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Photographer's Walking Tour of Dublin

Capture Dublin from its origins, to its colourful modern-day character.
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.7 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Following the sweep of the river Liffey through the heart of Dublin, this photographer's tour covers the oldest settlements in Dublin,... more »

Tips:  Bring a camera, and something to protect your equipment from the probable rain.

A rain jacket for yourself is usually a good idea... more »

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Points of Interest

Founded in 1028, Christchurch Cathedral is the oldest structure in Dublin, and makes for an eminent start to the photography tour.

The cathedral is full of treasure, some historical, some fiscal, and some greatly unexpected. Near the entrance is the tomb of Strongbow, the Norman leader who captured Dublin in 1170. William of Orange, following... More

2. Wood Quay

The cathedral’s choir took part in the first performance of Handel’s Messiah, the location of which can be seen if you continue down St Michael’s hill, and under the arch, continuing to Fishamble Street, the oldest in the city.

The Chorus Cafe is a great place to stop for refreshment, and time to appreciate the new Dublin City Council building,... More

3. Cow's Lane

Entering Temple Bar at Cow’s Lane, you pass the Smock Alley Theatre with a burst of stars in the outside display of the constellations. The Smock Alley was the first Theatre Royal built in Dublin. It was opened in 1662 as part of the Restoration of the British monarchy, and its original walls remain, along with ornate stained glass windows and... More

At the top of Cow’s Lane, we join Dame Street, and look out onto City Hall. A notable example of 18th century architecture, it is now a civic building, housing Dublin City Council meetings. There are few opportunities to get involved in the Hall, but there is an exhibition on the history of Dublin City in the vaults called “Dublin City Hall, the ... More

5. Palace Street

The shortest street in the city, Palace Street, houses the original location of The Sick and Indigent Roomkeepers Society, Dublin’s oldest surviving charity. At that time, there was no general policy of alleviating poverty in the city, and it fell to parishes, individuals and institutions to serve the poor with voluntary work. The founders of the... More

At the heart of the city, Dublin Castle has played a role in every, often bloody, major Irish event. In 1204, it was built within the grounds of Dyflinn, an existing Viking settlement. Deceptively, this isn’t where the city gets its name, but the answer does lie within the grounds. The Dubhlinn gardens are built on Dubh Linn, a “black pool.”

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Worthy of its own entry is the Chester Beatty Library. While cameras are off limits once you walk up the stairs, the magnificent foyer alone is worth the visit. While no food or drinks are allowed on the roof garden, your camera can return. After a long afternoon, it is a great space to clear your head, and get some fresh air. Windows break... More

Exiting Dublin Castle by the same entrance, cross Dame Street, and continue into the heart of Temple Bar. Your first port of call is Temple Bar Square. During the summer, this square hosts free open-air film screenings. At weekends, the Temple Bar Food Market is hosted here, offering the best in Irish, and more exotic fares. Mainly organic, all... More

A cliché perhaps, but every photographer visiting Dublin should take the prerequisite photo of the Temple Bar itself, a bar named after its locality, rather than the other way round.

The Rock and Roll Wall of Fame at the Button Factory is worth a look, especially to test how many of these local icons you can name.

The Temple Bar Book Market ... More