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Dublin Castle has served many functions since it was built by King John of England in 1230. Originally a defense center against Norman invaders and the seat of the English government, it has since also been the site of the Royal Mint and police headquarters. Today, the castle grounds attract visitors and function as a venue for Irish government functions and ceremonies.

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Mon–Fri: 10am–4:45pm, Sat & Sun: 2pm–4:45pm
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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

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Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour. Visit the Trinity College Library, home to the famous Book of Kells—widely considered among the most important of all Ireland’s ancient treasures. Listen as your guide brings medieval Ireland to life, shedding light on the Book of Kells’ profound historical significance. Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour around Dublin Castle’s mighty exterior. Visit the gardens and yards, and learn of the castle’s role as court, fortress, treasury, and jail.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$62.93
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City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Experience the beauty, history, and culture of Dublin during this popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose from 1- or 2-day tickets and follow the route that highlights the best of the Emerald Isle's capital city. Discover historic buildings, iconic sites, ancient landmarks and vibrant nightlife at your own pace and enjoy free extras. With multiple stops along the way—including the Guinness Storehouse, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Temple Bar, and the Irish Whiskey Museum—this popular option ensures you don't miss a thing.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Dublin Live Guided Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Dublin Live Guided Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Dublin at your own pace with Big Bus tour; your 24- to 72-hour ticket allows you to hop on and hop off wherever you like at any of 25 stops. Enjoy live or audio commentary that teaches you about Dublin's history and culture, and explore the small streets of Dublin on a guided walking tour. Hop on and off as many times as you like to explore Dublin highlights at your leisure, such as St. Stephens Green, Croke Park, EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, and others.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$28.80
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Dublin Highlights Walking Tour

Dublin Highlights Walking Tour

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Explore Dublin by foot on a fascinating tour led by an entertaining local guide. As you stroll from site to site in this charm-laden city, hear fun facts and tales about its rich history, culture, and people. Stop for photos at must-sees such as Trinity College and the General Post Office, the site of the infamous 1916 Easter Rising. Plus, explore the cobbled lanes of the pretty Temple Bar district and Italian Quarter, and stretch your legs with walks along the scenic Liffey River and bustling O’Connell Street
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Best Of Dublin Historical Walking Tour

Best Of Dublin Historical Walking Tour

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Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided, 2.5-hour, historical walking tour. See famous landmark locations like Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about the city’s medieval past. Also, receive a discount at the Church, a popular café, bar, restaurant, club and tourist attraction rolled into one, and Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland. A complimentary map of Dublin is included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Dark Dublin Guided Walking Tour

Dark Dublin Guided Walking Tour

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Explore Dublin’s gruesome stories of murder, torture, cannibalism, grave robbing, brothels, proposals to eat young children, unearthly worship and much more! We start our journey at Dublin Castle, where we will explore the torture of the past, speak of priest hunters and unearth why the upper courtyard was nicknamed the Devil’s Half Acre but behind the beautiful architecture is a brutal past. From here we’ll take the side streets to hear stories of cannibalism and of proposals to eat babies. As we delve further into Dublin’s dark past, we’ll enter an area once known as Hell. Uncover stories of brothels, witches, and the infamous Hellfire Club. Passing by the old city walls we’ll learn of grave robbing, The Black Pig, and finish with the very unusual case of a strangler and killer with no legs. Join us on this 2-hour walking tour as we weave our way through the city streets and back alleys to uncover Dublin’s Dark past.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Maximize your time in Ireland’s vibrant capital with a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus ticket. Discover Dublin’s spectacular sights and listen to entertaining commentary as you cruise around the capital. Whenever a landmark captures your attention, simply disembark to explore further; see attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, and St. Stephen’s Green and then simply rejoin your bus tour at a time and stop that suits your schedule. Entry to the Little Museum and a Dublin walking tour are included with the bus ticket.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Full Coverage Dublin PRIVATE City Tour With Locals

Full Coverage Dublin PRIVATE City Tour With Locals

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Experience Dublin like a local during this private tour which includes stops at Dublin highlights and hidden gems, as well as skip-the-line entry to Dublin Castle. The ideal introductory experience for those with limited time in the region, you won’t have to wait around for other travelers, you can go at your own pace, and you'll likely experience places that many travelers overlook.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$227.17
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Best of Dublin Highlights and Hidden Gems With Locals Private Tour

Best of Dublin Highlights and Hidden Gems With Locals Private Tour

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Please note: Price varies by group size. Spend half a day exploring some of Dublin’s top attractions, such as Trinity College, as well as a selection of hidden gems you might otherwise overlook. Plus, gain a greater insight into each destination thanks to your local guide on this private tour, during which you can forget the busy group excursions and tackle the city’s sights at your own pace.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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See Dublin By Bike
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See Dublin By Bike

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Explore Ireland’s buzzing capital on two wheels on this Dublin bike tour. Spin along Dublin’s stylish Fade Street with your guide. Take in top attractions and landmarks including College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Temple Bar. Explore the Georgian streets around Parnell Square and Merrion Square, and gain insight into Dublin’s rich history. Head off the tourist trail to hidden spots such as the Roe Distillery’s windmill and Blessington Street Basin, then delve into the Grand Canal Dock area.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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(Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours
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(Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours

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Short on time and want to see as much of Dublin as you can? This tour has you covered. In five hours, you'll see many of the city's top attractions, from Trinity College to Dublin Castle, along with a host of other important historical and cultural attractions along the way.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$248.29
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Electric Bike Tour in Dublin

