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Review of Mary Gibbons Tours

Mary Gibbons Tours
Ranked #26 of 290 Tours in County Dublin
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Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

This was the best tour we had in Ireland, and we are at the end of our trip so that says a lot! Mary led the tour herself and was remarkably knowledge about the history of Ireland. We felt like we were in a classroom rather than a tourist group. Ample time was given at the Hill of Tara and Newgrange to walk around, as well as the delightful surprise of animals (some babies!) on the open farm at which we ate lunch. We despise the corny jokes and rambunctious energy of some tours, and Mary's tour has NONE of that! It was a calm, informative, well-organized ordeal from end to end. Loved it. Professional in every way.

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Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Won a trip to Ireland and as part of the package we were given a tour to Newgrange. TBH I'm not a great lover of organised tours, so was only semi looking forward to the day.

Then we met Mary....

This wonderful woman was amazing. She knew everything about everything, but in a fascinating, unscripted way. Her knowledge of Dublin, the history of Ireland, as well as Newgrange and Tara has to be unsurpassed in the country. Little asides about her life in the West of the country, and quirky reminiscences were just icing on the cake.

A truly amazing and outstanding day. Without doubt the best guided tour I've ever had. By far.....

At the end we did think about kidnapping Mary and taking her home with us just so we could listen to her all day long, but thought that might be going a bit far???

Thank you for a brilliant day!!

1  Thank Steve E
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Reviewed 12 August 2018

Previous positive reviews tell it all. We were privileged to have Dr. Muiris O’Sullivan, professor emeritus from University College Dublin, as our guide. He not only shared general cultural and historical knowledge in an interesting way, but also gave us an "eyewitness account" of the excavation of the Mound of Hostages. I would recommend picnicking at Newgrange Farm, lots of tables in a large yard with a grand horse chestnut in the center.

Thank kriskh2018
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Reviewed 10 August 2018

We booked the tour prior to arriving in Dublin, this was fairly straightforward just had to email our details and arrange which pick up point we would be at. On the day the coach arrived in plenty of time and we paid and were soon on our way. Mary was our guide on the coach......well she was amazing and a font of knowledge about all things historical and Irish. She gave a very good potted history of Ireland through the ages. Arriving at both sites Mary gave excellent advice of where to go, what to look out for etc. The coach itself was clean and comfortable. The trip was easily the highlight of our time in Dublin.

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Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed Mary's Newgrange trip a lot. The guide was well informed, told exciting stories and pointed out interesting facts about Ireland's past as well as the history of the places we visited. Newgrange itself is definately worth the visit. Considering that the tomb/temple is over 5,000 years old (older than the Pyramids of Gizeh) and was built as an astronomycal observatory one is simply amazed. A mystical atmosphere was created when the guide switched off all lights and imitated a solstice.
The farm stop was quite long but we used the time to visit the cute animals and kids could enjoy the hide and seek straw area.

Thank TravLena
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