Pacing – we’ll take a break (coffee/beer/meal) every 80-90mins
Exercise – The museums are in the same block so there is minimal walking between them.
Communication forms – the guide will use a display folder full of photos, maps, etc. and might also sing or act
Variety – the right mix of fun, culture and history to suit you!
Private – no one else will be joining your group, ever.
Professional, well-travelled, clear-spoken and personable Irish tour guide who is specialised in giving private tours and therefore is able to talk AND listen
Lifetime memories – create wonderful and lasting memories
A leisurely, yet inspiring tour of the highlights of Dublin’s best museums. No art degree required.
This unique tour uses Ireland’s artistic and literary wealth to explain the historical moments, traditions, wars, movements, and eras that have sculpted Ireland through the centuries.
We’ll explore the highlights of the National Gallery, National Library and National Museum, with a coffee break half-way through.
Consider those great cultural and artistic treasures that represent your country’s history. For the USA, it is paintings like ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’ and ‘American Gothic’ by Grant Wood, original manuscripts of Edgar Allan Poe and Walt Whitman, and objects full of cultural symbolism like The Liberty Bell.
This tour will show you their Irish equivalents:
Symbolic paintings representing the Norman Conquest of Ireland and the Irish Civil War;
Insight into the life and works of W.B. Yeats – Ireland’s Greatest Poet;
The Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice – treasures that epitomise Ireland’s Golden Age (500-800AD).
We’ll explore the highlights of the National Gallery: Europeans masters like Carvaggio, Monet and Picasso; a look at the Irish painter Jack Yeats; and most importantly we’ll explore works that help tell the story of Irish history.
Next we’ll explore the beautiful National Library with a vast reading room that transports you back to Joyce’s Dublin of 1904. Re-ignite your admiration for poetry with an insight into the life and works of W.B. Yeats’s, Ireland’s Greatest Poet. Learn about the Celtic Literary revival from the late 19th century onwards.
National Museum of Archaeology & History
An immense museum, worthy of multiple visits. On our tour, however, we’ll limit ourselves to just two exhibitions – Kingship & Sacrifice and the Treasury.
The former hosts artefacts dating back to the Iron Age, prehistoric and pre-Christian Ireland (the star of the show being the bog bodies – human remains that have been preserved for over 2,200 years!) The latter includes some of the most impressive precise metal work that has ever been produced in Ireland, including the Tara Brooch and Ardagh Chalice.
Leinster House – Dáil Eireann – Irish Parliament
What was once the town house of the Fitzgerald family from the 1740s has, since 1922, hosted the Irish Parliament (Dáil Eireann). Much like the Old Parliament building, this parliament building also became an architectural inspiration. Its facade, as well as the floor plan for its 1st and 2nd floors, were used as blueprints for the design of the White House.
Naturally, we’ll only be able to view it from the gate, which, thankfully, gives us a more-or-less unobstructed view of the front facade.
COVID 19 – We abide by current governmental safety guidelines. We suggest you read about Ireland’s current COVID updates on the Citizens Information website
Numbers are currently limited to 5 people + the tour guide.
The National Gallery (our first stop) only opens at 11am on Mondays and 11:30 on Sundays, but 9:45 every other day.
Entry to the museums is free, but we need to book our tickets in advance.
Accessible for those with limited mobility, limited eyesight, wheelchairs, stroller/pram
Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes
Weather – Check the weather before the tour to determine if you’ll need a lightweight raincoat or not
Further details available once you click into our booking engine linked by a button called ‘Check availability’ or ‘Book’
Complementary tour – If you book this tour, we recommend booking any of the following tours for later in the day (or on another day) to enhance your Dublin experience: Pub Tour, Food Tour, Crafts & Design, (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours.
Don’t just take our word for it. Read our reviews below.
Amazing Walking Tour Dublin Museums and Parks
“This was the highlight of our Dublin stay. Guide Cathal Sheahan was so well informed on not only the history of Ireland but its authors and poetry as well. We toured 2 beautiful museums and also prominent statues in 2 parks. Mr Sheahan’s enthusiasm was evident as well as his talent for the Arts. We highly recommend this as a must do in Dublin.”
Gina Duncan -August ’23
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