As both the capital and largest city in Ireland, Dublin is not to be missed. With its roots steeped in Viking history, architectural wonders at every turn and a pub at every corner, this diverse and cosmopolitan city is also one of the most charismatic. And it’s the birthplace of literary notables William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and James Joyce who famously wrote, “When I die, Dublin will be written in my heart.”
If you are taking a cruise on Regent Seven Seas Explorer to Northern Europe, Dublin will be one of many exciting ports. You can also begin your journey with a four-day Pre-Cruise – Dublin Highlights 2019 tour and discover all the culture and sights that makes “The Dubs” so special.
Sightseeing highlights will include a drive down the River Liffey where you will pass The Customs House, a neoclassical 18th-century landmark designed by architect James Gandon. Step back in time as you view Old Parliament, the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College (Ireland’s oldest) and view the College’s world-famous Book of Kells that is considered the world’s most famous medieval manuscript of the four gospels of the life of Jesus Christ.
A full-day “Garden of Ireland” tour to Country Wicklow is also available where you can view the scenic and synonymous Irish countryside. Visit one of the country’s 6th-century monastic ruins in Glendalough (a name that means “Valley of the Two Lakes”) and tour a settlement founded by hermit monk and Irish Saint Kevin in 618 A.D. The remaining ruins feature a round tower that dates back to the 19th century long with a roofless cathedral, a glen and two small lakes. Widely considered one of the most romantic, tranquil and spiritual parts of Ireland, it’s also one of the country’s greatest pilgrimage sights up to the middle of the 19th-century.
Heralded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses, Russborough House is another popular site. Built between 1741 and 1750, it boasts magnificent views of Blessington Lake and Wicklow Mountain. The beautifully maintained mansion features fine furniture, porcelain and carpets along with stucco ceilings, intricate plaster details and a stunning mahogany staircase. The maze of walled gardens and 150-year-old “Hippodrome” building where horses were trained centuries ago is also of interest. And keep your eyes open for Country Winslow’s famous four-legged residents (sheep and sheepdogs) that are a mainstay of country life in Ireland.
And if you prefer to see Dublin on your own, walk along the cobblestone streets to the city’s famous pub hub, Temple Bar neighborhood. Similar to New Orleans Bourbon Street, you can toast a pint, listen to Irish music, visit an art gallery or simply people-watch. You can also take a self-guided tour to the Guinness Storehouse and learn the history of the famous beer. Writers will enjoy the Dublin Writer’s Museum which features the lives and works of the city’s most celebrated authors. Or you can take a culture break and spend an afternoon shopping on Grafton Street – there is never a shortage of things to do in this truly unique city.
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