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Heading into Dublin Port

This massive port is responsible for more than half of Ireland’s shipping traffic and has a long history behind it. It’s one of the best gateways to Ireland, with many ferries and cruise liners stopping here, including the Stena Line Ferries and cruise ships. It also allows you to explore other parts of the country, as well as neighbouring lands. If you’re travelling to Dublin by ferry, the port is only a 20-minute drive from the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel in Dublin.

A long history

Before Dublin Port was constructed, shipwrecks were common due to the winds and waves that frequently surrounded the old shipping docks. Just a few miles upstream, the old port became busier and more important after the Norse invasions in the 8th and 9th centuries. After losing so many ships, it was decided to build a new shipping harbour with protection from the elements. Thus, Dublin Port was born.

Events and activities

The port isn’t just a great way to access the Emerald Isle; it also holds plenty of events to keep you entertained. Each year there is a famous Port Rally in which all types of vehicles are put on display. It’s perfect for car enthusiasts, with around 3,000 spectators coming to check out the vintage cars and buses. Dublin’s oldest double decker bus makes an appearance, as do classic cars and rare makes, such as a 1937 Model T Ford from the Metropolitan Police. There are also festivals, competitions, boat shows and lots of other activities going on. Take a look at what’s on during your stay in Dublin. 

If you’re more interested in nature, there are plenty of interesting animals to look out for too. Seals are regular visitors to the shores here and love to lay on the beach at the north end of Bull Island (the sand bank protecting the ships from the elements). You may also be lucky and catch a glimpse of some dolphins, whales or porpoises.