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The Best of Dublin: The Complete Heritage Walking Tour

1. The Best of Dublin: The Complete Heritage Walking Tour

Discover Dublin's hidden gems as you wander among many famous places on this 2.5-hour tour. Stop at the impressive classical Front Square of Ireland’s first university, Trinity College, to hear of the college’s numerous tales and treasures. The next stop is at the magnificent 18th century former Houses of Parliament. Take a walk through Dublin's back streets before arriving at the splendid City Hall building. Then visit the historic Dublin Castle's courtyards and garden, where the revered Chester Beatty Library Galleries is also located. Continue on past the ancient City Walls, and stop to admire Ireland’s largest church, the medieval St Patrick’s Cathedral. The cathedral was the base of renowned author Jonathan Swift until his death in 1745. A short stroll takes you to the even older Christ Church Cathedral and to Fishamble Street. Learn about the area's history as a Viking settlement, and view the site of the world’s first performance of Handel’s Messiah. Walk past Smock Alley Theatre, Ireland’s oldest theatrical site, and then finish the tour with a visit to Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural and entertainment quarter.

Nearly All of Dublin in 5 Hours

2. Nearly All of Dublin in 5 Hours

If you only have one day to see as much of Dublin as possible, then this five-hour walking tour is the perfect option. History, culture, architecture, Irish society, Irish language, literature, and jokes are shared during your walk around the city. Five hours will fly by quickly as you see all the city's most important sights. There is also the option to add a guided tour of the Old Library of Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed. (Note that if this option is selection, the National Museum of History and Archaeology will be substituted out.) Trinity’s Long Room library, one of the world’s most beautiful libraries, houses 200,000 of Ireland’s most ancient texts. Admire the "Proclamition of the Irish Republic," one of the most important texts in Irish history. The Long Room also features the Brian Boru Harp, Ireland’s oldest surviving harp and the model for the insignia of Ireland.  On Mondays, the National Museum of History and Archaeology is closed. Please note that there is an entrance fee for those who opt for the Book of Kells (adults and children). Please note, as part of ongoing conservation and preservation plans for the Old Library, the Book of Kells will be removed from public display from November 2019 to early March 2020. However, a full color replica of the Book of Kells will be available to view in the Trinity’s Long Room library.

Dublin: The Fantastic Private Walking Tour

3. Dublin: The Fantastic Private Walking Tour

In the courtyard of Dublin Castle, your footfalls will echo through the castle’s 800-year history. At the GPO on O’Connell Street, be exhilarated as you stand where crowds gathered in 1916 for the Declaration of Irish Independence & the passions of poets and Irish freedom fighters throughout the centuries were born anew. Can you feel it? Welcome to Dublin! The purpose of this tour is to make you fall in love with Dublin at first sight. It is perhaps your first time in the city? Or maybe you are here on a business trip and in between conference events day after day, with very little time to actually see the city? Or you have just a few hours to experience Dublin before your connecting flight takes off. Why not do it with a private guide? This 3-hour Fantastic Tour of Dublin is designed for those who are short on time but hungry to get to know Dublin for what it is – a city with beautiful and sometimes troubled history, a city founded by strangers and invaded by strangers in the old times, that is so friendly and accepting of strangers today.

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What people are saying about Irish Houses of Parliament

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 85 reviews

The walk was lead by a lovely lady whose knowledge of Dublin was outstanding, she answered any questions and gave us lots of information. It took 2 hours and was at a steady pace, always waiting for everyone. We could of done with an information sheet to take away after the tour as she gave us lots of recommendations on other things to visit during our stay .

I was the only person booked on the tour and so was privilaged to have my own personal guide! His knowledge of Irish history and Dublin was incredible and I learnt so much from this tour as well as thoroughly enjoying it. Many thanks

We found the tour was great very well structured and each area added to the last. the Tour Guide David W loved his job and passed that love onto us about the history of Dublin

Dianne our guide was excellent. Just enough info and stories to guide us neatly between each of the tourist locations.

Great tour.

Michael was a very knowledgeable and personable tour guide and made it a great experience.