Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre

tel: +353 (01) 6777 510     email: visitorcentre@waterwaysireland.org

Plan a visit

The Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre is your Gateway to the Waterways
floating on the water of the Grand Canal Basin.


The walking tour begins in the Visitor Centre on the Grand Canal Quay and explores Grand Canal Dock from its   development in the 18th century that changed the shape of Dublin to its recent 21st century rebirth that has created a new urban landscape for the city. You will hear the story of the Royal and Grand canals and the race to reach the Shannon.
You can admire this fantastic mix of industrial and modern architecture, find out what life in the past was like living and working in Dublin’s Docklands and discover how the canals played a consistent role in the history of the city’s economic, social and cultural development.
Inside the centre we have hands on activities including demonstrating driving a barge and an interactive quiz testing your knowledge of Ireland’s Waterways.
We also provide advice, guides, maps and charts for those planning on using the waterways and the activities on and around them.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 6pm
Tuesday 10am - 6pm
Wednesday 10am - 6pm
Thursday 10am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


The exhibition is available for group visits outside these times by prior arrangement. 
To make a booking please call the Visitor Centre Manager on 01 6777510








Tour Tickets

Adult €8.00
Child (5-12 years) €4.00
Child (less than 5) Free
Family (2 Adults + Children) €15.00
Concession €4.00


If your party includes 10 or more people we are delighted to offer a range of group discounts, please contact us in advance.
Payment accepted by cash and cheque, unfortunately we are unable to accept  Laser or Credit Cards at present.


How to Find Us

  • By Foot - The Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre is only 10 minutes on foot from Trinity College
  • By Luas - take the red line to Spenser Dock and head south across the new Samuel Beckett Bridge
  • By Bus - The number 1, 2, 3, 56A, 77A, all stop on Pearse St before MacMahon Bridge.
  • By Dart - Grand Canal Station is located beside the Visitor Centre
  • By Car - There is on street parking (pay and display) located around us.
  • Bus parking available for groups, please contact the centre for access.

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