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Boathouse | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

The barge has a capacity for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 small children.

You must contact Dublin Barge Hire at least 48 hours before you arrive to arrange a time to meet at the marina etc

€250 damage deposit if cruising. €100 damage deposit if using the barge for accommodation only

FREE WIFI (fair usage policy applies)

PARKING - there is a private car park 5 minutes from the marina. It costs €15 for 24 hours and must be booked online!

Welcome to Dublin Barge Hire, Dublin City Centre's first self-catering cruising barge.The barge 'Tig Beatha' , a 50 x 10 foot (15 x 3.1m) barge was built in 2004 to a high specification. Its warm inviting interior and its comfortable living space makes this self-catering barge an ideal environment for a holiday break. For real comfort the barge sleeps 2 people. However, 'Tig Beatha' is a four berth barge and is suitable for up to four adults or two adults and two children. So, it is entirely up to you how you want to utilise the space for your holiday. So, why not try something a little less conventional! Experience an unexpectedly tranquil setting in the heart of the city centre by staying on board a special self-catering cruising barge. The unique living space gives something new, exciting and exclusive to your stay in Dublin.

Located on the Central Line of the Grand Canal it allows you the opportunity to cruise the canal from Grand Canal Basin in Ringsend to Percy Place. Tig Beatha is located in a prime location in South Dublin City Centre with an array of cafes, restaurants and shops at your disposal. The barge is moored in the marina - a 2 minute walk from Bord Gais Energy Theatre. When in the Marina in the Inner Basin keep an eye out for the playful otters.

Your vessel Tig Beatha is a charming wide beam barge. When you step inside you will see a wooden interior comprising of a solid oak floor and veneer wooden walls and ceiling. It contains a multi-fuel stove with a back boiler which makes a stay on the barge during winter one of the most wonderful, cosy and romantic experiences you could have.

Lounge -

Sofa bed


Multi-fuel stove with back boiler

Entertainment -

DVD player

TV with VGA connections

Radio/ CD player

Kitchen -

Dining area

4 ring stove

Full size oven

Coffee maker French Press/ Italian Moka Pot


Pantry Items

Kitchen knives, crockery and pots

Hand blender

Bathroom -


Flush toilet


Bedroom -

Double bed

Storage drawers and hangers

Exterior -

Enclosed outdoor space



Serviced Marina

Mains electricity


Secure Coded Gate


When outside the Marina mains electricity is provided through an inverter and is available throughout the boat. Also LED lighting is used throughout the boat to ensure energy efficiency. So, 'Tig Beatha can operate both on and/or off the grid. So, you can be as energy efficient as you would like to be. All our electrical appliances, including the fridge run on 12 volt.

Also included in the rate:

Solid Fuel - A 40kg bag of coal and a bail of briquettes is provided. Any extra fuel needed has to be bought by the hirer. Help can be given with the delivery of solid fuel.


Tea, coffee and milk

Hair dryer


Stove powered central heating



LED lighting through out

Hot/ Cold running water

Check - in time 2pm

Check - out time 11am

If you arrive early you can leave your bags on board Scéal Eile.

We can be flexible around these times providing it does not interfere with bookings.

Family Stays

To accommodate family requirements we can adapt your vessel to your particular needs. Upon request, we can install a child's stair gate, provide a travel cot, high chair, baby bath, child locks for presses, and so forth. Also, kids and adult board games and DVD's will be provided to make your stay as comfortable and hassle free as possible.


Some boating experience is necessary.

1 hour driving instruction included.

Drive your own unique form of transport through part of South Dublin City

Personally navigate through our 200 year old locks

If you would like to cruise the barge to Percy Place you must give 24 hours notice as the lock keeper needs to be informed. Guests must leave in the morning time during lock keepers hours. You cruise 6 locks in total (3 locks from Grand Canal Dock to Percy Place and 3 locks on your return journey). It takes approximately 2 hours.

There is a cruising charge of €30

Size Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace

About this location

The Province of Leinster region

Dublin Barge Hire is located on the south side of the river Liffey between Sir John Rogerson's Quay and Pearse Street in Dublin City Centre. The barge Tig Beatha is moored in the marina at Waterways Visitors Centre, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2. The barge is in view of the Bord Gais Energy Theatre which is incredibly stunning at night as various sculptors illuminate the area making the array of bars, restaurants and cafes look inviting as places to sit, eat and drink while soaking up the visually appealing setting.

Grand Canal Square, is an exciting new urban space in Dublin's Docklands which opened in 2007. So if it is innovative landscape that interests you, Grand Canal Square is one of the largest paved public spaces in Dublin city allowing on occasion outdoor concerts and performances staged in the vicinity making your stay a special one.

Grand Canal Dock is only minutes from the city centre, and is served by an extensive public transport network. This includes intercity trains, a fast commuter train service (Dart), Dublin Bus services and a light rail network (Luas). Dublin Barge Hire is located near Grand Canal Dock Station which links to Bray/ Greystones or Malahide/Howth so it could not be easier to hop on a dart/train and visit Malahide for the day or if its walking your after - take a dart to Bray and walk the fabulous coastline to Greystones and get the Dart back to Dublin City Centre.

Remember you have your own personal mode of transport that you can freely move through our 200 year old locks giving you a personal experience of times gone by! Gain first hand experience of cruising your own barge, traveling from Grand Canal Dock, westward up the attractive tree-lined Grand Canal to Percy Place. The cruise time is approx. 2 hours. So if its a family holiday you are after you don't have far to go to entertain the children and aid their curious minds. Simply step onto the back deck, turn the ignition on and drive your very own barge whilst engaging the kids in something entirely new and unique to the city. Barging on Tig Beatha is ideal family holiday entertainment.

Use the barge to cruise in the Dock during the off peak season. Drive and moor your boat outside Il Valentino cafe and treat everyone to a morning coffee and pastry. Take a leisurely spin around the Outer and Inner Basin. Cruise to the Bord Gais Energy Theatre and dine at the fine restaurants all based beside the water front and then return to the mooring in the Inner Basin Marina. Keep an eye out for the prehistoric looking Comorant that often dives swiftly into the water to catch its prey or stands motionless with its wings in full span as it patiently dries itself.

The Outer Basin is also used for water sports. Check out Surfdock Watersports and maybe challenge yourself to Stand-up Paddleboarding, Wind Surfing or Wake Boarding. They have great summer camps for the kids too!

A short stroll from the barge is the Chimney Park playground so if the children are small and energetic why not grab a coffee and relax while the children burn off some energy. Also, nearby the playgound is Hanover Quay Garden designed by Diarmuid Gavin.

Sandymount Beach is a 30 minute walk away (3.3 km)or you could hire bikes from the Dublin city cycling website. There is a park and playground en route just in case you have little people in tow who are in need of a rest half way through their walk!!.

We are also located approximately 10 minutes from Shelbourne Park (Greyhound Track)and the music venue The O2 is in walking distance as is The Aviva Stadium.

There are plenty of markets around too. The Point Village Market is running every weekend. And the Central Square Gourmet Food Market in Spencer Dock may very well tempt you every Wednesday from 11.30am to 2pm. Every Thursday there is a food market at Mespil Road too.


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  • 2 Years listed

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Calendar last updated:23 Mar 2015

Based in Ireland

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