Dun Laoghaire (Dublin), Ireland
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Approximately 4½ Hours
Meals not included
EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum is an interactive experience that tells the fascinating stories of more than 300 Irish people and more than 1,500 years of history. It relives some of the greatest achievements in the world of Irish sport, music, art, culture, politics, food, fashion and science. Voted one of TripAdvisor's Top Five Irish Museums, EPIC is for anyone with an interest in Ireland or Irish heritage.
Departiing the pier in Dún Laoghaire you will travel to EPIC which is located on the banks of the River Liffey, in the vaults of the magnificently-restored CHQ building in Dublin's Docklands. This is one of the capital's most historic locations and was the original departure point for many Irish emigrants when they left their homeland during the Famine. Dating back to 1820, the CHQ building was originally a wine and tobacco warehouse that famously hosted the Crimean War Banquet.
During your visit to EPIC, take part in a history talk with a genealogy expert from the Irish Family History Centre. This is a great chance to discover more about Ireland and the Irish people over the centuries.
Upon your arrival, you will be greeted with an introduction to EPIC and a souvenir passport which acts as your map of the museum. Enjoy a self-guided tour through 20 visually-impressive galleries. Journey through time, learning about Irish musicians, writers, athletes, inventors, entertainers, artists and many more, who travelled the world and left their mark on history. Take your souvenir passport through each gallery and stamp it along the way. Find out about the Irish who travelled to America, Australia, Britain, Canada, Europe, New Zealand and around the globe.
EPIC brings many amazing tales of adventure, endurance, sacrifice and discovery to life in a spectacular way. You'll depart EPIC with many memorable and surprising Irish stories.
Next is a panoramic drive through the city of Dublin. You will pass the Customs House, the Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. The latter is the home of the world-famous Book of Kells -- a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. Continue past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam, the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St Stephen's Green.
Return to the ship feeling a little more in touch with your Irish roots if you have them, and if not, better informed about the history and people of this tenacious and charming country.