If your itinerary says that Dublin is a 'Tendered' port then you are probably stopping in Dun Laoghaire, not Dublin port. Dun Laoghaire Harbour lies 8 miles from the center of Dublin city.
There will be a welcome concert next to the train station, when a cruise ship is in town.The DART station is a few minutes walk from the port terminal, a free shuttle to the train station will be provided, depending on where in the city center you want to go, your should leave the train at either Pearse Street or Tara Street (south of the river) or Connelly (north of the river). It takes approx 40 mins to reach Tara Street from Dun Laoghaire, the DART runs every 15 minutes.
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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. Best to get off the train at Tara Street station and pick up the green HoHo bus at stop 1, outside the Dublin Bus office in O'Connell Street. From Pearce Street Station, walk towards the National Gallery and hop on there.
At the Dun Laoghaire station tickets are available for 25 Euro, which include the train ticket and the green hop on/off bus in 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.
Free WiFi in the entire town of Dun Laoghaire.
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.
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