Combining a medieval city with elegant Georgian architecture and a vibrant modern cultural scene, Dublin has a million stories to tell. Discover the city in all its guises on this enthralling walking tour with an expert historian guide.
For a secular shopping thrill, visit Grafton Street and Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, two top destinations for shopaholics. For more pious experiences, view the casket of St Valentine as well as the magnificent St Patrick’s Cathedral and the 11th century Christ Church Cathedral.
The past comes alive when you see 13th century Dublin Castle and its gardens, and learn about Dublin’s Viking and medieval histories at the Old City Walls. You can also admire the fine Georgian architecture of Dublin City Hall and the Bank of Ireland. History and contemporary culture rub shoulders at Temple Bar, the city’s cultural heart where narrow, cobbled streets speak of its medieval past.
The tour is available in two language options – English and German. Choose the one that’s best for you. Discounts at The Church Café/Bar and Bewley’s famous coffee shop are included in your ticket.
This tour takes you past many of Dublin’s most important and historic features, which you will view from the outside.
For the Best of Dublin - Heritage Walking Tour you should meet your guide at Outside former church, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2 at 1430h (2:30pm).
Starting off, your guide will lead you past many of the city’s iconic sites including the Bank of Ireland (former 18th century Houses of Parliament) and 16th century Trinity College, the hallowed halls of Ireland’s oldest university.
Next is Grafton Street, once ranked as the fifth most expensive main shopping street in the world. Still a shopping mood, visit Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, an 18th century Georgian mansion that is now Dublin's strangest shopping mall. Created by combining old buildings and a glass-covered backyard area, it has to be seen to be believed.
Turning to romance, visit St Valentine’s Casket in Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, dating from 1825. The golden casket contains the remains of a martyr from the late 3rd century who, through various twists and turns, has inspired the worldwide craze of sending greeting cards on February 14.
Next on the tour is towering St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. This is the National Cathedral of Ireland and is one of two cathedrals in Dublin, the second being Christ Church Cathedral (another stop on this tour).
At the Old City Walls, part Viking deterrent and part medieval boundary, you can literally walk up to a piece of history and run your hands along centuries-old stones.
Stroll past the Dublin Castle Courtyards and Gardens, then proceed to the Castle’s Chapel Royal. This was the official Church of Ireland chapel of the Household of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1814 until the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922.
Turning from churches to art, you will walk past the Chester Beatty Library Galleries. This art museum and library houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968).
Dublin City Hall, an outstanding example of the Georgian architecture for which the city is world famous, is next. Then proceed to the 11th century Christ Church Cathedral, for another lesson in Dublin’s ancient history. Founded after the then king of Dublin made a pilgrimage to Rome, the cathedral was built close to a Viking settlement. After touring the cathedral, you’ll wander through the nearby Viking and Medieval Quarter.
Your tour concludes in the cobbled streets of Temple Bar, Dublin’s “cultural quarter, “which saw the first performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in 1742. Today, Temple Bar has a lively nightlife and houses several Irish cultural institutions.
From Temple Bar, you will need to make your own arrangements for getting back to your accommodation.
A couple of hours after arriving in Dublin I was on this walking tour. It provided both an amazing informative experience and a working knowledge of where everything was for the... Miss Rebecca M Lomax
The tour guide was terrific and mad the wlaking journey enjoyable... Carol Lopez
01 Apr - 31 Oct: Daily Except Sunday
2 hours 30 minutes
English Speaking Tour: 1430h (2:30pm)
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Please make your way to Outside former church, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2
Please reach the meeting point 15 minutes earlier for pre departure briefing.
The tour ends at West End of Temple Bar.
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 for reconfirming departure details.
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