This post provides information about several different free walking tours you can take in Dublin, including the history of the city, fables, and folklore, and even pub crawls.
There are several great free walking tours you can take in Dublin which cover multiple different subjects and locations throughout the city.
The most popular free tours focus on the history of the city and some of the most notable landmarks you can see in Dublin.
Alternatively, you might also want to consider a tour covering the mythological history of this city as told through folklore and fables.
Dublin pub crawls are another popular choice due to all the great, historic pubs you’ll find in the city and of course the popularity of Guinness.
If all else fails, you may also want to consider taking a self-guided tour of Dublin, and these services include interactive maps you can use to find your way from one stop to the next.
Most of these outings are technically pay-what-you-want walking tours, which means it is essentially tip-based and you get to decide how much the tour was worth once it is complete.
According to online reviews, it seems people pay around €5 - €20 per person to their tour guides.
If you’re looking for an alternative that covers other subjects or locations in this city, there are several paid Dublin tours you might want to consider.
You can also save money on some of the best-paid tours by using a Dublin Tourist Pass.
These services typically include hop-on hop-off bus tours and individual tours of popular attractions like the Jameson Distillery.
These tours focus on the most notable sites in Dublin, making stops at several popular locations while providing information about the history of the city.
In addition to learning about the foundations of the city, your tour guides may also include details about famous artists such as the author James Joyce and the rock band U2.
You can expect to see the following landmarks on a free intro to Dublin tour:
- Town Hall
- Dublin Castle
- Trinity College
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Chester Beatty Library
- And more!
Consider taking one of the following tours to see and learn more about these historic locations.
GPS-Enabled Audio Tour
We also offer an audio tour of historic Dublin, researched, written, and recorded by one of our own tour guides.
Click the map to enlarge or to download to a smartphone.
Here’s a sample.
This is a traditional Dublin history walking tour and it’s available 3 times a day at 10 am, 11 am, and 14:00 (2 pm).
Clocking in at 3 hours, guests indicate that this tour still flies by because the tour guides keep things interesting and entertaining.
This service is also available en español.
Dublin Free Walking Tour
This company offers a tour of South Dublin every day at 11 am and 14:00 (2 pm), as well as a North Dublin tour daily at 15:30 (3:30 pm).
Both outings are available in English and Spanish.
According to guests, these tours take about 2 ½ hours to complete, which isn’t quite as long as some of their competitors.
In the colder months, they offer slightly fewer tours, but still daily outings. You can book their tours here.
You can also find paid pub tours and other themed tours that center on Dublin’s history or culture.
Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours
This Dublin walking tour is led by an actual historian by the name of Pat Liddy, and they currently have a 4 ½ out of 5-star rating on TripAdvisor which many guests find very informative and entertaining.
Although these tours aren’t technically free, they are included at no additional cost with some hop on hop off bus tours.
If you’re planning to use one of these services, it makes sense to take advantage of this walking tour.
Self-Guided and Audio Tours
We also offer a self-guided Dublin tour you can use for free if you don’t mind guiding yourself around the city.
Finally, there are currently two Dublin city walk audio tours offered by Rick Steves which include maps you can use to find each stop with ease.
You may also want to consider a self-guided exploration game that covers the 7 Wonders of Dublin.
This service isn't free, but at only €15, it costs about as much as you might tip a guide for one of the pay-what-you-wish walking tours listed above.
With a history that dates back to medieval times, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Dublin has an interesting history filled with folk tales, fables, and more.
There is currently at least one free walking tour that covers this subject.
Tour participants can expect to learn about a wide range of mythological stories from Dublin’s past on this outing.
Dublin folklore tours typically include the following topics:
- Irish Gods and Heroes
- Witches & Heresy
- Ancient Beliefs
- The Faerie World
- Gaelic Revival
- Pagan Ireland
- And more!
If you’re interested in learning about these mythical stories and the history behind them, consider taking the walking tour listed below.
This company also offers the only free folklore and mythology tour available in this city, and it covers a lot of interesting stories and characters that came from Ireland.
This pay-what-you-want walking tour is available every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 14:30 (2:30 pm).
Additional Dublin Folklore Tours
If you’re looking for another type of tour that covers these types of subjects, there are some paid tours available that you might want to consider.
Most of these outings are haunted tours that delve a bit deeper into the more disturbing stories from throughout the history of Dublin.
Check this list of Dublin Folklore/Haunted History tours to find a service you might want to take.
Alternatively, there is also a self-guided exploration game you can enjoy which covers the haunted history of Dublin.
Although there aren’t any pay-what-you-wish pub crawls in Dublin, we actually offer a self-guided pub crawl you can use to find some of the best bars in the city.
This outing includes 9 different stops and provides information about the history of each pub on the tour.
The only problem with this option is that it doesn’t include any free drinks and you won’t have a tour guide to show you around town.
If you’d prefer to have the help of a guide, meet fellow travelers, and potentially enjoy some free or discounted drinks, there are several paid pub crawls you can enjoy which start at around €10-€15 per person.
In addition to their free walking tours, this company also offers a paid pub crawl for just €12.50 per person and it lasts for approximately 5 hours.
While on this Dublin pub crawl, you’ll receive free shots, a complimentary Guinness, and drink discounts at the 6 different pubs you’ll visit.
You can join this outing every night at 20:00 (8 pm).
New Dublin Walking Tours
Much like their competitors, this company also has a paid pub crawl for just €12 which is around 4 hours in length.
You can expect to visit 4 great pubs and 1 nightclub and experience traditional Irish dancing and live music.
As you’re traveling between the pubs, you’ll enjoy 4 free shots and drink discounts such as a 3-pint pitcher and 3 shots for only €10.
This is available daily at 19:30 (7:30 pm).
If you’d rather be in complete control of your walkthrough Dublin, a self-guided or audio tour is a great option for you.
Free Tours by Foot Self-Guided Dublin
This self-guided tour of Dublin will take you past the main sites and attractions of the city, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral and peaceful St. Stephens Green to the boozy Temple Bar district.
This written guide also comes with an interactive map.
Rick Steves Audio Tours
There are two free and very well produced audio tours in Dublin offered by Rick Steves, the American travel guru.
The first tour covers the South Bank while the second option will take you to some of the most notable sites on O’Connell Street.
These tours include maps you can download onto your smartphone.