Neither Bradley nor I are great history buffs, but I think we are both learning to enjoy and appreciate history more during our travels. While in Dublin, we happened to see a flyer for a historical walking tour offered by history graduates of Trinity College. It looked interesting, so we signed up online.
Ireland has been featured in movies and TV shows like Leap Year, P.S. I Love You, Star Wars – The Last Jedi (Skellig Michael), and Game of Thrones (N. Ireland). The landscapes are breathtakingly beautiful, and there is also a rich history embedded in the people and culture. It was fascinating to learn more about Dublin and Ireland as we walked around the city.
We met the tour guides at the front gate of Trinity College. The guides were standing right by the front gate and holding a handful of the advertising flyers. If you don't want to pay online or sign up in advance, you can just show up on the day and pay the guide in cash at the end of the tour.
Our guide, Tim, had just completed his PhD in History at Trinity College and was full of historical information about Dublin and Ireland as a whole. During our walk through Dublin we made quite a few stops on this 2.5 hour tour including Christ Church Cathedral, City Hall, and Dublin Castle.
The history of Dublin - starting from the Vikings, to the Romans, to the English, and up to current day – was fascinating. Our guide did a great job detailing stories so that you could really imagine what the city must have looked like back in each of those different time periods. We really enjoyed the tour and felt it was well worth the cost at €12/person.
In case you missed it – hover over the photos for more information about the places we visited on our tour. We recommend going on the tour yourself if you're in Dublin.
The good news? If you’re taking the Taste of Ireland tour, it will start off with a walking tour of Dublin - plus you’ll end up seeing all of our other favorite places in southwest Ireland - a traditional Irish song & dance dinner show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub, a visit to the ideal Irish town of Killarney, a tour around the Ring of Kerry, a stop at the Cliffs of Moher, and a Medieval Castle Banquet dinner INSIDE Bunratty Castle as a farewell! We couldn’t recommend it more! Plus, if you do the Northern Ireland & Atlantic Coast Small-Group Tour from Dublin first, you’ll get to experience ALL OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF IRELAND (Northern Ireland, Dublin, and both the Northwest and Southwest sides of the Republic of Ireland). It’s an amazing pairing that you could easily pull off in 10 days!
If you’re looking for other adventures in Ireland, we recommend checking out the Highlights of Ireland deluxe tour, or these budget friendly tours that include Bunratty Castle.
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