Gangs of Dublin Walking Tour

4.8 / 5

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Gangs of Dublin Walking Tour

From US$ 18.11 per person

Over the last 300 years there has been one constant in Dublin life, organised crime. On this tour you will learn about the graphic history of the Irish mob from the 18th Century to the present day. Not for the faint of heart!

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Duration 2 hours
Starting time 5:00 PM
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Wheelchair accessible


  • Visit sites associated with three centuries of gang culture: St. Stephens Green, the Liberties, Templebar, Dublin Castle and O'Connell Street
  • Gasp in horror a headshots of Dublin's most infamous historic criminals and learn about the police that hunted them
  • Hear the stories of the victims of Dublin's gangs and the crusading few who attempt to change an age old nightmare
Full description
For three hundred years Dublin has been blighted by the spectre of gangs. From the early years of the 18th Century to the present day. As the city grew in prosperity and grandeur there was a correlated growth of dire poverty and violent crime. Despite the passage of three centuries this essential truth has not changed. On this tour you will learn about the various gangs that have called Dublin their home, beginning with the first Gang War of 18th Century, the Liberty Boys vs the Ormonde Boys. This tour does not discrimate based on class. You will also explore the upper class criminal element, whether it be the satanic Hellfire Club of 1750s or the pimps and madams of the Redlight district that was Dublin's "Hell". The 19th Century was known for gangs of grave robbers that began plaguing the city's cemeteries as well as the Ribbon Society,  a secret society operating protection rackets across the city. These Ribbonmen would ultimately come to form the revolutionary Irish Republican Brotherhood in 1858. The creation of an independent Irish Republic in the 1920s did not alleviate the horrors of organised crime as "Animal"gangs stalked the streets of 1930s Dublin seeking victims, newspapers began to speak of the first serial killers and as political parties used their power to further their own advancement. The Celtic Tiger of 1990s came at the same time as the arrival of drugs onto the streets of the city, unleashing a carnival of dangerous gangs that profited from addiction. Ireland was fundamentally changed by enormous economic growth and secularisation of 1990s-2000s, but it also made the lives of the poor that much harder. Poverty bred the drug addiction and gang violence that still blights the city even today. 
  • A walking tour of the inner-city focusing on the history of crime in Dublin
  • Alcohol
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  • Children under 18 years

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Meeting point

Old Dublin City Wall, Lamb Alley.

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  • Luggage or large bags

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  • Tour contains graphic descriptions of violence.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 19 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    2.5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.9 / 5
  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
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As an Irish person I found this tour a very interactive way to learn more on this specific area of Irish history. The tour guide was very knowledgeable on the topic and made the experience very interesting. The tour guide was very open to questions throughout the tour. I really enjoyed the tour as did my friend and we agreed it was great value for money.

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September 11, 2018

This was an awesome tour, highly recommended.

Our guide was very knowledgeable, not only about the gangs of Dublin, but about local history too. The tour was fantastic and everyone in our group had a great time. This is a great activity if you are looking to learn something a little different and interesting about this beautiful city.

August 21, 2018

We had a really amazing experience Good, fun and very exciting and interesting guided tour Rune Hollendsted

September 21, 2019

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