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dublin literary walking tour

Dublin Writers Walking Tour

2.5 hours, from €150 per group., dublin writers and their haunts – the tour designed to highlight the many diverse literary lives of the city, a unesco city of literature..

Visit the beautiful Georgian squares and find out who inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula. Walk in the footsteps of James Joyce and visit many sites mentioned in Ulysses, see Oscar Wilde’s home and statue. Visit the hallowed halls of Trinity College where Goldsmith, Burke, Swift, Beckett, Shaw, Stoker and Yeats studied.

Visit the Abbey Theatre founded by Gregory, Yeats and Synge and hear of the riot that marred ‘Playboy of the Western World’. Learn about the 1916 rebellion and Ireland’s fight for freedom that inspired Yeats to write the immortal words “A terrible beauty is born”

Visit the medieval Dublin Castle and see the building where Bram Stoker toiled as a civil servant, see the birthplace in 1667 of Dean Jonathan Swift. Walk the cobbled laneways of Temple Bar and cross the iconic Halfpenny Bridge on the journey taken by Leopold Bloom. Find out why Guinness tastes better in its native city and see the pubs that were a second home and inspiration to Joyce, Kavangh, Behan and Flann O’Brian.

The city’s lack of spectacular public monuments is more than adequately substituted by a far more meaningful, artful and unmistakable force- her Pubs!  Over 1,000 of them at last count, the social hub of generations, a friend to many and a comfort to all, the lifeblood of the city.

 All this and more in a relaxed 3 hour stroll with frequent readings (and a visit or two to some famous hostelries for refreshments) designed to give you a solid orientation and knowledge of literary Dublin.

Dublin Writers and their Haunts Walking Tour

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Jam-Packed Dublin Literary Walking Tour for Book Lovers

Are you an avid reader, a book lover, a self-proclaimed book nerd or even a self-styled bookworm? Then you are at the right place. Dublin has given the world some of its best and well-known writers: James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker to name just a few. The Irish city is proud to promote its centuries old literary tradition through museums, tours and festivals, and attracts legions of passionate readers every year.

A Dublin literary walking tour seems therefore the best way to make the most of  the city’s illustrious literary heritage. I used my in-depth knowledge of the city to create this self-guided walk for book lovers. One day might not be enough to see everything mentioned in this guide. But you are free to pick and choose whatever seems more interesting to you, be it museums, bookshops or libraries, and imagine your very own literary tour.

Jam-Packed Dublin Literary Walking Tour for Book Lovers

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Begin your journey into Dublin’s literary heritage at Dublin Writers Museum located in the North city centre before heading south of the River Liffey.

Dublin Writers Museum

The Dublin Writers Museum is located on Parnell Square, inside an 18th century mansion. The beautiful architecture of this historical house, decorated inside with portraits of Irish writers, is certainly worth a look.

However I was slightly disappointed with its exhibition that could do with some modernising to better promote its content. The museum will nonetheless please literature enthusiasts with its rare book editions (like the first edition of Dracula by Bram Stoker), letters and personal items that belonged to Yeats, Joyce, Beckett and more.

Jonathan Swift, Dublin Writers Museum

James Joyce Statue

As you make your way down O’Connell Street, you’ll come across a life-size brass statue of James Joyce standing at the corner with North Earl Street, opposite the GPO. Leaning aloof on its cane, the “Prick with a Stick”, as the statue is sometimes nicknamed (with humour), seems to observe Dubliners passing by as they get on with their daily business.

Although the Irish author spent a great deal of his life abroad, Dublin remained an immense source of inspiration for Joyce. Two of his most famous titles, Dubliners and Ulysses , are indeed both set in Dublin.

The Winding Stair Bookshop

At the end of O’Connell Street, take a right turn to Bachelors Walk. Follow the River Liffey for a little while. You will soon reach the Winding Stair , one of Dublin’s oldest bookshops.

