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  • James A
    Bluefield, West Virginia, United States84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was an excellent day tour. This was my second tour with Paddywagon. I do wish they would include a photo of the pickup spots as some other tour companies have on their tour info pages, since I noticed a lot of others on the tour around the corner confused and was luckily able to tell them the correct pickup location. Our tour guide was awesome! Richard was very punctual and made sure that we had an excellent lunch by taking us to a great spot that had options for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan options. The time at Rock of Cashel was a bit shorter than I had hoped and I could have done without the stop in Cork since we had just eaten lunch and the food market there is the main thing our group went to and I would’ve liked to have that time at Blarney or Rock of Cashel. There is a good amount of time spent at Blarney and the Blarney Woolen Mills (about 2.5 hours), which I found adequate for what most people will want to do and see. One big suggestion I have for Paddywagon is to make the drop off location for where the tour ends clear before booking. Both tours I have taken with different drivers ended in a location other than the pickup point and the tour listing says the tour will end at the pickup point. This could really mess with plans if anyone makes reservations or plans in advance near the original pickup locations. Both drivers did tell us the drop off location about 40 minutes in advance and they were excellent places for dinner time, but I do think a specific drop off location should be set in advance for anyone short on time in the city and wanting to plan their trip accordingly. Overall, this is a fantastic option for a day trip from Dublin!
    Written 14 July 2024
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  • Barbara S
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a phone and lively tour! Our guide , Ger, was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. If she didn’t know the answer to something she would look it up! There was plenty of time to tour around Blarney Castle grounds. Kinsale was also a fun stop. It was lively with many places to eat. I absolutely loved Cobh. A haunting beautiful spot! The only thing I would suggest is to call ahead to reserve a tour through the Titanic Experience. It was sold out for the day.
    Written 6 July 2024
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  • Angela M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    John Todd did a GREAT job making this tour wonderful! The castle and grounds were absolutely stunning! St Colman’s Cathedral was amazing as well!
    Written 12 June 2024
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  • kevin w
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Micheal and Andre were very polite and very entertaining! Made the long trim very enjoyable! Would love to have them along for the other tours we took!
    Written 1 July 2024
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  • Jessica P
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Karen was absolutely fantastic! She made the tour so fun and was so encouraging when it came to climbing the steps and kissing the Blarney stone (which is NOT easy).

    All in all, fantastic tour!
    Written 28 June 2024
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  • Carien v
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our tour with John Todd to Cork, Blarney Castle, and Cobh was an absolute delight from start to finish. John’s expertise and passion for the region shone through, enriching every moment of our adventure.

    From the moment we boarded the comfortable train, John’s warm welcome and engaging commentary set the tone for the day. His deep knowledge of the area’s history, culture, and hidden gems added depth to our experience, making each stop more meaningful.

    At Cork, we wandered through charming English market. The visit to Blarney Castle was a highlight, where John regaled us with fascinating tales of the castle’s storied past and ensured we didn’t miss the chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone.

    Cobh’s picturesque harbor captivated us, and John’s insights into its maritime heritage and poignant history left a lasting impression. We loved the Cobh heritage centre where we discovered more about the Irish famine and the Titanic.

    Throughout the tour, John’s professionalism, humor, and genuine care for his guests were evident. He went above and beyond to ensure everyone felt welcomed and included, creating a sense of camaraderie among fellow travelers.

    Overall, our day with John Todd was nothing short of exceptional. His passion for his homeland, coupled with his expertise as a guide, made our journey through Cork, Blarney Castle, and Cobh truly unforgettable. We cannot recommend this tour highly enough – it’s a must-do for anyone looking to explore the beauty and history of Ireland with a knowledgeable and personable guide like John.

