Dublin City / Monto and North Georgian Quarter

Walking Tour

100 Years of Ulysses

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What have Lemon’s sweets, Brown Thomas and Davy Byrne’s got in common? They all are stops along the route – traced by pavement plaques – marking the lunchtime journey taken by Leopold Bloom through the Dublin of 1904 in James Joyce’s Ulysses. There are 14 brass plaques on the pavements between Middle Abbey Street and Kildare Street – put in place in 1988 as part of the Millenium Celebrations. They mark the journey made by Leopold Bloom in Chapter 8 of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses… It’s lunchtime, he’s hungry and the sights and smells of food tempt him at every stage as he makes his journey, decides where to eat and muses on Dublin buildings, businesses and people real and imagined in 1904. While the streets remain more or less the same, many of the businesses and buildings have changed.

START POINT:  The Spire, O’ Connell Street, Dublin 1

Tickets for Culture Night Dublin supported tours will go live on Friday, 2 September at 9am.

Time: 5.00pm - 5.45pm

Genres: Literature / Tour

Features: 18+

Address: The Spire, O’ Connell Street, Dublin 1

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Sex, Drugs, Saunas & Clubs: Queer Social Spaces in History

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Until decriminalisation of anti-gay legislation in 1993, the social opportunities for Ireland’s LGBTQ minorities were limited and accessing them presented numerous difficulties and dangers. Often refused service in bars and subject to persistent harassment on the city’s streets, Irish queers eventually sought out sympathetic landlords, creating ‘safe spaces and literally build their own dancefloors. Queer spaces were hugely important in allowing LGBT people negotiate desire and intimacy, normalising what was once illegal, taboo and transgressive.
Over time, these social spaces became the glue that bound countless friendships, allowing the development of a vibrant community self-aware and ready to take its rightful place at the centre of Irish society.

START POINT: Trinity College Entrance, Nassau Street, Dublin 2

Time: 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Genres: Heritage / History / LGBTQ+ / Tour

Features: 18+

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North Wall Campshires

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Five Lamps Arts Festival presents an exciting walking tour around the Docklands that will guide you through the area of the North Wall Campshires, which goes from Custom House down the Liffey to Dublin Port. Prepare yourself to be amazed by the rich history and culture in Dublin’s inner city!

This guided walking tour will get our ‘North Wall Campshires’ collectable illustrated booklet.

START POINT: Connolly Station, North Dock, Dublin 1 (Amiens Street entrance)

Tickets for Culture Night Dublin supported tours will go live on Friday, 2 September at 9am. 

Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Tour

Features: 18+

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Legends, Ghosts and Ghouls

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Join us on an adventure across Dublin city hearing the myths and the legends that stalk our streets. We have a culture of storytelling in Ireland and our oldest stories are of the banshees, the fairies and the things that keep you up at night. Delve into Irish culture and hear our oldest tales. Embrace the supernatural and come along on a ghostly adventure.

START POINT: 82 Merrion Square South,  D02 WD98 (Maude Gonne’s house)

Tickets for Culture Night Dublin supported tours will go live on Friday, 2 September at 9am.

Time: 7.30pm - 9.00pm

Genres: Tour

Features: 18+

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In Dublin’s Fair City

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Dublin streets are steeped in history. In a city that dates back to the Vikings, it is a wonderful mix of old and new. Watch out for some incredible street art and if we are lucky, we may even meet a busker along the way. Join us as we wander through the Creative Quarter, cross the most famous river in Dublin and end up outside the most iconic building still standing in the city today.

START POINT: Dublin Castle Yard, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Tour

Features: 18+

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From Green Street to Croppies' Acre: Insurrection from the United Irishmen to the Civil War

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The tour will bring to the fore the vibrant, heroic and tragic revolutionary history of Dublin’s north-west inner-city, from the 1790s to the 1920s, exploring both famous and lesser known characters and events.Join Liam to explore the rebel history of the area between Capel Street and Collins Barracks. The tour will cover the United Irishmen, including Robert Emmet and the Brothers Sheares, the Irish National Invincibles, the 1916 Rising and the North King Street Massacre, Kevin Barry and the 1919-21 war, and the civil war in its centenary year.

START POINT: Green Street Courthouse, 1 Green Street, D07 X6NR

Time: 5.30pm - 6.45pm

Time: 7.30pm - 8.45pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Tour

Features: 18+

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Flood Walk

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This tour is set in the year 2050 and takes you through Dublin’s city centre showing the effects of the floods and climate change on Dublin.

Dublin is plagued by flooding in several different places, affecting different historical places and how Dublin operates. This tour provides a glimpse into a possible future for Dublin and other places in Ireland, based on flood maps that were created as part of the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. Learn about the history of Dublin while also discovering the effects of climate change and flooding that are predicted for the city.

