Diana RichUnited States
We treated ourselves to Thanksgiving week in Dublin, and the piece de resistance was our tour with Garvan. He is gracious, eloquent and supremely well versed in Irish history, and Irish literature. The five hours flew by; we traversed the entire historic center of Dublin and ended with a delightful lunch at a delightful pub. Check out his video on the toursbylocals website. Graven alone is reason to visit Dublin!
Dana VezzaUnited States
Garvan was an awesome tour guide!!
Linda St PierreUnited States
Our entire group thoroughly enjoyed Garvan's walking/ food tour of Dublin. He is a passionate, knowledgeable historian. He is an engaging storyteller and we learned so much. The entire day was well paced, stopping for pastries, hot chocolate, lunch and ending with round of Irish whiskey. Our day spent with Garvan was the highlight of our trip. We highly recommend this tour and Garvan.
David FisherUnited States
By far my my favorite activity on my trip to Dublin. Garvan was an immediate old friend. He is friendly, knowledgeable, fun and informative. He explained the importance of many things we'd previously walked right by. He has a great grasp of Irish and world history and put everything into context for a couple of Americans with previously limited knowledge of Ireland. Answered all of our questions and had great conversation over a pint. Cannot recommend highly enough!!!
Crystal TeterColumbus, OH, United States
We had a wonderful time with Garvan - it was like doing a pub crawl with a friend! Garvan took us to local pubs, we tasted a variety of beer, cider, and whiskey, and we had fun conversations throughout the evening. At the end of the tour, we asked Garvan to recommend a place to grab a bite on the way back to our hotel, and he not only recommended one, but he walked us there and stayed and dined with us. He also gave us superb recommendations for things to do during our remaining time in Dublin.
Joyce PatricelliUnited States
Tricia HummelUnited States
Garvan is a true Irish treasure. His genuine passion for his country and its people comes through in his insightful stories of history, struggle, emigration and resurgence. Funny, informed, and personable, Garvan felt more like an old friend than a guide. Our 5 hours seemed to pass in a flash. Don't miss out on Garvan's Ireland!
Kelie MileyUnited Kingdom
Loved loved loved this tour. We had a wonderful time on this tour and the weather was not perfect (but we like rain). Garvan was exceptional. He really knew the history of Dublin and of Ireland. He's personable and loves this city. He took us to some great places. We even met up with a friend living in the city and she was able to tag along for a little bit. It was alot of fun watching them talk about Dublin together. We highly recommend Garvan for a walking tour.
Jim HendersonUnited States
Garvan is simply a wealth of information. He shared his passion for Ireland, its people and its historical culture with us in a meaningful and enjoyable manner. We would not hesitate to recommend him as a guide, He is truly excellent.
Garvan is exceptionally knowledgable, but more importantly, he delivers the information in a manner that is so interesting, dramatic and captivating, and very accessible. We loved our tour!
Corlanne S.United States
Fantastic to spend the day with someone so enthusiastic about the history of his country . Garvan has a pleasant demeanor and great sence of humor. His preparation was apparent since we stayed off the beaten path he lead us from our hotel and dropped us in an ideal location to meander back. First class day!
Just perfect guide and tour; Garvan made the tour very interesting for everybody; adults and kids (12 and 9). He did his best (thanks for your french!!!) to made this activity very attractive and very funny. The tour was very interesting because in 5 hours we lerned the essentiel about irish history and irish way of life!!!
Clark ConveryUnited States
Outstanding Tour from a Fabulous Guide! Highly recommended for all!
Ed CarhartUnited States
Garvan provides a comprehensive overview of central Dublin. He made the history and culture come alive with dramatic and humorous storytelling. Our visit to two Dublin pubs gave us time for beers and whiskey along with discussion time about issues facing contemporary Ireland. Garvan has a wealth of knowledge along with a young spirit. Our group highly recommends him.
Linda FucciOPELIKA, AL, United States
What a wonderful 3 hours! Garvin was fun and funny, extremely knowledgeable, so very personable. We learned so much about the history of Ireland. The time spent with Garvin made our coming days in Dublin so much more enjoyable.
Benjamin WoodUnited States
Garvan is full of energy, knowledge and humanity. I would go back to Dublin just to do another tour with Garvan
David BaumUnited States
Garvan is simply a great guide. Passionate, informative, fun, well humored, prompt and inspiring. Have used his services twice and cannot wait to do so again. He is a true Irish treasure.