    Earl Carien
    Written 7 April 2024
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  • crudolfo
    Waddell, AZ7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an amazing day and Derek was a fabulous guide! He was personable, professional, and knowledgable. He was a safe driver and his vehicle was nice and clean. We had great conversations, learned about the area, culture and visited some amazing sights. He was very good at tailoring the day to our interests. We saw everything on our list without feeling rushed. Both Cork and Kinsale were beautiful places and the Blarney Castle was magnificent and the grounds were impressive! We even stopped at a 9/11 memorial which was very touching. Thanks Derek for a fabulous day!
    Written 7 July 2024
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  • scottcaps
    Chesapeake Beach, MD1,763 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    First off, there has to be a better way to tell people where the Dublin pickup point is for these tours. There is no sign, no written directions. There is a location marker on Google Maps for "Paddy's Palace" and if you use street view, there is a picture of a corner brick building with scaffolding. This building no longer has scaffolding and is NOT the pickup point. The actual pickup point is a bus stop just down the street, on the other side of the street, under the bridge by the Trinity Church and across the street from a hostel. There is no sign for Paddywagon, just a pull over for the bus stop. Once your bus does come and you grab a seat, the rest of the day will be much less confusing.

    The two day itinerary we did is actually two one-day tours (Rock of Cashel/Blarney Castle from Dublin and Cliffs of Moher from Cork) where you are dropped off at a Bed & Breakfast in Cork at the end of your first day and you get on another bus in Cork the next morning. At the end of your second day, you then transfer to third bus that is on its way back to Dublin.

    Day 1 Rock of Cashel/Blarney Castle from Dublin: Our day 1 guide/driver, Alex, was wonderful - entertaining, relayed good information along the way, kept us informed of the itinerary and what to expect, and answered questions, but also allowed for quiet time. Two hour drive from Dublin to Rock of Cashel. Alex gave us our tickets and we had 50 minutes to explore at our own pace. There are bathrooms as well as a small coffee shop and gift shop near the car park. Back on the bus for 1 hour to Cork, where Alex dropped us off in city center with 1 hour to have lunch, explore and/or shop. The overnight folks were taken by Alex to the Acorn House B&B, introduced to the owner, and dropped our bags off - so we ended up with about 40 minutes to eat (we ate at Gallagher's pub by the B&B). Then, a short drive to Blarney Castle, where we were given our tickets by Alex and had 2.5 hours to explore on our own. This amount of time allowed us time to do the Castle (including the kiss - very short line the day we were there), walk most of the closer gardens, eat Gelato, go to the restroom, and browse at Blarney Woolen Mills. It was a very pleasant, not rushed, afternoon. The overnight folks were then taken back to Cork to the Acorn House B&B at 16:30. The B&B is not fancy, but was clean and comfortable with a full Irish Breakfast made early for us so we could catch our bus for day 2 - the pickup point in Cork is right at the Paddywagon office just down the hill from the B&B and Alex must have told us 3 times where it was and what time to be there. We enjoyed a walk around Cork, a nice dinner at The River Club, a drink at the intimate The Library, and a drink and live music at Sin'E near the B&B.

    Day 2 Cliffs of Moher from Cork/Limerick: Our day 2 guide/driver DJ had some great driving skills on the narrow roads. He provided good information about the area and fun stories, along with a few jokes, along the way and kept us updated on the itinerary. First stop was at Limerick to pick up more passengers. There was also a refreshment/bathroom stop at a filling station. We arrived at the Cliffs of Moher where DJ gave us our tickets and we had 1.5 hours to explore on our own. There are restrooms, Cafe, gift shop, and exhibits near the car park. After the Cliffs, there was a very short drive back to Doolin to the John P. Holland Center which is the lunch stop. The Center is a cafeteria style serving good soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and hot entree items. What we got was good - quiche, ham & cheese sandwiches, salads, and a chocolate cheesecake mousse. There was definitely a variety of items, but this place is your only choice. After lunch, we went to the Burren, where we had a 35 minute stop to walk around and explore on our own. Back in the bus to the last stop, which was 30 minutes at the gift store at Bunratty Castle - the Castle itself is a nice photo opportunity, but you can't enter it. The stop is primarily a restroom & snack stop prior to the trek back to the dropoff. Since DJ's bus was going back to the Limerick and Cork dropoffs, we were left at this stop to wait on a Dublin bound bus with Richard as driver. We ended up with 1.5 hours at this stop. Two hours back to Dublin, where Richard relayed some information about the area, but mostly let everyone chill to some good tunes.

