TAKE YOURSELF ON A SELF-GUIDED FREE WALKING TOUR OF DUBLIN

FREE WALKING TOUR OF DUBLIN

Approximate walking time: 1-1.5 hours

From historic cathedrals, famous colleges, and even a Guinness beer museum, it won't take long for you to find things to do in Dublin.

Because of its small size, if you don't know what to do in Dublin, you can easily do a lot of Dublin tours to see all of the city's tourist attractions. Here's a list of places to visit in Dublin, as well as directions on how to get to the Dublin's many attractions.

1. Guinness Storehouse

Taking a tour around the Guinness Storehouse is one of the most popular things to do in Dublin among tourists (especially as Guiness beer and Dublin go together like peas and carrots).

To get to the Guinness Storehouse and start your very own free walking tour of Dublin, take bus #123 from O’Connell Street, or take the tram to St. James’s Hospital.

 


2. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Not only is St. Patrick’s Cathedral the largest cathedral in the country, it is also the location of the first school in Irish history.

To get to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for your Dublin walking tour:

  • Head east on Market Street S towards Robert Street
  • Continue onto Bellevue for 150 metres
  • Continue on School Street for 140 metres
  • Take a slight left onto Earl Street S
  • Turn right onto Meath Street
  • Turn left onto the Coombe
  • Continue onto Dean Street
  • Turn left onto Patrick Street
  • Turn right onto St. Patrick’s Close, and you will see the church on your left

2. St. Patrick’s Cathedral

15 Min Walk

Not only is St. Patrick’s Cathedral the largest cathedral in the country, it is also the location of the first school in Irish history.

To get to St. Patrick’s Cathedral for your Dublin walking tour:

  • Head east on Market Street S towards Robert Street
  • Continue onto Bellevue for 150 metres
  • Continue on School Street for 140 metres
  • Take a slight left onto Earl Street S
  • Turn right onto Meath Street
  • Turn left onto the Coombe
  • Continue onto Dean Street
  • Turn left onto Patrick Street
  • Turn right onto St. Patrick’s Close, and you will see the church on your left

 


3. Biblioteca Ambrosiana

7 Min Walk

It may not be as famous as the Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, but this church is still one of the most popular places to visit in Dublin.

To continue your Dublin city tour:

  • Walk west onto St. Patrick’s Close towards Patrick Street
  • Turn right onto Patrick Street and continue to follow R137 for 400 metres
  • Turn right onto Christchurch Place

4. Dublin Castle

3 Min Walk

Dublin Castle is a must see on all Dublin walking tours and dates all the way back to the 13th century, although it is believed that the Vikings once used the site as a military fortress. If you want to take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, make sure you add an extra 45 minutes to your tour.

To walk to Dublin Castle for your walking tour of Dublin:

  • Walk east on Christchurch Place
  • Take a slight right onto Castle Street
  • Continue onto Cork Hill

4. Dublin Castle

3 Min Walk

Dublin Castle is a must see on all Dublin walking tours and dates all the way back to the 13th century, although it is believed that the Vikings once used the site as a military fortress. If you want to take a guided tour of Dublin Castle, make sure you add an extra 45 minutes to your tour.

To walk to Dublin Castle for your walking tour of Dublin:

  • Walk east on Christchurch Place
  • Take a slight right onto Castle Street
  • Continue onto Cork Hill

 


5. Temple Bar

3 Min Walk

When it boils down to what to do in Dublin, no visit to the city would be complete without seeing “Dublin’s cultural quarter” with your very own eyes. Some of the many famous pubs in Temple Bar include the Temple Bar Pub, the Auld Dubliner, the Palace Bar, John Gogarty’s, Oliver Street, and many more

To walk to Temple Bar for your Dublin tour:

  • Walk north onto Palace Street towards Palace Street
  • Turn right onto Dame Street
  • Turn left onto Sycamore Street
  • Take a slight right onto Essex Street E

6. Ha’penny Bridge

3 Min Walk

Ha’Penny Bridge (short for Halfpenny Bridge was built in 1816 as a pedestrian bridge over the River Liffey, and walking across it makes for a fantastic photo-taking opportunity.

To continue your Dublin walking tour:

  • Walk east on Temple Bar towards Fownes Street Lower
  • Turn left onto Fownes Street Lower
  • Turn right onto Wellington Quay
  • Turn left onto Ha’penny Bridge

6. Ha’penny Bridge

3 Min Walk

Ha’Penny Bridge (short for Halfpenny Bridge was built in 1816 as a pedestrian bridge over the River Liffey, and walking across it makes for a fantastic photo-taking opportunity.

