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Emily W.


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I'm a freelance writer and lifestyle blogger who's passionate about sharing all the great, creative goings on in Dublin. Born and raised in Maine, I moved to Dublin in 2008 and live on the city's north side with my husband, who works as a guidance counselor in an all Irish speaking school. When you're coming to Dublin, my guidebook, Delightful Dublin (www.delightfuldublin.com) is a great place to start, or you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram - I'm @emilyholmes.

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Reviews for Emily W.
Nicolaus F.

Great guide! Emily was friendly and knowledgeable. It was nice to see everything we did in just one day. It was definitely a lot of walking, but definitely worth it!

Regeana L.

I do a lot of traveling and have seen a lot of things but the tour I did with Emily was a first. I had been to Dublin before and seen the "normal" tourist stuff. What Emily showed me was such a great way to get to a different and more local level. It was really fun. She showed me little shops, cafes, and galleries I would have never found on my own. It was all still city center and very walkable. She introduced me to some great people along the way. I even got the unexpected bonus of getting some Christmas shopping done too. I will definitely do this kind of tour again but particularly recomend seeing Dublin this way. I can't recomend Emily enough. She's truly great! R

Jackie T.

Two thumbs up, 5 stars, a perfect 10, whatever scoring system you use, Emily's "Dublin like a Local" walking tour will pass with flying colors. With her, I learned things I never would have known otherwise like what the diving bell was used for, and discovered shops I might have missed like Sweney's Pharmacy complete with Joyce's lemon-scented soap. From restaurants and shops to quirky sites and Dublin's most beautiful ceilings, Emily effortlessly weaved her way though the city and gave me tips and recommendations for the rest of my stay. She showed me the Heart of the city, and I couldn't help but fall in love. The best part, though, is that it does not feel like a "tour". With Emily, I felt like I was going for a walk with a friend. In case you couldn't tell, I HIGHLY recommend Emily's walking tour.

Jennifer H.

I cannot put into words how great this walking tour was. Emily really knows the city, inside and out, and took us to places we would not have found, while also providing an excellent overview and insight into Dublin. Worth every penny + she's so open and welcoming. You should do this!!!

Tim R.

I arrived in Dublin with my family early on a Sunday morning. We had just the right amount of time to get settled prior to the tour I booked with Emily. Though the whole family was a bit tired from a long (sleepless) flight Emily caught our attention keeping us entertained and informed. Emily was so kind and insightful, choosing the perfect path to keep my teen daughters, my wife and me fully engaged. As the tour progressed and my daughters began to tire, Emily being the perfect tour hostess brought us to a wonderful little snack spot allowing everyone to raise their blood sugar levels. Reflecting back upon our tour at dinner later in the week, my whole family expressed how they enjoyed Emily and how we got to see Dublin and many its hidden treasures in a way none of our other efforts could repeat. I personally would strongly recommend a tour with Emily, and plan to call again when we return to Dublin.

Steven D.

My wife and I only had a limited amount of time in Dublin and we asked Emily to help us make the best of our time. And she did! She showed us some of the best parts of Dublin, which after touring most of Ireland later that week we realized she knew all the best shops, restaurants, and sights to see in all of Ireland. Emily is very friendly, easy to talk to and communicate with ahead of time as our trip was very last minute and she was very accommodating. All of our best eating and shopping was done in Dublin and that was thanks to Emily. She showed us the best parts both well-known and the less-known of Dublin and it made for a great experience. I highly recommend going through Dublin with Emily!

Anne D.

I had a super short stay in Dublin and Emily helped make the most of it. She knew all the great spots, and with a great twist of Irish design (I'm a graphic designer so she picked spots knowing my interest). We met some designers too who showed us their work. I saw places I wouldn't have been able to see without a local. Emily is super friendly and welcoming, and it was a pure delight to get to see Dublin through her eyes. Now I want to go back and explore more!! Definitely recommending to all my friends!

Anne D.

I had a super short stay in Dublin and Emily helped make the most of it. She knew all the great spots, and with a great twist of Irish design. We met some designers too who showed us their work. I saw places I wouldn't have been able to see without a local. Emily is super friendly and welcoming, and it was a pure delight to get to see Dublin through her eyes. Now I want to go back and explore more!! Definitely recommending to all my friends!