We’re always on the lookout for fun things to do in Dublin and even if you’ve lived here your whole life we can guarantee that you can still find something new to explore in the city with one the many Dublin walking tours.
There are so many fantastic Dublin walking tours with different focuses and completely unique characters that there’s something to pique the interest of anyone and everyone.
Check out our top picks, from spooky haunted tours to one that focuses on the 1916 Easter Rising and even something romantic.
1. Romantic Dublin: Explore The City’s Charming Spots
Dublin is full of charm, from the Ha’penny Bridge to Oscar Wilde House. These beautiful spots bring a real romance to the city which kinda counteracts the constant stag and hen parties down in Temple Bar, ironically.
Now you can explore Dublin’s most romantic spots with a wonderful walking tour departing from Fusilier’s Arch and visiting 10 romantic spots around the city. What really makes this walking tour stand out from the crowd is that it’s completely interactive.
You’re not just following some fella around the city as he talks at you. On the contrary, you have to solve riddles and crack codes. The beauty of these Dublin walking tours is that you can do it whenever you’d like to because all you need is your phone screen and a ticket costing €9.99, which you can buy here.
2. Haunted Dublin City Exploration Game
As the spooky season creeps up on us it’s the perfect time to explore the spine tingling side of the city with a Haunted Dublin walking tour. Just like the Romantic tour, this one if very interactive, merging all the best parts of a walking tour with games and riddles to keep you on your toes.
Departing from the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, the tour will lead you through the streets of Dublin, highlighting features and buildings where the most gruesome murders and dreadful events have taken place in the city’s long history.
Tickets are €4.99 and because you can do this tour whenever you’d like it would make for the perfect Halloween activity. Get ready for some chills and grab tickets for the Haunted Dublin walking tour here.
3. 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour
The 1916 Rebellion, or The Easter Rising, is one of the most pivotal events in all of Irish history and you can never know too much about it. This incredible 1916 Rebellion walking tour is lead by historian and author Lorcan Collins who has written many books, amongst them the incredible The Easter Rising: A Guide to Dublin in 1916 which he co authored with Conor Kostick.
As somebody who has read some of his books (sorry, not all of them) I can only recommend this tour as the man is truly an expert on The Easter Rising. I mean, you can’t get better than that. It’s €15 per person and you can book your spot on the website.
4. Game Of Thrones Tours: Winterfell Trek from Dublin
Winter is quite literally coming but never fear because you can do this Game Of Thrones walking tour come rain or shine (rainproof ponchos included).
Now, this one’s not strictly a Dublin walking tour. It does depart from Dublin but you’ll be heading up to Northern Ireland for this one. We couldn’t not include it though because, well, GOT!
You’ll depart at 8 am from Hilton Garden Inn Dublin Custom House and this 11 hour trek will cost you €71 but it’s more than worth it. It includes admission to Tollymore Forest Park, Castle Ward and Inch Abbey.
Plus, you get loads of loot, from behind the scenes DVDs to cloaks, shields, swords and banners. Get your tickets for the incredible Game Of Thrones walking tour here.
5. The 7 Wonders of Dublin City Exploration Game
The 7 Wonders of Dublin Exploration Game has to be one of the funnest walking tours you can partake in. If you’d like to see the city from an historical perspective then this is the tour for you.
You’ll depart from Teeling Whiskey Distillery at a time and date that you can choose after purchasing tickets, so it’s a pretty flexible affair. Then you’ll go on to explore 11 locations that make Dublin what it is today, from the Middle Ages onwards. Want to know the secrets of Dublin? You can buy your tickets for the 7 Wonders of Dublin Exploration Game here for €14.99 per person.
6. Dublin Dark Side Walking Tour
If you’re into the dark, mysterious and gruesome side of life (no judgements here) then you’ll love this Dublin Dark Side Walking Tour. There’s so much mind-bending, satan-worshipping, child-cannibalising stuff going on in the history of Dublin that you’re gunna come away with a whole different view on the city.
For example, you’ll discover why the creepy abandoned Hellfire Club up on Montpelier Hill has such a strange name, and you’d better prepare yourselves for what you’re going to learn. Si hablas español, elige el ‘Spanish guide‘ al comprar los billetes.
You can buy tickets for the Dublin Dark Side Walking Tour here and they’ll set you back €20.50 for the 2 1/2 hour tour. It’s wheelchair accessible and you’ll visit Joy of Cha in Temple Bar, Dame St Dublin Castle, St. Michan’s Church, Olympia Theatre and Smithfield Square.
7. The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
We all love the pub. Well, most of us, and do you know who else has historically loved the pubs of Ireland? Its many famous writers!
From James Joyce to W.B. Yeats, many of the world’s most famous writers have taken a tipple at one of Dublin’s many fantastic pubs and you can follow in their footsteps with this literary pub crawl.
It was once ranked fourth in the ‘5o Best Walks’ by the Sunday Times and it consists of two and a half hours of pints and performance by trained actors, plus a pub quiz. Fancy it? You can book tickets here and they’re €15 per person.
8. Whiskey Tasting Tour of Dublin
Do you know what I could do with right now? A lovely glass of Irish whiskey. However, if I wanted a quality glass then I’d definitely have to enlist the help of a professional, and you can do just that on this Whiskey tasting tour of Dublin.
If you, like me, enjoy this very Irish spirit but don’t know all too much about it then this is the tour for you. You’ll explore five different whiskeys in five different bars and a clever person will explain to you what’s so special about each of them.
The tour starts at The Lincoln’s Inn, circling around to the same spot and tickets are €48.50. You can buy tickets here and it’s the perfect way to warm yourself on a cold autumn or winter evening.
We hope you’re inspired to try one of these amazing tours. They’re so varied that anybody could get on board with at least one and you can discover new places around the city that you may well fall in love with!