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Dublin: 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

1. Dublin: 2.5-Hour City Bike Tour

Grab a set of wheels for an active bicycle 2.5-hour tour around Dublin city and discover the city’s most famous sites alongside a fully qualified ‘Failte Ireland’ national tour guide. Begin our tour at in Whitefriar Place near St. Stephen’s Green and set off to explore Dublin’s canals and the River Liffey, Georgian Dublin with its grand 18th-century houses, beautiful parks, and Norman Dublin’s castles and cathedrals. Get an insight into the culture of Dublin’s writers, painters, poets, and special characters and visit places of revolution and war from Dublin’s turbulent history.  As you cycle around in the streets of Dublin, your guide will point out all the good pubs and traditional music venues along the route- If there is enough time you might even be able to stop at one.

St Patrick's Cathedral: Self-Guided Cathedral Admission

2. St Patrick's Cathedral: Self-Guided Cathedral Admission

Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it, Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. Built in 1220, the Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland, hosting sung services twice daily Sunday through Friday, and also serves as a popular visitor attraction. On view are a selection of artifacts relating to Jonathan Swift, the dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745 and author of Gulliver’s Travels. The cathedral also features a new Discovery Space with iPads playing samples of their choir and touch screen technology illuminating the cathedral’s long history. Perhaps more than any other building in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral embodies the history and heritage of all Irish people of all backgrounds from the earliest times to the present day.  

Dublin: Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery Experience

3. Dublin: Pearse Lyons Whiskey Distillery Experience

Located in Dublin's historic Liberties district, Pearse Lyons Distillery is Dublin's only boutique distillery and is just a 5-minute walk from The Guinness Storehouse. Nestled in the former Church of St. James, this distillery has a colorful history which dates back to the 12th-century. Begin the experience with a tour of the distillery and surrounding graveyard. Be introduced to the compelling characters from Dublin's famous distilling and brewing district. Find out how this district, rich in culture and tradition, was once the place of a booming industry known as The Golden Triangle.  Learn about how The Pearse Lyons Distillery produces some of Ireland's finest small batch Irish whiskeys as you celebrate the Irish tradition of storytelling during the guided tour. Enjoy a sensory experience as you are brought through the distilling process, before enjoying a whiskey and gin tasting at the tasting bar. Choose from a guided tour and tasting experience. All of the booklets, interactive exhibits, and the welcome video are translated into 7 languages including English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Portuguese.

Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

4. Dublin: Full-Day Tour to Cork, Cobh and Blarney Castle

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin on a full-day tour south, departing by train from Heuston Station at 06:40 for the InterCity service to Cork City. Upon arrival, head to Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous Blarney Stone and acquire the gift of eternal eloquence! Then, relax with some free time to shop and enjoy lunch in Blarney village. Next, return to Cork for a short city tour of Ireland’s southern capital, famous for its arts, music and literature scenes. Built on the site of a 6th-century monastic settlement, the city center is full of Georgian buildings, 17th-century alleys, and dynamic new architecture. Continue your journey along Cork Harbour to Cobh, location of the Queenstown Story Heritage Center. Set in a beautifully restored railway station of the Victorian age, it was also the transatlantic terminal that served as the point of departure to the New World for generations of Irish emigrants, from the time of famine up to recent years. Transfer back to Cork City center to catch your return InterCity train back to Dublin, with a scheduled arrival at Heuston Station at 20:20.

Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

5. Christ Church Cathedral Entrance Ticket & Self-Guided Tour

Journey back in time by almost 1,000 years as you enter Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Built circa 1028, the sacred monument is perfectly located in the heart of the city's medieval center and features a beautiful interior and the largest crypt in Ireland. Constructed in the early 12th century, and the oldest structure still in use in Dublin today, the crypt is home to some fascinating memorials and curiosities. Look at the treasury, and see the mummified cat and rat. According to cathedral lore, the cat chased the rat into the pipe of an organ and both became stuck. They are mentioned by James Joyce in "Finnegans Wake" and are known locally - with typical Dublin wit - as "Tom and Jerry." Watch an audio visual presentation about the site. Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims who beat a path to the church in the Middle Ages. Learn about the important collection of relics in the church. Admire the stained glass windows and medieval floor tiles of the nave. 

