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County Dublin, Ireland
Dublin Highlights Walking Tour

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Overview

Explore Dublin by foot on a fascinating tour led by an entertaining local guide. As you stroll from site to site in this charm-laden city, hear fun facts and tales about its rich history, culture, and people. Stop for photos at must-sees such as Trinity College and the General Post Office, the site of the infamous 1916 Easter Rising. Plus, explore the cobbled lanes of the pretty Temple Bar district and Italian Quarter, and stretch your legs with walks along the scenic Liffey River and bustling O’Connell Street
  • Walking tour of Dublin's must-see iconic sites
  • See famous Georgian buildings including City Hall and Trinity College
  • Visit Dublin's famous monuments, including the 18th-century St Mary's Church, Dublin Castle and the former House of Parliament
  • Stroll around Temple Bar and by the River Liffey
  • Professional local guide
  • Enjoy discounts at selected Dublin food and drink establishments
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Professional guide
Free Dublin map
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off
59 O'Connell Street Upper , 59 O'Connell Street Upper, North City, Dublin, Ireland

Meet your guide outside the Dublin Bus Offices at 59 Upper O'Connell Street, beside the Pat Liddy's Walking Tour sign. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the tour starts, as it is not possible to catch up with the guide once the tour has left.

11:00 AM
80 Dame St , 80 Dame St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 RH42, Ireland

Finish close to Dublin Castle, Dublinia & Christ Church Cathedral to allow you make internal visits.

Meet your friendly, local guide on O’Connell Street in central Dublin. Learn how the road is one of Europe’s widest streets, and set off to explore the city center while learning about Dublin’s eventful history and laid-back culture.

Stroll along O’Connell Street and see the General Post Office, a place regarded as hugely symbolic by the Irish. Admire the grand façade, and learn how Irish rebels occupied the building during the Easter Rising of April 1916, an event that ultimately led to an independent Ireland.


Next, follow your guide through the bustling Henry Street shopping district to the 18th-century St Mary’s Church. Head inside to admire some of the striking features, including a beautiful stained glass window and Renatus Harris-built organ that towers over the bar.


Continue into Dublin’s Italian Quarter, a vibrant area of shops and restaurants situated on the north banks of the Liffey River and also known as Quarter Bloom. As you stroll here, admire the views of the Liffey, and hear how the river has served as a trading lifeline of Dublin from Viking days.

Head on to Temple Bar, the city’s designated ‘cultural quarter’ and trace the narrow cobbled streets, still laid out in a pattern unchanged from medieval times. Then, stroll to Dublin City Hall, a magnificent example of the stately Georgian architecture that Dublin is renowned for. Walk from here to view 800-year-old Dublin Castle, and the former Irish Houses of Parliament, the world’s first purpose-built parliament house. 



Finally, arrive at Trinity College, the college that makes up Ireland’s oldest university. Founded in 1592, this famous place of learning was one of seven established just before the Tudor monarchy extended its authority over Ireland as a whole. View the historical buildings, many set around cobbled quadrangles, and finish your tour here when you bid goodbye to your guide.

