The 10 best tours to do in and around Dublin

half penny bridge

Half Penny Bridge in Dublin

Dublin is one of my favorite cities in Europe. Not for nothing, I lived there for about 9 years and I consider it my second home. A city that has shaped my personality.

Speaking of personality, that’s something the Irish capital doesn’t lack. To discover it in depth, if you are not lucky enough to have a good Cicerone on the ground (sorry, but I left a few years ago and won’t be able to show you Dublin) the best thing you can do is hire some tours in Dublin in Spanish.

In addition, the capital is also a good starting point for any tour in Ireland.

The best option is to hire a private tour of Dublin, but in case you want to explore only some parts of the city or even go outside the capital and discover the beautiful island of Ireland, here we leave you with some of the best tours to do in Dublin in Spanish.

1. How to get to Dublin

Bonita (a mí me gusta la foto) puesta de sol en el Aeropuerto de Dublín (Irlanda)

Beautiful (I like the photo) sunset at Dublin Airport (Ireland)

The first thing you need to do to start discovering the city is to find out how to get from the airport to Dublin city centre.

If you don’t want to complicate your life, here you can book your transfer directly from Dublin airport to your final destination:

2. The extremes of Dublin

The beautiful south Dublin coast, between Bray and Greystones

Among my favourite corners of Dublin were always the north and south ends of the DART line, the surface train that runs along the coast. Take one of the tours to Howth and Bray and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

In the south is Bray, a beautiful village of colourful low houses facing the sea to which people from the centre of Dublin come to swim in the sea on weekends when the temperature is good. The terraces of its pubs are full on those days and the hilltop next to the village offers one of the best views in all of Dublin.

In the far north you will find Howth, a small fishing village where you can eat the best fish & chips in Dublin while watching the playful seals approach the port to order their fish.

3. Free tour in Dublin

Osca Wilde en Merrion Square, Dublín, Irlanda

Osca Wilde in Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland

If you want to discover the Irish capital in depth, but don’t want to leave a lot of money behind, you can always turn to some of the best free tours of Dublin.

In them, great connoisseurs of the city will explain to you, in Spanish, all its secrets. On the free Dublin tour, you will visit such iconic places as Dublin Castle, Trinity College, the remains of the Viking past, Georgian Dublin, the Temple Bar area, the Chester Beatty Library and many other places.

But if you are looking to learn about the black legend of this city that has centuries of history, we advise you to take the free Mystery and Legend Tour of Dublin. This is a night tour, so you can soak up the dark atmosphere of the stories the guide will be telling you. Witch burning, murder, mysterious disappearances. Something I have to remind you: if you can’t sleep later, that’s your problem. You’re on notice!

Finally, the free North Dublin Tour is a very original tour that will take you to the most intimate areas of Dublin, away from the crowds that crowd the city centre sights. They will tell you the incredible story of the General Post Office, a key part of the Irish independence uprising in the spring of 1916, the beautiful colourful doors of Georgian Dublin and the impressive building of the old Customs Office, among others.

4. Visit to the Guinness Storehouse

You can’t understand Dublin, or Ireland, without Guinness. This ‘black stuff’, as the Irish call it, has been part of everyday life in the country since its first distillation, back in 1759, by Arthur Guinness.

Today, you can find Guinness taps in any bar in Ireland, being one of the most recognized beers, both for its color and for its density and flavor, around the world.

That’s why one of the best tours in Dublin is the guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse, which takes you through the history of Guinness beer, the secrets of its brewing, the story of its founder, what Dublin was like in the last centuries… And, of course, they’ll teach you how to pour a proper Guinness. Have a pint of black stuff at the panoramic bar, overlooking the whole of Dublin city centre, which crowns this 7-storey Guinness building.

5. Viking tour in Dublin

This is one of the most original tours to take in Dublin. If you want to discover Dublin by land and water in a World War II amphibious vehicle, you’ll have a good laugh hiring the Viking Tour of Dublin.

In a journey of almost an hour and a half, you will pass through the city’s most emblematic places and sail along the waters of Dublin’s Grand Canal.

