When you take a tour with an award-winning company, you know you’re in pretty safe hands. But Pat Liddy isn’t just the safe bet: his love of Dublin is so infectious that you’ll find you’re learning about the city while feeling like you’re chatting with an enthusiastic friend. His team is just as Dublin-mad as Liddy himself, so get your questions ready! There’s a variety of themed walks on offer, covering everything from highlights and hidden gems to St Patrick and Jonathan Swift.
If you want a crash course on the Great Famine, the influence of the American and French Revolutions on Ireland, as well as trips to Trinity College and the Viking remains at Wood Quay, this is the tour for you. It’s concentrated Irish history, mixed with entertainment and humour – the perfect recipe!
Leaving twice a day (at 11:00 and 15:00) from the Spire on O’Connell Street, Dublin Free Walking Tours offer an affordable and educational overview of key attractions on the north and south sides of the city. The morning south side tour covers Trinity College, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral; while the afternoon takes in the Garden of Remembrance, Moore Street Market, the Spire, Custom House and the GPO, on the city’s north side.
The most significant event in Ireland’s modern history – and indeed, the most powerful step towards its eventual break from British rule – was the 1916 Rising. It took place in large part on the streets of Dublin city, where the memories (and the bullet holes) remain to this day. This tour helps you to follow in the footsteps of the rebels, over a century on.
What better way to get to know Dublin than through the words of its poets, recited by energetic actors on the streets of the Fair City itself? At just over two hours in length, this is a manageable walk around the city, taking in some of its most famous watering holes, once beloved by its most famous writers.
Eat your way around the city on this gentle 2.5-3-hour stroll, where you’ll stop at six or seven specially chosen establishments, each selected for its delectable culinary treats. Hailed by travel writer, Pól Ó Conghaile as “the gold standard for urban food tours in Ireland”, this is one of the best ways to sample what’s new and unmissable on the Irish foodie scene.
This tour of some of the city’s best-loved pubs – Oliver St. John Gogarty’s, The Ha’Penny Bridge Inn and Brannigan’s – doesn’t just feature music when you cross a threshold. Your guides will also serenade you between venues with traditional songs that have become woven into the very fabric of Ireland; you’re sure to recognise a couple.
Starting at The Palace Bar and continuing on to Sweny’s Pharmacy via many of Dublin’s most famous landmarks, this tour follows in the footsteps of James Joyce’s literary masterpiece. Over the course of three hours, the writer’s relationship with the city he loved so well is explored and explained – well, as much as Joyce can be!