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Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guide that had prepared a great tour but was also prepared to answer any and all questions that arose. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking for a light and fun tour of Trinity College and its surrounding area.
My husband really enjoyed this tour. He is a history buff and the tour guide is a professor of history at Trinity College. He goes into great detail about history from the 1500's on. It is a fast walking tour. I enjoyed the sights, but there were times I was not listening. We thought it would be more about the sites we were seeing and not so much detail on dates and facts.
Very enjoyable tour and extremely knowledgeable guide. This is a great way to start a visit in Dublin. I really appreciate that the guide we had is a professor at Trinity College and had a wonderful sense of humor.
I cannot remember our guide's name but he was excellent. I don't think it could have been any better! The tour took off in front of Trinity College at about 11:00 on I believe the 7th of July. Excellent and highly recommended:-
Very good and very informative! Highly recommend. The tour guide was a former student of Trinity College and was happy to answer really in-depth questions about Irish history. Definitely worthwhile.
Wonderful opportunity to tour Dublin from the pedestrian perspective. Our guide was a Trinity College graduate and very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history. Well Done!
This tour was great! Our guide was really knowledgeable, really fun and really knew what he was doing. When we met up, the main gates to Trinity College were closed, so we couldn't access the meeting point - no worries, the guide was actively asking people waiting around the gates if there were there for his tour! Great service!
He asked if there was anything in particular anyone wanted him to focus on, and he was really good about making sure that people were engaged. I'm Australian, and he was very funny about pointing out that a lot of Irish rebels were deported to Australia after various rebellions. My ancestors!
The walk around the city was amazing, and I think this tour is a great way to be introduced to the city - it's history, it's layout and to get ideas for other things to visit, both within Dublin and in the surrounding areas. I would definitely recommend it, and I actually plan to tell some relatives visiting Dublin to take this tour.
P.S. I wrote a big, detailed review of this tour and then had to log in and didn't have a password and had to set one up, and lost the review, dammit. So annoying! This is a shortened version.
Gavin, our tour guide, was informative, friendly and engaging. He did a great job leading us through Trinity College, the Temple Bar neighborhood, Dublin Castle and other places of note in Dublin. It is a good way to see the city and learn some of its history.
This was a really good walking tour which allowed you to get a better sense of Dublin. You get to see quite a few things, and the guide was very good and knowledgeable especially being a history graduate from Trinity College. If you don't have much time in Dublin, I would definitely recommend this walking tour!
I was very disappointed in this walking tour. The tour of Trinity College did not include the Book of Kells. The tour guide did not keep the group together, we were caught waiting for lights at intersections while he raced ahead more than once. Several of the locations where he stopped to talk were dirty and smelled bad. I did not enjoy this tour, and would not recommend it.
The tour was excellent. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and approachable. The first day we arrived we did a tour of Kilmainham Gaol, the Dublin Historical Walking Tour including Trinity College tied together so much of what we learned at the Gaol to the city as we walked around. So glad we did the tours in this sequence.
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.
We enjoyed this, would have given it a 5 star if we could have seen the inside of some of the Trinity College and the Dublin Castle. The Castle had some type of political meetings so we couldn't go in. The tour guide was very informative and nice.
Doing what: Dublin Historical Highlights Walking Tour
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.
BARRY A United Kingdom
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.
Krishnan ... Australia
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.
Patricia A USA
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.
Elise K USA
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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