Doris GillesUnited States
Garvan was amazing! We learned so much about the history of Ireland. He is friendly and energetic - the kids wished he was their history teacher!
Susan VaughanUnited States
We are extremely experienced world travelers and Garvan was literally the very BEST tour guide we have ever had, hands down. Beyond just the sheer breadth and depth of his knowledge, he was truly fascinating, making history come alive and show how relevant it was to Ireland today. We came to FEEL Ireland's history, not just learn about it. One example among many— his explanation of the Potato Famine (when seeing the public art installation Famine) and its legacy today was terribly moving.
Gary AyersUnited States
Five stars is not enough praise for Garvan. This man truly loves Ireland and Dublin. Tour was ideal in length and sites visited. Another definite plus----it didn't rain! On top of all Garvan's knowledge he also sings. We would have absolutely no second thoughts about using either TOUR BY LOCALS or Garvan again. Gary & Trish Ayers
Sondra EttlingerUnited States
Garvan was great at giving us just the right amount of history behind the places we visited. We learned a lot about Ireland, and he did an especially good job of relating his stories to the places we visited. His enthusiasm was contagious and we found this to be an excellent tour. Pacing was just right.
Garvan was a pleasure to deal with from the word go! He responded promptly to my queries. He was waiting for us at the meeting point and immediately we knew we had made the right choice. Garvan is pleasant, friendly, well dressed, full of knowledge and a great sense of humour. Our morning spent with Garvan was just lovely and I would highly recommend him to anyone visiting Dublin.
Linda MahonyUnited States
Garvan was wonderful! We met him as soon as we arrived in Ireland. You can tell he is passionate about the history of this amazing country. We learned so much from him and he gave us fantastic tips on what to do during the rest of our stay. We can't thank him enough. I can't imagine a better guide. He even told us to contact him any time during the rest of our stay if we wanted any information. Such a wonderful welcome to the city!
Roberta PotterUnited States
Garvan was on time , personable, knowledgeable, entertaining and an all around great tour guide. He was flexible to our needs and made our full day private tour very enjoyable.
Gary StephensonUnited States
We had a delightful time with Garvan as our guide. He was prompt and very knowledgeable. We especially appreciated his discussion of the local culture. He customized our tour to meet our needs and desires.
Katherine GeerdesUnited States
We had an amazing day learning more about Irish history and exploring traditional Dublin pubs with Garvan. Thank you Garvan for the fun, informative, and wonderful way you combine the two. This tour is not to be missed when in Dublin!
Lori SmithUnited States
Awesome tour!! We loved every minute of it!! Garvan was wonderful and he made the tour interesting and fun!!
Chris MilliasUnited States
Garvan was an amazing tour guide! Not only did he take us to all the must see sights, he had the locuasious ability to provide the history in an entertaining way that took us back in time. We laughed with him throughout and he even brought us to tears at "The Castle" Didn't feel like a tour, felt like a great time with a new friend. If your going to Dublin, you have to ask for Garvan!!
Sharon OConnellUnited States
We had a wonderful walking tour with Garvan of the city of Dublin - highlighted by stories and songs! Garvan is very knowledgeable of Ireland and you can tell that he is very passionate about his homeland. He made history come alive with his stories (OK, some of them may have been slightly exaggerated - but who lets the truth interfere with a good story?!) We also learned about famous Irish musicians and had a wonderful guessing game of "Who sang this?" We only wish the tour had been longer!
Catherine McKechneyUnited States
Garvan was simply amazing. Smart, funny, enthusiastic and passionate about Ireland. My 28 year old son and I were fascinated from beginning to end. He was very generous with his inside knowledge of the city and we were sad when our tour ended and we had to say goodbye to our new friend. If you have only one day in Dublin spend it with Garvan.
Angela MastrianoBrewerton, NEW YORK, United States
Garvan did an excellent job showing us the sights of Dublin. He was very knowledgeable and pasionite about his homeland. He was organized and helpful. I would highly recommend him if you are going to Dublin. He made our day perfect.
