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 AbrahamsonUnited 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.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.
Mike 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.
Diane NorthupUnited States
Garvan was an excellent guide. He was extremely knowledgable about Irish history and presented it in such an interesting way. In addition he was charming and friendly and made our walking tour in Dublin very special.
Jennifer CoxUnited States
Garvan could not have been a more welcoming, knowledgeable and FUN tour guide for our Sights and Pints tour. My father and I had never been to Dublin before and needed to hit the high points while also experiencing less touristy areas and pubs. We enjoyed pints, specialty coffee and the food market (with incredible cheese) in addition to getting a thorough lesson in Irish history with a wonderful guide. Thank you again - we would recommend Garvan to anyone traveling to Dublin!
Ted PintarUnited States
Garvan is a great tour guide. Very entertaining. Highly recommend
Martin H.United Kingdom
I would rate Garvan 5 out of 5. Knowledgable, personable and interesting. Would definitely recommend.
Diane A.United Kingdom
Garvan is a wonder of a tour guide. His optimism and knowledge about the history and future of Dublin/Ireland was heart warming and intriguing. We visited prime landmarks where his gift was the strongest - and then we found unique market/coffee house - where we shared new foods, learned about coffee brewing, and how to drink a Guiness. He even called the Gate theatre to get us tickets. Absolutely wonderful, charming, gracious and fun! And he sings! I hope to tour with him again.
Lena CamperlengoUnited States
The best private guide we have ever had. Garvan has the perfect mix of passion, knowledge, story telling and song singing mixed with a seamless spontaneity that resulted in the best tour we've ever had. Thanks Garvan!
Jane CasavantUnited States
Garvan was a fantastic guide for the "Dublin in Two Days" tour, which is a perfect option for a first day arrival as well as the second day. He is extremely knowledgable, entertaining, and made the city come alive for us, as well as giving us great hints about what to do and where to go during the remainder of our visit. He even managed to bring the sun out! We could not have had a better guide. A+++ thanks, Garvan!
Richard ClearyUnited States
Garvan was entertaining for a small group consisting of senior citizens to teenagers. He was very knowledgeable and could answer any questions put to him. He quickly adapted when things out of his control, did not go as planned. He even has a very good singing voice and is not shy about using in on street corners. He made our Dublin experience very enjoyable!
Michael FoucherUnited States
Great time and superb job by Garvan on our two day tour of Dublin. Perfect way to get a primer on Irish history and navigate the city. Garvans passion for and knowledge of Irish history are evident. His knowledge of the Book of Kells alone was quite impressive. We were so glad we booked with him as it was more like walking around with an old friend than your typical tourist type experience. Highly recommend him if you're headed to Dublin, you won't be sorry!
Desi TuckerUnited States
I couldn't imagine a better guide to see and learn about Dublin. Garvan was absolutely fantastic! He was funny, informative and made my trip to Ireland unforgettable. Very enlightening and enjoyable experience and I hope to bring my kids back someday and we'd hire him again!
Ralph EvansUnited States
Garvan was a great guide. We enjoyed the stories, song and history about Ireland and Dublin but even more we enjoyed understanding the Irish culture and the difference between the "Catholic" vs "Protestant". My wife and I booked him for a full day and it was worth every penny and more. He was entertaining, informative, and patient. He tailored the tour to our interest and didn't mind as we wandered all over the place, conversationally, so we could connect the dots between history and present day.
Jonathan GorbachUnited States
Energetic, friendly, knowledgeable, funny and a whole host of Gaelic adjectives that I can't pronounce. My second time taking his tour and just as enjoyable as the first. A great way to get to know the remarkable city of Dublin.