START POINT: The Brazen Head Pub, 20 Lower Bridge Street, D08 WC64

Tickets for Culture Night Dublin supported tours will go live on Friday, 2 September at 9am.

Time: 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Other / Tour

Features: 18+

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Dorset Street with John Seery

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Local historian John Seery will guide a fascinating tour around the area of Dorset Street, Dublin’s ancient road to the north. He will take you to places like Henrietta Street, Dominican Priory, St Francis Xavier Church, Dominick Street, and Blessington Sreet Basin, among others. This guided walking tour is an excellent opportunity to learn about the buildings and the heritage of this historic area which has an unusually high concentration of historical figures that have shaped the city, the nation, and in some instances, the world. With this guided walking tour, you will get our ‘Dorset Street’ collectable illustrated booklet.
The Five Lamps Arts Festival & Hub supports and promotes the arts and community development mainly in Dublin’s North East Inner City.
START POINT: Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, D01 F2X9
Tickets for Culture Night Dublin supported tours will go live on Friday, 2 September at 9am. 

Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Genres: Architecture / Heritage / History / Tour

Features: 18+

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Dalton's Musical History Tour

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Learn some of Dublin’s most famous old time songs in the company of a local professional singer and tour-guide while visiting the historical locations associated with them and learning about the people and the stories behind them. Find out why George Frederick Handel came to Ireland, the song that describes the 1916 Rebellion like you have never heard before, a local ditty describing Dublin city, Our First Lady of Dublin with her two jobs and a certain king writing a poem about a women he can’t have, to name but a few of the fascinating stories told on this tour.

START POINT: Jurys Inn, 8 Christchurch Place, D08 REK7

Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Music / Tour

Features: All ages

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The Bohemian Way

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This tour, part of the wider Bohemian Way project, will tell the story of Bohemian FC and Dalymount Park and their connection with the wider area while also discussing the social history of important landmarks, often hidden in plain sight, around the Phibsborough, Stoneybatter and North Circular Road. Topics covered include revolution, social and medical care, housing, transport, agriculture and of course, football!
The tour is led by Gerard Farrell who is a volunteer historian for Bohemian FC.
START POINT: Kavanagh’s Pub, Manor Street, D07 V403
Tickets for Culture Night Dublin supported tours will go live on Friday, 2 September at 9am. 

Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Genres: Heritage / Tour

Features: All ages / Wheelchair accessible

Address: Kavanagh's Pub, Manor Street, D07 V403

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A New Culture of Sustainability

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Join Nathalie & Diane from The Sustainable Life School in this walking tour of Drumcondra & local surroundings and discover the many sustainable places and initiatives this local community has to offer to support a more sustainable lifestyle.

We will begin at the beautiful Mud Island community garden where we will be welcomed by a member who will tell us all about how it came to be, the benefits of being involved and how they contribute to a sustainable community while highlighting some of their fantastic projects.

Along the way expect some other insights to sustainable living from your two guides who are only too happy to answer any questions you may have on this new culture of sustainable living!

START POINT: Mud Island Community Garden, Clinch’s Court D03 F6W2

Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Genres: Other / Tour

Features: All ages

Address: Mud Island Community Garden, Clinch's Court D03 F6W2

Website: http://www.sustainablelifeschool.ie/

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1700s Coffee House Tour & Tasting Experience

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Plunge yourself into the lively coffee houses of Georgian Dublin. 1700s Dublin was a hot bed of culture and literature and as information was suppressed the quidnuncs of the day gleaned all in the Coffee Houses.
Walk Dublin is delighted to be partnering with the House of Read for a unique tour and experience. We will have a one hour walking tour to understand the rich coffee culture of Georgian Dublin then we will retire to a beautiful Georgian room where we will taste what coffee was like. As coffee was an expensive commodity it was often bulked out with cheaper ingredients. So once we have toured the landmarks we will test our taste buds to discover which is coffee and which is a substitute!

START POINT: City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Time: 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Genres: Food / Heritage / Tour

Facilities: Café

Features: 18+

Address: City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

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Talking Shite: Dublin’s Sanitation from the 18th Century to Present Day

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Let’s talk shite (and wastewater management)! Don’t be shy. It is one of the main things everyone has in common. In general though, what happens when the loo is flushed is rarely considered. Out of sight, out of mind, right? It is, however, a very recent and privileged mindset to have when it comes to our excreta. In fact, one only have to look to the last few centuries to recognise the vast (and lifesaving) improvements in Dublin City sanitation. From putrid open cesspools and disease epidemics to modern day waste management and sewage related litter, travel through time and waste with Think Before You Flush, a campaign operated by Clean Coasts in partnership with Irish Water, to explore Dublin’s sanitation history.

