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Why a Dublin Canal Cruise Makes For a Great Evening Out

Take a Dublin canal cruise on the Grand Canal. Enjoy a Dublin dinner cruise on the Grand Canal. Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise in Dublin Ireland.
We often stop in wonder ourselves as a crowd gathers to watch the canal boats that journey along Dublin's Grand Canal negotiate the lock.  

My mother was visiting recently so we decided that this was the perfect time to sign-up for a dinner cruise and have this experience from another perspective.
Dublin Canal Cruise: Going under a bridge

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We boarded the Canal Boat Restaurant in Charlemont at 9 pm and set off toward Grand Canal Dock.
Dublin Canal Cruise: boat going under a bridge
Dublin Canal Cruise: View of the Grand Canal and the back of the boat
It was fun to see the sights that we normally see 'from land' from a different vantage point on the water.
Horse statue on the Dublin Grand Canal
Georgian doors along the Grand Canal In Dublin
Dublin Canal Cruise: Going through a lock
It was fascinating to see the operation of the locks up close.  We'd pull in and the pilot would shut the lock behind us.
Dublin Canal Cruise: Going through a lock
He then cranked open the gates in the front...
Dublin Canal Cruise: Animated GIF of a man operating the lock
...and we were slowly lowered down.  
Dublin Canal Cruise: View of the lock
Dublin Canal Cruise: in a lock
Dublin Canal Cruise: Opening the lock
Dublin Canal Cruise: Passing through the lock
Lock on the Dublin Grand Canal up close
There was a deck on the top of the boat where we could sit and admire the views while quaffing a glass of wine.  Headroom was definitely tight when going under the bridges.  Don't stand up!
Top deck of our Dublin canal cruise boat
Passing under a bridge in a canal boat on the Dublin Grand Canal
During the course of the 2 hour cruise, we passed the other boat that plies the Grand Canal - La Peniche.  One of the guests on our boat reached out to shake hands with our neighbors.
Dublin Canal Cruise: La Peniche
Dinner itself was served below deck.  We could still see what was going on outside via conveniently situated portholes.
Dublin Canal Cruise: porthole
We were served salad or soup and brown bread to start.
Salad, bread and butter on our Dublin Grand Canal Dinner Cruise
Soup on our Dublin Grand Canal Dinner Cruise
There were a few simple choices for mains including beef and Guinness stew and a fish pie.  Given the limited kitchen available onboard, the food was quite tasty.
Guiness Stew and mash on our Dublin Grand Canal Dinner Cruise
Fish pie on our Dublin Grand Canal Dinner Cruise
For dessert we sampled cheesecake and apple pie.  The meal is included in the price of the cruise (45 EUR per person at the time we went) but wine and beer costs extra.
Cheesecake on our Dublin Grand Canal Dinner Cruise
Apple Pie for dessert on our Dublin Grand Canal Dinner Cruise
By the time we'd finished eating, the sun had set and we were about to emerge into Grand Canal Dock.
Dublin Canal Cruise evening views
The high tech buildings were all lit up and reflected in the water.
View of the Google Docks building from the Grand Canal
Entering Grand Canal Dock on a Dublin Canal Cruise
Again, we saw many sights that we normally only see from land including the 'neon forest', The Marker, and the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre.
Grand Canal Dock at night viewing from a Dublin canal cruise
Grand Canal Dock at night viewing from a Dublin canal cruise
Our cruise was drawing to a close as we pulled into port.
Dublin Canal Cruise: docking in Grand Canal Dock
Animated GIF of our Dublin Canal Cruise parked in Grand Canal Dock
What a fantastic evening!  This is the perfect activity if you have family visiting in Dublin.

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: Why a Dublin Canal Cruise Makes For a Great Evening Out
Why a Dublin Canal Cruise Makes For a Great Evening Out
Take a Dublin canal cruise on the Grand Canal. Enjoy a Dublin dinner cruise on the Grand Canal. Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise in Dublin Ireland.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog