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Dublin Castle

Experience 800 years of history through the patchwork architecture and fascinating secrets of one of Ireland’s top landmarks.

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Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

1. Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Discover the “most precious object in the western world,” according to the 1007 Chronicles of Ulster, on a cultural fast-track easy access tour of the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. Meet your local Dublin guide at the main entrance to Trinity College and marvel at the rich ornamentation and dense symbolism of the 8th century Book of Kells. This is an illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Get up close and admire one of the finest examples of medieval illumination. On the second part of this fascinating tour visit the 12th century Dublin Castle built by King John where your professional local English-speaking guide will show you all the exterior highlights including the Castle gardens, affording you one of the best tour experiences in Ireland. An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous Castle.

Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

2. Dublin: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Get on and off the bus as often as you like with a ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours, and learn about the history and culture of the city with the live commentary in several languages. Hop-on Hop-off TourThe double-decker tour bus takes you around the most interesting attractions in Dublin. Stroll among the students along the cobbled paths and visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College, and stroll in the stunning Phoenix Park. • Tour starts: O'Connell Street/DoDublin HQ • Parnell Square North - Writers Museum • O'Connell Street/Abbey Street - GPO • Nassau Street - National Library of Ireland • Merrion Square West - National Gallery • Merrion Street - Leinster House & Natural History Museum • St. Stephen's Green - Little Museum & Grafton Street • Westland Row - Oscar Wilde's Birthplace • Pearse Street - Science Gallery  • College Green - Trinity College & Irish Whiskey Museum • Dame Street - City Hall & Temple Bar • Cork Hill - Dublin Castle & Chester Beatty Library • Christ Church Cathedral & Dublinia • St. Patrick's Cathedral & Marshes Library • Newmarket Square - Teeling's Whiskey Distillery • St. James Gate - Guinness Storehouse • James's Street - Roe & Co & Pearse Lyons Distillery • Royal Hospital - Museum of Modern Art & Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Rail Station • Phoenix Park - Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street - Ryan's Victorian Bar • Collins Barracks - National Museum of History • Arran Quay - Jameson Distillery Bow Street and St. Michan's Church • The Four Courts • Bachelor's Walk - Dublin Discovered Cruise

Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

3. Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

Get to grips with the turbulent and fascinating history of Dublin in just 2 hours. This tour is led by history graduates of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin and aims to inform and entertain you all at once. Visit sites and hear stories detailing the complex history of Ireland. Learn about the influence of the American and French revolutions, the Potato Famine, the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Visit sites such as the Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, the City Hall and the Medieval City. Delve into modern history and explore the effects of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Take a walk around the city and experience modern day Dublin. This award-winning tour scores top marks for educational, entertainment all at once, with its guides possessing that natural Irish flair of combining history with wit to an extraordinary effect.

Dublin: Live Guided Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

4. Dublin: Live Guided Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace aboard a spacious open-top bus with this hop-on hop-off tour. Chose a 1, 2, or 3-day ticket and see top sights like St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and St Stephen’s Green. Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun. You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, rejoin the tour when you’re ready. Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. If you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse After seeing all the sights on the bus, join the Yellow Umbrella Walking Tour. Delve into the mysteries of Dublin, visit Trinity College, and explore the vibrant city center with charming and witty guides. Premium and Deluxe tickets include a 1-hour panoramic Dublin Night Tour. Enjoy an exciting evening tour of the city as the live guide shares fascinating facts and stories. Learn fascinating insights into Dublin's history, architecture, and memorable characters. With the Deluxe ticket, enjoy a half-day Coastal Tour to scenic Howth Summit and its fishing village. Head to Howth from Dublin, explore the cliffs of Howth on a guided walking tour, and stroll through the picturesque Howth Village in your own time. Enjoy a delicious plate of seafood before returning. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour and walking tour combination. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

Dublin: Panoramic Open-Top Night Bus Tour & Live Guide

5. Dublin: Panoramic Open-Top Night Bus Tour & Live Guide

See the lights of Dublin sparkle at night on-board an open-top double-decker bus tour. The panoramic tour which lasts one hour will take you past some of the city's most famous sights and attractions including Dublin Castle, the Christ Church Cathedral and St. Stephen's Green. While travelling along the Night Tour's unique route, hear historical tales of city's top sights and prominent figures including Temple Bar, the Docklands and the oldest pub in Dublin, The Brazen Head with the stories following James Joyce, Oscar Wild or Bono. It’s the perfect way to spend the evening in Dublin whether you're travelling alone, with family or with someone special.

