Liffey River Cruises
If the idea of seeing Docklands by water appeals to you, then you will definitely be interested in Liffey River Cruises, Dublin's tour service on the River Liffey. The bright red, glass-roofed tour boat, ‘Spirit of Docklands' 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 script has been developed by leading Dublin historian Pat Liddy. The tour departs from a landing station at Bachelor's Walk, passing under O'Connell Bridge downstream past the Custom House in Docklands. It reaches the East Link Toll Bridge and the Grand Canal Basin before passing the IFSC and returning to Bachelor's Walk.
‘Spirit of Docklands' arrived in Dublin in June 2005. Built in Sweden by boat builders Westers Mekaniska, it can accommodate 50 passengers, is 23 metres long and capable of travelling at 9.5 knots. It is wheelchair accessible and suitable for yound and old alike.
The service is the latest of a number of initiatives under the Docklands Authority's River Regeneration Strategy to bring back life to the River Liffey to give Dubliners and visitors alike an alternative view of the city.