Explore the Capital of Ireland's Ancient East!
Welcome to Dublin, Ireland's vibrant capital city and the capital of Ireland's Ancient East. My suggested itinerary for this tour starts in Trinity College, home of the book of Kells and Trinity's old library and it's magnificent Main Chamber. After a brief history of the University and it's part in Briton's attempt to colonize the Irish we will head over to the Old Irish Parliament and (if its open) and see the house of Lords as it was back then. After a stroll through Temple Bar, Dublin's party central, we will head over to the area of Dublin where it all began with the Vikings over a century ago. We can take in Christ Church Cathedral and then head into Dublin Castle, the seat of the British empire in Ireland for circa 800 years until independence and the Irish free state in 1921. Next is Dublin's City Hall with its magnificent Rotunda, originally the Royal exchange. We will then finish up at the the Mansion House, 1st Parliament of the Irish Free State.
On the suggested itinerary above we will see Trinity College, Old houses of Parliament, Temple Bar, 1st Viking Settlement, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle and the Mansion House.
However if you wish we can tailor your walk to see;
The GPO, rebels HQ during the 1916 Rising against British forces
St Patrick's Cathedral
Leinster House, Ireland's current seat of Parliament
Grafton Street and surrounding shopping streets
St Stephens Green, beautiful city park where the dubs hang out at lunch time
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Tour starts at Trinity College, we can meet here or I can collect you from your accommodation.
End location: Tour ends at the Mansion House. I can drop you back to your accommodation for an additional cost.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
Tour should take approximately 2 1/2 hours. This can be extended depending on your interests. Suggested start times are 10.00 and 14.00 daily.
My services as your local guide around the City and any advice I can offer to make your visit to Dublin a memorable one!
Estimated Local Cash Needed
5 Euro - for tea/coffee along the route. Additional cash required for food and entrance fees should you wish to actually take a tour inside any of the sights we see.
Refreshments, entrance fees if you would like a tour "inside" some of the sights along the tour and pick up/drop off at your accommodation if required.
Would you like to be picked up from your accommodation and dropped back? I can collect you in a lovely S Class Mercedes from your Hotel or Cruise ship and drive you to your starting point and bring you back to your accommodation. The extra cost will depend on the address of your accommodation. Max 4 passengers.
My E Class Mercedes Saloon is licenced to carry me as your driver (and tour guide) plus 4 passengers. If your party is bigger than 4 and require transport please message me and I can try arrange a larger licenced vehicle at an additional cost.
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Had a wonderful and interesting tour of Dublin with John. An overview of the city, historic landmarks, architectural highlights and little hidden gems of the city! We enjoyed spending time with John and would surely recommend him to other visitors touring Dublin.