Dublin: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

6. Dublin: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a sightseeing bus. See all of the sights of the city with unlimited hop-on hop-off for either 24 or 48 hours. Learn about the history and heritage of Dublin from on-board audio commentary. During the summer months, the tour will be conducted by a live English-speaking guide on every other bus. You’ll get a chance to hop off at the world-famous Guinness Storehouse to discover the origins of one of the world’s most famous beverages. For a touch of sophistication, head over to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, where you’ll experience a staggering collection of artwork. You can remain on the bus for a full loop, enjoying the 360 degree views from the open-top deck of sights such as Phoenix Park and the River Liffey.  Dublin City Route stops: • Irish Whiskey Museum • Dublin Castle • Christchurch Cathedral • St Patrick’s Cathedral • The Dublin Liberties Distillery • Guinness Storehouse • Pearse Lyons Distillery • Irish Museum of Modern Art • Kilmainham Gaol • Heuston Station • Phoenix Park • Parkgate Street • Collins Barracks • Smithfield Square • Temple Bar • The Writers’ Museum • O’Connell Street • The GPO • EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum • The Convention Centre Dublin • U2 Studios • Ballsbridge  • RDS Main Hall  • Simmonscourt  • Morehampton Road  • Leeson Street Upper • Merrion Square • Merrion Street • St Stephen’s Green • Dawson Street

Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

7. Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

Make your way through church graveyards and down narrow back alleys to discover a side of Dublin that you won't find on any postcards. Hear gruesome stories of brothels run by serial killers, cannibals with a taste for young children, and the notorious Hellfire Club, said to be made up of Devil worshippers! Journey through the folklore of Ireland and get introduced to fairies, banshees, and leprechauns. Hear how Halloween originated from the Gaelic harvest festival of Samhain when, according to legend, beings from the spiritual world could cross dimensions more easily. Admire the stunning architecture of ancient buildings such as Dublin Castle, said to be haunted with the souls of beheaded invaders. Learn about the young boy who is said to stroll around the Olympia Theatre.

Dublin 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

8. Dublin 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover the sights, sounds, history and architecture of Dublin on a 2.5-hour guided bike tour and see more of the city than you would on a walking tour. Experience the fun personality and personalities of Ireland's capital. The tour encompasses the rich history and folklore of the city, passing great buildings, such as College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery and St Patrick's Cathedral. Cycle through legendary neighborhoods, such as the nightlife center of Temple Bar, the Italian Quarter, Parnell Square and the fashionable southside. See the Georgian buildings of the northside, and the Oscar Wilde Memorial. En route, your guides will talk about Dublin's literary and rock'n'roll traditions and events, as well as historic personalities and how they helped shaped the city's character. You will learn which famous Dublin writer, fond of a drink, said "I'm a drinker with writing problems." Discover what school U2 frontman Bono got expelled from, why Nigerians get a shock when they drink Guinness brewed in Ireland, and what W.B. Yeats asked when he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

Dublin: Silent Disco Walking Tour

9. Dublin: Silent Disco Walking Tour

Your tour kicks off at the meeting point in the city center of Dublin. After being kitted out in high-tech headsets, you will be ready to go. Your tour will begin with a quick introduction, as you are taken through downtown Dublin from Grafton Street to Temple Bar, Dublin Castle and then back again to the meeting point. Throughout your tour you will be listening to a great collection of fantastic tunes from the 80s, 90s. and today. The tour is fully guided, and throughout your experience you will be accompanied by an energetic host who will provide you with all the dance moves you need to strut your funky stuff. All the tours start and end in the friendly "host bar", where you can get either liquid courage or post-tour celebrations depending on your desires. If you’re looking for something amazingly fun and just that little bit unusual, you’ve come to the right place!

Dublin: Self-Guided Audio Tour in English

10. Dublin: Self-Guided Audio Tour in English

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour. Journey through history as you learn about the early political struggles and events that followed. Hear about the Irish potato famine and other events as you visit attractions including Dublin Castle and the Garden of Remembrance. Immerse yourself in a traditional way of life at the pubs and music venues. Visit attractions such as the General Post Office and James Joyce Statue. Learn about legendary characters such as Charles Stewart Parnell and Molly Malone. Stroll down Grafton Street, admire the Ha' Penny Bridge and visit the Royal Exchange. Discover the site of the Book of Kells and much more.

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What people are saying about Dublin Castle

Overall rating

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based on 3,268 reviews

Stephen, our tour guide, was amazing! Hilarious and very informative at the same time. He was able to light up the mood while speaking about murders, tortures and ghosts! Unluckily it was heavily raining for the whole time of the tour, but it was so compelling I didn’t bother at all. Would highly recommend this tour to any of my friends since it was very fun and interesting

This was an excellent and extremely educational tour! Neil was an amazing tour guide, very knowledgeable and passionate about Irish history and giving us a real taste of Dublin. We thoroughly enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area.

My tour guide was Daragh, and he really made the tour. He’s a great storyteller, bringing to life the history of Dublin from the Viking times through to modern day. Interspersed with humour. Highly recommend!

our guide Daragh was amazing and professional, very profound knowledge and the way he was telling cant leave anyone indifferent! perfect intonation that makes the telling not boring.

Excellent Neil was fantastic recommend to everyone thanks