Trinity College Dublin

Catch a glimpse of the famed “Book of Kells” and explore the regal campus, dating from 1592.

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Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

1. Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Discover the “most precious object in the western world,” according to the 1007 Chronicles of Ulster, on a cultural fast-track easy access tour of the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. Meet your local Dublin guide at the main entrance to Trinity College and marvel at the rich ornamentation and dense symbolism of the 8th century Book of Kells. This is an illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Get up close and admire one of the finest examples of medieval illumination. On the second part of this fascinating tour visit the 12th century Dublin Castle built by King John where your professional local English-speaking guide will show you all the exterior highlights including the Castle gardens, affording you one of the best tour experiences in Ireland. An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous Castle.

Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Get on and off the bus as often as you like with a ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours, and learn about the history and culture of the city with the live commentary in several languages. Hop-on Hop-off TourThe double-decker tour bus takes you around the most interesting attractions in Dublin. Stroll among the students along the cobbled paths and visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College, stroll in the stunning Phoenix Park, and gain discounted entry to the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museums and the Teelings Whiskey Distillery in Newmarket Square. • Tour starts: O'Connell Street/DoDublin HQ • Parnell Square North - Writers Museum • O'Connell Street/Abbey Street - GPO • Nassau Street - National Library of Ireland • Merrion Square West - National Gallery • Merrion Street - Leinster House & Natural History Museum • St. Stephen's Green - Little Museum & Grafton Street • Westland Row - Oscar Wilde's Birthplace • Pearse Street - Science Gallery  • College Green - Trinity College & Irish Whiskey Museum • Dame Street - City Hall & Temple Bar • Cork Hill - Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library • Christ Church Cathedral & Dublinia • St. Patrick's Cathedral & Marshes Library • Newmarket Square - Teeling's Whiskey Distillery • St. James Gate - Guinness Storehouse • James's Street - Roe & Co & Pearse Lyons Distillery • Royal Hospital - Museum of Modern Art & Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Rail Station • Phoenix Park - Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street - Ryan's Victorian Bar • Collins Barracks - National Museum of History • Arran Quay - Jameson Distillery Bow Street and St. Michan's Church • The Four Courts • Bachelor's Walk - Dublin Discovered Cruise

Discover Dublin By Boat

3. Discover Dublin By Boat

Climb aboard an all-weather 48-passenger river boat for a 45-minute cruise along the River Liffey in Dublin and see the city from the water. Get insight into the history of Dublin City and the River Liffey in particular, from the arrival of the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, through the swift development of Dublin during the 18th and 19th centuries, to the subsequent decline and more recent redevelopment of Dublin Docklands. Hear about the iconic Ha'penny Bridge and Gandon's masterpiece Custom House. Follow the story of Dublin’s Royal and Grand Canals, and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. Discover how Captain William Bligh surveyed Dublin Bay in 1800, and how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the Spire in O'Connell Street.

Dublin: Live Guided Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

4. Dublin: Live Guided Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace aboard a spacious open-top bus with this hop-on hop-off tour. Chose a 1, 2, or 3-day ticket and see top sights like St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and St Stephen’s Green. Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun. You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, rejoin the tour when you’re ready. Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. If you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse After seeing all the sights on the bus, join the Yellow Umbrella Walking Tour. Delve into the mysteries of Dublin, visit Trinity College, and explore the vibrant city center with charming and witty guides. Premium and Deluxe tickets include a 1-hour panoramic Dublin Night Tour. Enjoy an exciting evening tour of the city as the live guide shares fascinating facts and stories. Learn fascinating insights into Dublin's history, architecture, and memorable characters. With the Deluxe ticket, enjoy a half-day Coastal Tour to scenic Howth Summit and its fishing village. Head to Howth from Dublin, explore the cliffs of Howth on a guided walking tour, and stroll through the picturesque Howth Village in your own time. Enjoy a delicious plate of seafood before returning. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour and walking tour combination. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

5. Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

Get to grips with the turbulent and fascinating history of Dublin in just 2 hours. This tour is led by history graduates of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin and aims to inform and entertain you all at once. Visit sites and hear stories detailing the complex history of Ireland. Learn about the influence of the American and French revolutions, the Potato Famine, the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Visit sites such as the Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, the City Hall and the Medieval City. Delve into modern history and explore the effects of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Take a walk around the city and experience modern day Dublin. This award-winning tour scores top marks for educational, entertainment all at once, with its guides possessing that natural Irish flair of combining history with wit to an extraordinary effect.