Duane DickUnited States
Walking Dublin with Garvin was super 'craic'. He is smart, fun, and very tall so he is easy to pick out in a crowd :-) Also, there was a student demonstration the day of our tour of Trinity Library and it was temporarily closed -- Garvin was quick-thinking and took us for a quick side tour of a nearby museum until the Library was reopened. He went about an hour overtime at no extra charge due to the inconvenience. I highly recommend him.
Jeff KingWestfield, MA, United States
Garvan was exceptional in every way! Not only did he show us the highlights of Dublin, he helped understand the complex history of his beautiful country. Garvan shared the colorful stories of Ireland's past in a way that enabled us to feel, touch, and experience for ourselves the heroic events of the past. I give Garvan the highest rating possible and I recommend him to all who wish to make their trip to Ireland unforgettable.
Lauren S.United States
Garvan was an outstanding guide! He is very knowledgeable in both history and libations. We especially enjoyed his singing. It is well worth your time and money to book this tour.
My wife and I took the tour in early December and we enjoyed every bit of it. Garvan is a knowledgeable, funny and pleasant guide. Can't recommend him and this tour enough.
Patricia LifrakUnited States
Garvan is a wonderful guide, very knowledgeable, fun, informative, and accommodating. If you want to have a great time and memorable experience, we highly recommend this tour!
Patricia LifrakUnited States
Wonderful guide, excellent tour!
Garvan was our guide for a private 3-hour walking tour of Dublin (group of 11 people). We couldn't have asked for a better guide to show us around! Garvan was enthusiastic, very knowledgeable about Ireland and was a lot of fun as well. The rest of the group thought that he was fantastic and I would recommend him to anyone else looking for a guide.
Jonathan MaltzUnited States
Garven was an excellent guide & his tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Ireland. He had all the characteristics one looks for in a guide : promptness, pleasant & friendly, knowledgeable & enthusiastic.
Jacqueline MayfieldUnited States
Garvan did a first rate job !
Rod FallowUnited States
Garvan was terrific! He was educational and entertaining at the same time. The pace was good, we saw everything we hoped to see in one day. I have a new appreciation for Ireland's history and it's many characters - lots to love about Dublin and you cannot go wrong with Garvan. Following our tour, Garvan made great recommendations for dinner, horse racing, and pubs as well.
David BrayUnited States
When you want the very best that is what receive
Brooke DeckUnited States
Garvan's 5 hour tour of Dublin was just what we needed for our first day in Ireland. The tour is a terrific overview of Irish literary figures, politics, social issues, and most importantly the battle for Irish independence. Garvan is funny, well read, and passionate about his country- all this makes him a phenomenal tour guide. His tour is a must for your first or second day in Dublin.
Jayne WeissmanUnited States
We so enjoyed our day in Dublin with Garvan - not only was he extremely friendly, personable and engaging, his uncanny "spot on" knowledge of Dublin and Irish history was amazing! He's a walking encyclopedia of Irish history!! - not to mention quite a good singer!! He's a young man of many talents and we were privileged to have him as our guide - it was a wonderful day (and it didn't rain at all!!) and we'll recommend him to any of our friends who may travel to Dublin in the future!
Garvan had an incredible knowledge of the political history of Ireland which we enjoyed.
Eileen ZitoUnited States
Oh boy, there isn't enough space here for me to totally explain the FANTASTIC tour Garvan gave us. His passion and enthusiasm are contagious as is his love of Ireland. We hung on his every word as he educated us. If you have only one day in Dublin and you're looking for a knowledgeable guide Garvan is your man, if you want to grab a beer and a whiskey I suppose you can do that as well but, you'd be missing out on a wonderful experience.
Lara FreemanUnited States
Garvan was very upbeat and was willing to customize the tour to do what we wanted to do! He was very caresmatic and was very knowledgeable about Irish history. We enjoyed our tour with Garavan!
Ginny van HespenUnited States
Garvan led us on a walking tour of Dublin history, landmarks, culture, music, legends, and politics. Myself, my husband and our 15 year old granddaughter enjoyed his tour tremendously and gained a better understanding of the people. He sang songs to enhance stories, he told legends in a Gaelic voice, he took us to the location of historical events and directed us to traditional pub for lunch. Tours by Locals always delivers a great day, and Garvan held up that winning streak for us. Thanks, Garvan
Arthur EberlyGreenville, SC, United States
Great guide and great tour. very informative. Did not rush Adjusted to our families interest
Karla D.Asheville, NC, United States
What a special treat! Garvan kept us captivated from the moment we met him until we had to reluctantly say goodbye. His knowledge of Irish history and lore is limitless. Even our granddaughter was enraptured with his stories and we all thoroughly enjoyed the addition of music. Garvan even tailored our tour based on the other areas we would be traveling to later in our trip so that when we got to each of those destinations we already had a sense of place. He was exceptional in every way.
