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Dublin is the capital of the Irish Republic and is home to more than 1¼ million people -- one third of the population of the Republic of Ireland. In addition to its splendid public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in domestic architecture dating back to the 18th century. Fine Georgian mansions, many of them with historical associations, lend a sober beauty to the city's wide streets and spacious squares.
Departing from the pier on a panoramic drive, you will soon spot the Customs House, located on the north bank of the River Liffey. It was designed by James Gandon, and completed in 1791. Crossing the Liffey to Dublin's south side, you will pass the Old Parliament House -- now the Bank of Ireland. Watch for Trinity College -- founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, it is Ireland's oldest college. Its library houses the world-famous Book of Kells -- a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels.
Continue past the National Gallery of Ireland and various government buildings. You will stop to photograph the world-famous Doorways of Dublin in Fitzwilliam Square. Pass Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to St Patrick's Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St Patrick's is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean here from 1713 to 1745. Take photos of this impressive structure from the outside.
Travel past the Guinness Brewery -- home of the famous 'Black Stuff' -- to Phoenix Park. Around Europe's largest enclosed public park, you'll see the homes of Ireland's President and the American Ambassador.
Driving back along the North Bank of the River Liffey, you will pass the Four Courts of justice before returning to Dublin port and your waiting ship.
Tour includes no inside visits and is well suited to guests with mobility limitations.