Places to visit: Tours

Sandemans Tour - Kings Inns

Sandemans New Dublin tour

The Sandemans New Dublin tour is a 3-hour walk, covering Viking, Norman, Medieval, and Georgian Dublin, as well as literary/music icons plus the usual heritage attractions. Guides work on a tips-only basis (the guides are “freelance”); visitors may feel uneasy about this business model.

Tours daily at 10.00 am, 11.00 am and 2.00 pm: meet at Bernardo Square, next to City Hall. Check the website as there can be additional tours during the peak visitor season. Reservations are not necessary, though you can book online.


South Coast and Powerscourt

The South Coast and Powerscourt Tour is run by the State transport company, Dublin Bus, and visits Sandymount Strand, Dún Laoghaire, Sandycove, Dalkey, Bray Promenade, the Wicklow mountains, Enniskerry, Powerscourt House and Gardens, and Glendalough. With live commentary, the excursion lasts 7 hours. Free admission to Powerscourt is included.

Book online up to 1 hour before departure.

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

Tour departs Oct-March 10.30 am Fri & Sat only. 14 April – 30 September every day at 10.30 am. (Double check tour dates using the “Buy Now” website facility).

Adults €27; children €12. Extra discount of 20% if you book online. Price includes a free walking tour of Dublin with Pat Liddy.

Tel: 01 703 3028. (Click on “Glendalough and Powerscourt” in left hand panel)

Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour

Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery Tour takes you to the ancient market square of Newmarket, an area long associated with brewing and distilling.

Dublin has traditionally been the heart of the Irish whiskey industry. During Walter Teeling’s time (the late 1700s), there were over 37 different distilleries in Dublin. The Liberties area of Dublin in particular was recognised as the epicentre for Dublin whiskey and was dubbed the ‘Golden Triangle’ due to the number of distilleries clustered in a one mile radius.

During the 19th century Dublin whiskey became globally recognised as the premier whiskey in the world. Renowned for its “smooth” and unique “character”, it sold at a premium to all other types of whiskey. As a result of this success, some of the largest distilleries in the world emerged from these small craft Dublin distillers. Unfortunately, when Irish whiskey fell on hard times, so did distilling in Dublin and the last still ran cold in 1976.

The Teeling Family has been crafting Irish whiskey since 1782. Walter Teeling originally set up a craft distillery on Marrowbone Lane, Dublin, starting a 230-year family tradition. Jack and Stephen Teeling currently carry on the family’s legacy. The Teeling Whiskey Distillery is the first new distillery in Dublin in over 125 years and is bringing the craft back into the heart of Dublin city centre. The new distillery is a three copper pot still operation, reviving the traditional style of Dublin whiskey distillation.

Teeling whiskeys stay true to the family tradition of quality over quantity. From grain to bottle, many hands are involved in the small batch production process to ensure that each bottle of Teeling is crafted to the highest standard possible. Through taking more time and using innovative cask maturation techniques, the young team of craftsmen is producing small batch bottlings of unique Irish whiskeys. The goal is to retain the drinkability of Irish whiskey but bring in new and interesting flavours to complement the naturally smooth and sweet taste of Irish whiskey.

Open to visitors since June 2015, the Teeling Whiskey Distillery has already won the “Experience of the Year” award from the Luxury Travel Guide. The Distillery also houses a retail space and café.

Tours, including tastings, daily between 10.00 am and 5.40 pm (tours every 20 minutes). Last tour at 5.40 pm. Phoenix Café open 7.30 am – 5.00 pm.

13-17 Newmarket, Dublin 8

Tel: 01-5310888

€15 per person including whiskey & cocktail tasting. Book online in advance to make sure of your place on the tour.


Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl

Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl

Two professional musicians lead the Traditional Irish Musical Pub Crawl. They  perform tunes and songs while telling the story of Irish music and its influence on contemporary world music. The Pub Crawl visits famous pubs and bars in the Temple Bar area.

