We only had a weekend in Dublin so were keen to experience and see as much of the city as possible in this time. We found details of a free walking tour run by Sandemans New Europe, and having previously enjoyed one of their tours in Munich, we decided to give it a try.
The historical information we gained on the sights we were taken around was fantastic, both informative and entertaining! The tour lasted around 4 hours (advertised as lasting 3), with a short break for refreshments. The tour started at Dublin City Hall and takes you on an interactive historical journey around the city with details of the struggle for independance throughout history.
Our guide was Sinead, who as well as informing you of the facts, also demonstrates firsthand the famous 'craic' of the city!
The tour runs twice daily, during the summer months anyway, 11am and 1pm. I would highly recommend this as a starting point for your time in Dublin.
Well I had three walking adventures on my recent trip to Dublin. (Nov 2009) Been back in 2011 and explored again.
The first was with a fellow VTer Irishfem and we went to Dublin Castle for lunch, coffee at the Central Hotel upstairs in a "library" coffee lounge and then to the smallest pub in Ireland "The Dawson Pub" for the traditional Guinness..
Another day friend Gene turned up to take David and me to lunch. We walked to Temple Bar, across the Liffey( no we did not walk on water...there was a bridge called the Ha'Penny linking Temple Bar to Liffey Street.), past The Church Restaurant, and on and on to a Chinese Place he knew. We ate a selection of Chinese food and then we walked back to Buswells Hotel for a coffee..
Next it was a shopping trip with friend Bridget21(Lyn) who was visiting Ireland at the same time. She came in by bus and then we spent a bit of time looking and buying in Grafton Street shops and then it was on to O'Connell Street . Just past the post office we turned left and here were more shops to see. Made a few more "girl" purchases and then it was bus home for Lyn and a walk back for me.
And that evening I was able to lead the way back over to The Church to meet Annemariebyrne for dinner.But we did splurge on a taxi home with a nice Irish driver.
The Board Walk is another recent addition to Dublin. It is really nice to take a stroll especially when the weather is good, however it does have a bit of a bad reputation because a lot of drunks and drug addicts seem to gather and share needles and bottles of wine. However the police are very active and tend to get rid of them fast as so many people like to take advantage of the walk or sit and have lunch or just people watch.
One of my favorite things to do in a new place, especially if I will be there for more than 2-3 days is just pick a neighborhood and walk around with my camera. I cannot tell you where exactly this was in Dublin, although I believe it was near a big bookstore that I was looking for in a pedestrianized shopping area...Street performers hold a large fond place in my heart and my son is a puppeteer, so this guy was fun to watch, even though every time I pointed the camera at him, he did the 2 thumbs up sign!!
The Liffey is a river that originates from Kildare and ends up in the Irish Sea in the Dublin Bay.
It truly divides the City into the rich south and the poor north (well not so much anymore!).
Walking along the Liffey is the thing to do! Start with the South Side from O’Connell street (Facing the Spire), turn left and walk along the Liffey straight to Heuston Startion. Cross the river there and start walking back on the North Side. This walk would give you the whole Dublin experience and some really great photo opportunities. It is quie a long walk but... well, it’s worth it.
For those who want to do more have in mind that there are a lot of tourist attractions on your route. You have got Temple Bar and Kilmahain Goal (just left of Heuston Station) on the south side, Pheonix Park opposite the station and then on the North Side; the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History (with the Dead ZOO moved there temporarly), Jameson distilerry and many pubs, shops and bridges on your way!
There is a link to a map below.
O'Connell Street is Dublin's main thoroughfare -- and one of Europe's widest streets. Until 1924, it was known as Sackville Street. It was renamed O'Connell Street in honor of Daniel O'Connell, an Irish nationalist leader of the early 19th century. There is a statue of Daniel O'Connell at the lower end of the street, facing O'Connell Bridge.
On O'Connell Street, you will also find the Spire of Dublin -- the world's tallest sculpture, erected in 2003. For many years, this was the site of Nelson's Pillar -- named for Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson of the British Navy. From the outset, this monument to a British Naval Officer in the centre of Dublin was controversial. In 1966, the IRA destroyed the Pillar with a bomb -- thereby ending that controversy.
Another O'Connell Street landmark is the General Post Office which served as the headquarters of the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916.
Day or night, there is sure to be a lot of people walking along O'Connell Street.
One of the first things we did in Dublin after leaving our hotel was to ask for directions to St. Stephen's Green. St. Stephens Green is a beautiful park, located on Grafton Street. We knew once we found out way to the park we would not be far from the city center. So we used the park as our marker when walking through the city. The Green line of the Luas tram system terminates on the western side of the park
Take the DART to Sandymount and head towards the beach. On a sunny day, you will find many dubliners running , cycling and even swimming. The famous Ringsend power station makes a strange industrial backdrop to the huge beach but it encapsulates the spirit of Dublin and its burgers.
Historical Walking Tour is very good tour to get aquainted with Irish history.
It is guided by history graduates of Trinity College, therefore, it is very difficult to get better guide for such kind of tour.
It lasts 2 hours and while passing by lots of the the most important historical points in Dublin, you are listening to a story about Ireland.
I highly recommand it.
The cheapest and most pleasant way to spend time in Dublin is simply by walking around and enjoying the architecture. There are countless bridges, churches and other buildings to take stare at in wonder, or take pictures of. Even the apartment buildings and banks have a distinct amount of character. Pack a lunch and have a picnic over ooking the river or stop into a cafe for some people watching. Either way you'll be endlessly entertained.
Walk around and go to some of the shops or department stores. That's one of the few things you're able to do on Sunday! :) Maybe go to mass... Ireland is very Catholic, ya know. Anyway, at the shops... you are sure to find Guinness merchandise (keychains, shirts, etc.), shillelaghs (spelling?) of varying sizes, and lots of green items. Well, so yeah, that's all I can really advise you on. Get a Shillelagh, walk around, and drink some Guinness!
This is a pedestrian street with many different shops, restaurants and pubs. At the south end is St. Stephen's Green. We enjoyed a pint at McDaid's, a very quaint little pub with great decor and a good spot for people watching. Also enjoyed the Palace Bar and the International Bar - one of the greatest back bars I've ever seen!
Walking from St Steven Green to O'Connell street is great - I did it several times passing Grafton street and other little side streets - Temple Bar area and so on...
Walking down the quays of the river Liffey, to see the beautiful Victorian houses and warehouses. Some of them are really beautiful to see, and to take some pictures of them.
Very photogenic !
Dublin is a very 'walkable' city. It's compact and most people will not run you over while you're waiting at the cross walks.