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“Great experience”

Canal Boat Restaurant
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Welcome to Canal Boat Restaurant! Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal on our replica Guinness Canal Barge while gently meandering along a beautiful stretch of Dublin's Grand Canal. We depart from Mespil Road (across from the Mespil Hotel) and cruise along a beautiful tree lined stretch of the canal, past Georgian houses and through ancient locks. Savour your pre-dinner drinks whilst watching the world go by
Dublin, Ireland
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed 20 February 2013

We went on this canal cruise last Autumn, and I meant to write a review sooner, but I am very happy to report that we had a great experience - we boarded the barge at Grand Canal Dock and cruised for approx. 2 hours through a number of locks as far as Charlemont (Harcourt Terrace). The barge itself was beautiful, with gleaming brass, and was spotlessly clean (including the toilets). Service was friendly and efficient and the meal we received was top class - I don't know how such excellent cuisine came from 2 guys in a very compact galley! Also, the wine available was very good and fairly priced. I strongly recommend this trip for both visitors to Dublin and - like ourselves - residents, as it give both an interesting perspective on the city and a really relaxing and enjoyable 'wind down' experience; one of the aspects we particularly enjoyed was the chat with other guests who, because a barge is compact, are close by .... it created a real sense of being part of a group on an adventure. By the way, make sure to go up on deck when the barge is going through one of the locks - it is a fascinating exercise to observe.

Visited October 2012
3 Thank b0bken
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fantastic venue for a party!”
Reviewed 18 May 2012

We booked the barge for my 30th birthday party, and I must say we were very impressed! It's a beautiful boat inside and out, the cruise takes in a lovely stretch of the canal, the food was excellent (and reasonably priced), and the staff were extremely friendly and helpful.

We had an amazing time, and would recommend it without reservation!

Visited May 2012
5 Thank Markd250
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Relaxing eve sightseeing, cabin cramped, food shortage.”
Reviewed 3 December 2011

The cruise itself was relaxing, and a wonderful way to see a different side of Dublin. The Captain was very capable, and guided us through the locks with ease. The conditions inside the cabin are very cramped, and you need to befriend your neighbours quickly. It is hard to eat or chat in these conditions. The food ran out as too many people ordered beef, so a quater of people were left to wait while a member of crew jumped ship in search of supplies. When he returned the meat was cooked in a rush, and so not very edible. The desset was lovely, and eaten fast as we were docking. The crew did try to make up by offering complimentary drinks - which was nice. The staff very friendly. This was a one off.

Visited September 2011
7 Thank DublinFreespirit
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