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What is the best way to find out more about a city? We think guided walk tours are up there with the top ways to get yourself a brilliant lesson about a city's history and culture, which is why we always recommend visitors take advantage of the guided walking tours available in Dublin.
The walking guides of the city of Dublin are extremely knowledgeable and will certainly take you round the city's nooks and crannies, as well as the popular and well-know spots. You can also choose a theme for your walk – there are literary tours, historical tours, and tours which show you the main locations of the 1916 rebellion, for example. Of course, the guides are also very friendly and you will be able to ask them any questions you want whilst walking around (better than looking up a pamphlet any day!). Now that spring is here and the better weather coming (fingers crossed) a walk around the city in sunshine and fresh air can be treasured even more.
Dublin's Architectural Treasures For fans of buildings and architecture, the architecture tours provide lively and informative walking tours of the city and the options include Dublin docklands, Georgian Dublin, Temple Bar and they also run children's activity tours.
The guides themselves are architects and very knowledgeable about their subject, so they are very informative tours. Dublin's Famous Literary Scene For those who are keen to explore Dublin's literary past, the fascinating and extremely popular Dublin Literary Pub Crawl features professional actors who perform the works of the city's most famous writers, such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Brendan Behan and more.
The tours start at 7.30pm (the meeting point is The Duke Pub) and tours take place every night from April to November. Literature and cosy pubs – it's an enticing proposition, wouldn't you say? The City's Rebellious History The 1916 Rebellion Walking Tours explore an essential part of Dublin's history. The Easter Rising of 1916 saw armed insurrectionists declaring Ireland a republic and the fighting resulted in many deaths and the destruction of parts of the city of Dublin.
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The 1916 tour is led by Lorcan Collins and Conor Kostick, the authors of The Easter Rising, and its promises to be extremely educational. Once you are finished your walk, you are welcome to re-visit some of the locations you have covered.
Of course, a walking tour is often best finished with a drink or meal to replenish energy levels and here at the Sandymount Hotel, we are happy to supply with the essential succour. Our Tritonville Bar & Terrace is the perfect place to have lunch or grab a bite to eat after a walk, or enjoy a drink whilst catching up with news and sports. Unique to Dublin city, The Tritonville Bar & Terrace overlooks the Sandymount Hotel's amazing landscaped gardens.
If the sun is shining, post your walk, you can also take advantage of the view by dining al fresco on the bar's outdoor south-facing terrace.
Susan is super passionate about hotels and in a past life was a travel writer and hotel critic. As a Dublin native she also loves everything about the city and wants to share her knowledge on all the best bits.