    Overall, aside from the confusing Dublin pickup point, we were very happy with our 2 day itinerary. We got both full daytours plus time to explore Cork and a night at a comfortable B&B, which we felt was better for us than 2 separate day tours and the hours back and forth to Dublin. The Cliffs were amazing, but are pretty much the focus of the tour and there is more time on the bus, whereas the Rock of Cashel/Blarney Castle tour had two nice stops and the Cork lunch stop allowed folks to choose their own activity and place to eat.
    Written 24 September 2023
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  • Cruiser58116373685
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour was great! We saw the highlights of South/West Ireland. There is a bit of driving time on the bus but it’s a large country so that’s the only way to see as much as possible in a few days. My main advice is to bring a good rain jacket, rain pants, and umbrella. I was so happy I did. Our tour guide Danny was wonderful. One of my favorite things was the horseback ride through the National Park. Even though I was the only one on the tour who wanted to do it, he made it happen for me! The cliffs of Moher were magical and my favorite day was exploring the dingle peninsula.
    Written 15 May 2024
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  • Douglas G
    Salt Lake City, UT28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peter was an outstanding tour guide. His knowledge of the history of Ireland and his understanding of the surroundings was incredible and made the trip an incredible learning experience. The small size (15) allowed for relationships to develop between all of us and added to the enjoyment of the tour. I would strongly recommend Rabbies. Excellent service and a truly delightful experience. I strongly recommend them.
    Written 20 June 2024
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  • Vihar J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The tour was excellent. We were accompanied throughout by an experienced, knowledgeable and interesting guide (Brian). Brian looked after all details throughout the tour, keeping everyone informed and on time. The accommodations were excellent. As for the actual tour, it was great. The pace was about right and there was always something interesting to experience. Brian added great commentary and gave great suggestions about where to eat/shop.

    Thank you Brian and Railtours Ireland for showing us the beauty of Ireland.
    Written 6 September 2023
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  • John T
    Somis, CA4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The sites were great, but Danny was excellent with his knowledge of history, politics, current events, geography, etc. His story telling was super. He worked very hard with getting us a great experience, loading and unloading bags, recommending places to eat, etc. Love that guy!
    Written 7 July 2024
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  • Diane M
    Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brian our tour guide for most of our trip was the most informative, friendly and lovely gentleman. We learned so much about the country and totally enjoyed our trip. Andrea and Gerry also deserve high praise because they also were amazing.
    RIT made our trip to Ireland magical. Thank you so much. Will highly recommend this company.
    Written 19 October 2023
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  • Jason B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5+++. One of the best trips we have ever taken. Our guide, Seamus, was awesome.
    We saw so much but were never rushed. Great sights, great accommodations, great food, great everything. I would HIGHLY recommend this tour to anyone that wants an in-depth introduction to Ireland and all it has to offer.
    Written 14 July 2024
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  • Sinead H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the past I have travelled to Ireland with family, but this time I decided to make the journey with friends. We were staying in Cork for three days and wanted to make sure we saw all that Cork City had to offer. Sean was perfect for the job. He was able to show us all of the historical landmarks and unique spots in the city that we would've otherwise missed had we been left to our own devices. He frequently stopped the van so that we were able to get out, walk around, and explore on our own. We made stops at St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Blackrock Castle, and the Blarney Stone and the Woollen Mills to name a few. Sean is truly so knowledgable about all things Cork and did not hesitate to capture the perfect photo for us. These photos are some of my friends and I's favorite pictures from the trip to look back on. I would highly recommend booking with Sean if you want a proper tour and are looking to gain incredible insight into the beautiful history that is Cork.
    Written 5 April 2024
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