This three hour walk introduces key monuments and will familiarise you with Dublin’s 1000 years of architectural heritage, often at the centre of Irish history. You will start at the main entrance to Dublin Castle just inside the eastern line of the former medieval city walls (sections survive elsewhere). The medieval, seventeenth and eighteenth century architecture of Dublin Castle will be discussed and then you will move on to look at the cathedral quarters. (There are two medieval cathedrals in close proximity in Dublin – Christ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedrals).
From here you will transverse eastwards, following the expansion of the city in the seventeenth century to St Stephen’s Green. Laid out in the 1660’s with generous plots around a central park area, the streets contain a fine assemblage of Georgian town houses and mansions, and nineteenth and twentieth century interventions. From here you will visit Merrion Square with its wonderful streetscapes formed of long Georgian brick terraces with the garden front of Leinster House forming the centrepiece on the west side.
Next you will go through the grounds of Trinity College, stopping at the Museum Building, the Old Library and into Front Square. The tour will lead you through the front gates of Trinity where the former Parliament Building, designed by Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, will be discussed. Finally the Italianate and Ruskinian inspired head office bank and other commercial buildings on Dame Street will be noticed before returning to your start point.