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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.

Dublin: Dublin City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

2. Dublin: Dublin City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

Stop At: Claddagh Records, 2 Cecilia Street, Dublin Ireland Iconic place for the music lovers. Claddagh Records is an important stop, the U2 band use to meet here and recorded few songs. Now it is a Music shop. Claddagh is a ring created in Galway Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Wall of Fame, 20 Temple Lane South Temple Bar, Dublin Dublin 2 Ireland Celebrating the Irish bands and singers The Wall Of Fame Dublin is the tribute to acts such as U2, Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher, Sinead O'Connor, Shane MacGowan, Bob Geldof, The Undertones and Luke Kelly. Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Ireland Walking through the beauty of this iconic area in Dublin We will talk about how it became so famous, why so many tourists visit this area in Dublin, where to go for something to eat and the best places to join a live traditional Irish music session. Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: Ha'penny Bridge, 14 Bachelors Walk Wellington Quay, Dublin Ireland History details and iconic bridge Built in 1816, beautiful at night and suring the day. Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Trinity College Dublin, Grafton St. College Green, Dublin 2 Ireland Trinity College The University built in Ireland by Elizabeth I The Book of Kells The Brian Boru Harp History and culture together. Duration: 25 minutes Stop At: Molly Malone Statue, Suffolk Street, Dublin Ireland Molly Malone's life and folklore Iconic statue in a fabolous Dublin corner The most well known woman in Dublin Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Grafton Street, Dublin Ireland Strolling, Shopping, Street artists High street with fabolous shops Nice food in nice places Duration: 20 minutes Stop At: St. Stephen's Green Shopping Centre, Stephens Green, Dublin 2 Dublin Ireland Walk through St.Stephen's Green Park Lovely city park, people call it the small Central Park Animals, lovely flowers and a lot of people Duration: 25 minutes Stop At: Monument to Oscar Wilde, Corner of Merrion Square Park, Dublin Ireland Oscar Wilde Memorial Bronze statues Oscar wilde house This lovely park in Merrion Square Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: O'Connell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland Daniel O'Connell statue on O'Connell street Liffey river with his most important bridge IFSC, International Financial Service Centre Nice sunset Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: The Spire, O'Connell Street, Dublin Ireland The Spire Nelson's Pillar was a large granite column capped by a statue of Horatio Nelson Very busy street in Dublin Meeting point for the new generations Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: GPO Museum, O'Connell Street, Dublin D01 F5P2 Ireland We will tqlk about the Easter rising Easter Rising 1916-General Post office Modern history of Ireland Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: James Joyce Statue, North Earl Street just off O'Connell Street, Dublin Ireland History of one of the most famous writer in the 20th century James Joyce statue North side of Dublin End of the tour Duration: 10 minutes

Dublin: Romantic City Exploration Game

3. Dublin: Romantic City Exploration Game

The city game starts at Fusilier's Arch. It will take you around 1 hour to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at Oscar Wilde House. As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. We recommend that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

Dublin: 3-Hour Irish Literature Walking Tour

4. Dublin: 3-Hour Irish Literature Walking Tour

Dublin is a city of literature with three of Ireland's Nobel Prize in Literature winners hailing from this fair city. The capital has been immortalized in the works of James Joyce, Flann O'Brien and Roddy Doyle, to mention a few in the pantheon. On this tour, you will get to know about some of the greatest writers and read their words on the cobblestones where they once stood.  The tour will begin at Merrion Square at the former home of Oscar Wilde. In the central green of the square you will find a humorous statue of a youthful Wilde basking on a rock with some of his wittier quotes on display. You will hear key extracts from "The Portrait of Dorian Gray," "Importance of being Earnest" and "The Ballad of Reading Gaol." Around the corner from Merrion Square, you will enter Sweny's Pharmacy, a James Joyce museum, where you will hear a ballad sung in the Gaelic tongue. In the National Library of Ireland, you will find a permanent exhibit charting the life and times of W.B. Yeats. Before you enter this significant building, you will read excerpts from "Easter 1916" and "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," two of his finest poems. At St. Anne's Church on Dawson Street, you'll discuss the gothic writers Bram Stoker and his inspiration Sheridan Le Fanu. Stoker married Florence Balcombe here in 1878. Nearby at the Duke Pub, frequented by a young James Joyce, and McDaids, the haunt of Patrick Kavanagh, you will hear some humorous stories about two of Ireland's greatest writers over an Irish coffee. Next on your journey, you will enter Trinity College Dublin, which produced three Nobel Prize in Literature winners: Samuel Becket, George Bernard Shaw and W.B. Yeats. The career of alumni Beckett, Oliver Goldsmith and Shaw will be discussed and you will read excerpts from "The End," "The Vicar of Wakefield" and "Pygmalion." At the Palace Bar at the entrance to Temple Bar, you will stop in the famous haunt of Flann O'Brien and Brendan Behan and hear about the life and works of two men considered to be the greatest writers of their generation. Over a pint, you will read from "At Swim Two Birds" and "Borstal Boy." After much needed refreshment, you will continue the tour with a discussion of Dublin's greatest female writers, Lady Augusta Gregory, Edna O'Brien, the Gore-Booth sisters, at a series of murals dedicated to their memory. Then, visit the Ulysses murals and read more from James Joyce. By Dublin Castle and St. Patrick's Cathedral, you will meet the father of modern Irish literature, Jonathan Swift, who was once the Dean of the cathedral. Read from the fantastical "Gulliver's Travels" but also from the satirical "A Modest Proposal for Ireland." Stop at the National Theatre of Ireland the Abbey. Founded in 1904 as a stage for developing Irish literary talent by Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory, two of its most controversial talents were J.M. Synge and Sean O'Casey. Finish your tour at the Irish Writer's Museum in Parnell Square where you will learn how their literature became legacy.

