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Of course, Dublin is a walker's city, and it's a city full of storytellers. Put two and two together, and it's little surprise that Dublin is a particularly good place for guided walking tours.
Dublin Bus has three- and four-hour tours of the north and south coastlines, taking in sights like the James Joyce Tower and the Casino at Marino. The one-hour city tour takes in the city-center sights like Trinity College, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and Phoenix Park. The one-hour city tour, with hourly departures, allows you to hop on and off at any of the main sights. Tickets are available from the driver or Dublin Bus. There's also a continuous guided open-top bus tour (€18), run by Dublin Bus, which allows you to hop on and off the bus as often as you wish and visit some 23 sights along its route.
The company also conducts a north-city coastal tour, going to Howth, and a south-city tour, traveling as far as Enniskerry. Gray Line Tours runs city-center tours that cover the same sights as the Dublin Bus itineraries. Bus Éireann organizes day tours out of Busaras, the main bus station, to country destinations such as Glendalough.
Bus Éireann (01/836–6111. www.buseireann.ie.)
Dublin Bus (01/873–4222. www.dublinbus.ie.)
Irish Sightseeing Tours (01/458-0054. www.irishcitytours.com.)
Pub and Musical Tours
Dublin Tourism has a booklet on its self-guided Rock 'n' Stroll trail, which covers 16 sights with associations to such performers as Bob Geldof, Christy Moore, Sinéad O'Connor, and U2. Most of the sights are in the city center and Temple Bar. The Traditional Musical Pub Crawl begins at Oliver St. John Gogarty and moves on to other famous Temple Bar pubs. Led by two professional musicians who perform songs and tell the story of Irish music, the tour is given April–October, daily at 7:30 pm, and from Thursday to Saturday, at 7:30 pm, the rest of the year; the cost is €12. The Viking Splash Tour is a big hit with kids. The amphibious ex–U.S. military vehicle tours the city center before launching onto the water by the IFSC (International Financial Service Center, near the Custom House). Kids get a helmet to wear and love terrifying native pedestrians with the "Viking roar." An adult ticket is €20. Colm Quilligan arranges highly enjoyable evening tours of the literary pubs of Dublin, where "brain cells are replaced as quickly as they are drowned."
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl (01/454–0228. www.dublinpubcrawl.com.)
Traditional Musical Pub Crawl (20 Lower Stephens St., Southside, Dublin, Co. Dublin, 2. 01/478–0191. www.discoverdublin.ie.)
Viking Splash Tours (01/707–6000. www.vikingsplash.ie. €20.)
Dublin Tourism has an iWalk tour with a podcast audio guide narrated by well-known historian and artist Pat Liddy. Historical Walking Tours of Dublin, run by Trinity College history graduate students, are excellent two-hour introductions to the city. The Fáilte Ireland–approved tours take place from May to September, starting at the front gate of Trinity College, daily at 11 am and 3 pm, with an extra tour on weekends at noon. These tours are also available October and April daily at 11 am and November to March, Friday–Sunday at 11 am. The cost is €12. Dublin Footsteps conducts a Georgian/Literary Walking Tour that leaves from the Grafton Street branch of Bewley's Oriental Café June–September, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 11; each tour lasts approximately two hours and costs €10.
Trinity Tours organizes walks of the Trinity College campus on weekends from March 17 (St. Patrick's Day) through mid-May and daily from mid-May to September. The half-hour tour costs €10 and includes the Book of Kells exhibit; tours start at the college's main gate every 40 minutes from 10:15 am. There are generally nine tours a day. The 1916 Rebellion Tour is an exciting walk that outlines the key areas and events of the violent Dublin rebellion that began Ireland's march to independence. The guides are passionately political and the two-hour tour never flags. They meet at the International Bar on Wicklow Street and operate February through October, Monday to Saturday at 11:30 am and Sunday at 1 pm. The cost is €12.
Dublin Footsteps (01/496–0641. www.visitdublin.com.)
Historical Walking Tours of Dublin (87/6889412. www.historicalinsights.ie.)
Trinity Tours (01/608–2320. www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/tour-attractions.)
1916 Rebellion Walking Tour (086/858–3847. www.1916rising.com. €12.)
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