Guided tour

Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

4.6 / 5

99 reviews

Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

From $14.06 per person

Explore the dark side of Dublin on a 2.5-hour walking tour and hear spooky tales of whisperings from ancient tombs. Listen to stories about the devil worshippers of the Hellfire Club, and the friendly ghost who visits the Olympia Theatre.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Dublin Castle, where the heads of enemies were mounted on the walls
  • Learn the legend of the haunted dog that seeks its master at St Patrick's Cathedral
  • Listen to the tale of the serial killer and brothel owner Darkey Kelly
  • Meet the friendly ghosts of Olympia Theatre
  • Hear about the debauchery and occult practices of the Hellfire Club
Full description
Make your way through church graveyards and down narrow back alleys to discover a side of Dublin that you won't find on any postcards. Hear gruesome stories of brothels run by serial killers, cannibals with a taste for young children, and the notorious Hellfire Club, said to be made up of Devil worshippers! Journey through the folklore of Ireland and get introduced to fairies, banshees, and leprechauns. Hear how Halloween originated from the Gaelic harvest festival of Samhain when, according to legend, beings from the spiritual world could cross dimensions more easily. Admire the stunning architecture of ancient buildings such as Dublin Castle, said to be haunted with the souls of beheaded invaders. Learn about the young boy who is said to stroll around the Olympia Theatre, and get a closer look at the spooky mummies on display at St Michan's Church.
Includes
  • Guided walking tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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  • Children up to 13 years old are welcome to join this tour for free. However, this tour contains content that may not be suitable for younger guests
  • While the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 99 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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Our guide, Adam, was great. He was passionate and engaging. This is a walking tour and we did have some rain (not a big surprise) so wear good shoes and bring a rain jacket or umbrella. Our group was small and the stops were uncrowded. At times the traffic did make it a bit tougher to hear but Adam did his best to speak loudly.

September 7, 2020

Nice tour with Ciarán

If you are interested in dark history, we definitely recommend this tour. The tour guide (Ciarán) is an experienced guide and will show you the dark side of Dublin with Irish humour. Very good :) As you will be staying a few minutes at the sights to hear the story, I recommend that you bring a sweater or a warmer jacket - Dublin can be very windy and colder, even on sunny days.

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May 3, 2019

GREAT. EXTRAORDINARY. Thanks to the CAIRIAN guide

It is a very beautiful historic walk in obscure Dublin. CAIRIAN is passionate about history but also stories and tales. He is great, he tells very well, he explains very well. He is passionate and fascinating and he is very funny even to tell things that are a little gloomy or even sordid. I really enjoyed this Tour.

May 1, 2019

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