I love Dublin. As a writer, how could I not? This is a city once home to iconic Nobel laureates like George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, and Samuel Beckett. It’s the perfect place for cozy cafes and writing.

Dublin is home to the rambunctious Temple Bar, Trinity College (and the famous Book of Kells), the Guinness factory, and a wide array of museums, attractions, and experiences.

Dublin has plenty of walking tours too. There are dozens of options available. Walking tours are one of my favorite ways to get to see a city. I do them whenever I go.

I’ve compiled a list of the best walking tours in Dublin. These are the tours I take when I visit and can’t recommend them enough.

1. Devour Food Tours

If you’re a foodie like me, don’t miss Devour’s Pubs, Grub, and History tour. This three-hour tour takes you to four historic pubs around Dublin where you’ll enjoy Irish beers, whiskeys, and enough food for a light meal. You’ll also get to visit a pub that pours one of the best Guinness pints in the city. The tour is suitable for vegetarians too.

2. Letz Go City Tours

Letz Go runs three different tours in Dublin, but their in-depth Dublin Castle & Book of Kells tour is their most popular (and my favorite). It lasts 2.5 hours and you’ll get to see the 1200-year-old Book of Kells up close and learn about its unique symbolism and medieval ornamentation. After, you’ll explore the grounds and gardens of Dublin Castle, the former seat of British rule in Ireland (which lasted until 1922). It’s a good option for history buffs.

They also offer a half-day tour to the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson’s Whiskey Distillery as well as a Guinness Storehouse & Book of Kells tour that combines a stop at two of Dublin’s most sought-after sights.

3. Generation Pub Crawl

If you’re looking to take in Dublin’s nightlife and pub scene, this pub crawl can help you do just that. Generation Pub Crawl runs lively pub crawls in a few party cities around Europe, including Dublin. On their tour, you’ll get skip-the-line entry to five venues, including VIP entry into Copper Face Jacks (a nightclub). A few free drinks (including a Guinness) are included too. If you’re a young or a solo traveler looking to have fun and meet people while you go out on the town, this is the perfect tour for you.

4. Original Dublin

Original Dublin offers a standard “city highlights” tour that covers the main sights (and a few hidden gems), but they also have two really unique tours for after you seen the main sights. First is their Mythology and Folklore tour, which visits lesser-known sights and learn about mythical creatures in Irish folklore.

They also offer a Musical Walking tour. On this tour, you’ll be guided around by a local musician to learn about Dublin’s famous musical heritage. You’ll get to hear (and sing) traditional folk ballads. It’s an energetic and interactive tour that’s super fun.

Walking tours are my favorite way to explore a city. I think they can really deepen your understanding of a destination. And Dublin has a lot of history and culture to learn