€276 - €371
Those who are short of time
Suggested start time:
- Get a great overview of Dublin city centre
- Learn about over 2,000 years of Ireland’s history & culture
- Feel the character and spirit of the Irish people
- 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 break (coffee/beer/meal) every 80-90mins
- 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
On this 3hr walking tour of the city centre, you’ll discover the main sites, become immersed in the history, and experience the life, songs and stories of Ireland’s capital city.
In the courtyard of Dublin Castle, our footfalls will echo through the castle’s 800-year history. Learn about Dublin while you explore the city on foot with this private, three-hour walking tour. You’ll learn about everything from ancient culture, Irish culture to Irish Independence to with your local guide as you walk through the city. We’ll hobble along the cobbles of Temple Bar & Trinity College catching the cadences of Irish accents cascading through the streets. Stand by the River Liffey and tilt your nose to inhale the hops wafting from the Guinness Brewery. Marvel at the fascinating Irish (Gaelic) language.
You’ll be kept energised and engaged throughout the three hours thanks to the enthusiasm of the guide, the wide variety of the topics discussed, as well as a break for coffee to nicely punctuate the tour.
By the end of the tour, you will have learned what’s the deal with Northern Ireland, how the Irish won independence, as well as what life is like in Dublin and Ireland today, and what lies ahead for this humble nation. More importantly, however, the amazing time you have just spent laughing and learning with your new Irish friend will become fantastic memories that you will appreciate for years to come.
At the GPO on O’Connell Street, the crowds gathered for the Declaration of Irish Independence & the passions of poets and Irish freedom fighters throughout the centuries were born anew.
Can you feel it? Welcome to Dublin!
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.
General Post Office (G.P.O.) (O’Connell St)
It was outside this impressive building on Easter Monday when Padraig Pearse read the Declaration of Irish Independence and he, together with his 1600 comrades, led a rebellion that shook an empire. The most under-rated site in Dublin for tourists, the GPO retains all its historical potency for Dubliners and Irish people, but most tourists never learn why this should be on their top 5 list of sites to visit.
We’ll be able to stand at what was the front entrance where the proclamation was read and, possibly, venture inside to admire it’s reconstructed antique interior as well as soak up the significance of what happened on this spot and what it means to Irish people today.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t let the brands and blatant consumerism fool you, Grafton still has its charm. In fact, Grafton street is one of the last bastions of old Dublin left. Admire the flower ladies, enjoy the buskers (street musicians) as you head towards Bewleys Café, Ireland’s oldest and biggest café, built in 1927.
Saint Stephen’s Green
Gifted to the city in 1880 by a member of the Guinness family, Stephen’s Green remains much-appreciated by Dubliners today – it’s probably their favourite piece of the city. We’ll stroll through the lush verdure along the curved Victorian walkways and keep our eyes peeled for that most-rare of animals – an Irish person sunbathing!
Wolfe Tone Statue (St. Stephen’s Green)
Wolfe Tone led the rebel of 1798, which sought to free Ireland of its political, cultural and martial chains to Britain as well as introduce equal rights for Catholics, Protestants and Dissenters. Although the rebellion failed, it, and he, would become the inspiration for generations of Irish men and women to stand up against oppression, to this very day.
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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- Tip or gratuity
- Food & drinks
- 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
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- 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: Museums Tour, Pub 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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Lots of laughter
“brought Irish history to life in terms and references that all of the family could relate to and understand. Of course, it included lots of laughter and even some Irish singing (a must). We enjoyed his company immensely. He has a great deal of knowledge to share and we all came out better educated about the history of Dublin AND Ireland, and really well entertained.”
Joey – July ’19
“Our tour with Garvan was a true highlight of our 8 days in Ireland. While walking and sightseeing around Dublin was our objective, Garvan gave us so much more. He essentially gave us the entire history of Ireland, but from a very passionate, deeply rooted Irish perspective. We all felt like we climbed into the mind of an Irishman for half a day to really feel the history of the people and the land. Highly recommended! Garvan was fun, personable and very thoughtful about how he wanted to share the Irish experience. He also took the time to learn something about us ahead of time and knew all of our names from the first minute of the tour. I cannot recommend him enough.”
Tom M from Chicago – May ‘18
Best Walking Tour in Years
“Prior to this tour, I had all but given up on walking tours—I’ve just been disappointed so many times by walking tours that lacked historical depth and nuance. This tour restored my faith in them. Garvan fully delivered on a superb overview of Irish history (such as one can learn it in the course of ~4 hours), replete with historical detail and nuance, and his enthusiasm for the subject matter and love of Ireland is contagious. 10/10 would recommend.”
Anna – January ’13
A fantastic tour of Dublin with Cathal
“A fantastic tour of Dublin with Cathal.
We had some important visitors over from Germany on business and we had a wonderful few hours walking around Dublin on this excellent tour
Gerard K – November ’15
The tour was very complete and I would not hesitate this guide. He will be part of your positive experience of Dublin.”
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