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DUBLIN WALKING TOURS – definitive dublin walking tour

O'Connell Street - Dublin

“Well I am back from my two week trip around Ireland and wow did I have a blast I started out in Dublin which is an amazing city, the first thing I did was head straight to the tourist office which is in a quaint little church in the city centre near the statue of Molly Malone. I was keen on finding out about Dublin walking tours as I always try to do walking tours whenever I am in a European city, I find it is the best way to see a new city and to really get a feel for the place. So I chose my Dublin walking tour, a 19th century tour which sounded really entertaining and away we went! I was not disappointed! It is always fun being with a good group of travellers when you come across a real gem of a tour. There were some amazing quirky stories, we were in stitches for most of the time, and for the rest of the time we were learning some really interesting facts about 19th century Ireland.”

After having completed this walking tour of Dublin I decided to do all the walks that the company offered. By this time it was time to take my tour around Ireland. We saw all the major sites, like Poulnabrone Dolmen, Clonmacnoise, the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, I even managed to conquer my fear of heights and kiss the Blarney Stone! Our group was really great, everyone got along really well and the guide was gorgeous! So super sad to leave the group at the end of the tour but elated that I had another 2 days of Dublin ahead of me! I decided that in this two days I was going to do everything that the city offered so I did the distillery and the Guinness factory, Kilmainham Jail (what a sad place), the GPO, St Michan’s Church, Christ Church, St Patrick’s, I was totally exhausted by the time I got on the plane to go home, so I watched the patchwork of green fields slip away from me as Dublin (and just land in general) was lost to sight with a bittersweet feeling, sad that it would be a while before I saw Ireland again, but happy because I had got so much out of my two weeks there.

So happy to be home! Happy to see everyone! And I’ve come back with loads of tips for the tourist to Ireland. Firstly, do not miss the walking tours of Dublin! The highlight of my whole two weeks was definitely the first walking tour of Dublin I did. However everyone keeps asking me when I say this “what was the definitive Dublin walking tour?” I can’t answer that question! I did so many and they were all brilliant! There are tours to suit anyone’s budget, I noticed a free walking tour of Dublin so if you can’t afford FREE then you’re in a little trouble! However for me the best one was the 19th century tour, possibly because it was my first, but it was just so funny, it appealed to everyone and I found out so much about this city that I would never have known! It almost makes me want to go and live in the 19th century (with Mr Darcy yum!) Also, it doesn’t rain quite as much as everyone says, I was expecting bucket loads, there is just a little bit on most days and otherwise the sky is clear or just a little cloudy, like white gray, so don’t worry too much about that either!

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The stories begin with Trinity College where we transport you back some 600 years ago to when the old Augustinian Priory and of course the plague house were there. The latter of which the guide is all too familiar with…But just ignore the coughing and listen to his tales! Many believed that this was the end of days, but the history of Dublin and its horrors continued…