Things to do this Summer in Dublin Docklands
4th August, 2010 - With the opening of The Wheel of Dublin at the Point Village, there's never been a better time to come down to the Docklands. The 60 metre tall observation wheel commenced turning last Saturday, 31st July. With stunning views across the city, it is a spectacular attraction for the city of Dublin.
If you're en route to The Wheel of Dublin, check out a number of other attractions in the Docklands for all the family to enjoy.
A Trip Back in Time with a Visit to the Famine Ship Museum on the Jeanie Johnston
Take a guided tour of the Jeanie Johnston (a replica tall ship) and hear the story of the Irish famine and emigration in the 1800s. The story of the Jeanie Johnston brings to life the daunting experience of the millions of people who crossed the Atlantic seeking survival and hope in the "New World" of North America. The tour conveys a deep sense of history and will to be a memorable experience for all who come on board. In addition, visitors have the opportunity to marvel at the skill, ingenuity and craftwork involved in re-creating this genuine replica of a wooden tall ship, one of the last of its type to sail the Atlantic in the 19th Century.
The tours of up to one hour duration commence at 11am with the last being at 4pm (summertime hours). Meet your guide at the chq building where the tour commences and on then to the Jeanie Johnston which is docked just a few metres away down the quay. Following the visit to the ship, the tour concludes at the famine statues on Custom House Quay. Tickets are €8.50 for adults, €4.50 for children and a family ticket is €20.00.
For more, go to www.jeaniejohnston.ie
A Leisurely Jaunt on Liffey River Cruises
The Liffey River Cruise operates between the city centre and the Docklands, exploring the historical sights and landmarks along the River Liffey. A tour guide delivers entertaining snippets on Dublin life specific to the Liffey and Docklands throughout the journey, offering passengers an intriguing insight into Dublin folklore and history.
The tour departs from a landing station at Bachelor's Walk, passing under O'Connell Bridge downstream past the Custom House in Dublin's Docklands. It reaches the East Link Toll Bridge and the Grand Canal Basin before travelling back past the IFSC and returning to Bachelor's Walk.
The Liffey River Cruises tour service operates from 11am, with up to six sailings a day with a journey time of approximately 45 minutes. Tickets cost €13 for adults, €11 for students & OAPs and €8 for children (children under four years travel free).
For more, go to www.liffeyrivercruises.com
High Speed Thrills on Sea Safari
For an adrenaline rush, take a trip on a high powered rib in to Dublin Bay and see the beautiful and scenic coastline. With regular sightings of seals, porpoises and dolphins, it's an opportunity to view up close the Ireland's sea and bird life.
Tours start from the Docklands at the IFSC landing station or at Poolbeg Yacht & Boat Club. Pre-booking is required.
Tours of Dublin Bay cost €35 for adults, €30 for children and €100 for a family ticket.
For more, go to www.seasafari.ie