Old City Walk, Dublin

After the 1950s, Dublin went through a series of reconstruction and remodeling. Old buildings were taken down to make way for modern architecture. Despite the trend, the Old City area was preserved to keep the cultural legacy of Ireland’s history alive. Take this amazing tour to discover some of the most important venues in the Old City of Dublin.
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Old City Walk Map

Guide Name: Old City Walk
Guide Location: Ireland » Dublin (See other walking tours in Dublin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 19
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Author: max
Trinity College

1) Trinity College (must see)

Trinity College, Dublin, formally known as the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth was founded in 1592 by letters patent from Queen Elizabeth I as the "mother of a university", and is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin. It is Ireland's oldest university. Originally established outside the city walls of Dublin in the buildings of the dissolved Augustinian monastery of All Hallows, Trinity was set up in part to consolidate the rule of...   view more
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Molly Malone Statue

2) Molly Malone Statue

You will find the Molly Malone Statue by Jean Rynhart on Grafton Street. This rather controversial statue was set up here during the 1988 Dublin Millennium festivities.

The controversy arose after the unveiling of the statue: Jean Rynhart presented Molly as a young woman with large breasts all but falling out of her low-cut dress. According to the famous song, “sweet Molly Malone” was a fishmonger, but stories add that she was also a part-time prostitute.

Other stories relate that she...   view more
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Temple Bar

3) Temple Bar (must see)

Temple Bar isn’t a bar or a pub; it is the cultural corner and liveliest area in Dublin – a great place to spend the day or evening.

The Temple Bar district is on the south bank of the River Liffey and it is a delight of medieval cobble-stoned streets, full of pubs, clubs restaurants and cafes. There are also souvenir shops, tattoo parlors, second-hand shops and the Reptile Haven, a pet shop with a difference where you will find almost any type of lizard or snake that you can think of.

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Grattan Bridge

4) Grattan Bridge

To get from Parliament Street to Capel Street on the south bank of the River Liffey, you will cross the Grattan Bridge.

The first bridge to be built spanning the river here was called the Essex Bridge, named after the 1st Lord of Essex, Arthur Capell, who was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland between 1672 and 1677. This bridge was designed by Sir Humphrey Jervis with seven piers of arched stone taken from the ruins of the nearby St Mary’s Abbey. In 1722 an equestrian statue of King George 1st was...   view more
Dublin Castle

5) Dublin Castle (must see)

A visit to Dublin Castle, just off Dame Street, should be on everyone’s “must see” list. It is used for state functions, including the inauguration of the Irish President. It also houses the Revenue Commissioners, offices of the Public Works and certain sections of the Garda Siochana.

The castle was first built in 1204, 35 years after the Norman invasion of Ireland. King John of England ordered its construction as a defense measure for the population and also to protect the King’s...   view more
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Chester Beatty Library

6) Chester Beatty Library (must see)

The Chester Beatty Library is housed in the 18th-century clock tower on the grounds of Dublin Castle and is a wonderful museum to visit.

The library opened in 1950 and holds the vast and varied collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, a mining millionaire and collector of Oriental books and artifacts. The museum has two sections: “Artistic Traditions” and “Sacred Traditions”.

You will find a magnificent collection of manuscripts and papyruses covering over 4000 years of religious...   view more
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Irish Celtic Craft Shop

7) Irish Celtic Craft Shop

The Irish Celtic Craftshop is a family run enterprise, in operation since 1992. Ideally sited near Christchurch Cathedral in the oldest part of Dublin, this store is a real treasure trove of gifts, and a definite must-visit for any souvenir seeking tourist. On offer are Celtic products such as jewellery (silver/gold/costume with designs of Claddagh, Shamrock or Harp), books and wall hangings. There are also traditional Celtic-themed souvenirs like brass ware, thimbles, scarves, t-shirts and...   view more
Christ Church Cathedral

8) Christ Church Cathedral (must see)

While you are in Dublin you really should visit the Christ Church Cathedral which is the oldest medieval church in the city.

In the early 11th century the Norse-Gael King, Sitric Silkenbeard, went on a pilgrimage to Rome and on his return he founded the cathedral overlooking the Viking settlement in Wood Quay. The first building was wooden and was rebuilt in stone in 1180. An extra nave and the Chapel of Saint Laurence O’Toole where added in the 13th century.

The church is somewhat...   view more
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Dublinia (Synod Hall)

9) Dublinia (Synod Hall)

Whether you are a student or a family visiting Dublin, a great place to have great fun while learning about the city’s past is Dublinia – the former Synod Hall of Christ Church Cathedral.

This marvelous interactive museum which opened in 1993 is full of workshops, activities, live-sized figures and a room with artifacts taken from archaeological digs around Wood Quay. You can walk through medieval Dublin or rub shoulders with Vikings to your heart’s content. There really is something...   view more
St. Patrick's Cathedral

10) St. Patrick's Cathedral (must see)

St Patrick’s Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland and one of the oldest. According to legend, the first church was built in the 5th century on the site where Saint Patrick used the water from a well to baptize the people converted to Christianity. The well became known as the Holy Well and the wooden church was built beside it.

In 1192 it was elevated to the status of cathedral, which was unusual as the growing city already had one – Christ Church. The present church was built...   view more
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St. Stephen's Green

11) St. Stephen's Green (must see)

If you don’t want to wait your turn in one of the busy restaurants in the shopping center, the best thing to do is to pick up a sandwich and a drink and take it to Saint Stephen’s Green Park on the south end of Grafton Street.

