1. Ireland
  2. Leinster
  3. Dublin
  4. Dublin Castle

Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

Product ID: 184508
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.
About this activity
Duration: 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
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  • 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
Make your way through church graveyards and down narrow back alleys to discover a side of Dublin that you won't find on any 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, and get a closer look at the spooky mummies on display at St Michan's Church.
  • Guided walking tour
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Joy of Chá, 10 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin. Just look for the team with the red t-shirts and red umbrellas.

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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

4.6 / 5

based on 94 reviews

Review summary

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    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Nice tour with Ciarán

If you are interested in dark history, we definitely recommend this tour. The tour guide (Ciarán) is an experienced guide and will show you the dark side of Dublin with Irish humour. Very good :) As you will be staying a few minutes at the sights to hear the story, I recommend that you bring a sweater or a warmer jacket - Dublin can be very windy and colder, even on sunny days.

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3 May 2019


It is a very beautiful historic walk in obscure Dublin. CAIRIAN is passionate about history but also stories and tales. He is great, he tells very well, he explains very well. He is passionate and fascinating and he is very funny even to tell things that are a little gloomy or even sordid. I really enjoyed this Tour.

1 May 2019

Very interesting tour, exciting stories & a cool tour guide!

Our tour guide Adam was a really cool and very funny guy. He answered all of our questions and also talked to us about little things. The buildings we saw during the tour were very impressive. Like out of a movie. Most stories are still in the mind after a few days. They had its very creepy touch, but they were very interesting and really exciting. All in all a really successful tour that you won't forget so quickly.

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5 January 2019

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Sandemans New Europe - Ireland

Product ID: 184508