Looking to discover Dublin? Well look no further. We’ve created a list of 8 must-do tours around the capital that will leave you more informed than the locals. From food to music, and ghost stories to Viking tours, there’s something to suit everyone.
1. Open Gate Brewery at The Guinness Storehouse
The slightly secretive Open Gate Brewery has been operating for 100 years and the gates are officially open for you to taste their creations. You can visit on Thursdays and Fridays from 5.30pm – 10.30pm and from 2pm to 8pm on Saturdays to sample a paddle of four beers for just €9. Beer experts are on hand to make recommendations and, if you’re hungry, you can order specially paired dishes at the bar.
2. Viking Splash Tours
Each tour with Viking Splash Tours is a new adventure. See Dublin like never before on both land and water in a custom-made floating bus. You’ll see Dublin’s tallest cathedral, hear stories about Medieval Dublin and its Viking heritage, splash into the Grand Canal Basin to see U2’s recording studios and, most importantly, wear your Viking helmet and learn to roar like a true Viking!
3. Dublin Ghost Bus Tour
Not your typical hop on hop off bus tour, the Dublin Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey of Dublin’s most haunted spots where you’ll hear ghoulish tales from your whacky tour guide and visit a medieval vault and a secret cemetery. Expect a lesson in the art of body snatching and relive some of Dublin’s freakiest paranormal activities. Guides are trained actors that rarely break their character – no matter how scared you are!
4. Dublin Free Walking Tour
Available in a range of languages, the Dublin Free Walking Touris a tip-based service that lasts three hours. Beginning at the spire, the tour will bring you to Trinity College – the home of the Book of Kells, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. This company promises the best quality tours as the award-winning guides work solely for tips which guests are encouraged to base on their budget and the quality of the tour.
5. Musical Pub Crawl
Described as a “moving concert” around Dublin City, the Musical Pub Crawl will bring guests to a selection of Dublin’s best pubs for live music where they can expect traditional Irish music, professional Irish dancing and tasty Irish food. After this tour you’ll know the story of Irish music, have seen the full range of styles of Irish dance and eaten the local delight that is boxty.
6. Epic Museum
At Epic you’ll hear the stories of Ireland’s 10 million immigrants and discover how they helped to shape today’s world. Exhibits at this interactive museum will show you how Irish people have influenced global literature, infrastructure, music and other areas of life. Epic offer a professional genealogy service within the museum where you can dig into some of your own history and find out more about your Irish connections.
7. Delicious Dublin Irish Food Tours
With Delicious Dublin Tours you’ll have the chance to eat your way around Dublin. Over the course of three and a half hours your group will be introduced to the Dublin foodie scene and visit some of the city’s top eateries and food shops to sample some delicious food. Vegetarians can be accommodated on this tour.
8. Tour Dublin’s Free Museums
There’s a selection of museums and centres in Dublin that offer free tours. Take a trip to Collins Barracks – Ireland’s National Museum of Decorative Arts and History or stroll around the newly renovated National Art Gallery completely free of charge. Other free attractions around the city include Dublin Castle, City Hall, The National Library and The Natural Museum and many more.
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