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Dublin: Rocks!

I did this tour and wow it was brilliant! Great fun. I thought I knew Dublin but I learnt loads. Would recommend this strongly.
P Blair, Dublin

Streets, Stones and Stories — Audio Tour

MP3 album and now a wonderful smartphone app. Discover how Dublin city grew, and even what it’s made of, in this audio guided walking tour that mixes architecture, history and geology.  Our 2-hour stroll will even have you  stroking Jurassic creatures!

The self-guided trail starts in Viking Dublin with the old city walls, takes in a rare relic of Elizabethan Dublin, to end at redbrick Georgian St Stephen’s Green with a hidden gallery of Irish marble. Our free activity trail for young explorers makes this a great family outing.

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Highlights of our MP3 walking tour

The expert commentary on this geology and architecture walking tour of Dublin covers everything from cobblestones and ‘crows feet’, to antique windows and sculpture.   All to the delightful accompaniment of Noel Purcell singing ‘Dublin Can Be Heaven’.

Free activity trail for young explorers

This 4-page trail for young explorers has an activity at each stop on the tour.  Suitable for ages 9+, it means young people can accompany adults taking the audio tour.  Download the PDF trail, pack some pencils, and start exploring!

Explore more in this audio guided tour of Dublin

We pass several visitor centres and museums along the route, including: St Audoen’s visitor centre; Christ Church Cathedral and Dublinia; City Walls, Civic Offices; Dublin Civic Trust, Castle St; City Hall, Dame St; Wax Museum Irish science exhibition; Geology Museum, TCD; Georgian Museum at House No 29, Merrion Square; Natural History Museum; and the hidden treasure that is No 51, St Stephen’s Green.  And for more info on exploring Dublin, check out the Insider’s Guide to Hidden Dublin.


Allow about 2 hours for the full tour – longer, if you stop to study the fossils, or to visit any of the visitor centres along the way. Please take care crossing the streets, and always use pedestrian crossings where possible. Watch for any hazards, and uneven pavements.  We recommend comfortable shoes, raingear, and some water.


We have made every effort to ensure that the information for this tour is correct, but we assume no responsibility for any errors or any hazards along the route. You are responsible for your own safety at all times.

Made with the support of the Heritage Council and the Geological Survey of Ireland, and Dublin City Signs 2012.

Geological Survey of Ireland National Development PlanThe Heritage Council

I did this tour today and wow it was brilliant!  well done. great fun . I thought i knew this city but learnt loads. Would recommend this strongly