To continue your Dublin walking tour:

  • Walk east on Temple Bar towards Fownes Street Lower
  • Turn left onto Fownes Street Lower
  • Turn right onto Wellington Quay
  • Turn left onto Ha’penny Bridge

 


7. Irish Houses of Parliament

6 Min Walk

When it boils down to what to do in Dublin, no visit to the city would be complete without seeing “Dublin’s cultural quarter” with your very own eyes. Some of the many famous pubs in Temple Bar include the Temple Bar Pub, the Auld Dubliner, the Palace Bar, John Gogarty’s, Oliver Street, and many more

To walk to Temple Bar for your Dublin tour:

  • Walk north onto Palace Street towards Palace Street
  • Turn right onto Dame Street
  • Turn left onto Sycamore Street
  • Take a slight right onto Essex Street E

8. Campanile

3 Min walk

This famous bell tower is located in the center of Trinity College, and is one of Dublin’s most iconic attractions

To walk to the Campanile for your Dublin walking tour:

  • Walk south towards College Green
  • Turn left onto College Green, and after 10 metres turn left onto College Green again
  • Turn right
  • Turn left, and you will see the Trinity Foundation on your left

8. Campanile

3 Min walk

This famous bell tower is located in the center of Trinity College, and is one of Dublin’s most iconic attractions

To walk to the Campanile for your Dublin walking tour:

  • Walk south towards College Green
  • Turn left onto College Green, and after 10 metres turn left onto College Green again
  • Turn right
  • Turn left, and you will see the Trinity Foundation on your left

 


9. Parliament Square

1 Min Walk

The origins of Parliament Square date back all the way to the mid 1750s, and anyone interested in seeing the historic Book of Kells can do so at the nearby Fellows’ Square.

It’s an easy walk from the Trinity Foundation to Parliament Square. Simply head south for 34 metres, and turn right.


Trinity College

2 Min walk

Trinity College was founded in 1592 and was originally modelled after the universities in Oxford and Cambridge.

To continue your Dublin city tour:

  • Walk east for 36 metres and turn right
  • After 36 metres, turn left
  • Turn left
  • Turn right, and take the stairs
  • Turn right again

Trinity College

2 Min walk

Trinity College was founded in 1592 and was originally modelled after the universities in Oxford and Cambridge.

To continue your Dublin city tour:

  • Walk east for 36 metres and turn right
  • After 36 metres, turn left
  • Turn left
  • Turn right, and take the stairs
  • Turn right again

 


11. Grafton Street

7 Min Walk

If you want to “shop ’til you drop” during your stay in Dublin, then a visit to Grafton Street is a must on all Dublin tours. Here on this pedestrian-only street you will find everything from high-end retailers, historic pubs and souvenir shops, as well as various street entertainers who perform along the street throughout the day and well into the night.

To walk to Grafton Street for your walking tour of Dublin:

  • Walk south for 21 metres
  • Turn right towards Dawson Street
  • Take the stairs
  • Turn left towards Dawson Street
  • Take a slight left onto Dawson Street
  • Turn right onto Duke Street

12. National Library of Ireland

5 Min walk

With a permanent W.B. Yeats exhibition and a section dedicated to genealogical research, the National Library of Ireland is another popular stop for visitors to Dublin. Here you will also find a ton of Irish-related material such as books, maps, music, newspapers, periodicals and much more, and you can enter the library for free.

To continue your Dublin free walking tour:

  • Walk east on Duke Street towards Duke Land Upper
  • Turn right onto Dawson Street
  • Turn left onto Molesworth Street
  • Turn left onto Kildare Street, and you will see the National Library on your right

12. National Library of Ireland

5 Min walk

With a permanent W.B. Yeats exhibition and a section dedicated to genealogical research, the National Library of Ireland is another popular stop for visitors to Dublin. Here you will also find a ton of Irish-related material such as books, maps, music, newspapers, periodicals and much more, and you can enter the library for free.

To continue your Dublin free walking tour:

  • Walk east on Duke Street towards Duke Land Upper
  • Turn right onto Dawson Street
  • Turn left onto Molesworth Street
  • Turn left onto Kildare Street, and you will see the National Library on your right

 


13. Leinster House

1 Min Walk

This building was once the palace of the Dukes of Leinster, and it has served as a parliament building for the Irish Free State since 1992.

To walk to Leinster House for your tour of Dublin, simply walk south on Kildare Street towards Molesworth Stree.


14. National Gallery of Ireland

4 Min walk

If you’re a big fan of Irish and European art, then a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland is a must.

To continue your free Dublin walking tour:

  • Walk north on Kildare Street towards Setenta Place
  • Turn right onto Leinster Street S
  • Take a slight right onto Clare Street

14. National Gallery of Ireland

4 Min walk

If you’re a big fan of Irish and European art, then a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland is a must.

To continue your free Dublin walking tour:

  • Walk north on Kildare Street towards Setenta Place
  • Turn right onto Leinster Street S
  • Take a slight right onto Clare Street

15. Merrion Square

3 Min Walk

Merrion Square has been coined as “the heart of Georgian Dublin” thanks to a gorgeous Georgian garden square you won’t find anywhere else in the world. By strolling around the square you will see some gorgeous examples of Georgian redbrick townhouses, and some of the many famous residents who once lived in the square include Oscar Wilde (who lived at #1), W.B. Yeats (#82) and Daniel O’Connell (#58).

To walk to Merrion Square and complete your Dublin walking tour:

  • Walk southwest onto Merrion Square W
  • Turn left
  • Turn left again
  • Turn right and you will see Merrion Square on your left

 



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