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  • Dublin Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tours

    1. Dublin Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tours

    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.

    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, simply rejoin the tour when you’re ready.

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    Anne was my driver and she could be clearly understood and was funny and knowledgeable.

  • Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

    2. Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

    Make your way through church graveyards and down narrow back alleys to discover a side of Dublin that you won't find on any postcards. Hear gruesome stories of brothels run by serial killers, cannibals with a taste for young children, and the notorious Hellfire Club, said to be made up of Devil worshippers! Journey through the folklore of Ireland and get introduced to fairies, banshees, and leprechauns. Hear how Halloween originated from the Gaelic harvest festival of Samhain when, according to legend, beings from the spiritual world could cross dimensions more easily. Admire the stunning architecture of ancient buildings such as Dublin Castle, said to be haunted with the souls of beheaded invaders. Learn about the young boy who is said to stroll around the Olympia Theatre, and get a closer look at the spooky mummies on display at St Michan's Church.

    Very informative tour with a very engaging tour guide. 10/10 would definitely recommend

  • Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

    3. 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.

  • Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

    4. Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and 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, 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 Castl...

    An excellent way to view the Book of Kells and Trinity College. The tour was well organized and the process was efficient.

  • Dublin 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    5. Dublin 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

    Discover the sights, sounds, history and architecture of Dublin on a 2.5-hour guided bike tour and see more of the city than you would on a walking tour. Experience the fun personality and personalities of Ireland's capital. The tour encompasses the rich history and folklore of the city, passing great buildings, such as College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery and St Patrick's Cathedral. Cycle through legendary neighborhoods, such as the nightlife center of Temple Bar, the Italian Quarter, Parnell Square and the fashionable southside. See the Georgian buildings of the northside, and the Oscar Wilde Memorial. En route, your guides will talk about Dublin's literary and rock'n'roll traditions and events, as well as historic personalities and how they helped shaped the city's character. You will learn which famous Dublin writer, fond of a drink, said "I'm a drinker with writing ...

    We had great fun and fantastic bicycle tour today with our guide Roslinde, she was really amazing Big thanks again Roslinde from Mona & Amanda from Gothenburg

  • Walking Tour Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners

    6. 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...

    Michael is an excellent guide, Interesting history and stories and conversation. Highly recommend!

  • The Best of Dublin: Walking Tour in German

    7. The Best of Dublin: Walking Tour in German

    Discover Dublin and learn about the cultural and historical sides of this lively and interesting city. Start from St. Andrew's Church and continue past the beautiful Bank of Ireland (the former parliament building) to the grounds of Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. Stop at Dawson Street for a look at Leinster House, the seat of the parliament. Then continue over the lively shopping area on Grafton Street to the Powerscourt Townhouse, built in the 18th century and now used as a shopping center with lovely boutiques. Head through the George's Street Arcade marketplace and into medieval Dublin and the elegant, classic city hall. In Dublin Castle, learn more about the legacy of British colonial rule and see the place that gave Dublin its name. Discover the Christ Church Cathedral and Viking Dublin, then visit where Handel's Messiah premiered. Conclude the tour at the liv...

    I did 3 other walking tours in Dublin before, but this is the best one. We didn´t walked along the usual streets and the tour lasts more than 2 hours. Many thanks for the nice introduction to the city. =)

  • The Best of Dublin: The Complete Heritage Walking Tour

    8. The Best of Dublin: The Complete Heritage Walking Tour

    Discover Dublin's hidden gems as you wander among many famous places on this 2.5-hour tour. Stop at the impressive classical Front Square of Ireland’s first university, Trinity College, to hear of the college’s numerous tales and treasures. The next stop is at the magnificent 18th century former Houses of Parliament. Take a walk through Dublin's back streets before arriving at the splendid City Hall building. Then visit the historic Dublin Castle's courtyards and garden, where the revered Chester Beatty Library Galleries is also located. Continue on past the ancient City Walls, and stop to admire Ireland’s largest church, the medieval St Patrick’s Cathedral. The cathedral was the base of renowned author Jonathan Swift until his death in 1745. A short stroll takes you to the even older Christ Church Cathedral and to Fishamble Street. Learn about the area's history as a Viking settlement...

    We found the tour was great very well structured and each area added to the last. the Tour Guide David W loved his job and passed that love onto us about the history of Dublin

  • Dublin: Self-Guided Audio Tour in English

    9. Dublin: Self-Guided Audio Tour in English

    Explore Dublin at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour. Journey through history as you learn about the early political struggles and events that followed. Hear about the Irish potato famine and other events as you visit attractions including Dublin Castle and the Garden of Remembrance. Immerse yourself in a traditional way of life at the pubs and music venues. Visit attractions such as the General Post Office and James Joyce Statue. Learn about legendary characters such as Charles Stewart Parnell and Molly Malone. Stroll down Grafton Street, admire the Ha' Penny Bridge and visit the Royal Exchange. Discover the site of the Book of Kells and much more.

  • 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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What people are saying about Dublin Castle

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4.5 / 5

based on 462 reviews

We found the tour was great very well structured and each area added to the last. the Tour Guide David W loved his job and passed that love onto us about the history of Dublin

Very entertaining and knowledgeable guide. Open to questions and showed concerns for the safety of her group. Would highly recommend.

Michael is an excellent guide, Interesting history and stories and conversation. Highly recommend!

Informative and extremely entertaining, well worth it.

Friendly helpful staff. Great banter and commentary.