Your tour ticket also entitles you to valuable discounts at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, The Church—the bar and restaurant set in St Mary’s Church—and Bewley’s Café. Be sure to take advantage of these deals during the rest of your time in the city!
Itinerary
Stop At:  
O'Connell Street
History of the street & area
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
St Mary's Church
An early 18th Church with historic cultural connections and with a surprising modern use.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Temple Bar
After seeing a Lenoardo daVinci Dublin connection, pass over the bouncy Millennium Bridge over the River Liffey through the historic West End of Temple Bar and see Ireland's oldest theatre, Meeting House Square (a cultural gathering point) and the site of where Handel's 'Messiah' was first performed.
Duration: 35 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Christ Church Cathedral
See and learn the curious stories of the oldest church building still standing in the centre of Dublin (first built in 1030). An internal visit (paid admission) can be made after the tour, if you wish.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Dublin Castle
Visit the main courtyards of the former castle and learn about its chequered history and see the different elements that make up the complex. The tour will finish close by so you can take the internal (paid admission) tour of the castle afterwards (it can be booked online). We will finish with a visit to the Dublin history exhibition in City Hall (currently not open on Sundays).
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Numbers on tours will be restricted to allow for excellent physical distancing. The tour will be entirely exterrnal until deemed risk-free to enter any premises.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Pat Liddys Walking Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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star-3
Disappointing tour
Elaine_W
, Aug 2022
It was lovely walking around Dublin on a sunny day. Our guide Eion had a wealth of information and history about Dublin. However, I had a hard time hearing his very soft voice and the history just kept jumping all over the place. Although I heard a lot of facts I felt I came away from the tour with little information as the commentary was so disjointed. When I asked at the end of the tour which way to turn to find an iconic statue he wouldn’t tell me and turned away. I was very disappointed
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear Elaine. I take your point about the history being a bit disjointed but this particular tour is not promoted as an historical walking as such. We try to cover Ireland's and Dublin's history through the places we see as we go along. However, they are not in any chronologial order which can lead to historical facts being out of sync. We never had complaints about this particular guide not being heard before . Could it have been a particularly noisy day in the city centre? Anyway our guides have been reminded to ask participants if they can be heard and if not.to take appropriate steps. I can't quite defend the guide for not showing you how to get to the Molly Malone statue. Of course, the statue is famous and has its stories but there are mixed views about it among the people of Dublin and guides are no different. The guide hs been gently told not to let his personal feeling about a tourist icon influence his duty to be helpful. Kind regards Pat Liddy.
star-4
Great way to see the sites
susanholidayohyeah
, Aug 2022
Very good tour, informative and because I did the tour was able then to find my way around the city.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Mnat thanks for your kind review and your suggestion that it helps with orientation. Kind regards Pat Liddy
star-5
Good guide. Very...
Marvin_M
, Jul 2022
Good guide. Very informative and enthusiastic. Despite large group he keep everyone together and managed to make it easy to understand.
star-2
Nice guide but not a good tour.
Tawny_K
, Jul 2022
Our guide was a nice man with knowledge of the area but it seemed more limited than many tours I've been on. The places he covered held little interest for me and my husband. We love a trail of history from ancient times and religious turmoil to current times but this tour misser the mark plus our guide did not use a microphone or head sets which in a busy city makes it so hard to hear, especially since they had a large group of 17 people.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Tawney. Your experience seems unfortunate. He was a relatively new guide and I'm disappointed that he did not ensure that he was heard, especially in noisy places. It has been drilled into them to check this so I will have a word with him again. I'm sorry it did not seem hisotircal enough. Some people complain if we have too much history so we try to stike a balance but it seems here if there was not enough of history & culture. Thank you pointing all this out and we hope that you enjoyed some aspects of it. We will offer you a free tour the next time you are in Dublin (just bring a copy of this reply with you). Kind regards Pat Liddy.
star-4
A great way to see Dublin!
Louise_M
, Jul 2022
My husband and I took this tour July 16th, 2022. The group was large amd the guides were very organized. Our guide Ronnie, was cheerful and provided a lot of factual of information as well as some folklore related to them. Ronnie was constantly making sure that the needs of those in the group were being met. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear Louise. Thank you for your reviews. We would certainly love to take the credit but we have no guide called Ronnie. On that day we had Noel & Keiron so maybe it was one of those lads but if it was Ronnie from another company our congratulations to him too.. It sometimes happens that people book with us but, in error, join a different company on the street but if it was Noel or Kieron, departing from outside the Dublin Bus office, then it was us. We will pass on your compliments to both of the lads in teh hope that it was indeed one of them.