This 27-acre park is the biggest of Dublin’s Georgian square parks. It was laid out in 1880 by Sir A. Guinness and is a delightful area to have your lunch, with its flower beds, shady walks, fountains and benches round a large ornamental lake where you can feed...   view more
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The Little Museum of Dublin

12) The Little Museum of Dublin

The Little Museum of Dublin is a people's museum of Dublin, situated at 15 St. Stephens Green, Dublin, Ireland. As a civic museum for the city of Dublin, the Little Museum chronicles the history of the city in the 20th century. It provides visitors with an intimate and informative glimpse into life in Dublin during that time period. The museum has a collection of over 5,000 artifacts that have been donated or loaned directly from the people of Dublin.

In May 2013, the Irish Times...   view more
National Museum of Ireland - Natural History

13) National Museum of Ireland - Natural History (must see)

The National Museum of Ireland – Natural History is one of the three branches of the National Museum in Dublin and you will find it in Merrion Square.

This branch of the museum was built in 1856 to house some of the collection from the Royal Dublin Society. The museum has over 2 million specimens spread out in several galleries. On the ground floor, you will see Irish animals – stuffed mammals including badgers, foxes and hares. Fish and birds are also represented and there is a...   view more
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Merrion Square Park

14) Merrion Square Park

One of the best places to relax is Merrion Square Park in the center of Merrion Square, the most distinguished of the remaining Georgian squares in Dublin.

The park is a railed off garden, once for the exclusive use of the Square’s residents, but now open to the public. On Sundays in the summer the railings are festooned with paintings executed by local artists and it’s possible to pick up a wonderful landscape or portrait by an up and coming artist, at a reasonable price. Open-air...   view more
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The National Gallery of Ireland

15) The National Gallery of Ireland

The National Gallery of Ireland stands on Merrion Square West and really is a must for all art lovers.

The gallery houses over 15000 objets d’art, paintings and sculptures from the 13th to the 20th century, classified in several sections according to the country of origin. It is a wonderful collection, thoughtfully displayed in an interesting manner so that you can enjoy one painting without being distracted by the one next to it.

In the British and American Paintings gallery the works...   view more
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Leinster House

16) Leinster House

Leinster House (Irish: Teach Laighean) is the seat of the Oireachtas, the national parliament of Ireland. Leinster House was the former ducal residence in Dublin of the Duke of Leinster, and since 1922 served as the parliament building of the Irish Free State, predecessor of the modern Irish state, before which it functioned as the headquarters of the Royal Dublin Society. The society's famous Dublin Spring Show and Dublin Horse Show were held on its Leinster Lawn, facing Merrion Square....   view more
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National Library of Ireland

17) National Library of Ireland (must see)

The National Library of Ireland is Ireland's national library located in Dublin, in a building designed by Thomas Newenham Deane. The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht is the member of the Government of Ireland responsible for the library.

The mission of the National Library of Ireland is 'To collect, preserve, promote and make accessible the documentary and intellectual record of the life of Ireland and to contribute to the provision of access to the larger universe...   view more
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National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology

18) National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology (must see)

The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology is to be found on Kildare Street in a lovely building modeled after the Roman Pantheon, which is as interesting as the exhibitions it houses. The museum opened in 1890.

This is truly a wonderful museum, filled with treasures that date back to 7000BC. Although the main exhibits deal with Ireland, there is a permanent exhibition of ancient Egyptian objects, Cyprian ceramics and glassware and Roman relics.

The Treasury Room houses Hiberno-Saxon...   view more
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Grafton Street

19) Grafton Street

Give yourself a break from visiting Dublin’s museums, theatres and galleries and spoil yourself with an afternoon’s shopping in Grafton Street, the biggest shopping street in the city.

Grafton Street runs from College Green in the north to St Stephen’s Green and shopping centre in the south. The nice thing about this street – apart from the wonderful shops – is that it’s mostly a pedestrian precinct, so you only have to dodge other shoppers and not heavy traffic.

It is named...   view more

Walking Tours in Dublin, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dublin is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Temple Bar Entertainment

Temple Bar Entertainment

Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, Ireland. Unlike the areas surrounding it, Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets. It is promoted as Dublin's cultural quarter and has a lively nightlife that is popular with tourists, with locations proving to be traditional Irish hotspots

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 km
Places of Worship Tour

Places of Worship Tour

This tour will give you a glimpse of Dublin's religious life. There are many churches located in the old town of Dublin, a place unaffected by the city’s radical modernization of the 1960s. They are the guardians of Dublin’s spiritual side as well as architectural history. Take this tour to familiarize yourself with some of the city’s most holy places.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Art Galleries Tour

Art Galleries Tour

Dublin's city center is home to several prominent galleries, like the The National Gallery of Ireland, which is a must see for any art lover. Dublin has a varied and rich art-scene, from classical to contemporary, from domestic to international, it offers something for everyone. Take the following tour to discover the most popular and prominent art galleries in Dublin.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
City Center Souvenir Shops

City Center Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Dublin without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts which are unique to Dublin and can be purchased in the wonderful souvenir shops around the City Center.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
A Walk with Famous Irish Writers

A Walk with Famous Irish Writers

Check out this unique tour to learn about the lives of famous Irish writers, such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. You will visit places from their daily life, as well as monuments, museums, a birth place, and even a final resting place. Follow this tour and learn more about Dublin’s literary background.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Hidden Places Walking Tour

Hidden Places Walking Tour

You don't always find everything that's worth-while on a map, smaller and less famed sights are often omitted on tourist maps and brochures. However a trip off the beaten track can sometimes be the most rewarding. Take this tour and find some of Dublin's secret places, some of which even the locals aren't always aware of.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

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