Dublin tours and excursions

Dublin tours

Architecture tours

If you're an architecture buff, enjoy a themed walking tour of the city examining the city's key landmarks. Tours are themed: Dublin Docklands, The Living City, Georgian Dublin and the Temple Bar.

Telephone: (01) 676 1703.
Bike tours

If you prefer to see the sights by whizzing around on two wheels, enjoy a bike tour. Highlights include Custom House, the Docklands, the Grand Canal, Merrion Square, Portobello, George Bernard Shaw's Birthplace, St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christ Church, Temple Bar and the G.P.O among others.

Telephone: (353) 8713 41866.
Bus tours

Dublin Bus offer hop-on, hop-off bus tours covering all the major sights of the city centre, with running commentary from a tour guide and 23 stops. Tours commence approximately every 15 minutes from O'Connell Street.

Telephone: (01) 873 4222.
Stadium tour

Visit Croke Park Stadium, where you can visit the dressing rooms, stroll through the players tunnel and take a seat in the VIP area. Other highlights include a visit to the Players Lounge, corporate suites and to the media centre on the top tier of the stadium. A new attraction at the stadium is the Ethiad Skyline Tour enabling visitors to ascend to a 44m-high (140ft) walkway, with five platforms offering stunning views of the city and its key landmarks.

Telephone: (01) 819 2323.
Walking tours

Dublin Tourism has published a 'Ulysses Map of Dublin', for those who wish to conduct a self-guided walk in the footsteps of Joyce's famous character, Leopold Bloom. They have also created a series of iWalks - 11 podcast audio guides written by local artist, author and historian, Pat Liddy, on various themes telling the story of Dublin (including 'The Historic Northside', 'Georgian Dublin' and 'In the Steps of Ulysses'). Each iWalk is free to download from www.visitdublin.com/iwalks and comes with a full colour brochure featuring maps and illustrations by Pat Liddy. Other themed walking tours include the ‘Dublin Literary Pub Crawl’ and ‘Historical Walking Tours of Dublin’ led by Trinity College history students, who provide insights into the cultural, religious and political history of Dublin.

Telephone: (01) 670 5602 ; (01) 688 9412.

Excursions from Dublin

Fingal

For more of a snapshot of Ireland's scenic charms, visit Fingal. It offers a diverse tapestry - seaside villages, sandy beaches and undulating countryside. Check out the beaches of Donabate, Portmarnock, Skerries, Rush, Balbriggan and Gormanston, offering excellent sailing, diving, windsurfing and boating. Alternatively, visit the grounds of Malahide Castle, which was a fortress and a private residence for over 800 years for the Talbot family until the 1970s when the last lord died. There are also nearby botanical gardens.

Glendalough

This early Celtic monastery, once an important seat of Christian learning, is situated 30km (19 miles) south of Dublin, between Laragh and Hollywood. Its Gaelic name means 'valley of the two lakes' and there are some breathtaking walks around the monastery and on the lakeshore. St Kevin founded the monastery in the sixth century and his body lies in the ninth-century cathedral; the site is adorned with St Kevin's Cross, carved in about 1150. Nearby are the remains of St Kevin's Kitchen, a 1,000-year-old church.

The opening hours are daily 0930 to 1700 (October to March) and 0930 to 1800 (April to September). The site is best reached by car. Alternatively, the St Kevin's Bus Service departs from St Stephen's Green daily. Its route along the Wicklow Way, through the valleys of the Wicklow Mountains, makes for an idyllic journey.

Telephone: (0404) 45600.
The James Joyce Museum

The Martello Tower, located 14km (9miles) south of Dublin, which was originally built to guard against invasion from Napoleon, is an appropriate venue for the James Joyce Museum. It was here that Oliver St John Gogarty invited Joyce to stay and the Tower overlooking the 'snotgreen sea' became the setting for the opening chapter of Ulysses (1922), while Gogarty was transformed into the fictional character Buck Mulligan. The Tower houses a collection that includes the artist's letters, photographs, guitar, walking stick and a copy of Ulysses illustrated by Matisse. The opening hours are Monday-Saturday 1000-1300 and 1400-1700, and Sunday 1400-1800 from May to October. The Tower is easily accessed by DART to Sandycove (a scenic trip) or bus 59 from Dun Laoghaire.

Telephone: (01) 280 9265.
Edited by Tina Banerjee
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