St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

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DoDublin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

1. DoDublin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Explore Dublin at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off city bus tour. Get on and off the bus as often as you like with a ticket valid for 24 or 48 hours, and learn about the history and culture of the city with the live commentary in several languages. Hop-on Hop-off TourThe double-decker tour bus takes you around the most interesting attractions in Dublin. Stroll among the students along the cobbled paths and visit the Book of Kells at Trinity College, stroll in the stunning Phoenix Park, and gain discounted entry to the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museums and the Teelings Whiskey Distillery in Newmarket Square. • Tour starts: O'Connell Street/DoDublin HQ • Parnell Square North - Writers Museum • O'Connell Street/Abbey Street - GPO • Busáras - Custom House  • Custom House Quay - EPIC & Jeanie Johnston • Westland Row  • Merrion Square West - National Gallery • Merrion Street - Leinster House & Natural History Museum • St. Stephen's Green - Little Museum & Grafton Street • Nassau Street - National Library, National Museum & Trinity College • Westland Row - Oscar Wilde's Birthplace • Pearse Street  • College Green - Trinity College & Irish Whiskey Museum • Dame Street - City Hall & Temple Bar • Cork Hill - Dublin Castle  • Christ Church Cathedral • St. Patrick's Cathedral • Newmarket Square - Teeling's Whiskey Distillery • St. James Gate - Guinness Storehouse • Royal Hospital - Museum of Modern Art • Heuston Rail Station • Phoenix Park - Dublin Zoo • Parkgate Street - Ryan's Victorian Bar • Collins Barracks - National Museum of History • Arran Quay - St. Michan's Church • Smithfield - Jameson Distillery Bow Street • The Four Courts • Bachelor's Walk - Dublin Discovered Cruise

Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

2. Dublin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. If you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse. Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun! You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, simply rejoin the tour when you’re ready. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

St Patrick's Cathedral: Self-Guided Cathedral Admission

3. St Patrick's Cathedral: Self-Guided Cathedral Admission

Built in honor of Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it, Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. Built in 1220, the Cathedral is today the National Cathedral of the Church of Ireland, hosting sung services twice daily Sunday through Friday, and also serves as a popular visitor attraction. On view are a selection of artifacts relating to Jonathan Swift, the dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745 and author of Gulliver’s Travels. The cathedral also features a new Discovery Space with iPads playing samples of their choir and touch screen technology illuminating the cathedral’s long history. Perhaps more than any other building in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral embodies the history and heritage of all Irish people of all backgrounds from the earliest times to the present day.  

Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

4. Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

Make your way through church graveyards and down narrow back alleys to discover a side of Dublin that you won't find on any postcards. Hear gruesome stories of brothels run by serial killers, cannibals with a taste for young children, and the notorious Hellfire Club, said to be made up of Devil worshippers! Journey through the folklore of Ireland and get introduced to fairies, banshees, and leprechauns. Hear how Halloween originated from the Gaelic harvest festival of Samhain when, according to legend, beings from the spiritual world could cross dimensions more easily. Admire the stunning architecture of ancient buildings such as Dublin Castle, said to be haunted with the souls of beheaded invaders. Learn about the young boy who is said to stroll around the Olympia Theatre.

Dublin: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

5. Dublin: Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Solve riddles and find clues on a self-guided scavenger hunt and walking tour through Dublin. Download the app onto your phone and explore Dublin at your own pace, spotting sights such as Dublin City Hall, the Oscar Wilde Memorial, and more. Use the app and integrated maps to find your way to 10 attractions in Dublin. As you explore, solve a location-based riddle at each attraction and unlock the next location you'll visit. The app includes facts and information about each location you stop at. Work as a team and use logic, imagination, observation, and problem solving to make your way around the city. For some extra fun compete in teams and race to the finish line. Along the way, you can stop for a coffee, grab lunch, or take a break at any time. The tour route includes the Parnell Monument, the Spire of Dublin, O’Connel Bridge, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin City Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Andrew's Church, Fusiliers' Arch, National Museum of Ireland, and the Oscar Wilde Memorial, where the tour ends.