Leo ShortLakeville, MN, United States
Garvan did a great job on the pub crawl. When it was time for Mom and Dad to go home he kept the rest of the group going. Great Pubs and music! We all enjoyed is beer explanations and his great personality. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Leo ShortLakeville, MN, United States
Garvan did a great job of adjusting our tour after a late start by us. He was real patient with us after we arrived late due to car issues. He is a great guide and really knows the city his Irish History. He was able to blend in serious and humor to make the tour great. Thanks Garvan! If we come back we will book you again.
Garvan was very professional. He was thoughtful and caring and concerned about my safety. I am so pleased I selected him.He was fun yet very knowledgeable. I would recommend the company very highly to my friends. joan Braun
Marjorie StanfordUnited States
There are not enough superlatives to describe our day with Garvan! Our day started at the Molly Brown statue and Garvan sang "Cockles and Muscles" for us. Just an example of how Garvan made Irish history come to life. The day ended at Dublin Castle with the description of the ceremony where Michael Collins accepted Irish independence-and we felt as if we were there. Charming, knowledgeable, engaging, enthusiastic, funny and passionate about his country. He definitely made us want to come back soon!
Michael CreedonUnited States
He is incredible. He was right on time and met us at our apartment. The tour he put together was perfect and exceeded our expectations. He is very knowledgeable and a good communicator. We loved seeing the sights and hearing about the history of Dublin and Ireland. And best of all it was FUN! My wife and I had a great day.
Harlee McCourtUnited States
Rating 5. Garvan is truly passionate about his country and the Irish people. He is also extremely knowledgeable about Irish history. He's a pleasant person with a good sense of humor. We learned a lot and along the way had lunch at a dinette frequented by locals, and stopped at a great ice cream store. We picked out Irish cheese from a local market and finished the day in a wonderful Irish pub where Garvan ordered several beer tasting samples which we drank with our cheese. A great experience.
Lauren BenkendorfUnited States
Garvan was a spirited, knowledgeable and lively guide. He brought the history of Ireland and Dublin alive with his guided tour of The city, Trinity College, parks and historical buildings. We all enjoyed our day with Garvan.
The most amazing experience given by an unmatched skillful guide, Garvan. It was our first trip to Ireland. We came with the impression, that the conflicts between the Irish and the English were of a religious nature. But it came to our attention that there are completely different cultural conditions behind the tensions during the years between the two peoples. We are very grateful to Garvan
It was our first trip to Ireland. We came with the impression, that the conflicts between the Irish and the English were of a religious nature. But it came to our attention, that there are completely different cultural conditions behind the tensions during the years between the two peoples. We are very grateful to the most amazing and incredibly knowledgeable guide, Garvan.
Gary DayUnited States
The five hour walking tour was the perfect way to get a great deal of history and knowledge about Ireland and the culture - and also the absolute best way to transition into the new time zone after landing that morning from the US. Garvan was fantastic. Very high intellect and energy level. He was flexible and adapted based upon our interest and energy levels. This was my son's second time to Ireland and he said he learned more about Ireland in those 5 hours than he did in prior tours. Highly recommend
Allyson SpeaksUnited States
Garvan was fantastic! So knowledgable of Irish history and a wonderful story teller. This is one of the best tours we have taken from this company over the past 5 years. He is organized, considerate and a wonderful person to spend time with on your vacation. We only had 1 day in Dublin and saw so much of the city with him but did not feel tired at the end! You can't go wrong booking this tour.