Kilkenny: Self Guided Tour of Medieval Mile Museum

6. Kilkenny: Self Guided Tour of Medieval Mile Museum

Discover the wonders of the medieval era at Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum. At the start of your visit, pick up your audio guide, available in 6 different languages as well as a child friendly option, then set out on your journey back in time. The museum is Ireland’s finest example of a medieval church and has been lovingly restored in recent years. As you explore the museum, admire the array of ancient artifacts that have been hidden for centuries and are now on display in a world-class exhibition. From your audio guide, learn about and marvel at the treasure trove of objects on display that encompass the work and lives of Ireland and its people throughout the centuries. The museum also contains some of Ireland’s best examples of medieval sculpture and the country’s largest collection of Renaissance tombs which date back to the year 1200. Here you can see the burial site of the rich and poor, and in fact many of Kilkenny’s past generations are still at rest here in the tombs.

Dublin Highlights: 3-Hour Walking Tour in Italian

7. Dublin Highlights: 3-Hour Walking Tour in Italian

Learn the history of Dublin and its historic monuments with an Italian-speaking guide. Explore the early days when St. Patrick arrived to evangelize to the pagans, up to life in the city in the present day. Start at Trinity College and learn the legend of Molly Malone before walking to Dublin Castle, where the British controlled Ireland up to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. Marvel at the impressive facades of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral before going to the popular entertainment district of Temple Bar. Cross the Liffey Bridge – known locally as the Ha'penny Bridge – to discover some of the most significant spots from the history of Ireland on the north side of the river, including the General Post Office, one of the last Georgian buildings built in the capital. Get insider tips, such as where to eat a tasty Irish stew, listen to live music or find the best pubs along the way. End at the Spire of Dublin monument on O'Connell Street.

Day Tour of Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny

8. Day Tour of Glendalough, Wicklow Mountains and Kilkenny

The first stop on this guided tour is Glendalough, known as the valley of the two lakes, and its 6th-century monastic site of St. Kevin. The guide will walk you through the ancient monastery of St. Kevin and explain some of its important buildings, their folklore and history, before giving you plenty of time to explore the valley yourself. Then travel through the Wicklow Gap and see some of the most beautiful scenery of the area and a few small rural villages. Once the group reaches Kilkenny, you’ll have plenty of time to explore the medieval Norman town and its top sites, like St. Canice's Cathedral, Rothe House, and Kilkenny Castle. Kilkenny is steeped in history and was once the capital of Ireland. It was also the location for one of Ireland’s earliest witch trials, the famous story of Dame Alice Kyteler and her servant Petronilla. Spend 3 hours in Kilkenny, explore Kilkenny Castle and have some lunch.

Walking Tour of Dublin

9. Walking Tour of Dublin

Discover the real Dublin with this highly-rated walking tour of Ireland's capital. Starting at the Daniel O’Connell statue on the bottom of O’Connell Street, journey along the cobbled streets of Dublin’s past and present on this fully guided walking excursion. Revel in the fascinating stories, steeped in history, and the gorey details of Dublin’s past, beginning with its foundation in 841 AD by Viking settlers to the Dublin of today. Learn about some of Ireland’s most world-renowned writers, its heritage and even why you should be drinking Irish whiskey instead of other brands. Put your finger on Dublin’s pulse with the best tour company in Ireland with insights and tidbits only known to locals. Visit O’Connell Street and the GPO, Trinity College, Templebars Rock ‘n’ Roll Wall of Fame, and Christchurch Cathedral.

Dublin: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

10. Dublin: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Dublin's most vibrant Christmas spots on a 2-hour group walking tour around the charming, wintry city. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide in front of the iconic Christ Church Cathedral. Take in views of the impressive cathedral before heading on your way. Marvel at the twinkling festive lights that add a certain magic to Dublin in winter, and visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city. Along your way, learn fun anecdotes about Dublin in wintertime from your expert, local guide. Stop for a visit at a traditional Christmas Market and warm yourself up with a hot drink and snacks, and browse the sparkling stalls for seasonal goodies to bring home.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 149 reviews

Well-planned trip, smooth transition between the railway and tour bus and every spot is visiting. Excellent guide and driver. Fair time allowed for each spot for a good travelling experience. Only if the people joining the trip can be punctual in EVERY spot will make it perfect. The trip itself was great.

Super cool bike ride. The guide was exciting, fun and enjoyable. Good mix of cycling and taking a break. A trip for everyone. Perfect if you did not just manage to read the history of Dublin / Ireland from home.

Our guide was very knowledgeable and funny. We walked for more the our allotted time and learned a lot of history about Ireland.

Prepared and friendly guide. Interesting experience to get a feel for Dublin

nice bike ride with good and nice explanations at the stops. Recommended!