Highly recommended for anyone interested in detailed history of inner Dublin, i.e. Trinity College, Old Parliament, Townhouse, etc. Unfortunately Ireland is president of the EU this year which leads to a closed Dublin Castle - so no Chance to get inside that area. Our guide (who was very good!) had to fill this gap with some extra Details at the other spots....which made the hole story quite long. However, we booked this tour to take part the day we arrived in Dublin and with this you get a good first overview of the city centre and where to go during your stay.
If I could rate this less than '1' I would. This was the worst guided tour I've ever taken!! I'm sure with a good guide it would have been wonderful but our guide, John, was a total idiot!! We met outside the entrance to Trinity College - probably the most well known site in Dublin. Would you believe that we didn't even walk around/through the campus?? We literally just wandered down the street where he took us aside at a plaza that had an interesting sculpture. There he spent 20 minutes talking about Ireland's housing bubble and bank bailout (similar to what happened in the US) while the eyes of everyone in the group glazed over. When he paused I asked about the significance of the sculpture. His response - "just somebody's idea of sidewalk art". I asked what his point was of stopping in this plaza. His response - "None". John has a very deep loud baritone voice and I think all he really wanted to do was listen to himself talk (perhaps pontificate is more appropriate). Wjen he got going on a topic, his voice would get louder and soon everyone within half a block was turning to see what was going on! It was a tortuous 2 hours! I left group near the end to explore on my own. Thankfully I taken the Hop On Hop Off bus tour earlier that morning where the guides outstanding!!
The weather was not cooperating at all, it was raining all the time, but we managed to visit all the places - Trinity College, Old Irish Parliament, Dublin Castle, City Hall and Temple Bar area. Our guide - Peter was very knowledgeable, he tried to make Irish history more comprehensive for us.
This was a very good historical walking tour. Our guide was passionate and knowledgeable. One thing was not clear and that was that the Trinity College tour did not include the Book of Kell and Long room tour, so we went back to do that on our own.
Excellent narration by a recent Trinity College Ph.D. graduate. Only thing we didn't appreciate was being left 2 blocks from where we began. We didn't know the area well enough to find our way back easily.
A must for anyone visiting Dublin with an interest of the cities social and political history . Our guide Gavin met us at Trinity College and took us on a tour spanning from the viking era through to the modern day giving a lot of interesting knowledge of the cities most famous sites. Well worth it !
This tour started well, and the guide was very knowledgeable (a postgraduate of Trinity College, in history and gaelic). However, the tour was too long, and the steady rain that developed over the afternoon (and the guide's unwillingness to seek shelter), resulted in boredom and discomfort.
The tour was not as expected as the Queen was visiting the next day and both Trinity College and Dublin Castle were closed for security reasons. Our tour guide more than made up for these problems by amending the tour contents and provided a very entertaining and informative tour which was enjoyed by all of us.
I guess it was bad timing but some highlights were closed, like Trinity College, because of the "Queen's" visit. The tour was fine, but the tour guide spent a lot of time talking about Irish politics and not so much about the features we were visiting.
Wonderful orientation of this fascinating city with all its history knowledgeable guide from Trinity College. Do this as soon as you get to Dublin adds great value to your visit.
Maybe it was because of the temperature, but it was not what I expected. Thought we would actually tour Trinity College and that did not happen.
We met our tour guide outside the door at Trinity College, and had a fun paced walking tour with a good bit of Irish history from a lovely informed young lady . She had been a student for years at Trinity and was very knowlegable and well spoken for all to hear. We got good insight into the forming and history of Dublin and Ireland. We were glad that we did it on our first full day . Midway through the tour, we stopped for bathroom breaks and to settle the tour bill. The Viator printed voucher made this quick and easy. We're so glad that the four of us took this tour!
This tour was great, although it would have been even better had we been able to enter some of the buildings we stopped at, like Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, or Trinity College. Instead, we stood outside while the guide spoke. Also, when we first arrived along with another couple, the woman running the tour that day did not accept the Viator voucher and did not know of any affiliation. Later on she did receive confirmation that the vouchers were valid.
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