Trinity College Dublin

Catch a glimpse of the famed “Book of Kells” and explore the regal campus, dating from 1592.

Trinity College Dublin: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dublin: Fast-Track Book of Kells Ticket & Dublin Castle Tour

1. Dublin: Fast-Track Book of Kells Ticket & Dublin Castle Tour

Discover the “most precious object in the western world,” according to the 1007 Chronicles of Ulster, on a cultural fast-track easy access tour of the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. Meet your local Dublin guide at the main entrance to Trinity College and marvel at the rich ornamentation and dense symbolism of the 8th century Book of Kells. This is an illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Get up close and admire one of the finest examples of medieval illumination. On the second part of this fascinating tour visit the 12th century Dublin Castle built by King John where your professional local English-speaking guide will show you all the exterior highlights including the Castle gardens, affording you one of the best tour experiences in Ireland. An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous Castle.

Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Get on and off the bus as often as you like with a ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours, and learn about the history and culture of the city with the live commentary in several languages. Hop-on Hop-off TourThe double-decker tour bus takes you around the most interesting attractions in Dublin. Stroll among the students along the cobbled paths and visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and stroll in the stunning Phoenix Park. • Tour starts: O'Connell Street/DoDublin HQ • Parnell Square North - Writers Museum • O'Connell Street/Abbey Street - GPO • Nassau Street - National Library of Ireland • Merrion Square West - National Gallery • Merrion Street - Leinster House & Natural History Museum • St. Stephen's Green - Little Museum & Grafton Street • Westland Row - Oscar Wilde's Birthplace • Pearse Street - Science Gallery  • College Green - Trinity College & Irish Whiskey Museum • Dame Street - City Hall & Temple Bar • Cork Hill - Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library • Christ Church Cathedral & Dublinia • St. Patrick's Cathedral & Marshes Library • Newmarket Square - Teeling's Whiskey Distillery • St. James Gate - Guinness Storehouse • James's Street - Roe & Co & Pearse Lyons Distillery • Royal Hospital - Museum of Modern Art & Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Rail Station • Phoenix Park - Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street - Ryan's Victorian Bar • Collins Barracks - National Museum of History • Arran Quay - Jameson Distillery Bow Street and St. Michan's Church • The Four Courts • Bachelor's Walk - Dublin Discovered Cruise

Dublin Gravedigger 2-Hour Ghost Bus Tour

3. Dublin Gravedigger 2-Hour Ghost Bus Tour

Travel back in time with an expert tour guide who will show you the ghoulish delights of Dublin, and provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the city’s spooky sites. The 2-hour Gravedigger Ghost Bus tour starts at Trinity College, former site of the old Augustinian Priory and plague house. You will be taken to the gate at the back of St. Audeons Catholic Church, better described as “the Hell” and known for hauntings by restless lepers. Continue to Kilmainham Jail, which was involved in some of the most tragic events in Irish History. Stop at Bully’s Acre and explore a graveyard that dates back 1,000 years and is said to contain hundreds of thousands of corpses, among them victims of famous body snatchers. En route you will pass Croppies Acre and St. Michans Church, before arriving at Prospect Square and The Gravediggers Pub, where you will get to enjoy your free Ghoulish Brew – if you dare!

Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

4. Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

Get to grips with the turbulent and fascinating history of Dublin in just 2 hours. This tour is led by history graduates of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin and aims to inform and entertain you all at once. Visit sites and hear stories detailing the complex history of Ireland. Learn about the influence of the American and French revolutions, the Potato Famine, the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Visit sites such as the Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, the City Hall and the Medieval City. Delve into modern history and explore the effects of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Take a walk around the city and experience modern day Dublin. This award-winning tour scores top marks for educational, entertainment all at once, with its guides possessing that natural Irish flair of combining history with wit to an extraordinary effect.

Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

5. Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour that’ll show you the real Dublin by visiting well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Whether you’ve visited the city before or are a total newbie to Irish soil, this tour will give you a taste of what life is like here. Learn the history of Dublin through its unique architectural landscape as well as getting a feel of its current atmosphere as you wander through the city. From theaters, cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and pubs you’ll see it all. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll.

Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Live Guide

6. Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour with Live Guide

Explore Dublin at your own pace aboard a spacious open-top bus with this hop-on hop-off tour. Chose a 1, 2, or 3-day ticket and see top sights like St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and St Stephen’s Green. Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun. You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, rejoin the tour when you’re ready. Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. If you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse After seeing all the sights on the bus, join the Yellow Umbrella Walking Tour. Delve into the mysteries of Dublin, visit Trinity College, and explore the vibrant city center with charming and witty guides. Premium and Deluxe tickets include a 1-hour panoramic Dublin Night Tour. Enjoy an exciting evening tour of the city as the live guide shares fascinating facts and stories. Learn fascinating insights into Dublin's history, architecture, and memorable characters. With the Deluxe ticket, enjoy a half-day Coastal Tour to scenic Howth Summit and its fishing village. Head to Howth from Dublin, explore the cliffs of Howth on a guided walking tour, and stroll through the picturesque Howth Village in your own time. Enjoy a seafood dinner caught fresh from the shores before returning home. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour and walking tour combination. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

Walking Tour Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners

7. Walking Tour Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners

This 2-hour Dublin highlights walking tour takes a journey through the many centuries of history and uncovers many of the city’s hidden gems that visitors often miss. Starting from O'Connell Street, your guide will show you Dublin icons, such as the General Post Office, used as the temporary headquarters of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. This tour will take you through the heart of the north and south central areas of historic Dublin and give you an experience of both well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Included will be the General Post Office; scene of a revolutionary past. Visit bustling Henry Street, the River Liffey, the cultural quarter of Temple Bar, and the former Viking and medieval area around Christ Church Cathedral. Check out Dublin Castle and the 18th-century splendor of Trinity College, among other intriguing places. You will come away enriched by a city full of far-reaching history and great stories. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll. And as an extra bonus, your ticket will entitle you to discounts in the Church Bar and Café (a wonderfully restored early 18th-Century church).

DoDublin Freedom Card: Public Transport & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

8. DoDublin Freedom Card: Public Transport & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Get around without any hassle by using the DoDublin Freedom Card to get unlimited access to public transport around the city and a 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass. For 72 hours you can use the Dublin Bus network, the Go-Ahead bus network, Dart and Commuter Trains, and all Luas tram lines. Leap Visitor CardMake the most of your vacation in Dublin with 72-hours of unlimited access to public transport in the city. Travel on the Dublin Bus network, the Go-Ahead bus network, Dart and Commuter Trains, and all Luas tram lines. Transfer to and from the airport with ease on the Dublin Bus route 41, which operates all day, seven days a week. Navigate your way around town or make a visit to beautiful coastal towns such as Malahide and Dun Laoghire. Hop-On Hop-Off BusJump onto the open-top Green bus for a sightseeing tour you'll never forget with incredible tour guides to provide ongoing commentary. Learn all about the history of Dublin and stop outside all of the most important landmarks. Have access to over 25 stops with your 48-hour pass, including the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, Dublin Zoo, and many more.

Dublin: Murder Mystery Game at Trinity College

9. Dublin: Murder Mystery Game at Trinity College

Step into the shoes of a talented detective as you travel back to 1899 to solve a mystery case. Stroll through the beautiful Trinity College while playing a fun game and take part in unique tasks to unlock clues that will lead you to the final chapter of your investigation. Pick up your mystery envelope and head over to Trinity College to begin your journey. In the envelope, you will find everything required for your investigation. Each chapter contains facts, information, and tasks that can shed light on the case. Inspired by a true crime case, the game will challenge you to use your skills to solve the case of a missing professor. Help bring professor Finn Flynn home to his worried wife Cecily Flynn. During your investigation, you will solve exciting riddles as you interact with Dublin's surroundings. In the end, you will receive the final chapter. Before you open it to discover the truth, you need to decide who the murderer is and what evidence you base this on. Your adventure will end across the road at the Irish Houses of Parliament.

Dublin: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

10. Dublin: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

After pickup from your hotel, embark on a walking tour that’ll show you the real Dublin by visiting well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Whether you’ve visited the city before or are a total newbie to Irish soil, this tour will give you a taste of what life is like here. Learn the history of Dublin through its unique architectural landscape as well as getting a feel of its current atmosphere as you wander through the city. From theaters, cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and pubs you’ll see it all. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll.

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I opened my app and found the code, but what I needed was a QR code. They said it was sent by email. Since I had made the reservation two or three weeks before, I had trouble finding any email. They very kindly took pictures of the reservation on my phone app and gave me tickets. My husband, son, and I enjoyed the whole 90-minute tour on the top of the bus on the most beautiful day with mostly blue sky. The driver was a wonderful storyteller with a calming voice. We thanked him very much on the way out, and asked him how he could talk constantly for 90 minutes and still keep his voice. He joked that when he goes home at night, he doesn't speak at all. A good laugh. Later I discovered that the email with the QR code came just the day before our tour. I've been so busy sightseeing, I haven't looked at email that much. Perhaps the driver/ticket person could know this, and tell tourists to look for an email that just came the day before.

Eoin is a great guy, very cheerful, jovial and ethusiastic. His passion for his work is clearly visible. The tour itself was very intriguing and fascinating. Got to know a lot about Irish history.

Our driver/guide Greg was entertaining and informative. Very much worth the entire tour to get an overview of sights to see.

Extremely knowledgeable guide. Very enjoyable experience which I would highly recommend.

Loved it. Very fun and spooky, staff are fantastic and really engaging. Would recommend