START POINT: St. Audoen’s Park (High Street Entrance), Dublin 8

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Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Genres: History / Tour

Features: All ages / Wheelchair accessible

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Sounds of the City: Dublin Music Tour

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Discover the music and sounds of Dublin on a guided tour through the city centre. Your guide will bring you to over 10 locations across Dublin and give you an insight into the Dublin music scene and its history. Hear the stories of the very best Irish musicians and see some historical musical spaces.

START POINT: The Icon Factory, 3 Aston Place, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Time: 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Genres: Music / Tour

Features: All ages

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Statues and Sculptures in Merrion Square

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Did you know that the statue of Oscar Wilde is not painted but created from 5 different types of stone? The group also includes a statue of Oscar’s pregnant wife Constance and the torso of Dionysus. There are 14 statues and sculptures in Merrion Square. People pass by them every day without giving them a second thought. They cover all aspects of Irish culture from the arts to war and rebellion. This revealing tour will tell the stories behind each of the works and reveal the hidden symbolism created by the artist.

START POINT: Oscar Wilde Statue, Merrion Square Park, Dublin 2

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Time: 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Genres: Heritage / Literature / Tour

Features: 18+ / Wheelchair accessible

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Ranelagh-Rathmines Queer History

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Have you ever heard about the gay brothel in Rathmines that threatened to topple the British Monarchy? Did you know there was a lesbian couple on Belgrave Road who fought for women’s suffrage, ran field hospitals during the 1916 Rising and later founded an infants hospital? Or about the trade unionist who founded Ireland’s first feminist publishing house? And what about the quiet leafy park that was one of the busiest gay cruising spots in Dublin? – Oh, the scandals these streets could tell. Join artist and archivist Han Tiernan on a walking tour of Ranelagh and Rathmines to learn about the hidden histories of the queer characters and spaces that spanned a century to make the area the colourful place it is today.

START POINT: The Triangle, Ranelagh, D06 NT39

Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Genres: LGBTQ+ / Tour

Features: 18+ / Wheelchair accessible

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Pillar to Post: A Postal Tour of the City Centre

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From mail coaches and Morse code to pillar boxes and the Proclamation, the GPO controlled communications for more than 200 years. As this postal walk reveals forgotten facets of Dublin’s history, learn about letters and telegrams, Mrs Draper, Sir Edward and other colourful characters that lived in the GPO and the vital role of postal staff in 1916.
Behind the building’s stern facade once lived some of the GPO’s staff – there was even a nursery for one family! Boys of fourteen would speed around the city with telegrams and postmen collect the mail from the trains and ships that connected Dublin with the world. The surrounding city streets display continuing signs of postal influence – local post offices and letter boxes bearing symbols of our imperial past – while other,older postal connections are now hidden or forgotten – the telephone exchange where the staff kept calls connected in 1916, printing houses where the first Irish stamps were printed and the GPO’s “secret room” where the odd bit of official spying happened!

START POINT: GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Time: 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Time: 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Genres: Architecture / Heritage / History / Tour

Features: All ages

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North Inner City Docklands Sculptures and Monuments

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Explore the North Inner City Docklands through the statues and monuments, from the Home monument at the junction of Killarney Street, Buckingham Street and Sean McDermott Street to the Luke Kelly Statue designed by Vera Klute on Guild Street on tour by The Five Lamps Arts Festival and Fire Station Artist Studios for Culture Night Dublin 2022.

The Five Lamps Arts Festival CLG is a community-based arts festival rooted in the north inner city of Dublin, established to benefit the community and advance education in the arts through the running of an annual arts festival in Dublin 1, as well as arts events, workshops and guided walking tours in the area.

In Northeast inner city Dublin, Fire Station Artists’ Studios was established in 1993 to support professional visual artists. Fire Station Artists’ Studios (FSAS) provides subsidised combined living and working studios for Irish and international artists, large scale sculpture workshop facilities and training opportunities for artists.

START POINT: The Five Lamps, Amiens Street, North Dock, Dublin 1

Time: 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Genres: Street Art / Tour / Visual Art

Features: All ages

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Never Business as Usual: Businesswomen of Nineteenth-Century Dublin

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Did you know that in the nineteenth century, Dublin city centre was packed with women running their own businesses? This short walking tour will give you a glimpse of the city as it once was, and an introduction to some of the women’s businesses which operated in the capital’s commercial streets. Starting and finishing at O’Connell Bridge, you’ll visit the sites of some of these businesses, while Dr Antonia Hart tells you the stories of the ordinary yet extraordinary women who ran them. You’ll hear about the women behind a boarding house, a pawnbroker’s shop, a tobacconist’s, a spirit grocer, a ladies’ tailor, and a medical hall.

