DUBLIN SCHOOL TOURS​ was started in 2019 by a group of long term colleagues working in Dublin City.

The aim of Dublin School Tours is to take students both national and international, out of the classroom and into Ireland’s capital city in order to experience the history and art of Dublin first hand.

Their service offers a wide range of Tours that cover a wide range of subjects including History, Art and Literature. Their tours have been designed in order to compliment the current Irish curriculum and are always open to catering to bespoke tours of the city.

Dublin History Tour

Duration: 2hrs 

From the Viking foundations to the Easter Rising, see how the city of Dublin developed into the modern city that we live in today.

Beginning at Dublin Castle we will explore the Viking foundations of the city as well as the arrival of the Normans in 1169. Discover how Dublin got its name in the Castle Gardens, before reaching the heart of  medieval Dublin at Christchurch Cathedral.

Hear the tales of  the city’s most beloved street characters, from Arthur Fields to Bang Bang.

The tour will finish at the General Post Office with the events of Easter 1916 and the proclamation of the Irish Proclamation.

Dublin Sculpture Tour

Duration: 2hrs 

Discover the history of Dublin’s most prominent public sculptures from Molly Malone to Daniel O’Connell, Jim Larkin to Nelsons Column. 

Learn how many bullets Daniel O’Connell took during the 1916 Rising, the fascinating story behind Pat Noise and read the final words of Michael Joseph O’Rahilly. 

This two hour tour will focus on the themes of Rebellion, Remembrance and Reconciliation. In this we will discuss the works of John Henry Foley, Oisin Kelly and John and Edward Smyth, to name just a few.

This tour is ideal for Art History students or TY.

1916 Easter Rising Tour

Duration: 2hrs 

Walk in the footstep of Ireland’s revolutionary heroes.

This tour will include Liberty Hall, the headquarters of the Irish Citizens Army and the building from which The Proclamation of the Irish Republic was produced.

Continuing down Abbey Street, we will begin the march on the GPO, the epicentre of the Easter Rising. From the GPO, we will follow the route of the rebels as they made their retreat down Moore Street and visit the site where the rebellion would and with Pearse offering his surrender to General Lowe.

The tour will finish at the Garden of Remembrance, where many of the rebels were brought following their surrender and now a peaceful garden dedicated to the men and women of Ireland’s struggle for Independence.

This tour would suit all year groups and give insight into the Irish revolutionary period.

Bespoke Tours

From Irish Folklore to the women of the Irish Revolution, Vikings to Irish Design, send us your ideas. If there is a particular aspect about Dublin’s history or Culture you would like you would like to see on a walking tour feel free to send us a message and make a request.

In the past our guides have catered for tours covering Literary History, Irish Folklore, National Museums, Glasnevin Cemetery and the Liberties to name just a few.

Any and all ideas welcome.

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Part 1: Dublin in 1913 By the early 20th century, the city of Dublin had gone through major decline. Once the opulent home of the Irish Parliament, early 20th century Dublin had become a slum, with the inner city being filled with poverty and tenement housing. The 1911 Census for instance records that on Henrietta Street alone, there were 835 people living in just 15 houses. Across the city 26,000 families lived in tenements with 20,000 of them living in just one room accommodation and rates of Cholera, TB and infant mortality were among the highest in Europe. In contrast, the 19th century had seen the rise of a Catholic middle class, which would increasingly become involved in Irish political life. Better transport such as Dublin’s tram system, would see the movement of the wealthier population out of the city centre towards the suburbs. Many within this class were the owners and landlords of the housing that had become synonymous with the inner city slums. While the city did employ many workers in factories such as Jacob’s Biscuits or Guinness, manufacturing in Dublin had actually declined from 33% in 1841 to 20% in 1911. Indeed one of the most common job descriptions on the 1911 census is ‘casual labourer’. This often meant that many unskilled workers took jobs when and where they could. Culturally, Ireland was experiencing a revival in its own national identity with movements such as the Gaelic League and the GAA popular among all classes. Likewise, theatre was popular among a variety of social classes, with the Abbey at the centre of the Irish theatre movement. Politically, while the more radical Sinn Féin party had been founded in 1905, Home Rule would remain the dominant political force for Irish nationalists. By 1913, The Home Rule Crisis would dominate Ireland's political landscape. With the arming of Ulster unionists in January of 1913, tension within the nationalist population would continue to grow. It was this Dublin, which formed the backdrop for the Lockout of 1913.

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AB Tours Dublin

Get to know the intimate history and stories of Ireland’s capital on this walking tour with local historian Alan Byrne

About This Event

Have you ever wished to get to know more about Ireland’s capital city, its history, people, buildings, statues and stories? Looking for a safe outdoor activity to enjoy during Covid restrictions? What better time than join me on an afternoon stroll around Dublin? On the tour you’ll see how Dublin was founded by the Vikings a little earlier than you may realise, see how the Norman conquest reshaped the city, learn why we have two main cathedrals right beside each other, hear the stories of the Hell district of the 18th century (including a serial killer or two), discover the hidden stories in the architecture and place names of the city and get a new appreciation of the things we take for granted in our home town. Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, wheelchair friendly. Limited numbers and social distancing will apply. (This tour is designed for residents of Dublin who have a basic familiarity with the city and life in Ireland, but all are welcome. Guests visiting from overseas must provide proof of 14 day quarantine.)

A Note from Alan: My name is Alan Byrne. I qualified with a Masters in modern history from UCD in 2017. In the time since, I have been working as a tour guide both in Dublin and nationally, as well as working as a research assistant on an upcoming biography of Charles Haughey. In 2020 I qualified with a National Tour Guiding Badge from Failte Ireland.

Meeting Location

Barnardo Square

Dame Street

Dublin 2