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DUBLIN CITY - WALKING TOUR
 
Tour Overview
 
This tour begins with a visit to Dublin’s old medieval quarter to uncover the city’s Celtic, Viking and Norman origins. Learn hidden secrets and urban legends around the cobbled streets of Dublin Castle and Christchurch Cathedral.
 
East of City Hall we discover iconic landmarks such as the classical Bank of Ireland building and the elegant Georgian squares of Trinity College. Here we learn of Dublin’s recent promotion as a UNESCO City of Literature while soaking in the atmosphere of centuries of knowledge and learning.
 
Other tour highlights include the cultural quarter of Temple Bar, the Irish Parliament building, the ornamental lakes of St. Stephens Green and the national library, gallery and museum district.
 
Tour Highlights  
 
Christchurch Cathedral
The original wooden church was built in 1038 by the Vikings but was later replaced by an Anglo-Norman Stone Cathedral in 1172. Major restorations took place during the 1870s however the crypt is still the oldest in Dublin. Highlights include Strongbows Tomb and the enclosed heart of St Laurence O Toole.
 
Dublin Castle
Beginning as a Viking fortress in the 9th century, the Anglo-Normans built a large stone castle on the site during the early 13th century including several towers, strong walls and deep ditches. After a disastrous fire in 1684 the castle was again rebuilt with its present layout of upper and lower yards.
 
Trinity College
Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity is Irelands most prestigious University while its cobbled quads and lawns provide a pleasant haven in the heart of the city. Famous past students include Jonathon Swift of Gulliver’s Travels fame, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker, author of Dracula.
 
Bank of Ireland  
Completed in 1733, the old parliament in College Green was the world’s first building designed as a two chamber legislature. The House of Commons occupied the centre under a dome styled on Hadrian’s Pantheon in Rome while the House of Lords was located in a smaller but elegant chamber.    
 
City Hall
This fine example of Georgian architecture was built during the 1770s by the Guild of Merchants as the Royal Exchange. Purchased by Dublin Corporation in 1852, it became the centre of municipal government and was re-named City Hall. In recent times City Hall has become the meeting place for Dublin City Council.
 
Leinster House
Originally built by the Duke of Leinster in 1745, this large town house was purchased by the Royal Dublin Society in 1815. After the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922 the government obtained the building for parliamentary use. The stately mansion now houses the two chambers of the Irish Parliament.
 
St Patricks Cathedral
Ireland’s largest Cathedral began as a wooden church beside a sacred well of St Patrick in the mid 5th century. The Anglo-Normans rebuilt the church in stone in 1192 however most of the present structure dates to the 13th century.  The spire was added in 1749 and extensive restorations took place in the 1860s.