€278 - €375
Groups with a mix of different interests, extended family group, group of couples, those who need to sit/rest often, those fearful of a rainy day.
Suggested start time:
- Get a great overview of Dublin city centre
- Have a seat and a drink in 2 of Dublin’s famous pubs
- Sample some Irish craft beers/ciders
- Learn about big topics like Northern Ireland, the Celtic Tiger and the Irish language whilst you’re sitting down
- Spend the day with a charming Irish person
What to expect on this tour
- Customizable – the guide will change the itinerary to go where you want to go
- Pacing – we’ll take a beer break every 60-90mins
- Exercise – Dublin is a very compact city so we will NOT be covering vast distances
- 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 perfect set up for those who want to make the most of their time in Dublin by combining sightseeing with a visit to a couple of pubs.
If half of your group wants to have a beer and relax and the other half wants to explore the city, this is the perfect tour for you as it combines elements of a sightseeing tour with elements of a pub tour. We’ll enjoy a 4hr walking tour, sightseeing for an hour before popping into a pub for 20-40mins, where you’ll learn about Northern Ireland as you sit and enjoy a lovely pint of Irish beer. Satiated and rested, we’ll head out into the city and explore more attractions until the thirst takes us again. You sip on your Guinness whilst listening to your guide explain the uniqueness of the beautiful Irish language. And we can continue on again from there, or if it starts to rain, we might stay put and have another!
This tour normally includes two pub stops, but you could add more if you’d like (if so, make sure to read about our Pub Tour before deciding). Besides the history lessons, you’ll learn about beer, the Irish pub, as well as partake/witness in an activity that the Irish are renowned for – conversation. It’s a tour that keeps everyone in a group happy. Those who want to get out and explore the city as well as those who just want to sit and relax in a pub will all be satisfied by this balanced tour.
A crucially important site for the history of Ireland, especially since 1204 when the castle was built. From 1204 until 1922, it was the centre of British rule in Ireland and had therefore a reputation of oppression and violence. Since the keys of the castle were metaphorically AND literally handed off to the Irish in 1922, it has experienced a complete change in the minds of the Irish people. The Irish President is inaugurated here, dignitaries are welcomed and referendum results are announced here, making it into a place where, although history is still being made, the changes are positive and are creating a better Ireland.
We will not be venturing inside, but thankfully we are free to explore the grounds – the lower and upper courtyards and the Dubh Linn gardens – which is fully satisfying.
Although a wooden church was built here in ca. 1030, and there was likely a pagan shrine before that, Christchurch as a stone structure began in the 1180s and has been restored and changed numerous times since. The neo-gothic architecture makes Christchurch, arguably, Dublin’s most beautiful complex. The vast crypt underneath the cathedral deserves particular attention for its size, interesting curious and the fact that it hosted a pub, distillery and… brothel (!) in the 18th century.
Started in 1592 as a university only for Protestants, Trinity remained an institution of resentment for Ireland’s Catholic majority up until at least 1970. Throughout the centuries, this fine university nurtured such aspiring students as Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker and Samuel Beckett, the greatest playwright of the 20th century.
A remarkable building that really gives you a sense of how wealthy Dublin was at the end of the 18th century. Often there are events taking place inside, which would preclude us from entering, but if there are not we can explore the fantastic frescoes and gold-leaf design on the rotunda.
The Ha’Penny Bridge
Built in 1816, the beautiful white cast iron bridge straddles the River Liffey. It serves as the gateway to the charming Temple Bar quarter with its narrow cobbled streets. We’ll cross over it to look up and down the river. On the north side, there’s a great opportunity for a photo.
Daniel O’Connell Statue (O’Connell St)
Daniel O’Connell was arguably the first man to prove to the masses that civil disobedience and peaceful resistance could be effective. A huge hero for Irish people, having secured Catholic Emancipation, he’s nick-named ‘The Liberator’ and the main street of our capital city is justifiably named after him.
We’ll explore the intricate notes of symbolism on this brilliant monument.