Overlooking the Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin’s most romantic bridge, the ancient facade of the Winding Stair gives the independent bookshop its timeless and charming character. Selling new and second-hand books, the establishment prides itself in stocking unusual works unavailable anywhere else. Go and have a peek! 

The Winding Stair Bookshop, Dublin

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Walk across the Ha’Penny Bridge (take a selfie while you are there), and continue your literary tour in colourful Temple Bar .

Connolly Books

In Essex Street East, a late 17th century building has become the home of a self-styled radical bookshop: Connolly Books .

Founded in the 1930’s and named after one of the executed leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, the bookshop settled at its current location in 1977 after being chased all over the city by angry mobs. Communist and left-wing literature didn’t go down very well back then.

The shop has an interesting collection of books about Irish history, political figures and the Easter Rising. Well worth a browse.

The Gutter Bookshop

Further down the same cobbled lane on Essex Street West, the Gutter Bookshop is another worthwhile stop on your Dublin literary walking tour.

Named after a famous line by Oscar Wilde, “we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” the Gutter Bookshop prides itself on stocking exciting books you won’t find anywhere else. Local literature is well represented here and makes a great souvenir to bring home.

TIP: Need a little break ? Stop by the Queen of Tarts in Cow’s Lane to refuel with some delicious treats.

Dublin Castle

From Temple Bar, cross Dame Street and take a peek in Dublin Castle’s lower yard .

Across from the Chapel Royal, the building is used as an office for civil servants. It’s here that Bram Stoker , author of Dracula , worked in the Registrar of Petty Sessions Clerks before finding fame as a writer.

In the basement of the same building, medieval remains of the castle were excavated, including several severed heads. Rumour has it that some dark influence might have played a role in the young Bram Stoker’s inspiration.

Dublin Castle Lower Yard, Ireland

The Chester Beatty Library

Located at the back of Dublin Castle, the Chester Beatty Library cannot be overlooked. This free museum of books is one of the finest in the world and maybe the best museum in Dublin.

Inside, two galleries are filled with the most beautifully crafted books. From 16th-18th Japanese painted manuscripts depicting fairy tales and religious legends to gold-covered, baroque 18th century Qur’an manuscripts from Turkey, there is a lot to look at.

Dublin owes this world class museum to Alfred Chester Beatty. Born in New York, this wealthy industrialist had retired in Dublin. A great collector of manuscripts, he had a keen eye for richly-illustrated material, fine bindings and beautiful calligraphy. Upon his death his collection was bequeathed to a trust for the benefit of the public.

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Return to Dame Street and head towards Christ Church Cathedral. Here, take a left turn on Patrick Street, St Patrick’s Cathedral is just a mere 5-minute walk.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

Jonathan Swift is known worldwide for writing Gulliver’s Travels . But the famous author was also Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral from 1713 until his death in 1745.

Inside the cathedral, death masks of Jonathan Swift can be seen but more importantly, this is where he was buried. His grave can be found at the west end of the cathedral. His epitaph is on the wall nearby, words in Latin that he wrote himself.

Entrance to the cathedral is not free but you can purchase your ticket online here .

St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

The Marsh’s Library

Beside the cathedral, the Marsh’s Library can be found hiding behind a wrought iron gate on St Patrick’s Close. Founded by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh in 1707, this public library was the first to open in Ireland.

Amazingly, its interior has since remained largely unchanged. Sitting on their original dark Irish oak bookshelves 25,000 rare books from the 16th to the 18th century have been kept in the same position for the last three centuries.

An unexpected sight, cages possibly from the late 18th century have been kept inside the library. People back then were locked up behind a metal fence when consulting smaller books to avoid thefts.

The library offers short tours for a few euros during which you will hear creepy stories about the Archbishop’s ghost or an unidentified mummy found in a closet. You will also see the Old Reading Room where Bram Stoker and James Joyce themselves sat. The Marsh’s Library is no doubt one of Dublin’s best hidden gems .

