The Best Walking Tours of Dublin

Walking tours are a great way to learn about a city! Walk through its alleys, along its busiest streets, and find some hidden gems in the process. The benefits of walking tours are endless!

Not only are they great ways to meet other tourists, especially if you travel alone, but they’re also often free. By walking, you can get great exercise, you gain an intimate perspective of the city and walking is also a great way to lower your carbon footprint.

1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

The most significant event in Ireland’s modern history – and indeed, the most powerful step towards our eventual break from British rule – was the 1916 Rising. It took place in large part on the streets of Dublin city, where the memories (and the bullet holes) remain to this day. This tour helps you to follow in the footsteps of the rebels, over a century on.

Lorcan Collins, author, historian and podcaster, will take you to the relevant sites of these battles in Dublin as the complexities of Irish history are explained.

Public tours will recommence in summer 2021. Booking is essential. Click here to see availability. In response to the pandemic and to help with social distancing they also offer special private tours for small groups of friends and families (max 10 participants). These tours are available from June 1st 2021 to December 2021.

For larger groups or any enquiries contact Lorcan on 086 85 83 847 or email

Dublin Free Walking Tours

Leaving twice a day (at 11:00am and 3:00pm) from the Spire on O’Connell Street, Dublin Free Walking Tours offer an affordable and educational overview of key attractions on the north and south sides of the city. The morning south side tour covers Trinity College, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and St Patrick’s Cathedral; while the afternoon takes in the Garden of Remembrance, Moore Street Market, the Spire, Custom House and the GPO, on the city’s north side.

In addition, they also offer a Sex & Society Tour, Dublin Music Tour and so much more. Check out their website for more information.

The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl has been rambling the streets of Dublin and bringing the literary history of Dublin to life since 1988. Professional actors tell you the story of the gin palace, the long hall and the spirit grocer, while quoting live from the works of Joyce, Behan, Wilde and many more. The tour is a form of street theatre, allowing the audience to stand right up beside the actors and experience the language live on the streets of the city where it was born. No props, no make-up. Just the actor within prompting distance of the spectator. For more information check out their website.

  • Ranked #4 Sunday Times World’s 50 Best Walks.
  • Lonely Planet Guide: Top 10 Literary walks of the world: Ranked #2.

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