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Urban or rural, guided or independent, walking, running or hiking – whether your interest lies in music, arts, food or history, we’ve got the tour for you! These suggestions will ensure you have a memorable trip to Dublin, and depart with a little more insight into what makes our city so unforgettable.

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Dublin through the ages 

Dublin has a fascinating and rich history, with remnants of the Viking, Norman and Imperial legacies visible in the city’s winding streets and stunning architecture. Even some city place names such as Fishamble Street, Cornmarket and Winetavern Street have their origins in ancient Viking Dublin.

There are lots of options when it comes to walking through Dublin's past. Much-loved Dublin historian Pat Liddy (pictured) knows pretty much everything there is to know about his hometown and shares his insights and anecdotes on regular tours. The popular blog "Come Here To Me" celebrates hidden Dublin stories and also hosts a fascinating walking tour.

The crew at Historical Tours meet at Trinity College and take walkers on an entertaining trip through the ages, while the 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour focuses on the Easter Rising, the catalyst to the emergence of Ireland as an independent free state.

Art attack

Fancy finding out more about Dublin’s contribution to artistic life? Cathy Roche hosts a series of wonderful walks that aim to demystify and celebrate iconic Irish works of art. Delve deep into Dublin's art world by choosing one of the many walks on offer at Art Impressions.

Or how about starting from scratch and learning how to read a painting? It’s a skill in itself, and the folks at Dublin Decoded are happy to show you how. Trust us, you’ll never look at a painting in the same way again!

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Culture club

More interested in Dublin’s many cultural offerings? This is a city brimming with creativity, so there’s certainly plenty to explore! Need a guide? We recommend the friendly team at Le Cool, who host a regular tour showcasing modern innovations like pop-ups, collectives and street art around the city. It’s an ever-evolving itinerary, but in the past there have been stop-offs at the Project Arts Centre, various vintage clothes stores, Andrew’s Lane (home to some amazing graffiti), and über cool bar and pizzeria, the Bernard Shaw.

Perhaps you’d like to find out more about what’s known as Dublin’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar. Architecture Tours can guide you through the area’s cobbled streets and fascinating history. Temple Bar has medieval origins and underwent a major urban regeneration process in the early 1990s, and is now home to independent record stores, vintage shops and cafés aplenty.

Tapas to traditional

Dublin is home to a mouth-watering array of restaurants, pop-up eateries, stalls and markets. Fab Food Trails take walkers on a delicious trip around the city. Highlights of the tour include Sheridan’s Cheesemongers, chocolatier Cocoa Atelier, and the Temple Bar Market for oysters and wine... yum!

Immerse yourself in Irish culture as you eat with Irish Food Trails. Stew, colcannon, beef and Guinness pie – they’re all great dishes but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a new strand of creative Irish cuisine. The tour will bring you to three traditional Irish pubs where you’ll have the chance to sample tasty Irish food and perhaps a pint or two of Guinness! You’ll also be able to chat to locals and learn about the city’s history as you dine.

If you feel like sampling some modern fare, you won’t want to miss the Campo Viejo trail that runs for the month of June. Diners are brought to a series of slick eateries serving up tasty tapas including Bagots Hutton Wine Emporium and Spanish spot Zaragoza.

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The write stuff

Home to Yeats, Joyce and Shaw, not to mention U2, Thin Lizzy and Sinéad O’Connor, ­Dublin is famed for its amazing music and writing talent. Find out more about how the city features in Ulysses on this James Joyce tour, or follow in the footsteps of the city’s great authors on the very entertaining Dublin Literary Pub Crawl.

Music fans should be sure to head along to the City of Music tour. This memorable guided journey pays homage to the many musicians who have helped shape the city. If you want to be entertained along the way, the Musical Pub Crawl is another top tip! Led by two professional musicians, the group meets in Temple Bar’s Oliver St. John Gogarty's pub and from here you'll be led through the history of Irish music.

Stranger strolls

Next, some quirkier tour offerings. Hidden Dublin Walks run a fantastic Haunted History Tour revealing some terrifying tales from the darker side of the Dublin’s past. As you walk you’ll learn about The Dolocher, an inmate at Black Dog Prison in the 1700s, who’s said to stalk the streets of the capital. You will also hear about the tragic tale of the Green Lady of St. Audoen’s, and the 1761 burning of Madam Darkey ‘The Witch’ Kelly.

If you fancy heading further afield, Hidden Dublin Walks also take visitors by bus to the infamous Hell Fire Club. This burned-out shell of a haunted hunting lodge dates from 1725 and is known for its association with Satanism, the supernatural and the occult. Though truly terrifying, it also provides breathtaking views of Dublin City… viewed by torchlight. You have been warned!

If you want to partake in something a little less scary, try a Full Moon Walk with Hilltop Treks. See the landscape of Dublin and Wicklow illuminated as informative guides fill you in on astronomy and night navigation. Perhaps you’re keen to stay active during your stay? City HIghlights Jogging Dublin run faster-paced tours around the city, with visitors jogging as they take in the sights.

The team at Ingenious Ireland run an unusual tour: Irish Ideas & Inventions that Changed the World. This tour explores Irish ingenuity and tech achievements, such as the engineer who invented seismology, and the Irish equation that put a man on the moon.
Finally, did you know that the ultimate walking tour – the Camino de Santiago – starts in Dublin? If you’re planning on undertaking this adventure, be sure to get your Pilgrim Passport stamped in the office at St. James’ Gate

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