Walk down Kevin Street, then Cuffe Street and you will be in St Stephen’s Green in just 10 minutes.

St Stephen’s Green

Enter the leafy Georgian square through its southwest gate as you reach the park from Cuffe Street. Follow the path at the south of the park for a couple of minutes and you will soon see a statue of James Joyce (another one!) standing on the left side of the path.

Search for the next gate immediately on your right and exit the park. Your next stop, MoLI, is right in front of you.

James Joyce Memorial, Dublin

The Museum of Literature Ireland – MoLI

MoLI is one of the latest attractions to open in Dublin. Based inside two exquisite Georgian townhouses, the historic home of the Catholic University of Ireland (now UCD), the museum is a homage to Irish writers. Its location couldn’t be more suited as James Joyce himself studied between these walls.

MoLI has a permanent exhibition dedicated to Joyce where the first edition of Ulysses is kept under glass like a precious bible. Temporary exhibitions about slightly less famous writers offer the opportunity to broaden your literary horizon.

You can book a tour with an audio guide here . Although a little bit more expensive, the guided tour is money well-spent. I was blown away by the staff’s expert knowledge in Irish literature.

TIP: You can access the picturesque Iveagh Gardens from the courtyard at the back of MoLI. They were the private gardens of the Guinness family . The perfect spot to chill out.

Ulysses Rare Books

From MoLI, cross St Stephen’s Green south to north and take Dawson Street. The second street on your left is Duke Street where you’ll find your next interesting bookshop.

If you have (lots of) money to spare, this is the shop to spend it. A fixture of Duke Street since the 1980’s, Ulysses Rare Books (the name is clearly an ode to James Joyce) does what it says on the tin: it sells rare (and expensive) books. Have a look, you might find something worth breaking the bank.

Ulysses Rare Books, Bookshop in Dublin, Ireland

Hodges Figgis Bookshop

Just around the corner from Ulysses Rare Books, Hodges Figgis is my favourite bookshop in Dublin. Although not always has its current location in Dawson Street, the shop has been around for 250 years. Its creaky wooden staircase will take you to several floors of books in every genre. Be careful not to lose track of time!

Hodges Figgis has notably an extensive collection of books about Ireland, from history to legends, travel and more. This bookshop is definitely a great place to browse and buy a gift for your bookish loved ones, or yourself.

Trinity College and the Book of Kells

If you love books, Trinity College and its Book of Kells exhibition must be firmly on your to-do list. Built in the early 18th century, the library of Ireland’s oldest university is a real show stopper. You’ll find one of Trinity College several entrances on Nassau Street, literally two steps away from Hodges Figgis. 

The tour starts on the ground floor with the permanent exhibition dedicated to the Book of Kells while the Long Room , the main chamber of the Old Library , occupies the second floor. 

Dating from the 9th century AD, the Book of Kells has been described as one of the most richly-illuminated manuscripts of the four Gospels. Its flamboyant golden, red, blue and green illuminations with interlocking Celtic spirals have turned the book into a real work of art.

The Long Room, Trinity College, Dublin

The Long Room is something else. The sheer dimension of the gallery is overwhelming: a 65-metre long gallery houses about 200,000 of the library’s oldest books under a jaw-dropping barrel-vaulted ceiling. Placed along the gallery 14 marble busts of illustrious authors keep a watchful eye on visitors. You will recognise Socrates, Plato, Isaac Newton, William Shakespeare, Jonathan Swift or Francis Bacon.

Trinity College Old Library is one of Dublin’s top attractions so booking ahead is highly recommended. You can purchase your ticket here .

The National Library of Ireland

Further down Nassau Street, you’ll find Kildare Street, home to the National Library of Ireland . This free library is located in a sumptuous neo-classical building from the late 19th century.

Its interior was designed to inspire anyone, man or woman, protestant or catholic, to create great things thanks to a wealth of knowledge freely accessible. Inside the main reception hall, twelve literary masters are represented in vibrant stained-glass windows including Shakespeare and French playwright Corneille .

