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Disabled Cruisers Guide to Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

The disabled cruiser visiting Dublin will find mild cobblestones and small hills present to challenge the disabled visitors, however overall Dublin disabled access is definitely good enough to make it a worthwhile destination for disabled travelers. 

Overall, disabled access at Dublin tourist attractions is good. The Old Library at Trinity College contains the medieval Book of Kells and is accessible to wheelchair tourists. A staff member will have to escort you to the private elevator to get upstairs to the library. Dublin Castle is a short walk away and is actually an 18th century palace. The palace portion is accessible but the underground ruins of a 13th century castle can only be reached via stairs. The Kilmainham Gaol (jail) can be visited via a 1 hour guided tour. The tour route is not accessible so one of the staff members can provide you with a private tour. It is located away from the city center, but an accessible bus from Temple Bar drops you off not far from the entrance.

To visit all of the tourist sights, the disabled cruiser will need to use accessible buses, accessible trams, and walk/roll over cobblestones and hills. It may sound daunting, but it really isn’t. The main street running through Temple Bar runs parallel to the river and is flat. It has some severe cobblestones which can cause trouble for wheelchair users. The streets that run perpendicular to the river slope upward as you move away from the river. 

Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is the capital of Ireland is situated near the midpoint of Ireland’s east coast.

Tops picks for visitors include Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Temple Bar, one of the city’s oldest areas.

Museums include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Archaeology and the National Gallery.

Ardgillan Castle is a country house in Balbriggan, Fingal. It is set in the 200 acre Ardgillan Demesne.

Right on the city’s doorstep, the Dublin Mountains offer a range of activities to try out. Orienteer, mountain bike or just take a walk through the forest and mountain trails in one the many recreation sites.

Known as ‘The Garden of Ireland’, County Wicklow is one of Ireland’s true scenic treasures with its magnificent hills and mountains, rivers and lakes and just one hour south of the city.

Malahide and Portmarnock are both picturesque seaside villages on the north coast of Dublin. Malahide is popular for marine activities and has a marina, attractive restaurants and pubs as well as boutique shopping. Portmarnock is renowned for its world class golf course which opened in 1894. The Golf course and hotel located right on the beach are built around the former home of the Jameson distilling family.

Dublin’s coastline is dotted with many beaches. Dollymount Strand located on North Bull Island is within easy reach and offers scenic views and sand dunes to explore. Killiney Beach is a stony beach perfect for sifting through decorative stones and exploring rock pools.

Learn about Ireland’s famous brew at the Guinness Storehouse museum or visit the Old Jameson Distillery that dates back to 1780.

Where You’re Docked

Smaller ships can come up the river Liffey close to the city center while the larger vessels berth in Alexandra Quay, located 2kms from the city center. The area is industrial so shuttle buses are usually laid on by cruise lines and taxis are available.

The Irish Life Shopping Center between Abbey and Talbot streets is close to the port.

Good to Know

When you pay with a credit card, you may be asked if you want to pay in euros or dollars. Always opt for euros. Otherwise, you’ll be socked with a “convenience fee” for converting your payment to dollars, and the exchange rate won’t be favorable either. Known as Direct Currency Conversion (DCC), this practice is prevalent in Ireland, and will usually cost you at least 3% more that if you pay in euros.

Getting Around

By Taxi: Taxis are usually plentiful. Some Dublin taxi companies operate a 24-hour radio-call service. Calling for a cab will add an extra fee.

By Bus: Dublin has a large bus network, and you can purchase short-distance fares or Rambler day passes. Fares depend on the number of stages you travel; most trips within the City Center are between one and three stages. You can’t buy tickets from the driver; they must be purchased at outlets displaying the black-and-yellow Dublin Transit sign. Accessible buses with a wheelchair ramp are available throughout Dublin.

By Tram: The tram network, called Luas, has two stops that are convenient if you’re docked at North Wall. The Mayor Square and Spencer Dock stops are located at the rear of the CCD building.

On Foot: Once you get to the city center, most attractions are within walking distance. There are also plenty of walking tours that cover literary sights, pubs, food and history, and more.

