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Walking Tours

Walking has always been fun, its even better when learning is involved. Dublin is host to some amazing walking tours, here’s a list of some of the tours you might like and find interesting.

The Historical Walk

The Historical Walking Tour of Dublin is the longest-established walking tour in the city. It was established in 1986 with a very specific aim to provide post-graduate history students of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the National University of Ireland with an income during their years of study, a noble cause wouldn’t you say?. Guides are dedicated to the view that the highest academic standards are not incompatible with a pithy and entertaining presentation of the country’s history—to visitors and locals alike. More than just sightseeing—although there’s plenty of that too—tours explore the dynamic nature of a city and society that wears history on its sleeve like few others.

The Historical Walking Tour of Dublin has been acclaimed as the one “must do” (Sunday Times) activity for any visitor to Dublin, and with over 30 years in the industry it’s no wonder why. In summary this is not just another ordinary walk but rather a dive into Irish history through the eyes of exports.

Tapas to Traditional Tour

Dublin is home to a mouth-watering array of restaurants, pop-up eateries, stalls and markets. Fab Food Trails take walkers on a delicious trip around Dublin city. Some highlights of this tour include Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, chocolatier Cocoa Atelier, and the Temple Bar Market for oysters and wine… yum!

Immerse yourself in Irish culture as you experience the amazing trail laid out by Irish Food Trails. Stew, colcannon, beef and Guinness pie – they’re all great dishes but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a new strand of creative Irish cuisine. The tour will bring you to three traditional Irish pubs where you’ll have the chance to sample tasty Irish food and perhaps a pint or two of Guinness! You’ll also be able to chat to locals and learn about the city’s history as you dine.

Stranger things

Next, some quirkier tour offerings. Hidden Dublin Walks run a fantastic Haunted History Tour revealing some terrifying tales from the darker side of the Dublin’s past. As you walk you’ll learn about The Dolocher, an inmate at Black Dog Prison in the 1700s, who’s said to stalk the streets of the capital. You will also hear about the tragic tale of the Green Lady of St. Audoen’s, and the 1761 burning of Madam Darkey ‘The Witch’ Kelly.

If you fancy heading further afield, Hidden Dublin Walks also take visitors by bus to the infamous Hell Fire Club. This burned-out shell of a haunted hunting lodge dates from 1725 and is known for its association with Satanism, the supernatural and the occult. Though truly terrifying, it also provides breathtaking views of Dublin City… viewed by torchlight. You have been warned!

If you feel like sampling some modern fare, you won’t want to miss the Campo Viejo trail that runs for the month of June. Diners are brought to a series of slick eateries serving up tasty tapas including Bagots Hutton Wine Emporium and Spanish spot Zaragoza.

Music tours around Dublin

Home to Yeats, Joyce and Shaw, not to mention U2, Thin Lizzy and Sinéad O’Connor, ­Dublin is famed for its amazing music and writing talent. Find out more about how the city features in Ulysses on the James Joyce tour, or follow in the footsteps of the city’s great authors on the very entertaining Dublin Literary Pub Crawl.

Music fans should be sure to head along to the City of Music tour. This memorable guided journey pays homage to the many musicians who have helped shape the city. If you want to be entertained along the way, the Musical Pub Crawl is another top tip! Led by two professional musicians, the group meets in Temple Bar’s Oliver St. John Gogarty’s pub and from here you’ll be led through the history of Irish music.

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