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Dublin City Hall

A masterpiece of the civic Georgian architecture for which Dublin is renowned.

TravelCurious Tip

The rotunda is sometimes booked out for weddings on Saturdays – if you are unlucky enough to arrive on such an occasion then be prepared to have your access limited.

A Den of Vice

This site next to Dublin Castle at the top of Parliament Street was not always occupied by so prestigious and grand a building as the City Hall. In the mid-1700s a tavern called The Eagle became the sordid hangout of the Earl of Rosse’s infamous Hellfire Club, whose drunken, debaucherous and occasionally diabolical revelries became the stuff of Dublin legend. These days, the sex and satanism have been toned down but the location is no less widely renowned.


A Celebrated Restoration

Designed by Thomas Cooley and completed in 1779, Dublin City Hall marked the introduction to Ireland of the European neoclassical architectural style, and remains an exquisite example of it. When it was converted into a government building in the mid-1800s, the team tasked with overseeing the alterations to the building created a number of unsightly additions to the structure which ruined its overall aesthetic effect. Thankfully, an award-winning restoration program in the early 21st century has returned City Hall to its former Georgian splendour.


Trading Places

After paying a €4 entry fee, you are admitted into the rotunda, a spectacular entrance hall crowned by a large dome, which is supported by 12 marble columns. You can wander between the columns, over the gorgeous floor mosaics and around the ambulatory surrounding the rotunda, and your footsteps will follow those of the merchants who once discussed business in this place over 200 years ago.

In the vaults downstairs there is a multimedia exhibition detailing the history of Dublin from the Anglo-Norman invasion of 1170 to the present day. For an entry of only €2, it is well worth a visit.



Nearby Attractions

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Temple Bar
A lively cultural and creative quarter on the south bank of the River Liffey.
Dublin Castle
Originally built to defend Norman Dublin, this handsome castle is now the city's historic heart.
Christ Church Cathedral
Dublin's photogenic eldest cathedral has been a place of worship for nearly 1000 years.
Dame Street
Located on the eastern edge of the medieval city, this busy street takes its name from a large dam that was constructed here in the medieval period.
Dublin local pubs
There are currently 751 pubs in Dublin's city! Take a beer in one of its historical pubs also great spots for live music.
George's Street Arcade
Victorian style red-bricked indoor market located at Dublin's city centre.

Related Tours

Privately Guided Pub Tour: The True Dublin Experience
Immerse yourself in true Irish pub culture on a tour of traditional pubs with a local, private guide. On your tour, you will: 

  • Visit 4 traditional pubs in Dublin with a private guide.
  • Avoid the tourist traps, and instead spend time in the true gems. 
  • Have the chance to sample local beerscraft beers, and ciders.
  • Learn about Ireland’s most famous beer, Guinness, and the family legacy which carries on today.
  • Discover the literary and political connections of some of the most famous pubs in Dublin
  • Hear live traditional Irish music for an authentic pub experience.

Note: drinks are not included in the price of the tour, as everyone’s preference of drinks and quantity varies. You may count on spending between €6-8 per drink.
  • Pubs do generally have alcohol-free beers, and some also serve gluten-free beers. 
  • We do recommend eating a meal before going on this tour. 

Get better acquainted with the culture, history and stories of the Irish capital whilst having a drink in some of the best pubs in Dublin! Dublin is where pubs were born, each with their own unique atmosphere and long and varied history. Irish pubs have since emerged across the globe, however they quintessentially belong to Dublin. There is no other such suitable place to sip on a pint of Guinness. This tour is a mixture of novelty, history, literature, music and humour!

Venture to Dublin's true hidden gems --including the pub's which contributed most to the city's unique character. Not only will you learn how to savour a pint of beer but also follow in the footsteps of Irish literary giants, seeing the haunts frequented by the likes of James Joyce. You will also learn how to properly enjoy a Guinness, while learning about the rich cultural heritage which led to its creation.   And remember, most importantly: you should only drink your Guinness when you can see a clear division between the white foam and the dark beer. If the beer in your glass still looks murky and brown, your Guinness isn't ready yet! 

The Road to Independence Private Walking Tour
The Easter uprising was a definitive moment in the history of the Emerald Isle. The rebellion took place in the middle of World War One and was brutally suppressed by the British army. It paved the way for the election of Arthur Griffith as the president of a new nation six years later. 

