For your delightful Highlights & Hidden Corners of Dublin – Walking Tour you should meet your guide at Dublin Bus Office, 59 Upper O'Connell Street. Please try to arrive 15 minutes before the departure time at 1100h (11:00am).
O’Connell Street, located in the heart of Dublin, is the city’s main thoroughfare. It is similar to the Champs-Élysées, but more intimate. From here, you proceed to famous landmarks, such as the General Post Office, built in 1818 and the temporary headquarters of the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising. You’ll also see Henry Street shopping district and St Mary’s Church.
You’ll see the Ha'penny Bridge, known officially as the Liffey Bridge, a pedestrian bridge built in 1816 over the River Liffey. The bridge replaced seven ferries that were frequently in less than ideal condition.
You will continue through the new Italian Quarter, a popular shopping and dining district, and walk along the beautiful River Liffey to the Temple Bar. This is one of the oldest parts of the city and still has narrow cobbled streets dating from medieval times. For hundreds of years it has been a center for the arts and saw the first performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in 1742. Today, Temple Bar has a lively nightlife and houses several Irish cultural institutions.
Next up are City Hall and Dublin Castle, which has played a prominent role in Ireland's history. It was the seat of British rule until the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922. The complex was then ceremonially handed over to Michael Collins, leader of the newly formed Provisional Government. Now the castle is a major Irish government complex.
After passing the 18th century former Irish Houses of Parliament, you will enter the campus of the distinguished Trinity College, the only constituent college of the University of Dublin. Founded in 1592 by letters from Queen Elizabeth I and modeled after the collegiate universities of Oxford and Cambridge, it is Ireland’s oldest university. Alumni include famous writers such as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, Goldsmith and Beckett. The Library has more than 4.5 million printed volumes and significant quantities of manuscripts (including the Book of Kells), maps and music.
After Trinity College, stroll down Grafton Street for a much deserved break at Bewley’s, Dublin's oldest cafe. Here you can enjoy freshly ground, hand roasted coffee, as well as pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches (payable direct).
End your tour at Trinity College. From here, you will need to make your own arrangements for getting back to your accommodation.