Chris BrooksUnited States
There's a lot to like about Garvan. He is colorful and entertaining, and I believe he has a passion for his work. He tailored our tour for the group and was well prepared. We would have appreciated more depth at times. Also, we had challenges on the front end getting the tour confirmed and ironing out details before we started. Garvan has a great future and I'm sure he will continue to improve.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Unfortunately I was sick. Given my poor health I should've cancelled the tour but I didn't want to do that to you with such short notice. I had hoped that you would appreciate this and I provided 30 minutes extra to the tour. As for depth, the group didn't (on the 2nd day) ask probing questions, even after I emphasized the increased need due to my drowsiness. I apologize for the pre-tour communication.
Frank OlearUnited States
Garvan was great company! He combined an intimate knowledge of Dublin with a passion for the Irish people. We will depart the city with not only facts but feeling for a great country, a great city and a wonderful people. On a personal level he designed our tour to fit our interests and our touring abilities. He's a great reason to use a 10 star system!
Maureen HarrisUnited States
Garvan was most forgiving of forgetfulness of first time international travelers who mixed up correct day and time. We were so looking forward to our tour and he was able to fit us in the very next day. The three hour walking history tour of Dublin was so enriched by Garvan's passion for his country and city. He enlightened us on people, looking for hidden sculpture on buildings, local farmer's market, Dublin Castle and the famous folk we only knew as names in history books. So grateful to him.
Garven was super! We had two days exploring Dublin with a dynamic, enthusiastic, artistic, bright guide who sang, read poetry, dramatized history and was genuinely charming. He was responsive to a all our requests and made our visit truly special. Thanks, Garvan!!
Jeffrey MillerUnited States
Fantastic Pub tour! Garvan was incredible. Extremely knowledgable with respect to Dublin pubs, beer types, and the city of Dublin in general. Toured by foot around non-touristy parts of dublin and spent time in authentic Irish pubs, had some great food and drink, and really enjoyed Garvans company. Very funny and he shared all kinds of fun facts and stories throughout the night. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Mark GasserUnited States
We stayed in the Temple Bar area - hundreds of pubs. Garvan took us to some fantastic "local" pubs that we would have never stopped in. Great craft beer selections, obvious local hangouts, entertaining stories. My wife doesn't drink but she really enjoyed the tour! Garvan - I hope to visit Dublin again and you're my 1st contact. Thank you for making our experience special!!
Mark GasserUnited States
Our 1st time in Dublin - Garvan was engaging, fun, knowledgeable and a great person to see and experience Dublin with. Do yourself a favor and spend a half day or more with Garvan in Dublin. It was a fantastic experience. Thanks Garvan!!!
Joanne HiscoxSedona, AZ, United States
Karen BurkeUnited States
Fabulous! Garvan was very knowledgeable, personable and enthusiastic. Great tour and way to really maximize your time with someone who is not only familiar but, entertaining and highly detailed with history nuggets you would never get doing a city tour on your own.
Ian BernsteinUnited States
We saw it all. Garvin was full of history and excitement. His passion for Dublin was evident. He made the tour fun, interesting, exciting and easy. The sights were varied and told a story of a colorful history. We raced around and also took our time, depending on the site. I would absolutely recommendGgarvin to take you around the city.
David BaumUnited States
We have used Tours By Locals for many tours and we can say with certainty that Garvan was within the top two guides we have ever used. Our day with him was magical, informative, full of songs, stories, food all delivered exactly as we had asked for it by a gentleman with fantastic depth of knowledge, passion and enthusiasm for what he does. He could teach classes on how to guide tours. Our look at Dublin was fun-filled and inspired. Thank you Garvan. You are the tops
Garvan was a terrific guide, good sense of humour, our group greatly enjoyed his tour, taking us to pubs and restaurants we would not have found without him. Paul Sydney Australia
Lisa LongUnited States
Garvan was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about Dublin and it's culture and history. We traveled with 3 teenage girls, who were griping about the thought of 5 hours of walking before we met Garvan. By the end of the tour, I think the girls would have walked another 5 hours just to keep him talking. We had no problems with the meeting time and place, Garvan was very engaging and easy to understand, and there were enough stops to make it an easy day of walking. Highly, highly recommend.
