Places to visit: Tours

Howth Lighthouse

Howth Day Tour

The Howth Day Tour is a 6 hour tour to Howth village, including a cliff top walk, ancient monuments, lonely lighthouses, 18th Century coastal defences, Howth Castle, Howth Harbour, medieval ruins, dramatic scenery and wildlife.

Meet in the small square (Barnardo Square) next to City Hall.

9.30 am Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun.

Adults €30, some discounts.

Run by Sandemans New Europe (Berlin-based).

Irish Rock’n’Roll Museum

The Irish Rock’n’Roll Museum is essentially a tour featuring some of Dublin’s best loved professional music facilities, including the Button Factory (a live music venue); Temple Lane Rehearsal Studios; and Temple Lane Recording Studio (where artists such as Rihanna, the Script and Kodaline have recorded).

The Thin Lizzy exhibition celebrates one of Ireland’s greatest bands, within the setting of Apollo Studio where Phil Lynott recorded his last songs before his untimely death. The exhibition is incorporated into a fully functioning studio and features memorabilia such as gold and platinum albums, set lists, some of Phil Lynotts’s costumes, and musical instruments.

The Wall of Fame as a symbol of Irish music royalty has been a fixture in Temple Bar since its unveiling in 2003, providing a focal point for many of Dublin’s walking tours and showcasing the music that is such an integral part of Irish culture. Recently, LED screens were added to the exhibit, allowing for new artists to be added to the exhibit more frequently.

Down through history, certain guitars and equipment have become as legendary as the musicians who play them. Gibson, Fender, Marshall, and Vox are companies that any musician or music enthusiast will know and love. On display in the museum is an extensive variety of vintage instruments and equipment.

Temple Lane Rehearsal Studios are the premiere rehearsal studios in Dublin. Many acts do pre-production for albums here, trying out new material and getting songs ready to record or perform. Now you can experience what it’s like to rehearse with your very own band.

Temple Lane Recording Studio has been at the centre of Irish music since 1984. Countless bands have recorded here, including Paolo Nutini, The Script, Rihanna and many more. Now, for the first time, explore and experience the iconic studios for yourself.

Open 7 days a week 11.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday and 11.00 am – 5.30 pm Saturday and Sunday

Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Tel: 01-6351993

Adults €16 (get 10% off this price by booking online); concessions.


James Joyce Walking Tours

James Joyce Centre Walking Tours

Get an insight into historic Joycean Dublin via the James Joyce Centre Walking Tours, which take in some of the sights and sounds of the city in which Joyce staged all his works.

From January to March there is a tour every Saturday, departing from the James Joyce Centre. From April to September, tours take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays (and sometimes on additional days – check the James Joyce Centre events website calendar).

Introducing James Joyce’s Dublin – Though Joyce lived most of his life outside of Ireland, Dublin would provide the backdrop for virtually all of his work. On a stroll around the north inner city, the guide explains the inspiration behind some of Joyce’s most celebrated writing and shows just how central the streetscape of the ‘Hibernian metropolis’ is to the author’s life and art. The tour visits stops such as Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Hardwicke Street, the setting of the short story ‘The Boarding House’; the Gresham Hotel, the setting of the final and most memorable scene of the short story ‘The Dead’; and the James Joyce Statue on North Earl Street, affectionately known as the ‘Prick with the Stick’. The tour also includes a visit to the site of one of the most famous addresses in English literature, No. 7 Eccles Street, and retraces the steps of Leopold Bloom’s celebrated journey to buy a pork kidney in the fourth episode of Ulysses. This tour ends on O’Connell Street.

Dubliners – Joyce once referred to Dublin as the ‘centre of paralysis’, a city that he felt was backward and repressive in contrast to the modern capitals of Europe. Joyce’s “Dubliners” is  a short story collection that illustrates the effects of this restrictive atmosphere on the city’s population. The tour visits some of the key locations from both the collection and the author’s life, discussing Joyce’s critical portrayal of the social, religious and political landscape of his home town. The tour also gives some insight into the publication history of the collection. The walk ends at O’Connell Bridge.

In the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom – This tour explores the background to Joyce’s Ulysses and to Bloom’s thoughts as he crosses the city in search of something to eat in the ‘Lestrygonians’ episode. In Bloom’s footsteps, food becomes the central issue of social, cultural and political life in Dublin in 1904. The tour starts from the James Joyce Centre and finishes at the National Museum.

James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.

Tel: 01 878 8547.

Adults €12; concessions.

Malahide Castle and Coastal Day Tour

Departing twice daily, this half day trip takes in Malahide Castle, its 800 year history and its most famous residents, the Talbot family. There is also time to explore the scenic Dublin coastline, with a coastal drive from Malahide Village to Howth Village (where the bus stops for a while). Finally, the bus heads south along Dublin Bay, past the wilds of Bull Island and the Edwardian borough of Clontarf to Dublin City centre.

The tour departs from the Dublin Visitor Centre at 17 Lower O’Connell Street at 9.40 am and 2.10 pm. The bus returns at 1.30 pm and 6.00 pm approx.

The tour operates daily from April to October. Tours run on Saturday and Sunday only during the months of February, March and November. There is no service on March 17 and October 28.

Dublin Visitor Centre, 17 Lower O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Tel: 01 6854045

Adults €27; concessions



Newgrange and Hill of Tara Tour

The Newgrange and Hill of Tara Tour is a full day tour which takes in a scenic coastal drive along Dublin’s northern coast and a visit to the Tomb of Newgrange (where there is an elaborate visitor centre).