DoDublin Freedom Card: Public Transport & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

6. DoDublin Freedom Card: Public Transport & Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Get around without any hassle by using the DoDublin Freedom Card to get unlimited access to public transport around the city and a 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus pass. For 72 hours you can use the Dublin Bus network, the Go-Ahead bus network, Dart and Commuter Trains, and all Luas tram lines. Leap Visitor CardMake the most of your vacation in Dublin with 72-hours of unlimited access to public transport in the city. Travel on the Dublin Bus network, the Go-Ahead bus network, Dart and Commuter Trains, and all Luas tram lines. Transfer to and from the airport with ease on the Dublin Bus route 41, which operates all day, seven days a week. Navigate your way around town or make a visit to beautiful coastal towns such as Malahide and Dun Laoghire. Hop-On Hop-Off BusJump onto the open-top Green bus for a sightseeing tour you'll never forget with incredible tour guides to provide ongoing commentary. Learn all about the history of Dublin and stop outside all of the most important landmarks. Have access to over 25 stops with your 48-hour pass, including the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, Dublin Zoo, and many more.

Dublin: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at Trinity College

7. Dublin: Self-Guided Mystery Tour at Trinity College

The murder mystery takes place in central Dublin. The start destination is outside Trinity College. The final destination is the Irish Houses of Parliament. Walking distance: approximately 2km (1 mile) The murder at Trinity College is inspired by a true crime case stored in criminal archives. As police detectives, you are tasked with solving this case and bringing justice. The year is 1899. You are a talented detective constable. Your colleagues are convinced that you possess a "6th sense". Everyone relies on your extraordinary skills to solve the case of a missing professor of mathematics. He went missing without a trace, the only thing that was found in connection with his disappearance was a blood-stained briefcase Can you bring the missing professor Finn Flynn home to his worried wife Cecily Flynn? Much is at stake! During your investigation, you will solve exciting riddles/tasks together as you are interacting with the beautiful historical surroundings of Dublin. In the end, you will receive the final chapter. Before you open it to discover the truth, you need to decide who the murderer is and what evidence you base this on. In the envelope, you will find everything required for your investigation. Each chapter contains facts, information and tasks that can shed light on the case. How do I start the experience? - Buy your mystery adventure online. - Pick up your envelope containing the whole mystery at one of our pick-up spots. - Open the envelope and start your mystery whenever you like! Good luck, you will need it!

Dublin: Dublin City Highlights Private Guided Walking Tour

8. 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

Walking Tour Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners

9. Walking Tour Dublin Highlights and Hidden Corners

This 2-hour Dublin highlights walking tour takes a journey through the many centuries of history and uncovers many of the city’s hidden gems that visitors often miss. Starting from O'Connell Street, your guide will show you Dublin icons, such as the General Post Office, used as the temporary headquarters of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. This tour will take you through the heart of the north and south central areas of historic Dublin and give you an experience of both well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Included will be the General Post Office; scene of a revolutionary past. Visit bustling Henry Street, the River Liffey, the cultural quarter of Temple Bar, and the former Viking and medieval area around Christ Church Cathedral. Check out Dublin Castle and the 18th-century splendor of Trinity College, among other intriguing places. You will come away enriched by a city full of far-reaching history and great stories. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll. And as an extra bonus, your ticket will entitle you to discounts in the Church Bar and Café (a wonderfully restored early 18th-Century church).

Dublin: Guided Walking Tour with City Map and Discounts

10. Dublin: Guided Walking Tour with City Map and Discounts

Discover Dublin and learn about the cultural and historical sides of this lively and interesting city on a guided walking tour. Start from St. Andrew's Church and continue past the beautiful Bank of Ireland (the former parliament building) to the grounds of Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. Stop at Dawson Street for a look at Leinster House, the seat of the parliament. Then continue over the lively shopping area on Grafton Street to the Powerscourt Townhouse, built in the 18th century and now used as a shopping center with lovely boutiques. Head through the George's Street Arcade marketplace and into medieval Dublin and the elegant, classic city hall. In Dublin Castle, learn more about the legacy of British colonial rule and see the place that gave Dublin its name. Discover the Christ Church Cathedral and Viking Dublin, then visit where Handel's Messiah premiered. Conclude the tour at the lively Temple Bar Quarter, known for its theater, cultural institutions, restaurants and pubs.

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What people are saying about Trinity College Dublin

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Great value! Live commentary from the driver was a cool change from other Hop On Hop Off tours we’ve taken.

Very cool and informative. Great tour guide with lots of tips and knowledge.

very interesting and informative. reasonable distance to walk.

Easy to access and an easy way to see lots of the ‘sights’

Bus every 20 mins. Great local knowledge and entertainment