A Walk with Famous Irish Writers, Dublin

Check out this unique tour to learn about the lives of famous Irish writers, such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. You will visit places from their daily life, as well as monuments, museums, a birth place, and even a final resting place. Follow this tour and learn more about Dublin’s literary background.
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A Walk with Famous Irish Writers Map

Guide Name: A Walk with Famous Irish Writers
Guide Location: Ireland » Dublin (See other walking tours in Dublin)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Author: max
Oscar Wilde House

1) Oscar Wilde House

The Oscar Wilde House is located on Merrion Square, one of the last great Georgian squares in Dublin. You can visit it only by guided tour, booked in advance.

Oscar Wilde’s father William, a noted surgeon, moved into the house at N°1 Merrion Square in 1855, when Oscar was a year old. William had his consulting room in the house and today it has been restored and you can see several antique surgical instruments on display, lent by the Royal College of Surgeons. He had his own operating...   view more

2) Mulligans

Leopold Bloom, famous protagonist of James Joyce's Ulysses, often visited this establishment. James Joyce spent most of his life in France, but he remains the only writer to write exclusively using Dublin as a setting. Generations of journalists, writers and politicians have visited this old haunt. Today, cultural pilgrims around the world continue to come in this pub where very little has changed for over a...   view more
James Joyce Centre

3) James Joyce Centre

This venue is dedicated entirely to James Joyce and instils great imagination and enthusiasm for all things Joycean. This cultural centre has a bookshop, a library, a meeting room where various workshops take place, plus an exhibition space. The Centre also houses the Guinness Library which holds a rich collection of Joyce's texts and translations into foreign languages. There is a whole section dedicated to Joyce's Irish contemporaries. Among the exhibits of The James Joyce Centre is...   view more
Dublin Writers Museum

4) Dublin Writers Museum

The Dublin Writer’s Museum is housed in a beautifully restored 18th century Georgian mansion with sculptured plasterwork, stained glass windows and an air of timelessness. You really shouldn’t miss a visit to this important museum.

The museum opened in 1991 with the aim of promoting Irish literature and authors. The wonderful collection is set out on display in two rooms – in Room 1 you will find books dating from the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. Room 2 is dedicated to...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
The Brazen Head

5) The Brazen Head

The Brazen Head originally opened back in the medieval ages. Today, this establishment retains its original look and atmosphere despite all the changes that it has been through. The Brazen Head’s decor reflects the bar's long history, earning its place in Irish history. Remarkable Irish people like James Joyce, Patrick Kavanagh and Brendan Behan frequented this old haunt. The live traditional Irish music and Guinness are never ending...   view more
The Grave of Jonathan Swift

6) The Grave of Jonathan Swift

You will find the grave of Jonathan Swift in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on the junction of Patrick Street and Upper Kevin Street.

The grave, to the right of the entrance to the cathedral, is very simple, consisting of a gated off area on the floor, with little to distinguish it other than two plaques, one for Jonathan Swift and the other for his life-long companion and friend, Esther Johnston, or “Stella” as he called her. To the left of the entrance there is a bust of Swift and his...   view more
George Bernard Shaw's Birth Place

7) George Bernard Shaw's Birth Place

His birth place was a simple two story house near the Grand Canal. His parents were not affluent, but nevertheless, George Bernard Shaw went on to represent the golden generation of Irish writers. His novels and plays are part of the world literary heritage. He was very successful and his genius was recognized during his lifetime. Today, Dublin carries on his legacy with...   view more

Walking Tours in Dublin, Ireland

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Create Your Own Walk in Dublin

Creating your own self-guided walk in Dublin is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
A walk along Liffey River

A walk along Liffey River

Take a walk among the places where Irish history was made and is kept alive for the generations to come. This part of town is a place where the past meets the present and the future is defined. There is no better place in Ireland for a tourist to learn more about Irish culture and its rich, colorful history. Don't hesitate to spend a few hours exploring the banks of Liffey River in the central part of Dublin.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Places of Worship Tour

Places of Worship Tour

This tour will give you a glimpse of Dublin's religious life. There are many churches located in the old town of Dublin, a place unaffected by the city’s radical modernization of the 1960s. They are the guardians of Dublin’s spiritual side as well as architectural history. Take this tour to familiarize yourself with some of the city’s most holy places.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 km
Old City Walk

Old City Walk

After the 1950s, Dublin went through a series of reconstruction and remodeling. Old buildings were taken down to make way for modern architecture. Despite the trend, the Old City area was preserved to keep the cultural legacy of Ireland’s history alive. Take this amazing tour to discover some of the most important venues in the Old City of Dublin.

Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
Hidden Places Walking Tour

Hidden Places Walking Tour

You don't always find everything that's worth-while on a map, smaller and less famed sights are often omitted on tourist maps and brochures. However a trip off the beaten track can sometimes be the most rewarding. Take this tour and find some of Dublin's secret places, some of which even the locals aren't always aware of.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
City Center Souvenir Shops

City Center Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Dublin without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts which are unique to Dublin and can be purchased in the wonderful souvenir shops around the City Center.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Daily Life Tour

Daily Life Tour

The real life of Dubliners is hidden away from the main tourist attractions. Those who live in Dublin and breathe its air daily, live an interesting and complex life. Take this tour to feel what it is like to be a Dubliner. Walk off the beaten track, shop alongside Dubliners, perhaps even go to an opera at The National Concert Hall.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km

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