As you climb the stone staircase to the reading room, Leonardo da Vinci also makes an appearance dressed in glorious colours in more stained-glass windows. In the reading room, people’s attention is drawn to a pastel green dome culminating at incredible height over circular walls covered with dictionaries and diverse encyclopedias. 

Reading Room, National Library of Ireland

The National Library of Ireland became a repository in 1927 and therefore books cannot be taken out. The library is also famous for its great collection of Irish manuscripts, periodicals and photographs that can be consulted for free.

If you want to know more about its history, the National Library of Ireland has free tours available at the weekend. Visit the Library’s event page for more details.

Sweny’s Pharmacy

Back on Nassau Street, take a slight detour to Lincoln Place as you head towards Merrion Square. Take a look at number 1 where stands Sweny’s Pharmacy , a shop dating from 1847 whose interior decor hasn’t changed since Victorian times.

Sweny’s Pharmacy owes its fame for being featured in details in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses as its main character Leopold Bloom visits the shop. The place is now run by volunteers as the James Joyce heritage visitor centre . 

Sweny's Pharmacy, on your Dublin Literary Walking Tour

Oscar Wilde Statue

We are now in Merrion Square where sits the famous statue commemorating Oscar Wilde . At the park’s north-west corner, Oscar Wilde is amusingly depicted reclining on a massive rock. The different stones used for the sculpture (green jade, pink thulite, blue granite) give the artwork its enduring colours. 

Oscar Wilde Statue, Merrion Square, Dublin

Oscar Wilde House

We end our literary walking tour at the childhood house of Oscar Wilde . Now the American College, the house at number 1 Merrion Square, across from Oscar Wilde statue, was the author’s home during the first 10 years of his life.

The house was a hive of intellectual activities where Oscar Wilde’s mother, a renowned poetess, writer and translator, hosted a weekly salon for the elite minds of Dublin.

Guided tours are organised usually at the week-end if you want to take a peek inside the historic house.

Walking Tours with the James Joyce Centre

The James Joyce Centre is the specialist for anything Joyce related. They organise guided tours of Dublin based on James Joyce’s novels. Connoisseurs will love retracing the footsteps of Leopold Bloom. But don’t forget to bring comfy shoes!

Dublin Literature Festivals

Dublin organises several festivals celebrating literature during the year, another good reason for book lovers to visit the city. Check out these recurring festivals :

  • Bloomsday Festival
  • International Literature Festival Dublin
  • Dublin Book Festival
  • Dalkey Book Festival

I hope this Dublin literary walking tour will be helpful to those with an interest in literature. The Irish city has plenty to offer to book lovers and self-confessed book worms. For more ideas on what to do and see in the Fair City, take a look at my Dublin travel guide ! 

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How to plan a literary walking tour through Dublin

Discover the city that’s inspired many literary classics on a tour of the Irish capital.

1. Dublin Writers Museum

It’s 100 years since James Joyce’s Ulysses was published. In honour of this, get your bookish bearings at Dublin Writers Museum , an old-school property full of belongings from titans of Irish literature — Samuel Beckett’s old telephone and a letter from Brendan Behan berating the local press among them. Yes, most of those represented here are male and deceased, but a gander in these Georgian rooms is a good grounding for any literary layover in the city.  

2.   Gutter Bookshop

Oscar Wilde’s aphorism — “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars” — has inspired the Gutter Bookshop , a 20-minute stroll from the Dublin Writers Museum, in Temple Bar. Big windows bring natural light onto a carefully curated mix of classics, staff picks, works by modern Irish authors such as Sally Rooney and Rónán Hession, and titles for younger readers, too. Perhaps the gutter isn’t the worst place to be, after all.  

