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!
Clark ConveryUnited States
Outstanding Tour from a Fabulous Guide! Highly recommended for all!
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.
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!
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!!
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 !
Garvan had an incredible knowledge of the political history of Ireland which we enjoyed.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Judy W.United States
Great tour. Garvan was knowledgable and engaging. He was very attentive to our needs and interests.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!
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
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.
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! :)
Carol Ann Payne-JohnsonUnited States
Our time with Garvan ws like a breath of Irish Spring! Loved the tour, and LOVED Ireland! The Jamesons