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River Liffey
River Liffey

River Liffey

Dublin Docklands Development Authority,Custom House Quay, Docklands, Dublin, Ireland

The Basics

With many of Dublin’s top attractions situated on either the north or south bank of the river, visitors to Dublin are guaranteed to see the River Liffey. Most walking tours of the city pass over the river via the pedestrianized Ha’penny Bridge, moving between Temple Bar on the south side of the city and O’Connell Street on the north side. Hop-on hop-off tour buses and sightseeing buses also pass over the Liffey via O’Connell Bridge.

Of course, the best way to experience the River Liffey is to get out on the water. Choose from among leisurely river cruises, trips on amphibious vehicles, and kayaking excursions.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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Excellent!
Journey44572293295, Oct 2019
2-Hour Liffey River Kayaking Adventure in Dublin
The tour guide for this adventure was Jonathan. He was a fantastic guide and taught us about Dublin's eventful history. I will definitely be taking this tour again!
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If you are on a cruise ship, you...
William H, Jul 2017
2-Hour Liffey River Kayaking Adventure in Dublin
If you are on a cruise ship, you will need to take a taxi or shuttle bus to the location. The Princess free shuttle drops you off near Trinity College which is about a mile away. We paid for a short taxi ride from the boat which was less than 10 pounds because we did not want to get lost. The guides were fun and knowledgeable. We did this as a family with an age range of 11-47. If someone is really out of shape, going upstream will be a little hard. We had a great time.
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This was blast. Our guide had good...
Drew, Aug 2016
2-Hour Liffey River Kayaking Adventure in Dublin
This was blast. Our guide had good information on Dublin history and the river. Near the end of the up river trip the tide changed and made the last bit hard but trip back was relaxing. It was overcast and rained a bit on the trip but that did not ruin the kayaking in any way.
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We lucked out with the weather it...
Nickole A, Aug 2016
2-Hour Liffey River Kayaking Adventure in Dublin
We lucked out with the weather it was a great day for Kayaking. Johnathan, our guide, was kind enough to let us hang on to his boat when we needed a break from rowing! Since we were hanging onto the side we were able to chat and hear some local stories, but that wasn't the case for those rowing animals. That would be my only critique maybe at the meet-up points offer a bit of history or story telling about what we are seeing as we're rowing.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Exploring the River Liffey and its immediate surrounds is a must for first-time visitors to Dublin.

  • If you plan on swimming, know that the waters of the Liffey are cold year-round.

  • Wheelchair-accessible boat cruises are offered, and many of the paths that run alongside the river’s edge are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get There

The River Liffey is accessible from many different parts of Dublin, but the most attraction-packed stretch flows through the city center. To get there, ride the Green Line Luas to the Westmoreland stop or the Red Line Luas to Abbey Street.

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When to Get There

Kayaking excursions and cruises run on the Liffey year-round. The best time for riverside walks is early morning, before the commuting crowds arrive, or at dusk when you can watch the city light up. Open-water swimmers may want to attempt the Liffey Swim, a race that takes place annually in late August or early September.

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Attractions Along the River Liffey

The Liffey is lined with some of Dublin’s most well-known attractions. Stroll east from O’Connell Bridge along the north side of the river and you’ll reach the Custom House, the Famine Memorial, and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. Temple Bar is on the south bank, where you’ll find Smock Alley Theatre, Christ Church Cathedral, and Dublinia.

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