Points of Interest

  • St. Patrick’s Cathedral – Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland. It is said to be one of the earliest Christian sites in Ireland where St. Patrick baptized converts. The Disabled Cruiser visiting the Cathedral will discover it’s all accessible. You can enter from the right entry. There are some steps to access the cathedral but a wheelchair lift is available. Inside everything is on one floor.
  • Trinity College – Trinity College is Ireland’s oldest university and one of the great universities of the world. Trinity College Library is the home to the Book of Kells. The museum itself is well designed and there is plenty of wheelchair access for the Disabled Cruiser, with well planned placement of lifts and platforms to allow disabled access.
  • Guinness Storehouse – Dublin has over 1,000 pubs and several hundred types of beers. St. James’s Gate Brewery, a brewery founded in 1759 in Dublin by Arthur Guinness, is today the largest brewer of stout. The Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s number one visitor attraction and tells the story of the “black stuff”.  The Disabled Cruiser will enjoy that they are quick to guide you to the handicap accessible entrance where you can enter with a wheelchair. The facility for the mobility impaired is excellent with access to almost all areas. The self-guided tour is wheelchair accessible, but you do have to back track to the elevator when you encounter stairs. Best to avoid the main elevator to get from floor to floor where possible as they could get very busy. 
  • Dublin Castle – Dublin Castle represents some of the oldest surviving architecture in the city, with its 13th-century record tower and State Apartments, once the residence of English viceroys. The Disabled Cruiser will come across a cobbled court yard outside the castle that is a little uneven underfoot. Those with limited mobility would need to take care as it is not easy to access if reliant on wheelchair or mobility scooter. Once inside there is a lift and everything else is on the flat.
  • Malahide Castle – From 1185 until 1973, Malahide Castle was the home of the Talbot family. Today, it’s one of the oldest and most historic castles in Ireland. The Disabled Cruiser visiting in a wheelchair can get to the ground floor (including all the alcoves displaying historical information) and, using a modern elevator, the first floor. The tour also goes to the bedrooms on the second floor, but a tour guide will led you to a waiting room that had photos of the rooms with text describing them. The paths on the grounds are level or gently graded and has reasonably good surfaces (pavement or hard-packed gravel). And, of course, the gift shop in the visitor center is wheelchair accessible. The visitor center also has an accessible family restroom.
  • Glendalough – A monastery set in a spectacular natural setting, Lonely Planet Ireland calls Glendalough “truly one of the most beautiful places in Ireland and a highlight of any trip to the island.” The Disabled Cruiser should start at the visitors center which is extremely informative and worth spending some time there before you set out on the paths. The first thing you see is five or six remaining monastic ruins. These buildings are most impressive and in a stunning setting with dramatic woods and hillsides surrounding you. You see these buildings before you come to either the lower or upper lakes. The ruins are most impressive. And, this is one of the few places in Ireland where you can say that people in wheelchairs or with mobility issues could move around through many of the monastic buildings.
  • Powerscourt – Powerscourt is set in the graceful Wicklow Mountains. As one of the most beautiful country estates in Ireland, its grounds boast the highest waterfall in Ireland. The Disabled Cruiser will discover that the gardens are beautiful and most of it is wheelchair accessible. Care needed if in a wheelchair, some areas steep.
  • Causey Farm – Located near Navan in County Meath, this family-owned farm is in the heart of Ireland’s rich grasslands. Causey Farm raises sheep and cattle as well as a small herd of Connemara ponies.

Dublin Accessible Excursions

Bordered by a low mountain range to the south and surrounded by flat farmland to the north and west, the capital of Ireland, Dublin, is sure to impress you. While the city has been through tumultuous change in recent decades, it has retained its glorious sense of history throughout it all.

Essentials of Dublin Private Accessible Walking Tour

Experience the heart and soul of Dublin as you stroll through some of the most significant places of the beautiful Irish Capital. On this half day private accessible Dublin walking tour, you will experience firsthand the famous cultural quarter Temple Bar, the main thoroughfare O’Connell Street, the prestigious Trinity College including the impactful Book of Kells, and have some time to unwind in St. Stephens Green park.

Tour Highlights
O’Connell Street
Temple Bar
Trinity College
Book of Kells
St. Stephens Green

The Essential Dublin Private Accessible Walking Tour utilizes a step-free route and your guide can assist to push a wheelchair for shorter distances. However, you will encounter some cobblestones along the way.

As you make your way through the heart of Dublin most streets have paved sidewalks or pedestrianized areas. Furthermore most of the shops and restaurants are step-free. The Temple Bar neighborhood consists of 3 streets that are just south of the river and run parallel to it. Most of the area is flat and paved, however, you will encounter medium cobblestone as well. This accessible walking tour of Dublin will also take you to prestigious Trinity College. The tour route includes some cobblestones and some paved paths. Especially the central courtyard in Trinity College is covered in cobblestones but your guide can assist you navigating the area.

