(Your tour, your choice!)
We all want different things from a day trip to a city and a bespoke private tour should take account of your interests, fitness levels and time available. Tell me what you want to see when you come to Dublin - is it culture, old buildings, politics, music, art or the pub scene? I can suggest a variety of itineraries that combine all the above, and am a believer in quality over quantity, every time!
Dublin is a small city and the main sights can be covered on foot, if approached logically. A good guide will interpret, provide colour and background and make a good day great! I worked in Dublin for many years both as an estate agent, and in the world of politics, so am very familiar with the history and geography of the city. A day tour with me will be informative, relaxed, flexible and above all, a bit of fun!
Major sights in my opinion include Trinity College, National Gallery, National Library, Leinster House, Merrion Sq and Oscar Wilde Statue, Dublin Castle, St Patrick's Cathedral and a good Dublin pub!
To be agreed with the client. . . . A sample itinerary would include:
Trinity College campus (visit to Book of Kells and Long Library will incur an admission fee)
Tour of Merrion Square looking at the wonderful Georgian architecture and learning about some of the famous residents of Dublin's most beautiful square including Oscar Wilde
Visit to the "Dead Zoo", formally known as the Natural History Museum.
Pass our Parliament Building, Leinster House where I worked for ten years and Government Buildings.
The National Gallery to see some of the highlights of our National Collection including the famous recently rediscovered Carravaggio.
Call into the National Library to view the exhibition on the life and times of WB Yeats, our national poet
Walk through Grafton St, Clarendon Street, South City Markets to Dublin Castle, seat of British rule for 750 years
Visit City Hall and head to St Patrick's Cathedral, founded in 1195.
Head across the River Liffey to see the GPO, where the 1916 Rising took place.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will agree a meeting point in the city centre at a time convenient to the client. Early starts are not a problem!!
End location: We will end our tour in a city centre location that suits the client.
Duration: 6 hours
The tour times can be reduced to reflect the time available to travellers on a pro-rata basis
This is a city walking tour - public transport can be used if some of the chosen sights are too far eg. Luas (on-street tram) to National Museum at Collins Barracks.
This is a walking tour led by a Failte Ireland Approved Guide.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 euro - This is suggested in case of visits to paid attractions such as The Book of Kells or The Little Museum of Dublin - many cultural attractions in Dublin are free!
Admissions, meals, snacks, public transport, souvenirs...
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Dairine gave us a wonderful tour of Dublin. She is personable, knowledgeable and guided us expertly through the tourist sites of Dublin, all of which are quite crowded. We arrived at Malahide Castle and took the first tour of the day of it, which avoided the crowds from tour buses and added greatly to the enjoyment of that very interesting site. My wife uses a traveling wheelchair but Dairine was able to deal with this difficulty in crowds quite nicely.