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That's The 'Spirit' As Dublin Is Discovered by Boat - So Who Are Top Five Visiting Nationalities

14th September 2017
The River Liffey's only dedicated sight-seeing tour boat 'Spirit of Docklands' berthed at Bachelors Walk on the north quays close to O'Connell Bridge. The River Liffey's only dedicated sight-seeing tour boat 'Spirit of Docklands' berthed at Bachelors Walk on the north quays close to O'Connell Bridge. Photo: DDBT

#riverliffey - Operating on the River Liffey of our capital city is Dublin Discovered Boat Tours which this summer welcomed overseas visitors, so who were the top five nationalities? to have taken the cruise, writes Jehan Ashmore.

But before these nationalities are revealed, the 45-minute cruise tours not just for tourists and they continue to operate beyond the high-season from Bachelors Walk (close to O'Connoll Briddge). In addition the cruises have an expert guide while cruising downriver on board the 48 seat 'Spirit of Docklands' . The tour commentary been both interesting and fun for all ages. 

Stepping on board Spirit of Docklands, the purpose built craft offers sight-seeing cruises given the large windows and a glass roof above to maximise views along the Liffey Quays. So what about those top five nationalities... that came on board in the capital during summer of 2017, they are as follows:

1. UK
2. US
3. Ireland
4. Germany
5. France

Now that's been revealed, some further details about the tours that begin with the iconic Ha’penny Bridge, before heading downriver towards the sea. En route is Liberty Hall, the beautiful 18th century Custom House and then through the 'Docklands' quarter. It is here where modern architecture is intersperseed with remnants of the old working port in the form of Georgian warehouses (Afloat will have more about this) and memorials to Ireland’s past.

Also along the way is another Liffey floating attraction, the replica 19th century famine-emigrant museum barque Jeanie Johnston. The tour cruises as far as the Samuel Beckett swing-bridge (designed by Calatrava), where the river opens out, before returning to Bachelors Walk.

 

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