Dublin Seasonal & holiday activities

Our most recommended Dublin Seasonal & holiday activities

The Dublin Ghostbus Tour

1. The Dublin Ghostbus Tour

Step inside the world’s first and original Ghostbus and be transported into a world of ghostly happenings, comedy horror, and terrifying histories. The Ghostbus will drive you into your nightmares, taking in some of Dublin’s most haunting sights along the way. Visit the Hellfire Clubroom and haunted museum downstairs, and play a hand of cards with the devil himself. Next take your seat upstairs in the Victorian Theatre with its blood red velvet curtains and begin a thrilling ride tracing Dublin’s creepiest mysteries. More grizzly dealings are unleashed at the harrowing St. Kevin’s Graveyard before hearing the story of the ghost of Darky Kelly, the madame of Dublin’s notorious Maiden Tower who is said to wander there restlessly to this day. You will be led through this ordeal by a sinister guide and driver, two men in tune with the afterlife, who will do their best to put you at your unease.

Dublin's Haunted History Walking Tour

2. Dublin's Haunted History Walking Tour

Looking for a spookily thrilling adventure? You've come to the right place! On this 2-hour walking tour of Dublin, you will see that while most of Dublin’s grisly past has been left behind, not every character has decided to pass over into the next world. The Emerald Isle is known as being one of the most haunted countries on the planet, with many of the world's most famous supernatural characters and stories finding their roots in the city's collective lore. Each wave of human culture from the Celts to the Protestant ascendancy has left a mark on the city's haunted history, and it is this diversity which makes Dublin’s other-worldly folklore so fascinating. Today, you'll be led through the eerie, cobblestoned streets as we hear tales from the underbelly of this city. These include the burning of 18th century madam Darkey "The Witch" Kelly, the tragic tale of The Green Lady of St. Audoen’s, and how Dublin's "Hell" got its name. As you walk, you will learn of the period in which The Dolocher stalked our streets and you will hear tales of the mysterious 18th century Hellfire Club and its dark origins. Your expert tour guides–associated with PSI Ireland (Paranormal Study and Investigation)–have all the capital's most haunting stories to share!

Dublin: The Gravedigger Ghost Bus 2-Hour Tour

3. Dublin: The Gravedigger Ghost Bus 2-Hour Tour

Climb aboard an atmospheric bus that has been specially built and kitted out by one of Ireland's leading set design companies. Join professional actors who will not just serve as your ghoulish guides, but double as creepy, charming characters from Dublin's hellish past! Learn how the plague ravaged the city from a ghost from the past who is all too familiar with the disease. Hear of gruesome, agonizing tortures, and meet many characters with tales of terror to tell. Laugh and scream your way around the city, and - if you're lucky - leave with your soul intact! Visit the Gravedigger's Pub, known for serving the best pint of Guinness in Ireland.

Dublin Gravedigger 2-Hour Ghost Bus Tour

4. Dublin Gravedigger 2-Hour Ghost Bus Tour

Travel back in time with an expert tour guide who will show you the ghoulish delights of Dublin, and provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the city’s spooky sites. The 2-hour Gravedigger Ghost Bus tour starts at Trinity College, former site of the old Augustinian Priory and plague house. You will be taken to the gate at the back of St. Audeons Catholic Church, better described as “the Hell” and known for hauntings by restless lepers. Continue to Kilmainham Jail, which was involved in some of the most tragic events in Irish History. Stop at Bully’s Acre and explore a graveyard that dates back 1,000 years and is said to contain hundreds of thousands of corpses, among them victims of famous body snatchers. En route you will pass Croppies Acre and St. Michans Church, before arriving at Prospect Square and The Gravediggers Pub, where you will get to enjoy your free Ghoulish Brew – if you dare!

Northside Ghost Walking Tour in Dublin

5. Northside Ghost Walking Tour in Dublin

With its vast and turbulent history, it is not surprising that Dublin is one of the most haunted cities in the world. Beware! Those of a nervous disposition may be left feeling just a little bit spooked! You will discover the site of Saint Mary’s Abbey; one of the most powerful Irish monastic settlements in medieval times, and now just a small ruin down an alleyway, passed by thousands of oblivious commuters every day. If you are feeling brave enough, we will take a walk down Hendrick Street, once the site of two of the most haunted houses in Dublin. Between number 7 and 8 Hendrick Street lived no fewer than 6 different ghosts. You might want to steel your nerves before venturing with us to Croppie’s Acre. This long-abandoned site was used as a football pitch in the 20th century, but underneath is a mass grave – the final resting place of hundreds of rebels executed in the 1798 rebellion. You will also hear tell of the mummies of Saint Michan’s Church, surely the most macabre tourist attraction in Ireland, and a major inspiration to the young Bram Stoker, native of Clontarf and author of Dracula. Whether you’re a native Dubliner or a visitor from far a field, come with us and discover what lies beneath.

