Stretch your legs on this excellent Dublin walking tour
One of my favorite ways to explore a new place is to take a guided walking tour on our first day there. Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours offers an in-depth look at Dublin. Our guide, Liam, lead us on a three hour odyssey around the city, filled with funny stories, local sayings & lots of Dublin history.
We met Liam at our hotel & following a leisurely stroll through St. Stephen’s Green, set off for Merrion Square to learn about Oscar Wilde & Dublin’s historic Georgian rowhouses. Liam was a wealth of knowledge on Dublin’s historic home & gorgeous Georgian doors.
As we walked along the River Liffey, Liam told us about Dublin’s evolution as a port city, its role in the Great Famine & the history of the city during the Easter Rising. We marveled at the Stiffy by the Liffey (aka the loved/hated spire across the street from the Easter Rising post office).
Following a stop for coffee, we crossed back over to the south side on the famous Ha’Penny Bridge (originally a toll of a ha’penny was required to cross the bridge). Walking through normally packed Temple Bar was enjoyable in the morning hours & Liam pointed out his favorite bars & restaurants.
We circled up by the Christ Church Cathedral (which we later went back to tour) & ended our tour at the Dublin Castle, inside the city’s original walls & the original seat of power of Britain in Ireland.