  • Visit the General Post Office, the headquarters of the rebels and the site of their final surrender
  • Learn about the uprising’s failed attempt to capture Dublin Castle at the start of the conflict
  • Relive the intense struggle that took place in the City Hall
  • Stop by the Gardens of Remembrance, where the lives of all the Irishmen who died in the struggle for independence are commemorated
In this three hour walking tour, you will explore the most significant sites of the uprising. From the General Post Office—the headquarters where the rebels declared Ireland a republic and raised the flag shown in the tour images below—to the City Hall where fierce fighting took place. You will learn about the failed rebel attempt to capture Dublin castle at the start of the conflict. Your tour will conclude with a visit to the Garden of Remembrance, where the lives of all the Irishmen who fought for freedom are commemorated.
Dublin's Best Whiskey Tasting Experience; Group Tour
Adventure towards the historical drinking hubs of Dublin social life, and experiment with some of Irelands finest whiskies. 

  • Visit three historical pubs 
  • Learn about the social culture of drinking in Dublin 
  • Sample five tasting whiskies 
Irish whiskey dates back more than 1,000 years, when Irish monks began making their own “uisce beatha”.  In 1608, The Old Bushmills Distillery in Co Antrim became Ireland first licensed distillery. By the middle of the 18th century, there were more than 1,000 registered distilleries in Ireland, as demand for whiskey reached saturation levels. In the 19th century, Irish whiskey sales were badly hit by the Temperence movement and the Great Famine. Whiskey exports thrived, however, and America in particular was fast falling in love with the smooth nectar from the ould sod. In the early 20th century, Ireland was fighting a War of Independence, and Irish whiskey became a major casualty. Prohibition in the US also badly hit exports.  Scottish distillers were quick to seize the opportunity, and Scotch soon overtook Irish as the world’s favourite whiskey. In 1987, John Teeling launched Cooley Distillery, the first independent distillery in 100 years, marking the beginning of a renaissance for Irish whiskey. 

Irish whiskey is now the fastest-growing premium spirit category in the world, and Whiskey tourism is growing in Ireland, too, with 814,000 people visiting Irish whiskey attractions in 2017. 
Private Walking Tour of Dublin with a Local
Travel isn’t just about travel, it’s people, faces, food and cultures, fresh perspectives, discoveries and different ways of life - it’s about uncovering the city’s soul. It’s about connection. On your private, guided tour of Dublin with a local

  • Enjoy meaningful insights and Irish humour with a Dubliner
  • Hear how locals describe Dublin - the experiences that have shaped their worldview, including Brexit and the ‘open-border question.
  • Spend a few hours walking around the city’s highlights - including St Stephen's GreenDublin Castle, and O'Connell Street, with a private, local guide.
  • When open to the public, pop into famed Trinity College, and hear about the famous alumni who have walked its halls.
  • Pick up invaluable recommendations on off-the-beaten-tracks pubs, advice, and tips on finding the best whiskies.
  • Finish your tour over a pint of Guinness - or a coffee or tea- in your local guide’s favourite haunt.
Ireland’s compact capital - with its vibrant, historical and beautiful streets - has witnessed everything from the Great Famine to the fight for Irish Freedom. A city made for walking, easily navigable districts make orientation a breeze, but even if you get lost, the locals are some of the friendliest you will find in the world. The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade attracts millions of revellers to Irish folk songs and Cèilidh dancing, but in Dublin, there are free-flowing pints of “the black stuff” and live music year-round in lively watering holes.

Enjoying a private, guided tour with a local will help you discover the side-streets and stories often missed. Hear the intriguing backstories and learn the backstories and neighbourhood rumours which bring Dublin to life, from the revolution over a century ago to the country’s current relationship with mainland Europe and the United Kingdom

There are no substitutes for anecdotes and first-hand insight – which is why we’ve built this tour: so that you can have a Dubliner's knowledge to help you swerve tourist traps, lengthy queues and over-priced nonsense. While you walk the city, you’ll uncover its authenticity through the eyes of a Dubliner. Your tour is immersive - bringing meaningful and like-minded interesting people together that would never meet if you stuck to the main tourist drag. Experience the world-famous Irish humour, the lilt in the local accent, and great ‘craic’ over a beer or coffee at a local pub, and then jot down your guide’s version of “must do Dublin.

Note: Due to the current restrictions, access to Trinity College grounds may not be possible. When it’s not possible to visit, your guide will give you the historic information from the outside of the College and instead take you to other highlights in the area. 
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