the first official language.
Offices: 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Shops: 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, until 8pm on Thursday; Saturday: 9am to 6pm; Sunday: Limited Hours Pubs: 10.30am to 11.30pm, Monday to Thursday. Closing is at 12.30am Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, 12.30 to 11.30pm. Pubs are closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.
January 1 - New Year's Day March 17 - St. Patrick's Day Good Friday (Not a statutory holiday) Easter Monday, May 1 - May Day First Monday in June - Bank Holiday First Monday in August - Bank Holiday Last Monday in October - Bank Holiday December 25 - Christmas Day December 26 - St. Stephen's Day
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