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 €26, some discounts.

Run by Sandemans New Europe (Berlin-based).

www.newdublintours.com

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 10.00 a.m. to 6.45 p.m.

www.irishrocknrollmuseum.com

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 at 11.00 am. The topic of the tour alternates between the “Circular” tour and the “Dubliners” tour. No advance booking is necessary.

A Joyce Circular – Wandering around the Hibernian metropolis, this tour takes in North Earl Street and the ‘Prick with the Stick’; the house where Oliver ‘Buck Mulligan’ Gogarty was born; the setting of the Dubliners story ‘The Boarding House’; the site of 7 Eccles Street, home of Leopold & Molly Bloom; and Belvedere College, which Joyce attended in the 1890s. The tour starts from and returns to the James Joyce Centre.

Dubliners – A ramble through the city of Joyce’s first and most accessible work, “Dubliners”. The tour examines Joyce’s life in Dublin and the Dublin he created in his stories, as well as looking at how the city has commemorated its famous son. Joyce’s Dublin was a city of politics and intrigue, of religious devotion and disaffection, as well as a city in which the pressures and ties of family and society were never far off. The tour starts from the James Joyce Centre and finishes near Trinity College.

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.

From Apr-Sept, tours take place on Tues, Thur, Sat (and sometimes on additional days – check the James Joyce Centre events website calendar)

www.jamesjoyce.ie

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

Tel: 01 878 8547.

Adults €10; concessions.

Malahide Castle and Coastal Day Tour

The Malahide Castle and Coastal Day Tour is a half day tour organised by the Dualway Group. The excursion includes a scenic coastal drive along Dublin’s northern coast; a visit to the fishing village of Howth; a climb to Howth Summit; a guided tour of Malahide Castle; and a visit to the Avoca coffee and gift shop.

The tour departs from the City Sightseeing shop at 14 Upper O’Connell Street at 9.30 am and 2.00 pm. The bus returns at 1.30 pm and 6.00 pm approx.

Tours run daily all year. No tours on Dec 22-26.

www.citysightseeingdublin.ie

City Sightseeing Shop, 14 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.

Tel: 01 5311711

Adults €21.25 (online price); concessions.

Newgrange

Newgrange and Monasterboice Tour

The Newgrange and Monasterboice 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).

www.loveireland.com

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

Tel: 01 8980700.

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”).

www.1916rising.com

Tel: 086 8583847.

Adults €13.

Also of interest is the new Michael Collins Walking Tour (daily at 3.00 pm, €15). Please note that this tour operates on a group booking basis (minimum group size is six people). Booking online only. See www.michaelcollinstour.com

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: 01 703 3028.

www.dublinsightseeing.ie (click on “Malahide Castle & Howth” in left hand panel)

Adults €20 (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 9.30 am (last tour 5.30 pm)
Fri–Sat from 9.30 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.

www.jamesonwhiskey.com

Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

Tel: 01 807 2355

Adults €20; concessions. (Note the discount price of €17 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. 90 minutes long. Nov-March: Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 11.00 am (no tour on Dec 26); Apr-Oct daily at 11.00 am. Leave from outside the Dublin Bus Office, 59 Upper O’Connell St. Adults €10; concessions.
  • Best of Dublin. A 2.5 hour 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 daily except Sundays at 2.30 pm. Adults €14; concessions.

www.walkingtours.ie

Tel: 087 9052480

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).

www.powerscourtcentre.ie

59 South William Street, Dublin 2.

Group tours available by request Mon-Fri: contact Shireen on 086 8065505 or email shireengail@gmail.com