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Dublin Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tours

1. Dublin Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tours

Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. If you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse. Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun! You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, simply rejoin the tour when you’re ready. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

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Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

2. Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Discover the “most precious object in the western world,” according to the 1007 Chronicles of Ulster, on a cultural fast-track easy access tour of the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. Meet your local Dublin guide at the main entrance to Trinity College and marvel at the rich ornamentation and dense symbolism of the 8th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Get up close and admire one of the finest examples of medieval illumination. On the second part of this fascinating tour visit the 12th century Dublin Castle built by King John where your professional local English-speaking guide will show you all the exterior highlights including the Castle gardens, affording you one of the best tour experiences in Ireland. An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous Castle.

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Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

3. Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour that’ll show you the real Dublin by visiting well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Whether you’ve visited the city before or are a total newbie to Irish soil, this tour will give you a taste of what life is like here. Learn the history of Dublin through its unique architectural landscape as well as getting a feel of its current atmosphere as you wander through the city. From theaters, cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and pubs you’ll see it all. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll.

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Dublin Gravedigger 2-Hour Ghost Bus Tour

4. Dublin Gravedigger 2-Hour Ghost Bus Tour

Travel back in time with an expert tour guide who will show you the ghoulish delights of Dublin, and provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the city’s spooky sites. The 2-hour Gravedigger Ghost Bus tour starts at Trinity College, former site of the old Augustinian Priory and plague house. You will be taken to the gate at the back of St. Audeons Catholic Church, better described as “the Hell” and known for hauntings by restless lepers. Continue to Kilmainham Jail, which was involved in some of the most tragic events in Irish History. Stop at Bully’s Acre and explore a graveyard that dates back 1,000 years and is said to contain hundreds of thousands of corpses, among them victims of famous body snatchers. En route you will pass Croppies Acre and St. Michans Church, before arriving at Prospect Square and The Gravediggers Pub, where you will get to enjoy your free Ghoulish Brew – if you dare!

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Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

5. Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

Get to grips with the turbulent and fascinating history of Dublin in just 2 hours. This tour is led by history graduates of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin and aims to inform and entertain you all at once. Visit sites and hear stories detailing the complex history of Ireland. Learn about the influence of the American and French revolutions, the Potato Famine, the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Visit sites such as the Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, the City Hall and the Medieval City. Delve into modern history and explore the effects of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Take a walk around the city and experience modern day Dublin. This award-winning tour scores top marks for educational, entertainment all at once, with its guides possessing that natural Irish flair of combining history with wit to an extraordinary effect.

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Discover Dublin By Boat

6. Discover Dublin By Boat

Climb aboard an all-weather 48-passenger river boat for a 45-minute cruise along the River Liffey in Dublin and see the city from the water. Get insight into the history of Dublin City and the River Liffey in particular, from the arrival of the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago, through the swift development of Dublin during the 18th and 19th centuries, to the subsequent decline and more recent redevelopment of Dublin Docklands. Hear about the iconic Ha'penny Bridge and Gandon's masterpiece Custom House. Follow the story of Dublin’s Royal and Grand Canals, and see where Oliver Cromwell landed in 1649. Discover how Captain William Bligh surveyed Dublin Bay in 1800, and how much of present day Dublin now sits on reclaimed land, including Trinity College and the Spire in O'Connell Street.

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Dublin: Top 10 City Highlights Walking Tour

7. Dublin: Top 10 City Highlights Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the city center and journey through the many centuries of Dublin's history as you visit the city’s must-see highlights. Visit both well-known sites and hidden gems on an engaging and interactive tour experience peppered with great stories and world-renowned Irish humor. Visit historic Dublin Castle and Trinity College. Stroll through the cultural quarter of Temple Bar. Discover the medieval history of the area surrounding 10th-century Christchurch Cathedral. Learn more about the Irish War of Independence and the Easter Rising of 1916. Take unique memorable photos as you explore the colorful streets of Dublin. This tour will also finish in the perfect location close to all the best Irish pubs and restaurants as well as great shopping.

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Dublin: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

8. Dublin: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

After pickup from your hotel, embark on a walking tour that’ll show you the real Dublin by visiting well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Whether you’ve visited the city before or are a total newbie to Irish soil, this tour will give you a taste of what life is like here. Learn the history of Dublin through its unique architectural landscape as well as getting a feel of its current atmosphere as you wander through the city. From theaters, cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and pubs you’ll see it all. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll.

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Dublin: Skip-the-Line St. Patrick's Cathedral & Gardens Tour

9. Dublin: Skip-the-Line St. Patrick's Cathedral & Gardens Tour

Embark on an expertly curated tour that offers unique access to St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin's Medieval Quarter. If you're visiting Ireland, grab this opportunity to see the Cathedral's stunning interior and exterior including the Gardens. Join an expert local guide for a comprehensive tour of St. Patrick's Cathedral with skip-the-line access. Discover the largest medieval cathedral in Ireland and visit the Cathedral's gardens where St. Patrick is said to have conducted the first Christian baptisms in the 5th century AD. Wander through the beautifully restored gardens as your guide shares compelling stories of the Cathedral's origin and history. This tour gives you the most comprehensive guided tour of the magnificent St. Patrick's Cathedral. Learn about the man known as the "Apostle and Patron Saint of Ireland." Visit several famous points of interest and discover great pubs and restaurants along the way. Your guide will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the city.

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Dublin: Self-Guided Audio Tour in English

10. Dublin: Self-Guided Audio Tour in English

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour. Journey through history as you learn about the early political struggles and events that followed. Hear about the Irish potato famine and other events as you visit attractions including Dublin Castle and the Garden of Remembrance. Immerse yourself in a traditional way of life at the pubs and music venues. Visit attractions such as the General Post Office and James Joyce Statue. Learn about legendary characters such as Charles Stewart Parnell and Molly Malone. Stroll down Grafton Street, admire the Ha' Penny Bridge and visit the Royal Exchange. Discover the site of the Book of Kells and much more.

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What people are saying about Trinity College Dublin

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,469 reviews

We really enjoyed the Gravedigger tour, the staff did an excellent job of entertaining the crowd and keeping us laughing throughout. It was a great way to see Dublin in a new way after living here for almost a decade! Would highly reccommend it.

We used this whilst in Dublin, it was easy to book in my get your guide app, the pick up point was easy to find and the tour was good . The bus driver/tour guide was excellent describing the area in an interesting way and with some humour too.

Great way to see the history of Dublin. I have used this service in other cities and will most definitely use in the future. Our guide was both funny and knowledgeable.

Excellent, knowledgeable driver wuth sense of humour.

High recommended tour, super guide. Thanks Frankie