Dublin: Old Town's Famous Pubs Exploration Game

5. Dublin: Old Town's Famous Pubs Exploration Game

Explore Old Town Dublin with an exciting and interesting exploration game for smartphones. Discover Dublin's best pubs while reenacting the role of a young man learning his mother's mysterious family history. Begin at the Brazen Head, and take between 2 to 2.5 hours to complete the game or explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it, and finish the game at Toners. Solve challenges, and watch the story unfold as exact directions on your phone guide you to the next location. Get ready for an exciting city game and get ready to discover Dublin's best pubs.

Dublin: Private Pub Crawl Tour

6. Dublin: Private Pub Crawl Tour

Dublin is where pubs are born. Some do not survive, many leave the Irish shore, but few age as gracefully as the stable pubs that bestow so much character on Dublin. Avoid the tourist traps and fake 'Irish' pubs, and escape with the locals to learn how to savor a pint of Guinness on this pub crawl. Find out how to ensure you always get a great pint and why it's important. Follow in the footsteps of the Irish literary giants like Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O'Brien, and Brendan Behan. If Dublin has hidden gems, they're the pubs that don't advertise to tourists. The locals. The authentic Irish pub where the conversation is flowing faster than the beer, where the character of the pub is as fascinating as the characters in it, where literature, society, and history eternally live. The best time to start is 7 PM, assuming you've eaten dinner prior to the tour. Bring a pen — you never know what these aged walls will murmur to your thoughts.

Dublin: Abbey Theatre Guided Backstage Tour

7. Dublin: Abbey Theatre Guided Backstage Tour

Pull back the curtain with this backstage ticket to the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Let your guide bring history to life. Explore this theater that is closely associated with some of Ireland’s most famous authors like William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory, Seán O'Casey and John Millington Synge. Meet your guide and begin your Abbey in the foyer. Admire the features in this theater which was established in 1904 as the first State-sponsored theatre in the English-speaking world. Uncover the secrets of the iconic part of Irish cultural heritage.   Explore exactly how a show is created. Get up close to the set, designs, costumes, and props of the current production. Discover the history and significance of the Abbey Theatre.  Watch as you guide brings the plays, people, and politics of the Abbey's history to life with access to selected items from the theater's archives. Feel like an actor as you step out onto the stage. 

Dublin: Treasures of Ireland Museums Private Tour

8. Dublin: Treasures of Ireland Museums Private Tour

This amazing 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. You’ll explore only the highlights of the National Gallery, National Library and National Museum, with a break half-way through. This cultural tour is designed to provide the right mix of variety and depth so that you remain engaged throughout the 3-hours. This tour will show you some of Ireland's great artistic achievements like the 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 and the Tara Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice, treasures that epitomise Ireland’s Golden Age (500-800AD). And the best part of the tour? It’s the evocative explanations of how these pieces of art fit into the jigsaw puzzle that is Irish culture and history. Think of each piece as a word. The guide uses each word to tell a story that is insightful, emotive and special - The Story of Ireland. Book now to find out why so many people have already called this tour the highlight of their Ireland trip.

Dublin: Walking Tour for Seniors

9. Dublin: Walking Tour for Seniors

Enjoy a walking tour of Dublin that has been specially adapted for seniors. Visit the most charming places in the city with a guide and learn about what makes this city so special. See and learn about some of Dublin's major sights, including Sugarloaf Mountain and O'Connell Bridge. Hear stories about this historic city as you explore its streets and hidden corners.

Dublin: 2-Hour Guided City Tour for American Tourists

10. Dublin: 2-Hour Guided City Tour for American Tourists

Visit the most charming spots in Dublin on this 2-hour guided walking tour. Admire city highlights and learn the local history as you sightsee with an expert guide. Explore the heart of the Irish capital and home of acclaimed literary pioneers such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. Meet your guide at the famous Christ Church Cathedral and start your adventure. Walk along O’Connell Bridge over the Liffey and capture stunning photos along the river. Continue to O'Connell street in the city center and visit the many historical landmarks in the area. Hear the charming stories and tales behind every turn with your local guide. Feel free to ask your guide for recommendations on pubs, restaurants, and attractions in the city.

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What people are saying about Dublin

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 13 reviews

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.

Really wonderful tour, with a guide whose passion for the Abbey came through the whole time. I really recommend this tour. You’ll walk away with a unique sense of a distinct part of Irish history and culture.

Dublin by bike is the best. Exploring the city with our guide Colin, a great storyteller about Dublin’s amazing history, was a highlight of our visit.

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

Very entertaining and a great way to get to know the city.