Electric Bike Tour in Dublin

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Explore Dublin by electric bike with a knowledgeable guide, who leads you to both major city sights and off-the-beaten-path locations. On a motorized bike, you don’t have to worry about getting tired from pedaling—just enjoy the fresh air, soak up views of this beautiful city and learn about its history and modern-day culture from the experienced guide.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Dublin Private City Kickstart Walking Tour With Local

Dublin Private City Kickstart Walking Tour With Local

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Kickstart your visit to Dublin with this brief introductory tour led by a Dublin local, ideal for first-time visitors or those with limited time in the city. Visit some of the city’s best-known attractions, such as the Temple Bar district, listen to stories not all travelers get to hear, and get tailored recommendations from your private guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Go City: Dublin All-Inclusive Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and 35+ Attractions

Go City: Dublin All-Inclusive Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and 35+ Attractions

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Design your own ideal (and cost-efficient) tour of Dublin’s top things to do and see with the Go Dublin Pass and visit attractions such as Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery Bow St., and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. Choose between a single- or multi-day ticket digital pass, and get ready to visit brew houses, museums, castles, cathedrals and even explore the city at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour. With free entry to more than 35 attractions around town, the Go Dublin Pass offers something for the whole family. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes are valid for two years from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for the number of consecutive days purchased.
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  • 1 to 5 days
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Silent Adventures Dublin Disco Tour
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Silent Adventures Dublin Disco Tour

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Explore Dublin in a fun and unique way during this silent disco tour that takes you around the city’s famous landmarks. Don your hi-tech headsets and listen to funky music while you walk and dance through the streets with your group. Groove past landmarks like Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, and Trinity College during your journey of song and dance.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Cycle Tours in Dublin

Cycle Tours in Dublin

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Enjoy an active way to explore Dublin on this small-group bike tour. In the morning, meet your guide in the city center; grab your bike, helmet, and a reflective vest; and set off on two wheels. You’ll see local landmarks ranging from the Samuel Beckett Bridge and the Oscar Wilde Memorial to Dublin Castle, and will learn about Dublin history through the ages from your guide’s commentary.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Driver Guided Tour of Dublin

Private Driver Guided Tour of Dublin

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Do Dublin your way with this customizable private tour of the city. There’s no need to waste time studying maps or waiting for public transport with a guide to drive you around. As a history graduate and genealogist, your guide can also share information on Dublin’s history and heritage, as well as its most interesting sights, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the Ha'penny Bridge.
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  • 8 hours
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Homeless Walking Tour of South Inner City of Dublin

Homeless Walking Tour of South Inner City of Dublin

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Combine Dublin sightseeing with a look at the city’s current socioeconomic gap on this homeless walking tour. Join a small group and your guide, who once called these streets home, to walk through the south inner city of Dublin. Learn about homelessness in the city as you walk around several notable areas including Dublin Castle, Castle Street, and St. Stephen’s Green.
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  • 1 hour
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The Fantastic Walking Tour of Dublin
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The Fantastic Walking Tour of Dublin

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Learn about Dublin while you explore the city on foot with this private, three-hour-long walking tour. You'll learn about everything from Irish Independence to local literature with your local guide as you walk through the city with the option to customize your itinerary depending on your personal interests.
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  • 3 hours
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US$174.57
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The Locals' Guide to Dublin Walking Tour

The Locals' Guide to Dublin Walking Tour

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This walking tour of Dublin is a mix of everything from history to hidden culture. Join historian Alan Byrne on a three-hour walk which is suitable for visitors and locals alike. The tour takes in everything from the remains of Medieval Dublin, through to its rebellious struggles against the British rule, as well as taking in life in the city, its street art, characters, and hidden mischievous pranks. Join a tour led by a qualified historian, guide, and native of the city for a unique and unforgettable experience.
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  • 3 hours
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Essential Private Dublin walking tour for up to 5 people

Essential Private Dublin walking tour for up to 5 people

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Explore a good mix of top attractions and off-the-beaten-path sights with this private, guided tour of Dublin. Your local guide will meet you at The Spire and take you to attractions such as Trinity College, Tempe Bar, and the Garden of Remembrance. You'll finish your tour off with a visit to Dublin Castle.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Guinness Storehouse Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Guinness Storehouse Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Maximize a short stay in Dublin with easy and efficient hop-on hop-off bus transport and fast-track access to the Guinness Storehouse. See as much of the city as possible, and get familiar with key sights as you listen to live commentary on board the open-top bus, then avoid lines at one of the capital’s most popular, and therefore busy, attractions.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Couple Photoshoot in Dublin

Private Couple Photoshoot in Dublin

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Perfect for engagement shoots, surprise proposals, or just souvenir portraits, this private photography session pairs you with a professional photographer to capture your best moments as a couple. Explore the history-packed city on foot, stopping at landmarks like Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Temple Bar. Strike a pose with your loved one, and receive up to 100 downloadable photographs after the tour.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Dublin: Self-Guided City Experience

Dublin: Self-Guided City Experience

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The fear of missing out is real when you’re traveling – no tourist wants to run the risk of skipping landmarks or attractions just because they didn’t know where they were or how to get there. With the VoxCity app, save yourself the time and anxiety that comes with planning your own self-guided adventures. Take advantage of the app’s detailed offline maps to find highlights that you want to visit, and follow the app’s pre-planned routes to each destination – no puzzling over public transport maps and timetables.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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Dublin Castle hours of operation: Mon–Fri: 10am–4:45pm, Sat & Sun: 2pm–4:45pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.