Highlights of Dublin Private Accessible Walking Tour

With this 8 hour accessible Dublin walking tour you’ll experience the famous cultural quarter Temple Bar, the main thoroughfare O’Connell Street, the prestigious Trinity College including the impactful Book of Kells, time to unwind in St. Stephens Green park and a unique opportunity to visit the Old Jameson Distillery and the impressive St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Tour Highlights
O’Connell Street
Temple Bar
Trinity College
Book of Kells
St. Stephens Green
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Jameson Distillery

The Highlights of Dublin Private Accessible Walking Tour follows a step-free route and your guide can assist to push a wheelchair for shorter distances. However, you will encounter some cobblestones along the way.

As you make your way through the heart of Dublin most streets have paved sidewalks or pedestrianized areas as shown below. Furthermore most of the shops and restaurants are step-free. The Temple Bar neighborhood consists of 3 streets that are just south of the river and run parallel to it. Most of the area is flat and paved, however, you will encounter medium cobblestone as well. This accessible walking tour of Dublin will also take you to prestigious Trinity College. The tour route includes some cobblestones and some paved paths. Especially the central courtyard in Trinity College is covered in cobblestones but your guide can assist you navigating the area. The Jameson Distillery is wheelchair accessible. You will experience very mild cobblestones in some places outside the distillery.

Panoramic Dublin and Guinness Store House Wheelchair Accessible Driving Tour

This accessible half-day Dublin Driving Tour is an ideal way to get an overview of the beautiful city, in a relaxing and convenient way. Not only will you enjoy some memorable sightseeing as your private driver escorts you around some of the most popular areas in Dublin, you will also get to enjoy a memorable visit to the traditional Irish Guinness Storehouse.

Tour Highlights
Panoramic Drive of Dublin
Grafton Street
1818 General Post Office
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Guinness Storehouse
Shopping opportunities

While onboard your accessible van during The Panoramic Dublin Wheelchair Accessible Driving Tour you won’t have to navigate some of the challenging streets, hills and curbs that others might encounter in old city of Dublin and you’ll have plenty of time to relax and recharge throughout the day. However, you may encounter a few hills and cobblestones when you get out to experience the sites during your stops. Your guide will lead you through wheelchair accessible paths to avoid curbs and other accessibility challenges.

This accessible driving tour will take place in a comfortable accessible van with a wheelchair ramp and ample space to fit your group and your mobility equipment. The area outside of the Guinness Storehouse is mostly smooth and has sidewalks and the interior is wheelchair accessible. Grafton Street and the surrounding area offers great flat access for wheelchair users. Most stores also have flat access. Special curb cuts are available to help smooth transition when passing the streets near Grafton Street.

Dublin and Beyond Accessible Van Tour

This 8 hour accessible Dublin and Beyond Driving tour gives you the opportunity to combine the highlight of Dublin with some of the most treasured places outside of the Irish capital, the beautiful seaside villages of Malahide and Howth.

Tour Highlights
Panoramic Drive of Dublin
Trinity College
Book of Kells
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Guinness Storehouse
Malahide Castle and Gardens
Howth fishering village

While onboard your accessible van during the Dublin and Beyond Accessible Van Tour you won’t have to navigate some of the challenging streets, hills and curbs that others might encounter in old city of Dublin and you’ll have plenty of time to relax and recharge throughout the day. However, you may encounter a few hills and cobblestones when you get out to experience the sites during your stops. Your guide will lead you through wheelchair accessible paths to avoid curbs and other accessibility challenges.

This accessible driving tour will take place in a comfortable accessible van with a wheelchair ramp and ample space to fit your group and your mobility equipment. This accessible driving tour of Dublin will take you to prestigious Trinity College. You will encounter some cobblestones and some paved paths. Especially the central courtyard in Trinity College is covered in cobblestones but your guide can assist you navigating the area. The area outside of the Guinness Storehouse is mostly smooth and has sidewalks and the interior is wheelchair accessible. The areas surrounding Malahide Castle and the Botanic Gardens are flat and wheelchair accessible. Please note that while most of the castle is wheelchair accessible, the top floor of the Castle where the bedrooms are located are not.

For Dublin Accessible Excursions please click here.

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