This free tour is great for seeing parts of Dublin city where other free walking tours don't go while learning all about Dublin's literary heritage. A relaxed paced stroll to beautiful areas of the city centre brings you through Georgian Dublin and along the canal bank walk while discovering plenty about Dublin's, and Ireland's, exceptional literary sons & daughters, their lives, works, characters and their impact on the city and country across many levels of society and generations as well as incredible anecdotes from their lives. It is very interesting subject matter and includes famous greats such as Wilde, Joyce, Beckett, Shaw and more while tracing the country's tumultuous history through the works and lives of the literary artists who resided in and / or grew up in Dublin.


Come stroll with us along literary hotspots such as Baggot Street, Merrion Square, the Canal Bank Walk and discover Georgian Dublin. Our local passionate guides will share with you the history of this compelling time in Irish history, gain an insight into the Irish mindset and hear about the stories & secrets of these famous writers on this 3 hour tour.

This activity includes:

The Celtic literary revival - Irish theatre - WB Yeats - Patrick Kavanagh - Traditional Irish music revival - Maud Gonne - Trinity College Alumni - James Joyce - Oscar Wilde - Brendan Behan - Samuel Beckett

Our Guides

    Traveler Reviews

  • “Great tour and histories!”
    Rating: 5 Reviewed on April 25, 2017

    A couple of friends and I went to this free tour with Keith. It was clear that he has been guiding these walks for a while and that he knows and enjoys what he is saying and doing. We got a lot of...

  • “Sightseeing, Education and Humor in One Delightful Package”
    Rating: 5 Reviewed on April 25, 2017

    Greatly enjoyed this little tour. Our guide, Kieth was very knowledgeable and engaging. He was extremely funny, while providing some great information on Irish history. He also went out of his way...

  • “great afternoon walking tour with Keith”
    Rating: 5 Reviewed on April 23, 2017

    We actually came for a folklore tour but as there was noone else to take it we joined the regular city tour. And it was absolutely wonderful! Our guide was Keith, and not only did he show us around...

Meeting point

In the square in front of The Central Bank, Dame St.

On arrival

On foot:
The Central bank is located on Dame Street, one of the main streets in Dublin, so if you are staying in the city centre the best way to get here is by foot. Please note that we are NOT located at the Bank of Ireland close to Trinity College. The Central Bank is 1-2 mins walk from Trinity College, The Ha'penny Bridge & Dublin Castle in the very centre of the City. See the map above for it's location.
Dubliners are very friendly people so they'll be glad to give you directions. The Square at the Central Bank is a relatively spacious public area and once you are there you will see our guides in blue NEXT City Tours T-shirts and holding blue Free Tour umbrellas.

Things to note

Booking for this tour is essential to reserve your space specially during high season. This helps us to guarantee you'll receive a top quality tour!