Helena AlfonzoUnited States
Garvan is a very nice guide who is very knwledgeable in Irish history and culture, as well as current trends in The Irish world. His explanations gave us a new perspective of the places or munuments we saw during our walk. He is also interested in learning new things of other cultures. We had a lot of fun with him. We visited historical places as well as shops and local markets, so we felt we touched abit part of the life in Dublin.
Timothy BuckleyUnited States
Garvan was a most enjoyable guide- youthful, enthusiastic about his city and most accommodating in his guidance during our walk in Dublin. As my wife and I are both of Irish descent, his knowledge of the city, its relationship to the nation's history and the way he wove that history into the tour made it a concise and enjoyable walk through the city. We saw historical and cultural sites mixed with the contemporary shopping, architecture and social points about town, all with helpful commentary.
Thomas McKeownUnited States
really knowledgeable and fun
Carol GoloffUnited States
As a mom who booked this tour for my 23 year old son and 20 year old daughter I was delighted when they reported that the tour was great and the guide wonderful. They could not say enough about how wonderful Garvan was. My son is a man of few words and his praise is especially telling.
Jill H.United States
Garvan gave us an amazing tour of Dublin!! We would highly recommend him!!!
Lisa HallUnited States
Garvan was wonderful, full of local knowledge, hidden gems, considerate of our jet lag, a great host of Dublin and wonderful guide all around.
We enjoyed our day with Garvan. So many of the famous sites were within walking distance. Of special interest was seeing the restoration work that is being done with some of the ancient books in the beautiful library at Trinity College. His suggestions for restaurants and shopping were most helpful. Garvan is a very energetic tour guide with a great sense of history and he really made our day in Dublin one that we will long remember.
Janet LeifurUnited States
Garvan was very interesting and engaging. He kept our group of 3 interested throughout our 5 hour tour. He was very responsive to our needs, stopping for bathroom breaks etc as needed. Garvan included helpful advice about pubs to visit and places to shop. He seemed interested in us and incorporated our questions into the tour. It was great to see Dublin with such a knowledgeable guide!
Sally PrentissUnited States
Garvan gave us a fun and informative 3+hours walking tour of Dublin. We enjoyed every minute.
This was an individual walking tour I arranged w Garvan for my first day in Dublin. He was very considerate to the types of stops I was interested in making on the tour while including an ongoing dialogue about the history and culture of not just the city of Dublin, but Ireland as a whole. He clearly conveyed the emotion still felt by the people of Ireland based on their history and I was able to recognize both the information and feeling he imparted as I continued my tour of Ireland. Highly recommend.
Tony McGingUnited Kingdom
Garvan was an excellent guide - very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He pitched the tour just right for our group balancing site-seeing with historical information and a couple of pubs. Highly recommended.
Carol BruggerUnited States
We spent a wonderful afternoon with Garvan learning all about the history and local color of Dublin. Garvan's enthusiasm and energy helped us to see the city through the eyes of a native and made the experience most enjoyable.
Phillip HowardUnited States
We had a wonderful tour with Garvan. He gave us a great history lesson on Ireland and Dublin. He is witty and fun to be with.
Cathy KaiserUnited States
Garvan was a terrific guide! You could tell he tailored the tour to us as we went along and he got an idea of what we were responding to and what we weren't. He promises "Dublin in 5 hours" and he delivers. I would recommend Garvan's tours for anyone coming to Ireland.
Bryce TinmouthUnited States
Garvan was an excellent guide. He kept the conversation interesting and responded to our questions enthusiastically. His knowledge of Dublin and Ireland's history was extensive. He also was a wonderful sense of humour. I highly recommend Garvan.
Sergei GrandoUnited States
Kaitlyn WildUnited States
Garvan was great! He was interesting and engaging and very receptive to our questions and our needs. He knew so much interesting (and funny) trivia that there was never a dull moment. My group booked our tour for our very first event on our very first day in Ireland. It was a great way to get the lay of the land and immerse ourselves in the City of Dublin with the help of someone who knew both the geography and the culture.
