The Best Walking Tours in Dublin
Dublin is a city bursting with culture and personality, with a rich and varied history. There are numerous city tours and excursions, but the best way to see the city is on a walking tour. Dublin is a very walkable city with most of the main sights being close together so a tour on foot will allow you to take in as much as possible in a short space of time. The main benefit of a walking tour is the company of a local knowledgeable guide who will be able to give you more insight than you will get from a guidebook. We’ve put together our guide to the best walking tours of Dublin, offering something for every taste.
Generation tours offer tours offers 3 daily tours of Dublin, the classic free tour starts in front of the Old Storehouse in Temple Bar and visits the most iconic spots in the city including Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral and Trinity College. They also offer a musical Dublin tour, offering an insight into some of the city's biggest stars, visiting U2’s rehearsal studios, the music wall of fame and the Icon Walk. The tours are completely free, and guests are requested to tip what they think the tour was worth. Generation tours also offer an evening pub crawl for €14 starting from the Norseman pub and visiting 5-6 of Dublin's best venues, and there’s even a free pint of Guinness thrown in at the first pub. Generation Tours also offer private tours with bespoke itineraries, full details can be found on their website.
Best Dublin Walking Tours
Ruairi Keogh offers a number of Dublin tours, with something to suit every taste. Describing himself as a True Blue Dub, Rauri is born and bred in Dublin and has been offering tours for most of his adult life. Some of the most popular tours include a 3 hour tasting tour, visiting artisan producers, markets and pubs, the haunted Dublin tour, visiting the places that inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula, as well as Dublin's most haunted pub, or the kickstarter, 100 minutes around the centre giving you all the information you need to get your visit to the city started. Rauiri gets excellent review from previous customers, boasting a full house of 5 star reviews on Google, Withlocals and Facebook. You can find Ruairi on Instagram and Facebook.
Dublin Free Walking Tour
Dublin Free Tour has been offering free tours of Dublin since 2014. They offer daily tours visiting the best sights Dublin has to offer. Their Southside tour visits the iconic Dublin attractions, such as Trinity College and Temple Bar, while the Northside tour charts the transformation from viking settlement to the most affluent area in the city. They also run a traditional pub tour, which ends with some traditional Irish music, and they offer tours in Spanish too. All tours meet at The Spire on O’Connell street. The guides operate the tours for free and you are invited to tip at the end according to your satisfaction and budget.
Monto Walking Tour
The Monto Walking Tour is a tour of the famous Red Light District in Dublin, giving a unique insight into the hidden history of the area. The tour visits the spot of Mrs Mack's Brothel, reportedly frequented by King Edward 7th, and tells the story of how the Legion of Mary shut down the brothels in 1925. The tours last for 2 hours, there’s no need to book and full details of meeting points and prices can be found on their facebook page.
Pat Liddy's Walking Tours of Dublin
Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours was founded in 2004, and offer tours in English, French, German and Irish. They offer group tours as well as private itineraries, tours for student groups and corporate guests. The scheduled tours include The ‘Dublin Highlights & Hidden Corners’ tour, which visits the main sights including the Smock Alley Theatre and Christ Church Cathedral is the most popular tour, starting at O’Connell street and lasting for 2 hours. As well as the main sights, the tour also steps off the beaten track, visiting Dublin’s first cinema, a cafe housed in an old Lisbon tram and a Naked 18th century composer. The ‘Best of Dublin’ tour is also 2 hours and starts near the statue of Molly Malone, visiting the south of the city. Learn about Bran Stoker’s Dracula and Jonathan Swift while enjoying this more in depth tour.
Dublin Decoded tours focus on art, architecture and history, and operate a few times a month. These tours offer a more detailed look at spcific areas of Dublin’s history and culture, and are attended by locals as well as visitors. The tours typically visit 18th century mansions, churches, chapels and university buildings, offering guests detailed insights into the stories that have shaped the city. The tours also take in the river and it’s quay’s and bridges, Blackhall Place and James Gandon’s Four Courts. It’s worth noting that every tour is different, details can be found on the facebook page.
Historical Walking Tours of Dublin
Historical Walking Tours of Dublin was founded in 1986, and is the longest running tour of the city. The tours are led by graduates of Trinity College and UCD, and offer a tour of the city with a historical focus. Exploring the history of Dublin from the Potato Famine, through to the Great War and the1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the troubles through to modern day Dublin. The tour starts from College Green and visits the Old Parliament, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle and Mansion House.
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