Meet at Oliver St. John Gogarty’s (upstairs) at the corner of Fleet Street and Anglesea Street, Temple Bar.

Summer: 7.30 pm from April to October (7 nights a week).

Winter: 7.30 pm from November to March (Thur, Fri and Sat nights). No tours in December.

Tel: 01 4758345

Buy tickets on the night, in Dublin Tourist Office, Suffolk Street, or book online.

Adults €16; concessions.

Viking Splash

Viking Splash *****

The Viking Splash is a pretty unique land and water tour of Dublin. Featuring engaging tour guides and authentic World War II military amphibious vehicles which go on both land & water, this is a deservedly popular tour. Entering the sea at Grand Canal Harbour is a spectacular experience.

The route takes in most of the major sights in the south city (Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Viking/Medieval/Georgian Dublin, Government buildings, Dublin Docklands). The vehicle is open-sided so expect to get a little wet.

Tour lasts 75 mins. Advance online booking essential; or book by phone.
Tours run every 15-30 mins during high season; every 90 mins off peak.
Finish time in winter can be quite early (last tour leaves at 2.00 pm).
Check tour times online or by phone.
Departure point – St. Stephen’s Green North, close to Grafton St.

Tel: 01 707 6000.

Adults €25 (€27 in July & August); concessions.

Walks Miscellaneous

Walks (Miscellaneous)


‘Let’s Walk & Talk’ is a community initiative of Dublin City Council putting on weekly walks in various parts of the city, as well as themed historical walking tours and other special events.

The themed historical tours are led by acclaimed historian, Pat Liddy who makes history come alive as you explore hidden parts of the city.

The weekly walking groups are led by a dedicated team of volunteers from the community. Ten weekly walks currently take place in the city including ones conducted in French, Spanish and Irish. These walks are a great way to stay healthy, meet people and learn a little something about Dublin. All tours and weekly walks last about 90 minutes, are free and no advance booking necessary. Walks do not take place during times of ice/snow/dangerous weather conditions. See full details at

If you wish to be added to the email mailing list or if you require further details, please contact Dublin City Council on (01) 2222148 (between 9-5pm), via email at or at the following address: Community & Social Development Section, Dublin City Council, Block 3, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.


Saturdays at 2.00 pm from the Dropping Well Pub Car Park, Milltown Road, Dublin 6 – A walk along the River Dodder and environs

Mondays at 11.00 am from outside the Halfway House Pub, Ashtown, Navan Road, Dublin 7 – Walks along the Royal Canal, in the Phoenix Park and many other places

Tuesdays at 2.00 pm from outside The Barge Pub, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2 – Walks along the Grand Canal and within Dublin 2/4/6 areas

Wednesdays at 2.00 pm from outside the Raheny DART station – A walk to Dollymount Strand through St. Anne’s Park and beyond.

Wednesdays at 2.00 pm from the Plaza opposite the entrance to Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8 – A walk along the Grand Canal or around this historic area

Wednesdays at 2.00 pm from the Monument to William Conyngham, Kildare Place, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 – A stroll through the city whilst talking in Spanish

Thursdays at 2.00 pm from Sandymount Green, Sandymount Village, Dublin 4 – A walk along Sandymount Strand or to the neighbouring suburbs

Fridays at 11.00 am from Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 – A walk in the city whilst talking in Irish

Fridays at 2.00 pm from the Monument to William Conyngham, Kildare Place, Kildare Street, Dublin 2  – A walk in the city whilst talking in French.

Special walks – Keep an eye out on the Let’s Walk and Talk website over the summer for special one-off walks. August is the most popular month for these. Here is a sample of the topics usually on offer.

A Walk on the Wild Side along the Dodder (Eanna Ní Lamhna explores river wildlife including duck, heron, kingfisher, otter and mink); the Donnybrook Walking Trail (local historian, John Holohan, visits many of the stops on this trail); Cabra – Early Suburb, ancient Town lands; the Terenure Walking Trail (with Pat Liddy); Fr. Collins Park (a bio-diversity walk through Ireland’s first wholly sustainable park);  Nostalgic O’Connell Street (Pat Liddy brings you on a journey of old cinemas, ice cream parlours, restaurants and ballrooms); the Botanic Gardens (with Eanna Ní Lamhna); and Halloween – Ireland’s export of the undead (a special walk with Pat Liddy celebrating Bram Stoker and other gothic writers).