Garvan was exactly what we needed to start our holiday. Not only did he take us on a fantastic pub crawl but he taught us quite a bit of history along the way. Garvan fit right in with our group with his witty sense of humour and we wouldn't hesitate on booking him again for another tour.
We thought Garvan was very personable and appreciated his acting and stories.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm terribly sorry that one of my guides cancelled on me at the last minute, forcing me to cut the tour a little short. It was something that was out of my control, but I was ultimately responsible for covering that subsequent tour, which made for less than ideal circumstances for our tour together, Karen. I appreciate your understanding that it was a very rare, unusual occurrence.
Paul RichinUnited States
He seemed preoccupied and not very interested in what we wanted to see. He was on his phone a number of times and was late for the tour. He was trying to meet us at 2 P.M. but never let us know he could't get there until past 2:30. It just wasn't what we were looking for. He was very knowlegeable and easy to understand.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Paul, my sincerest apologies. Our tour booking was for 2.30. I messaged you a week before the tour confirming that time. I had a 5 hr tour beforehand, so perhaps that diminished my energy a bit for our tour. I can't recall being on the phone but it must have been an urgent business call as I have a policy of ignoring my phone whilst touring. I'm very sorry that the tour wasn't up to normal standard.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We are sorry to hear about Paul´s experience, and we think this will be positive for Garvan as next time he will be more focused for having his normal standard.
R. Lee SilerUnited States
Garvan was outstanding! Dublin as seen by a local, and a history buff, was fantastic! He took us to places only the locals frequent and it was wonderful. He was really nice and we had a great tour with him!
David BellUnited States
Garvan did an excellent job. He provided us with enough. History of Ireland & Dublin. We enjoyed his sharing and knowledge of sites and areas we visited. I appreciated being able to customize the tour for our timeframe and it was perfect just having us 4. Well done and Thank You!!!!
Kevin CoanUnited States
Garvan is great. He is so passionate about his city, and this passion translates into one of the best tours you will ever have. His command of Ireland's history is remarkable. His passion for the city and Ireland's history is astounding. His songs and poems will transport you to another time, and you will feel it. His enthusiasm is refreshing and genuine. This was one of the best tours we have ever had.
Roger SmithUnited States
Garvan was energetic, thorough, and knowledgeable. He brought helpful handouts and paced the tour appropriately for our group of seniors. We learned history, art, geography, and architecture. This was time well spent. He engaged our group well, and responded to our questions and interests. Bravo, Garvin!
Our walking tour of Dublin was informative,fun,well paced and a great experience. Would highly recommend
Russ LabrascaUnited States
Garvan is an true ambassador of Dublin. He is knowledgeable, insightful, engaging, a great communicator, flexible to our schedule and witty. Dublin by foot is the way to see this great city and with Garvin, is the best way to experience it's vibe. This day was a highlight of our trip.
Erin MyersUnited States
My two children (ages 9 and 11) and I had a tour of Dublin with Garvin in April 2014. He was a fabulous tour guide! He was able to balance his commentary to keep it interesting for both adults and children - not an easy feat. His knowledge of Irish history was fabulous and he gave us great tips for shopping in the area. I have already shared his information with friends and family and highly recommend him as a guide.
Robert RungeUnited States
Spending a day with Garvan gave us an excellent introduction to Dublin.He was prompt, organized, and comprehensive in his knowledge, with an infectious enthusiasm for the city's rich past and vibrant present. Our discussions ranged from literature to music, ale to coffee, religion to politics. He has a great sense of humor and really helped us deepen our understanding of Dublin and the Irish.I highly recommend him.
Brian CurranUnited States
Garvan was fantastic. He had the striking Donegal looks, the infectious enthusiasm and the encyclopaedic knowledge to be the perfect person to spend the day exploring the city.