START POINT: O’Connell Bridge, Dublin 1

Time: 4.30pm - 5.30pm

Genres: Tour

Features: 18+

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In the Shadow of Croker

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‘In the Shadow of Croker’ brings you through small side streets and alleyways usually bypassed, and welcomes you to an area of historical importance, from industries now gone, famous sports people and events such as the National Anthem, National Famine Way, Bloody Sunday, Howth Guns, Easter Rising, the War of Independence all told by your local guide Sean Deegan in an entertaining and informative way with his keen wit and local knowledge.

START POINT: Croke Park Hotel, Jones’ Road, Drumcondra

Time: 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Tour

Features: 18+ / Wheelchair accessible

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Explore Dublin City the Cantonese Way

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In recent years, Ireland has become home to immigrants from all around the world who have brought their beautiful cultures while celebrating the unique Irish culture in this beautiful city. Cantonese in Ireland has organised a walking tour to show our vibrant Dublin city in a new way. You will be introduced to the Cantonese related arts in the National Gallery of Ireland and Chester Beatty and try some tasty Cantonese snacks!

START POINT: National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, D02 K303 (Merrion Square entrance)

Tickets for Culture Night Dublin supported tours will go live on Friday, 2 September at 9am. 

Time: 4.00pm - 5.15pm

Genres: Food / Tour / Visual Art

Features: All ages

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Dublin and U2 Walking Tour

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Take a walk through U2’s Dublin with our Dubliner tour guide to see the places that shaped U2 and their music.

You will learn about the city of Dublin from the time when the U2 band members were growing up and see where U2 recorded some of their songs and music videos.

START POINT: Gaiety Theatre, 46-50 King Street South, D02 V097

Time: 4.30pm - 6.30pm

Genres: History / Music / Tour

Features: All ages / Wheelchair accessible

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Amazing Women of Irish History

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Come on a walk and discover some of the amazing women in Irish history, and how they contributed to our society and culture. The tour explores some of the most iconic women in Irish history and the roles they played. Learn about politics, art, culture and some of the forgotten icons of the past.

START POINT: Abbey Theatre, 26/27 Abbey Street Lower, D01 K0F1.

Tickets for Culture Night Dublin supported tours will go live on Friday, 2 September at 9am. 

Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Tour

Features: All ages

Address: Abbey Theatre, 26/27 Abbey Street Lower, D01 K0F1

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A Walk in Time: From Viking to Modern Dublin

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Kevin leads this friendly stroll, where you can chat as you go, and enjoy Dublin’s forgotten history to incorporate his own memories of Dublin, where he was born. Remembering the old times and the changes as they occurred, the people, the industry and the transformations. 

START POINT: Fishamble Street Entrance to Christ Church Cathedral, D02 FC83

Tickets for Culture Night Dublin supported tours will go live on Friday, 2 September at 9am. 

Time: 4.00pm - 5.30pm

Genres: Heritage / History / Tour

Features: 18+

Address: Christ Church Cathedral, D02 FC83

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A Cultural Tour of Hotels in The Liberties

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On a night to celebrate culture we gather as a procession marking the trail of cultural death within the lovely aul’ Liberties. Ranked 15th coolest in the world by non-residents, come along and meet some locals who can tell you from the horse’s mouth just what it’s like to survive within this aspirational development area. Focusing on Dublin 8’s new “blandmarks” the tour will guide you through the vibrant locations sacrificed to the hotel gods for new destination in the heart of Dublin that finds the balance between luxury, comfort and convenience… Walking a casual loop through the Liberties we’ll highlight the creativity that still survives through entertainment, art and more along the way!

START POINT: Tivoli StayCity Aparthotels, 135 Francis Street, D08 P5N2

Time: 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Genres: Architecture / Heritage / History / Tour

Features: 18+

Address: 135 Francis Street, D08 P5N2

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Dublin: What Can We See? What Do We Want?

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The environment created on the tour is intended to be an opportunity towards realisation of desires in relation to the City. The guide has equipped themselves to facilitate discussion, about the city’s future and the willingness to act on those desires.

The three locations have been chosen specifically due to their socio-political histories, touching on themes of ownership and construction of the city. The locations are Dubh Linn on the grounds of Dublin Castle, the viking settlement marked out in stone beside The Dublin City Council and the old City Wall on Oliver Bond Street leading to St Audoen’s Park.

The aim of this transitionary experience is to move away from the standardised format of mediated tours, and towards an open discussion of one of the largest infrastructures around us, the city of Dublin itself.

The tour will be led by Anthony Cullen, an artist who is interested in testing and exploring the structures and systems around us with the aim of understanding ourselves by our responses to these structures.

Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm

Genres: Architecture / Heritage / History / Tour / Visual Art

Features: All ages

Address: Dubh Linn Garden, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Website: http://anthonycullenart.com

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