3.   Museum of   Literature Ireland

Nicknamed ‘MoLI’ (and pronounced ‘Molly’, a nod to Molly Bloom, from Ulysses), the Museum of   Literature Ireland is an interactive celebration of writing. Alongside traditional draws such as ‘Copy No 1’ of Ulysses, you’ll find space for child-friendly displays, female and young adult authors, a secret garden and a very good cafe. Centenary anniversary events of Joyce’s novel include ‘Love, says Bloom’, a look at the Joyce family’s love of music.  

4.   Sweny’s Pharmacy

Cross St Stephen’s Green via the Oscar Wilde statue and head to Sweny’s , a   Victorian pharmacy that features in Ulysses, when Leopold Bloom muses, “Smell almost cure you like the dentist’s doorbell.” The mahogany shelves, dusty bottles and old dispensary drawers remain, but it’s no longer a chemist; today, volunteers host readings. It’s a wonderfully eccentric, unscripted and passionate place to spend time — just be prepared for plenty   of good conversation.

5.   Bewley’s Café Theatre

Stop off at a literary pub such as Mulligan’s or Davy Byrnes or, better still, combine a cuppa at this famous Grafton Street cafe with a short show upstairs. Since 1999, Bewley’s Café Theatre has carved out a niche with classic one-acts by the likes of George Bernard Shaw and Seán O’Casey, as well as modern Irish and emerging writers (Gemma Kane and Catríona Daly, for example). There’s an emphasis on comedy and good craic, with shows from 1-2pm.  

6.   The Old Library

A hop across the cobbles of Trinity College takes you to this bewitching temple to the written word, The Old Library . Some 200,000 volumes are stacked beneath the barrel-vaulted oak ceiling and a separate exhibition showcases the Book of Kells, whose ninth-century illustrations still dazzle in the age of screens. A major redevelopment sees the library close from 2023 to 2026 (the Book of Kells will be temporarily rehoused), so book a slot ahead online.

Published in the May 2022 issue of   National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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A Literary Tour of Dublin

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  • Literary Pubs

Things to Do

It is rare to find a city that celebrates its literary history as deeply as Dublin. Named the UNESCO City of Literature, the Irish capital has long been associated with poets, scribes, and the written word.

Over the centuries, Dublin has been home to authors and writers such as James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. In more recent times, the love affair with literature has continued with famous residents like Seamus Heaney—a Noble laureate. The small city has produced four Nobel laureates of literature in total, with William Butler Yeats , George Bernard Shaw, and Samuel Beckett receiving the prize before Heaney’s poetry captured the world’s heart. James Joyce even once mused “ When I die Dublin will be written in my heart.” With so many incredible authors coming from the Irish capital, it is no wonder that Dublin’s literary fame continues even today.

Literary Museums in Dublin

Book lovers can start their literary pilgrimage in Ireland at the Dublin Writers Museum . One of the best museums in Dublin , the exhibits dedicated to the city’s most famous writers is set inside an 18th-century mansion on Parnell Square. The focus is on writers from the 18th century through the 1970s and there are quirky artifacts on display related to their work and lives, including Samuel Beckett’s phone.

For an even more in-depth education, head to the Museum of Irish Literature located on the south side of St. Stephen’s Green . The gem in the museum’s crown is the first copy of James Joyce’s "Ulysses" that was ever printed, thanks to the institution’s close relationship with the National Library of Ireland .

Literary Pubs in Dublin

While museums can offer a more formal way to learn about the literary history of Dublin, there are several unofficial landmarks that offer a glimpse into the writerly side of the city. The authors who have called Dublin home were often found in the capital’s pubs and cultural institutions and you will note many literary attractions are the places which they visited as part of their daily lives in the city.

To drink like an Irish author, find a seat at Neary’s, a favorite watering hole of Joyce, or stop into Toner’s , the only pub that W.B. Yeats ever visited. Several other pubs feature in Joyce’s work, the most famous being Davy Byrne's on Duke Street – which still has the same name and location as it did when Leopold Bloom stops by in Ulysses to order a cheese sandwich. The pub has been remodeled since Bloom’s time, but you can still order a gorgonzola sandwich, preferably with a glass of burgundy and Italian olives.