star-5
Great way to learn about Dublin
Regina_J
, Jul 2022
My husband and I joined our friends on the tour to get acquainted with Dublin. Our tour guide was sick so the owner, Pat Liddy, led our group. We all enjoyed the tour and learned a lot about Dublin. The tour ended at the castle and we continued to explore on our own after.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you for your kind words. We are so pleased you enjoyed your tour with us and we hope you all thoroughly enjoyed your time in Dublin. Kindest regards.
star-5
Fun and informative.
Elizabeth_W
, Jul 2022
Great guide and perfect length. We saw the main highlights of central Dublin. Exactly what we were hoping for.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Many thanks for taking the trouble to send your kind review.
star-4
Dublin walking tour
Lourdes_A
, Jun 2022
It was a great way to get to know the city and its main highlights. The only problem is the meeting place. The guide should gave a sign . The area is heavily trafficked and has to ask several people.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for that and I agree we should ahve a sign. We had one before Covid caused us to shut down and we just never got around to having a new sign. We will do so as soon as possible. Thank you.for the reminder. Pat
star-5
Great for History Fans!
Anne_O
, Jun 2022
This tour is great for those interested in digging deep about history and learning about historical aspects Dublin. It’s not a “top ten sights to see” tour - it’s more geared for those who have already covered the hit list and are wanting to learn more.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you very much for your review. I am very happy you enjoyed the tour with us!
star-5
Nuggets of information and a lovely walk.
Brendan_B
, Jun 2022
We were given a lovely friendly welcome by Eoin. Who proceeded to give a very enjoyable tour.it was hard to believe we spent two hours walking and talking. Very interesting and enjoyable.
star-5
Excellent Dublin history tour
karenanzalone
, Jun 2022
Anne was extremely knowledgeable and detailed in illustrating Dublin knowledge. She provided lots of great tips of sights to see that we would have missed- including the Archeological Museum. Well worth the time and highly recommend
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you Karena. Aine is one of those great guides that knows so much outside of the walk itself and is really keen to share that knowledge with others so delighted to hear such a ncie report.
star-5
History does not predict the future
Shelly_R
, May 2022
The historical facts and information that the guide provided were eye opening to just how Ireland developed into the country it is today and how the future will be shaped.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
I'm delighted that the guide explored more than just the historical sites but also our culture and much more besides. We try to give a balanced tour and obviously we succeeded here to your satifaction so thank you for the review.
star-5
Great tour
Doug_B
, May 2022
Great information about the city and how different aspects of history influenced its development. Guides provided a lot of good character.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Many thanks for your kind review. Stories as well as history and good character, as you say, from the guide are what we try to do.
star-5
A tour of the city
Mirna_T
, May 2022
Very good value for money,good guide, even the Irish mist- slight drizzle - coul dnot spoil it. recommended
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Well, the one thing we can't avoid in Ireland is the lovely 'mist' but delighted with your review, thank you
star-5
Fantastic
Patricia_K
, Mar 2022
We had a fantastic walk with pat liddy, he showed us places that we would never of seen ourselves and was very knowledgeable
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am very happy you enjoyed the tour.
star-5
Fab history walk
Darren_F
, Feb 2022
Very knowledgeable, fun lots of history. Good value for money. Interesting for both Dubliners & tourists.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you so much, Darren! I am happy you enjoyed the tour!
star-5
Recommend!
Olga_C
, Dec 2021
Shared info and locations we went were good. Some facts were really exciting and will stay in mind for a long time. The guide was attentive to the audience and did his best to keep our attention. It was too loud from time to time due to traffic, some devices/equipment might help with this. The tour price and its quality are on very good level.
star-5
Great Tour from a local expert
Emily_S
, Dec 2021
Michael gave a great tour, he was very knowledgeable and had lots of interesting facts about Dublin which we didn’t previously know. He was really friendly and welcoming, would definitely recommend him as a tour guide
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Emily, thank you so much for your kind words. I am very happy you enjoyed the tour with Micheal.
star-5
Walking tour of Dublin
Claire_B
, Nov 2021
Excellent tour on Dublin. Eoin an interesting & knowledgable character we had a great morning exploring
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you so much for your kind words. I will let Eoin know.
star-5
Dublin on foot
Lou_F
, Nov 2021
Michael our guide was fabulous - really knowledgable and full of Irish charm… Great to see Dublin on foot and learn about its history Throughly enjoyed the tour
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Many thanks for your kind review. Thw guides these days are really delighted to be back working after all the lockdowns and are loving the experience again. I'm delighted that it shows and Micheál (the Irish version of Michael) will also be very pleased with your review.!

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