Old Parliament Building
Dublin was the 2nd city of the British Empire in the 18th century, and we have the subtle patriotism of the Irish-born politicians of the institution to thank. Today, Dublin’s architectural landscape is ornamented by an abundance of buildings from this period, making it look much older than Paris and London. What is now known as ‘The Bank of Ireland building’ was grand enough to serve as the architectural inspiration for the monumental British Museum in London.
This building is located in College Green, which could be regarded as the centre of the city. The entrance to Trinity College is adjacent as is famous Grafton Street.
Dublin’s heyday was from 1729 to 1800, which roughly coincides with the reign of Kings George I to III. In the subsequent 19th century, however, money and influence abandoned Dublin. As a result, instead of constructing new buildings, the cash-strapped populace resorted to maintaining many of the fine Georgian buildings. Thanks to these circumstances, Dublin today is architecturally older than London.
Georgian architecture is characterised by symmetry, elegance and restraint (in contrast to Baroque or Rococo). The state buildings normally have neoclassical elements such as columns whereas the residential buildings have red-brick facades with famously colourful doors to distinguish them from each other.
Find out how it came into existence and discuss the potential for it to dissolve and result in a united Ireland. We’ll be chatting about this when we’re inside siting down during one of our breaks.
The Irish Language
If the English language is a language of prose, then the Irish language is a language of poetry. An incredibly fascinating language – you’ll learn how to say ‘cheers’ in Irish. And hopefully get to properly practice it too, should we stop by a pub. Regardless, we’ll be chatting about this when we’re inside sitting down during one of our breaks.
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- COVID 19 – We abide by current governmental safety guidelines. We suggest you read about Ireland’s current COVID updates on the Citizens Information website.
- There are no site entries included in this tour, but that will not limit our ability to properly explore sites like Trinity College or Dublin Castle
- 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 another day to enhance your Dublin experience: Museums Tour, Food Tour, Crafts & Design
- 15+ days before : Free postponement or 80% refund (we retain 20% to cover admin costs)
- 14-8 days before : 50% refund
- 7-0 days before : 0% refund
- All cancellations must be discussed via email or phone. Booking fees are non-refundable. For more info, see our T&Cs
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“We took my son and his friend [who] were not interested in doing a lot of traditional tours because they wanted to “have fun”, but they agreed to do the Sights and Pints Tour. We walked all around the city and Garvan was flexible in the schedule, which we really appreciated since we had only a short time in Dublin to see certain things. Overall, Garvan is SUPER knowledgeable and can share facts in a fun and interesting way……and he is really funny too! His flexibility and knowledge was a real treat for us because it made the tour more authentic and not rehearsed. We really had a great and fact filled day with Garvan and both the boys and my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour!”
Christina from Houston – June ’17
Great Tour again!
“This is the 2nd tour we’ve taken with This company and is did not disappoint. The 1st time we were guided by Garvan and this time we had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with Carl. What we liked is that they both are extremely professional and knowledgeable, but each has their own unique style and personality. We saw some different things with Carl that we hadn’t seen with Garvan 2 years ago and Carl offered a fresh perspective on some things we had seen already. It was an overall great tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it again. It was perfect because we had a mix of 1st timers and some that had already experience Dublin, and we were all happy with the tour! Book with Garvan or Carl and you won’t be disappointed!!!”
lynchtlcl August ‘9
Ciaran Behan – great tour guide!
“Our tour guide, Ciaran Behan was a fabulous tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about Dublin and it’s fantastic history. Very funny, very smart, I highly recommend this tour for anyone looking to really get an in-depth tour of Dublin!”
Meredi Thepstein – August ‘2
Great tour with Carl!
“Carl lead a fun and informative tour. After a quick review of thousands of years of Irish history we went on to see the major sites south of the river and two great pubs including one with live Irish music. Carl also communicated with us prior to our arrival in Dublin to customize the tour to our likes. Overall, great experience and highly recommend the company and Carl!”
MBK1986 – July ‘2
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