Libraries in Dublin

Not every literary attraction in Dublin has been recorded in a book. Instead, some are full of books themselves. Bibliophiles should visit Trinity College’s incredibly beautiful Long Room to see the shelves of books and ladders reaching up towards the high ceilings. The college is also where you can find the famed "Book of Kells," one of the most celebrated illuminated manuscripts on earth. For more bookworm goodness, the Chester Beatty Library has an extensive collection of rare manuscripts and literary artifacts. Finally, the Pearse Street Library is open to the public and researchers alike, who come to the stacks to find historic manuscripts and periodicals in their Dublin Collection.

Dublin continues to inspire and attract writers from all backgrounds today. This translates into a vibrant literary community that hosts various events throughout the year.

June 16 is an unofficial literary holiday in Dublin known as Bloomsday. The day is named in honor of the main character in James Joyce’s famous opus "Ulysses." The book follows Leopold Bloom through one single day: June 16, 1904. There are often special events at the literary attractions which are featured in the novel, or around the places that Joyce himself frequented in his daily Dublin life. 

May brings the International Literature Festival as well as the Dublin Writers' Festiva l. Another one of the best places to encounter contemporary authors is at the Dublin Book Festival . The annual event usually takes place in November and includes a full line up of writers discussing their work and their craft.

For an updated list of literature-related events in the Irish capital, check the calendar on the Dublin City of Literature website . 

In addition to events and major literary attractions, Dublin has lots to offer book lovers of all backgrounds. From day trips to theater nights, the city is full of things for bibliophiles to do during a visit.

Go on a Day Trip to Sandycove

If time allows, plan a day trip out of Sandycove. The Dublin suburb is set along the seaside where James Joyce once spent time as the guest of Oliver St. John Gogarty. The location left such an impression that Joyce used a description of the sea here in the opening scene in "Ulysses." The Martello tower where the author once slept has been converted into the James Joyce Museum.

Explore Dublin on a Walking Tour

To follow even more closely in Joyce’s footsteps, Dublin visitors can also take a literary walking tour sponsored by the James Joyce Cultural Centre . The center also organizes Joyce-related courses and lectures throughout the year.

Ireland is known for its rain, but mild days offer the perfect chance to spend some quiet time reading in the shadow of the statue dedicated to Oscar Wilde in Merrion Square. Or wander down to the canal to find the statue of poet Patrick Kavanagh in a leafy area near the Baggot Street bridge.

Spend a Night at the Theater

While days can be filled at museums and libraries, be sure to spend at least one evening in the city at the Abbey Theatre . The performance space was co-founded by Nobel prize-winner WB Yeats along with Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory in 1904. The poet and the dramatist created a cultural institution that remains one of the most historic places to see world-class performances in Dublin.

Take a Pub Tour

Literary pub tours are another entertaining way to see the bookish side of Dublin while sampling some of the city’s favorite tipples. However, if you don’t drink, you can still find plenty of literary connection at Bewley’s. The historic coffee house on Grafton Street (Dublin’s only street without a pub) has been a gathering spot for writers for years. Joyce, Beckett, and Kavanagh have all sipped on a coffee here. It remains a lovely place to bring a novel to read by yourself and soak in a cozy atmosphere.

Go Book Shopping

If the city inspires you to dive into a book, you can find plenty of unique second-hand tomes at the wonderful Winding Stair Bookshop . Plus, the restaurant above the bookstore offers farm-fresh meals with views over the Liffey. In "Ulysses," Leopold Bloom visits Sweny's Pharmacy to buy lemon soap, but these days the old-fashioned storefront is filled with books instead of apothecary supplies. For more bookish Dublin souvenirs, try Ulysses Rare Books . The store on Duke Street is brimming with hard-to-find manuscripts.

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