Georgian and Victorian Splendors Dublin Walking Tour including Trinity College



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Examine Georgian splendors on this guided walking tour of Dublin. Start in the leafy cul-de-sac of Foster Place and stand before the elegant former armory of the Bank of Ireland, erected during the takeover of Irish Parliament in 1803. Venture into the courtyard of the remarkable old Parliament House. It was the first building in the world to be erected for a two-house legislature. Wander through the House of Lords, one of the world's oldest parliament rooms, dating from 1733, still in its original condition.

Walk across the College Green and enter the hallowed gateway of Trinity College, passing through its elegant 18th and 19th century courtyards. Discover some of the fascinating history associated with the early origins of the university as well as tall tales surrounding this academic institution. Admire the Old Library building, now believed to be the largest single library chamber in the world, before strolling through Cricket and rugby pitches and hideaway gardens.

Pass through the halls of the National Gallery of Ireland until reaching a district of splendid Georgian squares, long elegant terraces, tranquil parks and magnificent government institutions. At Merrion Square Park (Archbishop Ryan Park), head for the statue to Oscar Wilde before making your way to the Dáil or Irish Parliament building, formally an aristocrat's mansion. Cross the road and see the birthplace of the Duke of Wellington, the victor of Napoleon at Waterloo and stand before the last magnificent public building erected by the British before their final withdrawal in 1922. Your tour concludes at St Stephen’s Green however you may wish take this opportunity to explore the timeless Shelbourne Hotel or return to the Old Library at Trinity College to view the famous Book of Kells.