Newgrange is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is the oldest and largest Neolithic burial chamber in Europe (3,200 BC). The tour also includes a visit to the historic monastic settlement of Monasterboice and a trip to the coastal village of Howth.

The tour departs from the Dublin Visitor Centre (17 Lower O’Connell St) at 8.45 am. The return time is 5.30 pm approx.

The tour runs on Mon/Tues and Fri/Sat from April to October (check the official website calendar, using the Booking facility).

Dublin Visitor Centre, 17 Lr O’Connell St, Dublin 1.

Tel:  01 6854045

Adults €37 (online price); concessions.

1916 Walking Tour

1916 Rebellion Walking Tour ****

The 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour takes you take you to sites associated with the Rising, accompanied by the authors of “The Easter Rising”.

This is a highly recommended two hour tour. Meet at the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street.

November and February: tours on Fri, Sat, Sun only (Fri/Sat at 11.30 am, Sun at 1.00 pm). March 1-October 31: tours daily (Mon-Sat 11.30 am, Sunday & Bank Holidays 1.00 pm). No scheduled tours in December and January.

Book in advance (online) or pay on the day (though at peak times tours may be full and it may not be possible to accommodate those who simply “turn up”).

Tel: 086 8583847.

Adults €15.

North Coast Tour

North Coast and Malahide Castle

The North Coast and Malahide Castle tour is run by the State transport company, Dublin Bus. Visit Malahide Castle (admission included), Avoca Café, Malahide Marina/Village, Portmarnock, Howth & Clontarf (Rose Garden, Bull Island Nature Reserve, Dollymount Strand). With live commentary, the tour lasts 5 hours.

Book online up to 1 hour before departure.

Meeting point – Dublin Bus, 59 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Tour departs every day at 11.00 am. (Double check tour dates using the “Buy Now” website facility).

Tel: 01-844 4265 (click on “Malahide Castle & Howth” in left hand panel)

Adults €22.50 (when you book online); 2 kids under 14 free with a fare-paying adult. Price includes a free walking tour of Dublin with Pat Liddy.

John Jameson

Old Jameson Distillery Tour

The Old Jameson Distillery Tour takes you through a re-created distillery which is visited by over 350,000 people a year.

The story of Jameson Whiskey starts on October 5th 1740 when John Jameson was born. The family motto ‘Sine Metu’ (‘Without Fear’) was awarded to them for their bravery in battling pirates on the high seas in the 1500’s. Years later, this motto was the inspiration for 30-year-old John Jameson’s move to Dublin in 1770 to start a whiskey distillery.

As Jameson established his distillery in Dublin, his practice of using only the finest ingredients began to leave a mark. Jameson personally selected the barley and casks, insisting his whiskey be distilled three times, not twice like Scottish whiskey, to create a very smooth spirit.

In the 1780’s, the men and women working in the distilleries enjoyed the best wages and working conditions in the city. Jameson believed sharing his profits, time and spirit with each worker made them loyal and, in turn, made a better whiskey.

By 1810, John Jameson’s son, John II, had expanded the distillery to be one of the largest in Ireland and, in the late 1800’s, his son, John III expanded the business globally to make it one of the largest whiskeys in the world. By the time John IV took over in the early 1900’s, Jameson Whiskey was world renowned.

Open 7 days: Mon–Thur from 10.00 am (last tour 5.30 pm)
Fri–Sat from 10.00 am (last tour 7.00 pm)
Sunday from 10.00 am (last tour 5.30 pm)
Open Bank Holidays
Closed Good Friday, 24-26 December

Longer opening hours during the peak summer months:  Mon-Thur 10.00 am – 6.00 pm; Fri, Sat, Sun 10.00 am – 7.00 pm.

Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

Tel: 01 807 2355

Adults €22; concessions. (Note the discount price of €20 when you book online for an early morning slot).

Pat Liddy Walking Tours

Pat Liddy Walking Tours

Pat Liddy Walking Tours have two main walking tour options available:

  • Dublin Highlights & Hidden Corners. GPO, Henry Street, St Mary’s Church, Italian Quarter, the Liffey, the Ha’penny Bridge, Temple Bar, City Hall, Dublin Castle, the former Houses of Parliament and the Trinity College campus. Book online or pay on the day. 140 minutes long. Jan-March: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 11.00 am; Apr-Oct: daily at 11.00 am; Nov-Dec: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 11.00 am (no tours Dec 25-26) . Leave from outside the Dublin Bus Office, 59 Upper O’Connell St. Adults €15; concessions.
  • Best of Dublin. A 140 minutes walk taking in the former Houses of Parliament, Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Chester Beatty Library, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, George’s St Arcade, Temple Bar West, & Christ Church Cathedral. Depart from the former church on Suffolk Street. Apr & Oct every Thur & Sat at 2.30 pm; May-Sept Every Thur & Sat at 10.00 am, every day at 2.30 pm (no 2.30 pm tour on Sundays). No tours Dec 25-26. Adults €15; concessions.

Tel: 087 9052480  and 01 8329406

Powerscourt Townhouse Centre

Powerscourt Townhouse Tour

The Powerscourt Townhouse Tour is a tour of a former Georgian house just off Grafton Street, now a speciality shopping centre. Formerly home to Richard Wingfield 3rd Viscount Powerscourt (1730-1788), this town house entertained guests during the Parliament season. A fine example of Dublin’s Georgian architecture; unique in showing the transition from rococo style to neo-classical under one roof.

A guided tour takes you through the kitchen and cellars, the entrance hall, Lady Powerscourt’s dressing room and bedroom, the music room, the ballroom and the dining room (all these areas are now in commercial use).

59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

Group tours available by request Mon-Fri: contact Shireen on 086 8065505 or email