Jonathan GorbachUnited States
A wonderful introduction to Dublin! Garvan was friendly, punctual and very knowledgable. A great storyteller. He customized our tour to show us the highlights of the city which allowed us to come back and explore things in more depth on our own. Terrific value.
Bernard (Bud) CostelloUnited States
garvan was fantastic! very knowledgeable and great guide. We all had a blast with the tour and we learned a lot from Gavan. I would highly recommend him to anyone who asked. thanks
This tour was excellent. Garvan was so much fun and full of information and history. This was our second tours by locals tour. I would recommend Garvan and this company to anyone looking for a private tour. Sure beat the tours we took on the cruise ship. This is the only way to go. Thanks so much Garvan for such a great tour. Hope to see you again sometime. If you come to California. Let us know. The Moore's. :)
Michelle R.United States
Garvan was great fun. He knows a great deal of Irish history and was determined to make it come alive for us. Our 20-somethings were leery of doing an official tour and had a fabulous time with Garvan. I highly recommend him for family groups.
Nancy GreenUnited States
Garvan was our Dublin tour guide. The tour company arranged for a taxi to pick us up at the dock and then we met Garvan. Mat and I had been to Dublin on our own about 25 years ago. At that time we had a guide and were seeking James Joyce haunts and places of interest related JJ's novels. We all related to Garvan, young, experienced and knowledgable. He loves his job. He was responsive to our questions. Garvan entertained our entire group. Thank you!
Kim StewartRockwall, TEXAS, United States
Garvin, the tour guide we had booked had to cancel a/c a conflict. His stand-in was extremely knowledgeable about the area and its history, as well as being a poet and speaker himself. However, he did not listen attentively to the needs of the portion of the group that wanted time for shopping.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Acting as an intermediary between you, Kim and your guide, Rob, I am confident that you had a great tour with Rob. However, Rob says that you were happy to 'have an extra pint' and he perceived that you were not at all rushed to do some shopping. Notwithstanding the misunderstanding, I think you would agree that subtracting not one but two stars is harsh. I have, nonetheless, only your and Rob's testimonies to form an opinion.
Kerry KellyUnited States
Garvan was wonderful. He is a great story teller and was open to all of our questions. i would recommend him highly.
Derek HorstemeyerUnited States
Garvan gave us an informative,demonstrative, and at times emotional historic tour of downtown Dublin; it was a leisurely paced tour, very easy for our 3 teenagers. I would highly recommend this tour especially if you have a limited time and want to see the highlights. Bring an umbrella!!!
Tristan CinquegrnanaUnited States
Garvan was a wonderful tour guide. We had lots of fun and learned tons about the city of Dublin as well as the history of Ireland. Garvan was extremely knowledgeable. Garvan took us to all the major sites in Dublin including trinity college, st Patrick's cathedral, temple bar, millennium spire, and tons more. He had a story for each and the history to go along. we definitely recommend Garvan as a tour guide.
Sheri BrownUnited States
Garvan was a great guide. He was very personable and took us to some unique pubs. We had a wonderful time.
Scott MiscovichUnited States
Garvan was passionate about Dublin and the history of Ireland. He was very theatrical and entertaining for our teens and adults! He will make you enjoy your tours, laugh and feel the pain the Irish endured over the past 500 years.
Joel PriceScottsdale, AZ, United States
We engaged a walking tour with Garvan for our Sunday in Dublin, where we were blessed with unusually good weather. Having just finished an examination of our pictures from our tours, we did indeed accomplish a great deal. There were six of us--I was the bookkeeper--and I had arranged for a bit more time in advance, making sure Garvan was compensated for that time. He has a wonderful background in medieval history which really works in Dublin and Ireland. In short. Garvan was an all star!!!!
