Dublin tours: through all the sensesJune 19, 2015 10:18 am
There is more than one way of discovering Dublin and there is certainly more to see than what meets the eye. This historic capital is a pocket-sized but perfect city to explore on a wide range of Dublin tours using all the senses, inspiring and invoking sight, taste and smell in this fascinating mix to take you on a true journey through the streets, history and culture of Dublin.
One of the best things about Dublin is its boozy culture. But it’s not something to be ashamed of – and in true Irish style, it should be embraced as it has formed an important part of their history and traditions. Ireland’s staple tipple is the smooth, Irish Old Jameson whiskey which is a must-try on any visit to the Dublin. To learn more about this iconic Irish drink, pay a visit to the Old Jameson Distillery and join in on the guided tour for a behind-the-scenes look at the distilling process. You’ll see the huge barrels, cellars and copper stills which can hold over 24,000 gallons of whiskey when full! That’s a lot of Old Jameson! Experience traditional whiskey distilling and tasting and you’ll even get the option to sample some at the end. Now there’s an offer you can’t refuse…
This type of tour is slightly more edifying for those more interested in civil history and traditions. One of the most popular historic attractions in Ireland, the Kilmainham Gaol Tour will take you on a trip back in time into one of the most infamous prisons in Ireland (and Britain!) which was open from 1776 – 1924. Within the thick cells were kept some of the most notorious criminals, from political rebels, to petty convicts of all ages. It used to be common place to stage public hangings in front of the gaol and you can even see where this would have been as you stand as a spectator. The gaol’s conditions were very poor, with cold cramped cells – full of men, women and children. Make sure you book a tour in advance as they fill up well in advance. You won’t want to miss this fascinating side of Ireland’s history.
If you consider yourself a foodie, or just enjoy food, then join in on the Irish Food and Tapas Trails of Dublin. As part of our special offers, you can save on these delicious Dublin tours which will tantalise your tastebuds as you tour the city by restaurant. The Irish Food Trail will teach you about the staple dishes in the Irish cuisine, from hearty meals washed down with Irish beer, as you visit three iconic traditional Irish pubs and restaurants for a taste of the best. For something slightly more continental, the Tapas Trail stops off at three tapas restaurants, bringing to life the traditional Spanish sharing dishes, introducing you to some of Dublin’s best spots as well as teaching you about the flavours of the Mediterranean cuisine.
The best way to experience a mix of Irish culture is on a Literary Pub Crawl! Celebrate the literary greats that hailed from Ireland from Joyce, to Beckett, Wilde and Behan as you visit some of the most iconic watering holes in Dublin. Wind your way down the famous Temple Bar and stop off at the best stocked pubs, learning of tales and stories from centuries past, renditions of prose, poetry, verse and song from your entertaining tour guides. Along the way you can sample some of the Irish craft beers, unique to the city, joining in on a quiz to win a prize… It’s definitely one of the best ways to experience Dublin from both a cultural and a entertainment perspective!
If you’re visiting Dublin for a few days, take a trip out of the city into the stunning scenery of Wicklow. County Wicklow boasts some of the most breathtaking landscape in Ireland, with rugged green mountains, rivers and natural waterfalls. Pack your walking boots and join in on a Day Tour of Wicklow to experience the beauty of the Irish countryside. You might recognise some of the locations from PS I Love You, to Braveheart along the way! While you’re there you can also join in on a guided walk, horse riding or bike ride, or tour the sunning Powerscourt Gardens for some real quiet serenity. It’s by far one of the most picturesque Dublin tours there are.