I still remember the many mornings I was woken up by the sound of the screams of the “Vikings” on duty passing under my window on George Street.

6. Experience Dublin nightlife: Temple Bar

Guinness en un pub en Dublín

Guinness in a pub in Dublin

If you are one of those who likes to discover cities both by day and by night, you will surely think that one of the best excursions to do in Dublin is the one that takes you to visit its best bars… or pubs, as they are called here.

Dublin night is one of the best in Europe. I had a great time in those wooden pubs where live music was the order of the day. Quiet conversations with friends from all over the world to the health of a Guinness, typical after-work beer with colleagues or endless nights of partying that used to end with laughter and great anecdotes that I still remember with my friends when we got together.

Most of the Dublin night party is concentrated in the area called Temple Bar. He tours his pubs in a unique atmosphere. I assure you, you’re going to have a wonderful time.

7. Excursion to Dublin and Ireland of film: Braveheart and Game of Thrones in Wicklow and Glendalough

There is no better escape to a natural corner near Dublin than the area of the Wicklow Mountains and the Glendalough Valley, which also includes the ruins of a 6th century Celtic monastery.

Located one hour from the city centre, it is a day trip I have taken on several occasions.

Walking through lakes, woods and archaeological remains is something you can do too if you book the Wicklow and Glendalough tour. Also, you should know that the main scenes of Braveheart were shot in the mountains of Wicklow. Can you see yourself painting your face with the colours of the Scottish flag and hoisting your horse onto the battlefield while shouting “Freedom!”? Well, go on!

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you can also enjoy a geek tour less than a two-hour drive from Dublin, visiting a number of locations in Northern Ireland.

8. The Dublin Pass

Walk along the Liffey

To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the best things in Dublin, it might be a good idea to get a Dublin Pass.

This card will give you free entry to over 30 attractions in Dublin, including the Guinness Storehouse, the Tourist Bus, St Patrick’s and Christchurch Cathedrals, Dublin and Malahide Castles, Old Jameson Distillery and much more. In addition, it also includes transport from the airport to the centre of Dublin.

9. Tours from Dublin: Moher, Galway, Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway

Acantilados (Cliffs) de Moher, Irlanda

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

If you’ve already spent a few days in Dublin (the city can be explored thoroughly in two or three full days) and you still have time and desire to explore other iconic sites on the island of Ireland, you have several options.

The most famous of all is located on the Atlantic coast: the Cliffs of Moher. These impressive cliffs are at the top of the list of most visited places on the island and I personally have visited them more than 5 times. Mind you, I can’t get enough of it. The sharp dark rocky cliffs are covered in green and contrast with the greyish blue of the ocean waters that furiously beat the stony base of these giants.

Buses leave Dublin every morning and you can get there and back in the same day.

Calzada del Gigante

Giant’s Causeway

Another worthwhile day trip is the one that takes you to Belfast and the Giant’s Causeway.

The capital of Northern Ireland has long since ceased to be an ugly industrial city. It is now full of life and has such interesting places to discover as the Titanic Belfast and the Cathedral Quarter.

As for the Calzada del Gigante, I was amazed when I visited it for the first time last year (you know, at the blacksmith’s house, wooden knife).

10. Dublin Tourist Bus

Although perhaps not one of the best tours of Dublin, the truth is that the option of the tour bus has become a classic, already present in almost any minimally touristy city in the world, to discover cities in medium depth for those who do not have much time to do so.

In addition, it is also a very good option for rainy days or people who do not want to – or cannot – walk long distances.

The Dublin Tourist Bus has three routes – one of just over an hour and a half, another of 2 hours and a night route – which covers such iconic places in the Irish capital as Trinity College, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse, O’Connell Street, Kilmainham Jail, Kilmainham Hospital, Phoenix Park, National Museum and National Art Gallery.

You can buy tickets for one, two or three days, so the options are more than open.

After learning about the best tours to take in Dublin, you’re probably already thinking about visiting the Irish capital…

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