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Grafton Street

The most popular shopping street in Dublin!

Nearby Attractions

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Irish Houses of Parliament
Today a branch of the Bank of Ireland, the old Irish Parliament buildings were a radical Neoclassical creation.
The Book of Kells
Ireland's most treasured medieval manuscript, dating back to the 9th century.
Trinity College Library
Wander through the endless rows of historical novels.
Dublin local pubs
There are currently 751 pubs in Dublin's city! Take a beer in one of its historical pubs also great spots for live music.
Molly Malone Statue
Iconic black bronze statue of Molly and her cart of fish.
George's Street Arcade
Victorian style red-bricked indoor market located at Dublin's city centre.

Related Tours

Dublin's Literary History: A Private Walking Tour
Explore the literary history of Dublin, a city that has produced many famous writers and poets over the centuries – see where they took their inspiration on this private, off the beaten track walking tour. On your private tour you will:

  • Enjoy a private walking tour of Dublin's rich literary history.
  • Begin in Merrion Square, with a statue of the legendary Oscar Wilde who lived here.
  • Learn about the lives of other famous Irish writers who have called Dublin home - including William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, Bram Stoker, and Samuel Beckett.
  • Visit several historic bookshops throughout the city, where you will be able to shop for books by the Irish greats, such as Ulysses and Sweny’s Pharmacy.
  • Admire the statue of Yeats in St Stephen's Green.
  • Pop into several pubs throughout Dublin, where noted literary greats used to hang out for a pint, like Toners – favoured by Yeats, and the Dave Byrnes Pub, where Joyce spent time and which appears in his major work Ulysses. 
  • Stop in at the legendary Bewley's on Grafton Street, a very old grand café with mahogany furniture and stained glass windows, where James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh, Samuel Beckett and Sean O’Casey all visited.
  • Finish by crossing the river to the famous Winding Stair Restaurant & Bookstore. 

Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is famed for its lush green rolling landscapes and it's capital city Dublin for its stunning architecture and turbulent political history, so it is no surprise that the country has produced so many famous literary figures! On your private walking tour of beautiful Dublin, with its stunning architecture, wonderful traditional pubs and cafes and antiquated bookshops, you’ll see where figures such as Wilde and Joyce, Yeats and Stoker lived, studied, socialized, and wrote. 

You will begin your private tour in Merrion Square, where many houses have plaques detailing the names of the rich and famous who once lived in the area, including Dublin’s most famous son, the writer and dramatist Oscar Wilde. There is a statue of him in the middle of the square. Wandering on, you’ll spy a statue of Yeats in St Stephen’s Square, and stop in at St Patrick’s Cathedral, where you will hear about the illustrious writer and satirist Jonathan Swift, who had a lifelong connection to the cathedral's Dean and is buried there. Whilst pausing at his tombstone, you will hear about some of Swift's triumphs and greatest controversies. 

Next, find yourself stepping back into the 18th century with a visit to Marsh’s Library. Unchanged for three centuries, this perfectly preserved library of the early Enlightenment—with its original oak bookcases— houses more than 25,000 rare and obscure books.

On your literary tour of Dublin, you will visit Sweny’s Pharmacy and the literary pub Davy Byrne’s, both famous for their appearance in James Joyce's Ulysses, and are bursting with interesting tidbits about the famous novelist and poet.

UNESCO recognises Dublin as a City of Literature, reflecting the city’s rich and varied history of writers and writing. During your tour, you will meander through the streets, libraries, and book stores which are woven into the stories and lives of Ireland's most celebrated Irish thinkers. From Nobel Literature Prize winners WB Yeats, GB Shaw and Samuel Beckett to its beloved James Joyce, Dublin is brimming with stories of its favourite authors waiting to be heard. 
Privately Guided Pub Tour: The True Dublin Experience
Immerse yourself in true Irish pub culture on a tour of traditional pubs with a local, private guide. On your tour, you will: 

  • Visit 4 traditional pubs in Dublin with a private guide.
  • Avoid the tourist traps, and instead spend time in the true gems. 
  • Have the chance to sample local beerscraft beers, and ciders.
  • Learn about Ireland’s most famous beer, Guinness, and the family legacy which carries on today.
  • Discover the literary and political connections of some of the most famous pubs in Dublin
  • Hear live traditional Irish music for an authentic pub experience.
  • Note: drinks are not included in the price of the tour, as everyone’s preference of drinks and quantity varies. You may count on spending between €6-8 per drink.
  • Pubs do generally have alcohol-free beers, and some also serve gluten-free beers. 
  • We do recommend eating a meal before going on this tour. 
Get better acquainted with the culture, history and stories of the Irish capital whilst having a drink in some of the best pubs in Dublin! Dublin is where pubs were born, each with its own unique atmosphere and long and varied history. Irish pubs have since emerged across the globe, however, they quintessentially belong to Dublin. There is no other such suitable place to sip on a pint of Guinness. This tour is a mixture of novelty, history, literature, music and humour!

Venture to Dublin's true hidden gems --including the pubs which contributed most to the city's unique character. Not only will you learn how to savour a pint of beer, but also follow in the footsteps of Irish literary giants, seeing the haunts frequented by the likes of James Joyce. You will also learn how to properly enjoy a Guinness while learning about the rich cultural heritage which led to its creation.   And remember, most importantly: you should only drink your Guinness when you can see a clear division between the white foam and the dark beer. If the beer in your glass still looks murky and brown, your Guinness isn't ready yet! 

Please note: Due to varying age restrictions in pubs, this tour is suitable for those 18 and over. No children are allowed on this tour. If you wish to go on a pub tour where you may also bring children, please be in touch with our team.
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