Todd ThompsonUnited States
Garvan was fantastic. He was BOTH educational and entertaining, and having him as our tour guide was like being with our Irish cousin who has a history major. We learned so much about Ireland's history as well as Ireland's present. He introduced us to traditional Irish dishes and delicious foods. We enjoyed his company so much we booked him again for another tour before we left Dublin. I strongly recommend Garvan and this tour to acquaint yourself with Dublin and Irish history
Lisa BallUnited States
Garvan was a fun and informative tour guide! My group and I had a fun afternoon with him. He's also flexible and wanted to know what our interests were. We could tell he's passionate about history and the story of Ireland, the Irish and of Dublin. We recommend him to anyone who wants a fun and leisurely walking tour.
Donald DerouinUnited States
Garvan was outstanding! Would recommend him to any person looking for a great experience.
Joseph JenkinsUnited States
There are no guides more pleasant and knowledgeable than Garvan. He presents Dublin and Irish history with a passion.
Sarah EdenUnited States
Lisa LancasterUnited States
A fantastic tour! Garvin did a great job providing us with an amazing historical aspect of Dublin and Ireland. He was professional and very good with our sons.
Stephen GardnerUnited Kingdom
An excellent tour! Garvan was personable, knowledgeable and good company.The history was sensitively explained and the choice of pubs was well received by our group. Garvan responded to our particular needs and questions with aplomb.We were so absorbed in the tour that the time went so very quickly. We will take another of these tours when next in Dublin. Grateful thanks!
Super Guide We were 11, it was great. We kept him with us for dinner. Funny and expert. He has anecdotes.
Robert SouthwickUnited States
Garvan is an very knowledgeable and energetic tour guide. We learned a lot about the history of Ireland and Irish independence (a little too long though standing in one place for that part of the tour). After that we were on the move and saw a lot of wonderful sights. My girls really enjoyed Garvan's musical portion of the tour! His recommendtions on other sights and a spot to stand for the St Patrick's parade were greatly appreciated.
Gia CreceliusUnited States
We learned so much about Irish history while visiting important sites. We really enjoyed Garvan's enthusiasm. He really brought the stories to life. We would highly recommend this tour!
Derek AugsburgerUnited States
Garvan was fantastic! Great way to experience the city, have a few pints, and learn about Irish history. Thanks Garvan for a wonderful experience!
Megan C.United States
Garvan is a delightful person and knowledgeable guide. My sister and I learned a tremendous amount about Irish history, saw the sights in Dublin and got a couple pints along the way (which also gave us a chance to learn about Irish beer and whiskey). The tour was a highlight of our trip and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who is planning to visit Dublin.
Jordan GreenbergUnited States
Robert M.United States
Was a great experience. Garvan customized the tour to fulfill my interests and gave me some recommendations for sights to see on my own.
Roni RihnUnited States
I want to thank Garvan for an excellent walking tour of Dublin. My friends and I arrived in the morning and we weren't sure if we could last the 5 hour tour but it was so interesting that the time flew by. We learned about the history of Ireland including the uprising that took place at the GPO. Garvan told us numerous stories as we walked the streets of Dublin. We even had time to taste some beer. He is knowledgeable, funny, and has a wonderful gift as a storyteller. I am so glad we had this experience.
Gina PrattUnited States
Garven was entertaining and very knowledgeable. He guided us through of of Dublin's highlights. We had a great day visiting this very interesting Irish city and look forward to returning and seeing Garven again.
Cecile H.United States
Our tour guide, Garvan, made this a very enlightening and enjoyable walking tour. Garvan's extensive knowledge of Irish & world history gave us a new insight into the Irish movement for independence & the Irish culture. Also, he was able to determine our particular interests, tailoring the tour and discussions around that. Ending the tour in a local pub to watch the last minutes of the All-Ireland hurling championship game made the tour even better! Would highly recommend taking a tour with Garvan.
Lorie DunnUnited States
Garvan was an entertaining and host and we thoroughly enjoyed out day in Dublin. Highly recommend:)
David AbrahamsonEvanston, IL, United States
We cannot imagine a better guide to Dublin's unique history than Garvan. He is a kind and considerate gentleman, possessed of an unusual combination of both extraordinary book smarts and playful street smarts. We are both somewhat disabled, and we were mightily impressed at how he was able to tailor our walking journey through Dublin at a pace so that we never felt uncomfortable. Moreover, his grasp of Irish history makes him a perfect companion to consider both Ireland's past and its future.
Alison O.United States
Garvan was fantastic, we had a great walking tour that he tailored nicely to our interests and energy levels!