Dublin: The 7 Wonders of the City Exploration Game and Tour

6. Dublin: The 7 Wonders of the City Exploration Game and Tour

Explore the Dublin buried beneath your feet, a Dublin of English invaders, run with an iron fist by the Catholic Church and built by the Vikings. Uncover their stories by playing a quest with your friends, significant other, or family. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won't need a map, a GPS, or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. After you book the quest, you’ll receive your access code by email to be used in the app. The tour will take you up to two hours to complete, but there’s no time limit, so go at your own pace. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure. If you are a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to play the city game on their smartphones. Alternatively, each person can purchase their own ticket. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk. Or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

Must See Dublin in a Day

7. Must See Dublin in a Day

This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of Dublin like a local! When you book this experience, you will be contacted within 24-hours with questions about your preferences and interests. A like-minded and vetted local host who knows the city intimately and shares your interests will be handpicked and assigned to you.  You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Based on the things that you would like to see and do a personalized itinerary will be built just for you. During the exploration, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary to make your visit even more enjoyable. Let your private local host show you the side Dublin that you will love!

The Best of Dublin: Walking Tour in German

8. The Best of Dublin: Walking Tour in German

Discover Dublin and learn about the cultural and historical sides of this lively and interesting city. Start from St. Andrew's Church and continue past the beautiful Bank of Ireland (the former parliament building) to the grounds of Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. Stop at Dawson Street for a look at Leinster House, the seat of the parliament. Then continue over the lively shopping area on Grafton Street to the Powerscourt Townhouse, built in the 18th century and now used as a shopping center with lovely boutiques. Head through the George's Street Arcade marketplace and into medieval Dublin and the elegant, classic city hall. In Dublin Castle, learn more about the legacy of British colonial rule and see the place that gave Dublin its name. Discover the Christ Church Cathedral and Viking Dublin, then visit where Handel's Messiah premiered. Conclude the tour at the lively Temple Bar Quarter, known for its theater, cultural institutions, restaurants and pubs.

The Best of Dublin: The Complete Heritage Walking Tour

9. The Best of Dublin: The Complete Heritage Walking Tour

Discover Dublin's hidden gems as you wander among many famous places on this 2.5-hour tour. Stop at the impressive classical Front Square of Ireland’s first university, Trinity College, to hear of the college’s numerous tales and treasures. The next stop is at the magnificent 18th century former Houses of Parliament. Take a walk through Dublin's back streets before arriving at the splendid City Hall building. Then visit the historic Dublin Castle's courtyards and garden, where the revered Chester Beatty Library Galleries is also located. Continue on past the ancient City Walls, and stop to admire Ireland’s largest church, the medieval St Patrick’s Cathedral. The cathedral was the base of renowned author Jonathan Swift until his death in 1745. A short stroll takes you to the even older Christ Church Cathedral and to Fishamble Street. Learn about the area's history as a Viking settlement, and view the site of the world’s first performance of Handel’s Messiah. Walk past Smock Alley Theatre, Ireland’s oldest theatrical site, and then finish the tour with a visit to Temple Bar, Dublin’s cultural and entertainment quarter.

Dublin Highlights: 3-Hour Walking Tour in Italian

10. Dublin Highlights: 3-Hour Walking Tour in Italian

Learn the history of Dublin and its historic monuments with an Italian-speaking guide. Explore the early days when St. Patrick arrived to evangelize to the pagans, up to life in the city in the present day. Start at Trinity College and learn the legend of Molly Malone before walking to Dublin Castle, where the British controlled Ireland up to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. Marvel at the impressive facades of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral before going to the popular entertainment district of Temple Bar. Cross the Liffey Bridge – known locally as the Ha'penny Bridge – to discover some of the most significant spots from the history of Ireland on the north side of the river, including the General Post Office, one of the last Georgian buildings built in the capital. Get insider tips, such as where to eat a tasty Irish stew, listen to live music or find the best pubs along the way. End at the Spire of Dublin monument on O'Connell Street.

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What people are saying about St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

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The bus driver was funny and informative! I will recommend this guided to friends and family visiting Dublin. Thanks for making the Other Murphys experience great!

This tour was absolutely fantastic. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the sites were wonderful. Thank you so much for a great time in Dublin!

Very good tour with much information about Dublin. The driver even stopped for us to get off on a non-scheduled stop.

Highly recommend to anyone who is travelling to Dublin

Amazing experience. Definitely a must do in Dublin.