4-Hour Georgian Dublin Walking Tour
From 1690-1820 Dublin experienced a period of transformation and architectural development as it became the second city of the British Empire. On this leisurely tour of Georgian Dublin, you will see how a medieval town became a beautiful center of trade.
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- Visit the House of Lords, preserved as a museum within the old House of Parliament
- Enter the Georgian House Museum and learn about the day to day lives of Dublin's aristocracy
- Walk the halls of Dublin Castle, center of British rule in Ireland
- Witness the beautiful Italian stucco within the Powerscourt Mansion
- Uncover the architectural beauty of Dublin's Georgian squares, Merrion, St. Stephen's Green and Parnell
- Peruse the Long Room of Trinity College Library in Dublin
DescriptionDublin truly became the Irish capital in the 18th century as a century of peace and prosperity allowed the city to burst through the boundaries of the old medieval fortifications and grow into the second city of the British Empire. On this tour, you will explore the art, architecture, politics and culture of Georgian Dublin (1718-1830). The tour will begin in front of the Georgian House Museum in Merrion Square, the finest preserved Georgian Square in Dublin, where you will see some of the best preserved Georgian architecture in Dublin. On this tour, learn about the art, culture and politics of Dublin's golden age. Visit centers of learning like Trinity College, where you will learn about the growth of the University of Dublin with the construction of the neoclassic campus still present today. You will also enter the long room library home of the Book of Kells. Visit centers of power such as the old Irish parliament on College Green and enter the preserved House of Lords. Learn about Dublin's commercial core, Temple Bar, where a mercantile class made Dublin a hub of European trade and the 7th largest city in Europe, and visit the beautiful Royal Exchange, built in 1779. You will also visit the centers of imperialism and rebellion, Dublin Castle and the Liberties, once the heart of British rule in Ireland, the other a training ground for Republican rebels. On the last leg of this tour, you will visit some of the major neoclassical sites in Dublin including the Four Courts, the General Post Office and the Custom House as you meet the architects of the 'Gorgeous Mask' - James Gandon, Thomas Burgh, and William Lovett Pierce. Learn the sad story of Dublin's fall from grace, which began with an economic depression in 1815 that would last several generations. Finish the tour with a drive to Castletown House, the most stunning Georgian Big House in Co. Dublin.
IncludesA guided tour of the city with a postgraduate in 18th century Dublin history Entrance to the Georgian House Museum, the Long Room Library Dublin Castle Castletown House
- Bring an umbrella
- Please note, the Georgian House Museum is temporarily closed for renovations
Easy cancellationCancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
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