Dublin: Haunted City Exploration Game

6. Dublin: Haunted City Exploration Game

Follow clues and solve puzzles to discover the most haunted places around Dublin. Using an interactive city exploration app on your phone, follow a step-by-step guide to the cursed buildings of Dublin whilst listening to stories about these horrific locations. Solve each clue to unlock the next destination and wander around the city streets visiting some of the most iconic landmarks including St. Ann’s Church, City Hall, Olypmia Theater, and more. As you explore, discover the hidden legends and haunted tales of Dublin, and listen to spine-tingling stories from start to finish. This tour is designed for travelers looking to see the city of Dublin from a different perspective, and have an experience unlike any other. Along the way, you’ll find locations that even the locals don’t know about, and see sights you might have otherwise missed on a traditional tour experience. Benefit from the freedom to complete the tour at your own pace, and pause the game at any time. After your booking, you will receive an email on how to download the game into your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. For larger groups, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group. All group members will be able to download and play the city game on their phone. Alternatively, each person can make their own purchase.

Dublin: The Bus that Stole Christmas Ticket with Santa Visit

7. Dublin: The Bus that Stole Christmas Ticket with Santa Visit

Get into the Christmas spirit with the Bus that Stole Christmas play at Nutgrove Shopping Centre in Rathfarnham. Hop onboard a custom-built bus for a Christmas play and Santa visit. Upon arrival at the bus, head upstairs to the upper deck to watch the Bus that Stole Christmas theatrical performance. Watch as the elves carry out deeds both good and bad and try to get your name on the nice list before your visit to Santa. There may even be a visit from the Grinch. When the show is over, head to the bottom deck for a quick photo opportunity and present to say thank you for saving Christmas. You can also visit Santa at any time in between show times.

Dublin: 3-Hour Explore w/ a Local at Christmas

8. Dublin: 3-Hour Explore w/ a Local at Christmas

Get into the festive spirit and share some good cheer with the locals as you explore Dublin’s best loved Christmas spots. Soak up the atmosphere as you wander through the city, seeing the most spectacular lights and browsing the Christmas market, and of course, warming up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine. Discover where the best spots in the city are to hear local musicians busking, visit the annual (and unusual) Nativity scene at a famous church and do some Christmas shopping as you stroll around Dublin’s character packed city center. You’ll be in the Christmas spirit in no time. Join a like-minded local to discover the most festive parts of the city, strolling through the beautiful cobbled streets and along the canals while they’re draped with magical Christmas lights. Your host will show you where the best Christmas lights in the city are, and share festive traditions with you so you can discover what Christmas is really like for the locals.  Stroll between the stalls at a Christmas market and warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate, indulge in some festive treats and maybe pick up some gifts to take home. See the famous Moving Crib Nativity at St. Martin Apostolate’s Church, a moving Nativity that’s a well-loved local Christmas tradition.  Your local will take you to the streets where local musicians busk, often for charity and enjoy the good cheer and festive atmosphere, maybe heading to a local pub to enjoy a drink with your local afterwards. Curious travelers will be connected to locals who are interesting and sociable people, who know the city well and who love to share their favorite places. They are not tour guides by profession. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Recreate the feeling of having a friend in every city you visit; someone who can show you the places you’ll fall in love with and help you to connect with the most authentic soul of a place. Book this meet-up and the local team will contact you within 24-hours and ask you questions about your preferences and interests, so they can match you with the right profile and assign a like-minded local Dubliner. Keeping in mind your personal answers, your local host will put together a bespoke itinerary just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible. Your host will arrange the most convenient meeting place for you.  If you feel like changing direction during the meet-up, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. 

Dublin: New Years Eve Pub Crawl 2022

9. Dublin: New Years Eve Pub Crawl 2022

Meet your new drinking buddies and lovely local party guides at the first bar at 7 p.m. and get your New Year's Eve night started with a true taste of Dublin - a free welcome Guinness.  Then, we'll head out to more pubs where you'll get free shots, exclusive drinks specials & discounts across a range of beers, shots, spirits and mixers, enjoy fantastic live music and live it up until it's time to go to the club before the midnight countdown. Skip-the-lines and enjoy free VIP club entry where you'll get a glass of bubbly to ring in the new year in style and start 2023 on a high! New Year's Eve in Dublin is notoriously busy, and all venues operate strict limited entry policies and increased entry fees. However, on this pub crawl you'll skip the queues and enjoy free entry to all venues, including VIP nightclub entry, so you can have a great New Year's Eve night in Dublin without the hassle. Please note: This is an age 20+ event. You must be aged 20 years or more on the date of the activity. ID may be required. If you are 18+ but under 20 on December 31st 2022, and are interested in joining, please contact us. Thanks

Dublin: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

10. Dublin: 2-Hour Christmas Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of Dublin's most vibrant Christmas spots on a 2-hour group walking tour around the charming, wintry city. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide in front of the iconic Christ Church Cathedral. Take in views of the impressive cathedral before heading on your way. Marvel at the twinkling festive lights that add a certain magic to Dublin in winter, and visit the most beautifully decorated places in the city. Along your way, learn fun anecdotes about Dublin in wintertime from your expert, local guide. Stop for a visit at a traditional Christmas Market and warm yourself up with a hot drink and snacks, and browse the sparkling stalls for seasonal goodies to bring home.

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What people are saying about Dublin

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3.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

A fantastic tour of Dublin, Amazing storytelling with a spookey vibe. The tour guides were funny and engaging. An emersive experience full of laughs and scares.

The guide Edward was an excellent entertainer. The program is very well designed. Recommended for people with a love for spooky tales.

Absolutely brilliant night with my sons! So much fun.. Andrew and Lisa the tour guides were absolutely amazing!!

Fabulous family Halloween event great story telling definitely recommend

Our guide was hilarious and the tour was fascinating. Highly recommend.