Unlock the treasures and stories of Ireland's capital city with the Dublin Discovery Trails, a new series of self-guided walking trails. Let magical tales of the city's colourful past weave their spell as you wander from trail to trail, each one accessible when you download the Dublin Discovery Trails App.
The Dublin Discovery Trails App is available to download for iOS and Android devices, and enables you to explore the city using a series of engaging audio guides and interpretive panels. Each trail shows a different side to historic Dublin, from its glorious Viking origins to the havoc caused by the 1916 Easter Rising. All of the experiences feature commentary, personal accounts, images and GPS-enabled maps, with the route and stops clearly marked. The App also includes a tool which allows you to customise your trail if you have limited time.
The Dublin Discovery Trails all revolve around the Dubline, an orientation route that connects the people, places and stories of Dublin. Extending from Kilmainham Gaol through to Trinity College and Parnell Square, the Dubline now features a new series of interpretive panels – large storyboards that open up the secrets of Dublin to locals and visitors alike.
Explore the trails
Don't be content to experience Dublin at surface level; there's so much more waiting to be discovered. Story of Dublin, Empire, Echoes of War and Rebellion and the Real Dublin each bring the past to life and, as you explore at your leisure, you'll find yourself seeing the city in a whole new light. Each Dublin Discovery Trail is easy to navigate – wander off the beaten track to uncover some secrets, before re-joining the Dubline, ready for your next adventure.
The fateful six days of the 1916 Easter Rising changed the face of Ireland forever. Retrace the dramatic events of the rebel takeover with the Rebellion Discovery Trail to see Dublin's battlegrounds: the beautiful Georgian buildings co-opted into bunkers and the hotels transformed into sniper look-out posts. Download the Dublin Discovery Trails app to explore the iconic landmarks of this famous revolution.
The Story of Dublin Discovery Trail takes us back centuries to explore the birth of the city as a Viking market town, to its renassaince as a hub for saints, scholars, poets and playwrights. Early Dublin was a town that reached glorious heights of learning and culture, but was also prone to a disastrous scandal or two – let the Dublin Discovery Trails audio guides and interpretative panels bring you to Dublinia, Smock Alley and Tailors' Hall.
Download the Echoes of War Discovery Trail to discover a Europe in the grip of World War One, as thousands of Irish men and women enlisted in the British Army. Explore Collins Barracks, Kilmainham Gaol and Heuston Station and hear the moving stories of war and rebellion that are now part of Ireland's psyche.
Go back in time with the Empire Discovery Trail to the busy streets of Dublin; you'll find a city at the heart of the British Empire in Ireland and one of the most important hubs of the British Empire. High society made the capital fashionable and bustling but trouble was already brewing in the form of the Act of Union. Explore Dublin Castle, Leinster House and Trinity College to see Dublin in its Empire glory days.
The Real Dublin Trail takes you into the creative heart of the capital to explore its historical links between commerce and design. From the consumer hubs of Powerscourt Townhouse and Aungier Street to the vaulted heights of St Patrick’s Cathedral, this trail delves deep under the surface of Dublin to provide some clues to how it became the thriving city it is today. On the Real Dublin Trail, you’ll discover the craftspeople, whiskey makers and antique dealers that helped keep the wheels of historic Dublin turning for generations.
Please note: each trail takes approximately two hours on foot.
Download the Dublin Discovery Trails app