Put your best foot forward on this walking tour and discover Dublin’s well-known landmarks as well as hidden gems most visitors don’t see.
Walk down elegant O’Connell Street to see the General Post Office and other famous locations. Stroll along the scenic River Liffey to visit the historic Temple Bar area, with its picturesque cobbled streets.
View Dublin Castle, once the seat of British power in Ireland and now an important government complex.
At Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university, conjure up the ghosts of former literary giants and revel in centuries of knowledge and learning.
After exploring Dublin’s many delights, take a much deserved coffee-break in Bewley’s, the city’s oldest café. Discounts at Bewley’s are included in your tour price.
For your delightful Highlights & Hidden Corners of Dublin – Walking Tour you should meet your guide at Dublin Bus Office, 59 Upper O'Connell Street.
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.
This was a well organised and interesting tour. The initial meeting point was easy to find and the guide was very friendly and helpful. We saw a wide variety of hidden corners....a jackson
We just had 1 1/2 days to see Dublin and were advised to do a walking tour. Our guide gave us a really good feel of the place in a short time. lots of helpful tips eg you have to...dr james s collings-wells
The guide was very knowledgeable of what and where he was showing us. He was also a very humorous person. It was a good tour and we, a group of 18 seniors, enjoyed it very m...Katherine M W Ko
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily
01 Nov - 31 Mar: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Duration: 2 hours
Outside Dublin Bus Office, 59 Upper O'Connell St, Dublin 1.
Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes before the start time.
The tour ends at Trinity College.
Dress for the weather. Wear comfortable shoes. Don’t forget to bring a camera!
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all details.
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