Michael NiederUnited States
Garvan is a funny and clever guy who made us feel welcome. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Dublin and his unique insights gave us the feeling that we were getting to see Dublin as few tourists can. He is a fun person with a great sense of humor and a HUGE knowledge base. We cannot say enough wonderful things about the 6 hours we spent together.
William JonesUnited States
Outstanding! The "Pub Crawl" offered SO much more than we expected....the various pubs gave us a great view of Dublin pubs and their wonderful offerings. Garvan was incredibly entertaining and related to all of our family members like we were old friends....(he has a "wee bit" of charisma!!) His converstaion of all things Irish was a serious delight for us. We highly recommend!!
Howard BusloffUnited States
Garvan was a wonderful guide. He was knowledgeable, interesting, and fun. We would recommend his tour to anyone who wants a tour of Dublin.
Josh DoughtieUnited States
I highly recommend Garvan for anybody looking for a tour guide in Dublin. He was very knowledgeable about the city and the history behind it. He made the time fly by with lots of laughs, and taught us many things as well. We even learned how to properly drink a Guinness! If we ever make it back to Ireland, which we hopefully will, we will be booking him again!
James LambertUnited States
We rate Garvan as a 5! He has a passion for the story of his people, and by giving this to us, he enriched the tour. His tour is not merely a tour of places. He gave us an insight into the heart of a culture. Jim and Barbara Lambert
Leslie HaasUnited States
Barbara WolfortUnited States
Garvan is wonderful! Such energy, enthusiasm and personality - not to mention an enormous grasp of and respect for history. Our hours with him flew by and he was overly generous with his time, as he didn't rush away when our "official" ending time passed. We were given choices within the itinerary but trusted him entirely to give us guidance since this was our first visit to Dublin. When we return to Dublin, we'll definitely hire Garvan again and recommend him highly.
Merrill O.Chicago, IL, United States
We did a total of 3 tours with Garvan during our 5 days in Dublin, and felt he was the ideal guide for our group! We tend to enjoy our history lessons mixed with visits to local pubs, and we like our guides to match the energy level of our group…Garvan was a perfect fit on all counts! He was knowledgeable, fun, high-energy, and an engaging speaker. Believe me…you can't pick a better guide for your Dublin visit!! And this particular tour is a fabulous overview of Dublin...perfect intro to the city...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Merrill! How good a tour is depends as much on the group as on the tour guide. Most of my groups are not as good 'craic'(fun) as you guys! Ye were excitable, energetic and all had great personalities. I look forward to seeing ye again.
Merrill O.Chicago, IL, United States
We did a total of 3 tours with Garvan during our 5 days in Dublin, and felt he was the ideal guide for our group! We tend to enjoy our history lessons mixed with visits to local pubs, and we like our guides to match the energy level of our group…Garvan was a perfect fit on all counts! He was knowledgeable, fun, high-energy, and an engaging speaker. Believe me…you can't pick a better guide for your Dublin visit!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Merrill! How good a tour is depends as much on the group as on the tour guide. Most of my groups are not as good 'craic'(fun) as you guys! Ye were excitable, energetic and all had great personalities - essential for doing a pub crawl!
Crystal DrinninUnited States
We loved Garvan !! He made our 12 hours in Dublin extra special! I highly recommend him as a guide!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hey Crystal, thanks for your very kind comment. It'll be great to have you and your family back in Ireland some time so you can see Dublin during the day! :)
Richard GoldmannUnited States
We were a group of 10 traveling on the Oceania Marina. Without question, we all found Garvan's tour to include everything we could have dreamed of. His energy and love for Dublin was contagious. Many guides are knowledgeable, but Garvan has the ability to teach. He danced, recited poetry, and sang for us as we walked through the streets of Dublin.. The tour went well over the allotted time without complaint from Garvan. The memorable day ended in a Irish pub, guests of Garvan for an Irish ale. 5 Star!!
Carol Ann Payne-JohnsonUnited States
Our time with Garvan ws like a breath of Irish Spring! Loved the tour, and LOVED Ireland! The Jamesons