Walking tour of Dublin
What better way to see a city and enjoy its beating heart than to take a relaxing and carbon-neutral walking tour. This is especially true of Dublin, a city full of stories, little surprises and a wealth of great architecture from centuries past. We will pass along the River Liffey quays and see interesting sights such as the Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship and the Famine Memorial; both telling their own tales of the horror millions went through in the 1840s in hunger-ravaged Ireland. We will then have a chance to see the atmospheric 18th century campus of our oldest university, Trinity College, and visit the exhibition relating to the famous 9th century Book of Kells and experience the Long Room Library, possibly the largest library chamber in Europe if not in the world. From there we will wander past the world's first purpose built two-chamber parliament house before stepping into the narrow streets of the Temple Bar, Dublin’s entertainment and cultural quarter. This itinerary will bring us to the former Viking & Medieval Quarter where we will pass the site of the first-ever performance of George Friderick Handel's Messiah before entering the grounds of the medieval Christ Church Cathedral. This will be followed by a tour of the courtyards of Dublin Castle. A highlight of this section of the tour will be a short internal visit of the Chester Beatty Library Galleries, one of the finest museums in the world dedicated to the art of writing, books and manuscripts. Some of the world's oldest New Testament fragments are contained here.