The Community Development Team of the South East Area Office is developing a series of walking trails of many villages in their area. The Ranelagh Walking Trail Map & Guide was produced in partnership with the Ranelagh Arts Festival and was launched by the Lord Mayor, Oisín Quinn, during the September 2013 festival. The Ranelagh Walking Trail Map & Guide is available in tourist offices, libraries and local shops in the Ranelagh area. You can also download a copy of it from the “Let’s Walk and Talk” page of

The Donnybrook Walking Trail Map & Guide was produced by Dublin City Council in partnership with the Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society. Donnybrook has a wealth of history and association with sport, literature, culture and the arts. Famous residents of Donnybrook include statesmen Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera and Garret Fitzgerald, explorer Ernest Shackleton, artist Cecil Ffrench Salkeld and writers Anthony Trollope, Benedict Kiely and Pamela Lyndon Travers, author of Mary Poppins. The Donnybrook Walking Trail Map & Guide is available in tourist offices, libraries and local shops in the Donnybrook area. You can also download a copy of it from

Walking trail maps and guides are also available for Ballsbridge, Harold’s Cross, Rathgar and Sandymount (see (click here for comprehensive “let’s walk and talk” details)


Free guided walks in the Phoenix Park take place on Wednesday mornings (February to October) at 11.00 am. Each walk takes about 90 minutes. Please wear suitable footwear and clothing. Phone the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (01-6770095) or Farmleigh House (01-8155914) for further information. These walks are subject to availability; it is wise to phone the visitors centre in advance to confirm.


There are tours of Grangegorman Military Cemetery on Blackhorse Avenue (Dublin 7) from April to November on the first Thursday of every month at 11.00 am. Walkers assemble inside the Cemetery Gates. Admission is free and all are welcome. Please wear suitable shoes and clothing.

For further information, please email or phone 01-6770095.


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Round tower at Glenalough

Wicklow, Glendalough and Kilkenny Tour

The Wicklow, Glendalough and Kilkenny Tour bus tour allows you to explore the heart of Wicklow, the world renowned Glendalough and Ireland’s medieval capital, Kilkenny. Travel through the garden of Ireland to the valley of the two lakes, Glendalough. Enjoy a guided tour of the 8th century monastic settlement.  Take a relaxing walk to the famed lakes and enjoy the spectacular views. Then drive through the Wicklow Mountains to Kilkenny. Explore Ireland’s medieval capital and famous castle, enjoy lunch and rejoin your guide for a walking tour of the city before heading back to Dublin.

The tour departs from the Gresham Hotel (O’Connell Street) at 8.45 am; the bus gets back to Dublin at 6.00 pm approx.

Daily service March-August inclusive; a more limited schedule applies in the off season (check the official website calendar).

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

Tel: 01 8980700.

Adults €35; concessions. The cost of lunch is not included in the ticket price.

Wild Wicklow Tours

Wild Wicklow Tours

Wild Wicklow Tours offer a full day tour to Glendalough, departing every day. There is a short city tour followed by a coastal drive past Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dalkey and Killiney; a visit to Avoca Handweavers; a personally guided tour through the 6th Century Monastic Settlement of Glendalough; and a  walk to the Upper Lake. There is also a visit to the Sally Gap (mountain lakes, wild boglands).

Customers are collected at the Shelbourne Hotel, St Stephens Green (8.50 am) and also at a number of other city centre locations. This full day excursion (9.00 am-6.00 pm) is highly rated by the Lonely Planet guide.

Wild Wicklow Tours, 14 Lower Albert Road, Sandycove, Co.Dublin.

Tel: 01 2801899.

Adults €33; concessions.