Dublin audio tour: Turtle Bunbury's Dublin: St Stephen's Green to Trinity College

Turtle Bunbury's Dublin: St Stephen's Green to Trinity College

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

With upwards of 1,200 years of action-packed history to draw upon, there’s not a pavement stone in Dublin that doesn’t have a tale to tell. On this tour, I’ll escort you through a small chunk of the Irish capital, bringing you from St Stephen’s Green via Merrion Square to Trinity College Dublin.

Along the way, I’ll fill you in on characters such as Bernardo O’Higgins, Maurice Fitzgerald, Wolfe Tone and Paddy Hitler. We’ll learn about Vikings who became Normans, Frenchmen who fought for Ireland, and Irishmen who fought for Mexico. You’ll find out why the Duke of Wellington is the perfect role model for children who feel useless, and we’ll pay our respects to Leopold Bloom’s lemon cake too, along with Oscar Wilde’s granite trousers and a duchess who gave birth to twenty-two children. Towards the end of the tour, we’ll get up close and personal with the monks who created the Book of Kells, hear about the curse that wiped out the Irish elk and meet the bishop who dated the creation of the world to 4004BC.

It would be my absolute pleasure to be your guide on a tour stuffed with stories designed to both enlighten and entertain.

Please note: At the time of publishing this tour, Trinity College is closed to the public until September 28th to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It might reopen sooner, or later, and it might close again after reopening. Because of this, the tour price has been lowered to an introductory price of $2.99 while the college is closed. If it happens to be closed when you take this tour, I recommend retiring to one of the many fine pubs nearby, to listen to the rest of the tour in comfort.

Tour Producer

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Turtle Bunbury

Turtle Bunbury is one of Ireland’s best known historians. Born in Dublin, he has made his name by writing about all aspects of Ireland’s past from the incredible minds who built the Newgrange passage graves 5000 years ago to today's elders of Irish society, who he profiled in his best-selling, award-winning 'Vanishing Ireland' series. As a former travel writer and TV presenter, he understands the concept of making sure to serve up history that is both entertaining and informed.

Major Landmarks

  • Wolfe Tone Statue

  • Huguenot Cemetery

  • Government Building

  • Leinster House

  • Merrion Square

  • Oscar Wilde’s Statue

  • Trinity College Dublin

  • The Book of Kells and the Old Library

  • Front Square

Directions to Starting Point

The tour starts by the Wolfe Tone memorial in the paved north-east corner of St Stephen’s Green, which stands almost directly opposite the Shelbourne Hotel.

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Places to stop along the way

The Book of Kells and the Old Library, Shelbourne Hotel, O'Donoghue's

Best time of day

You can take this tour any time, but if you'd like to see the Book of Kells and the Old Library, you’ll need to visit Monday through Saturday between 9:30 AM and 5 PM. lease note: At the time of publishing this tour, Trinity College was closed to the public until August 10th to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It might reopen sooner, or later, and it might close again after reopening. If it happens to be closed when you take this tour, I recommend retiring to one of the many fine pubs nearby, to listen to the rest of the tour in comfort.

Precautions

The area is safe but please use common sense and be careful when crossing roads.

Comments

Delighted to hear it, thank you for the recommendation.

Posted by Turtle , 2 months ago

Well done Mr Bunbury, brilliantly narrated tour and exceptionally presented, it makes mine seem so amateurish, I'm the guy with the other Dublin tour.

Posted by Dave , 2 months ago

Thank you for your kind words Dave, I look forward to spinning around on your tour when I next get back to the capital. Good luck!

Posted by Turtle , 2 months ago

That would be great Turtle, hope to see you soon on the tour.

Posted by Dave , 2 months ago

A lovely way to spend an hour or two. I’m actually from Dublin and I learned loads about my city, I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Turtle Bunbury's Dublin: St Stephen's Green to Trinity College