This walking tour begins at Merrion Square, one of the city’s largest and grandest Georgian squares. On one side of it, you’ll see the facades of the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery and the sweeping gardens of Leinster House – a stately mansion which houses the two chambers of the Irish Parliament. On the other three sides, rainbow-coloured townhouses sit shoulder-to-shoulder, showcasing their original wrought-iron balconies and doorknockers. You’ll spend some time in Stephen Green, too – a huge park that’s made up of tidy flowerbeds, impressive fountains and a large lake. And over in Dawson Street, your guide will point out the Catholic University of Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Royal College of Surgeons. The latter was built in the 18th century and was commandeered by rebel troops in the 19th – you can still see the bullet marks from the fighting. Lastly, there’ll be a photo stop at Mansion House – home of the city’s Lord Mayor. You’ll finish the trip in a traditional pub, so make like the locals and order a Guinness or a soft drink. Before you leave, you’ll get to see Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College, as well.
- SUITABILITY Large amount of physical activity.