Jack M.United States
This was our second trip to Dublin. I would highly recommend this tour as Garvan did a great job describing the history and showing us the significant sights of the area.
Maxine BaerwaldtUnited States
Garvan is a fantastic guide and has a sense of humor! He really did a great job walking us through Dublin and showing us everything that we wanted to see. I highly recommend using him for a tour in Dublin.
Judy W.United States
Great tour. Garvan was knowledgable and engaging. He was very attentive to our needs and interests.
Amy B.United States
Garvan was an excellent guide. He chose the places to visit based on our interests and was very knowledgeable. We really enjoyed hearing about his personal views as well.
Douglas SchifferUnited States
Enjoyed our tour with Garvan. Walked and learned about the history of Dublin and how it fits into Irish history. Garvan is a historian storyteller with our tour having frequent stops at key locations to tell what happened there and why. I recommend Garvan as a tour guide, esp if you want to learn a bit along the way, not just see the sites.
Krista ParmaUnited States
arvan was a wonderful tour guide! He was funny, had great stories, and was knowledgeable of facts in a way that engaged us all, from 7-41 years of age!
Janene PruettUnited States
Garvan is a young guy, but really knows Irish history, He is also a bit of an actor (what Irish isn't) and will read one of Yates' poems in such a way as to bring tears to your eyes. He was very flexible about what we wanted to do and when he found out we were interested in Donegal tweed, we were off to the McGee store where we bought several wonderful things from Donegal! Then we were off to a lunch place for Corned Beef and Irish beer.. Whatever you want to do in Dublin Garvan is your guide!
Janene PruettUnited States
This was a great time. Garvan takes you to several of his personal favorite pubs. He recommended some local food at our request at one pub and it was delicious! He also ordered a beer flight at one so we could try several from light to dark, Garvan is very funny (like most Irish) and just a bunch of fun to be around, If you long for a local Dublin experience, this Pub Crawl will not disappoint!!
Lori BassmanUnited States
Garvan is terrific!
Richard BlumUnited States
What a wonderful afternoon!! Garvan is a very knowledgeable, personable and all around great guide. He tailored our tour to our interests and was thoroughly entertaining and informative. We took this tour on our first day in Ireland, just hours after arriving and although we were a little tired and jet-lagged, Garvan kept our interest and before we knew it, our time was up. I would highly recommend this tour.
Tom BalshiUnited States
Garvan was extremely informative, good historian and an excellent storyteller. We had a fun time with this enthusiastic, fun lad!
Jade RothUnited States
Garven was an excellent guide. Well informed and engaging, he tailored the tour to our interests and introduced us to fascinating places in Dublin we would not have found on our own. I would wholly recommend him to anyone interested in history, literature, current events or simply Dublin!
Bill PowellUnited States
Garvan was fantastic. My wife is not a history buff, but Garvan made it fun for her and my two older boys. He was knowledgeable, funny, and spent more time than allotted with us. We learned so much about Ireland in a short but fun time frame. One of the best parts of our trip
Linda R.United States
Garvan brought Dublin to life. He has wonderful information and great stories about The city. We spent the entire day with him and loved every minute. Trinity College and The Book of Kells, along with the library are a must see. Highly recommend this tour!
Wayland Snookie P.Wilson, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Outstanding tour/tour guide! Prompt, knowledgeable and entertaining. Impressive expertise on the history of the Irish people and the significant influences on historical events as they unfolded through the history of this Island/Nation. Highly recommended!!!
Barbara B.GEORGIA, United States
Garvan was a wonderful tour guide for Dublin--knowledgeable and so entertaining. He held our attention for the entire time and knew all the good stops. The 18-yar olds with us came away with a great appreciation for all things Dublin, including Molly Malone! We heartily recommend Garvan.
Clarene McCartneyUnited States
If you are looking for an interesting history of Ireland, while walking around Dublin, Garvan is your guy. He is extremely knowledgeable, entertaining and passionate, too. The Book of Kells and Trinity College are must sees.
Richard OppenheimerUnited States
Guide was punctual, friendly, and very interesting. At times, we were felt a little rushed, and we were not shown all of the sights he advertised we would see. Although, I would recommend him.
Kristen PotuckUnited States
Great tour. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and accommodating to my personal interests. Would highly recommend.