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Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

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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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Live tour guide
English
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

Move through church graveyards and down narrow back alleys to discover a side of Dublin that you won't find on 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.

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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Meeting point

Meet your guide at Barnardo Square next to City Hall. Just look for the guide with the SANDEMANs red name badge.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • 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

4.5 /5

based on 201 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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Stephen, our tour guide, was amazing! Hilarious and very informative at the same time. He was able to light up the mood while speaking about murders, tortures and ghosts! Unluckily it was heavily raining for the whole time of the tour, but it was so compelling I didn’t bother at all. Would highly recommend this tour to any of my friends since it was very fun and interesting

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July 31, 2022

Brian was superb! I was shocked that he was so knowledgeable and able to manage such a large group. I would say as a very experienced walking tour guide in Annapolis that would have been difficult. As a matter of fact, Brisn was so good that other people started to join our group. I would suggest that you give your tour guides peel-off GetYourGuide badges so they are identifying, we do this and works our well!

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July 15, 2022

Took my 15 year old daughter and was expecting quite a fuss from her about staying to the end of the tour as it was cold and wet but she thoroughly enjoyed it. She even told her friends about it afterwards! Our tour guide was very entertaining, informative, considerate of us and people who would need to get past our group and the tour was great value. Thank you.

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October 29, 2021

Product ID: 184508