1916 Rebellion Walking Tour

2 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket


The 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour was founded in 1996 by Lorcan Collins, author, historian and Dubliner. This two hour walking tour meets daily at The International Bar where participants receive a copy of the 1916 Proclamation and some explanatory literature. After a brief introduction to the build up to the Easter Rising of 1916 the tour then visits the sites of the revolutionary period including the GPO, City Hall and Dublin Castle. The tour also covers the War of Independence when Michael Collins battled for Irish freedom from 1919-21 and also includes a discussion on the Irish Civil War, 1922-23. The tour is highly educational but also great fun and very interactive. Prior knowledge of events is not required.


Participants gather at the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street at 11:30am (Sundays 1pm) You are welcome to come earlier and enjoy a drink and a read of the introductory literature supplied by your guide. The tour begins with a short introduction to the build up to the revolutionary period, starting with the Great Hunger / Irish Famine of the 1840's and culminating with the 1916 Rising. This gives all participants an understanding of the events leading up to the revolution and also gives everyone a chance to ask questions and get to know the guide.

The first stop is Trinity College and the Old Parliament followed by a trip over Rosie Hackett Bridge. There follows an explanation of the women of the revolution, from Countess Markievicz to Rosie Hackett. Liberty Hall is viewed from here and James Connolly's role is explained. The next stop is Daniel O'Connell's memorial and then on to Jim Larkin's statue. Here a detailed explanation of the Great Strikes or Lockout of 1913/14 is given. The tour then examines the bullet holes and shrapnel marks on the General Post Office followed by a full explanation of the events around the Head-Quarters the Irish occupied in 1916 (the GPO). The tour then strolls towards Bachelors Walk and stops at one of Michael Collins' offices and there follows some discussion on his role in the War of Independence 1919-21. The next stop is Dubh-Linn where we travel to a much earlier time and explain the origins of the name Dublin. At Henry Grattan Bridge teh tour takes in a view of the Four Courts, occupied by the Volunteers in 1916 and reoccupied by the IRA in 1922 at the beginning of the Civil War. Then it's on to visit City Hall, another site of the Rising in 1916 and culminating in a visit to Dublin Castle, the seat of the British Administration before 1922. Participants are invited back to the International Bar to enjoy a refreshment or lunch.


  • Professional guide


  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers

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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

May 2022

Absolutely fantastic tour. Lorcan is a great tour guide, extremely knowledgeable and witty. Would definitely recommend and will certainly join the tour again in the future. Lorcan gives a true telling of history, free of the revisionist and whitewashed retellings so often paraded by State and med...

May 2022

Me and my wife were on the tour on 7th May. There was about 20 in our group in total, a mixture of Irish, English and Americans. Lorcan was a great tour guide. I don't think there is much about Irish history that Lorcan does not know. He was happy to answer any questions the group had. We had to...

May 2022

We went on the 1916 Rebellion tour in 2015 with Lorcan and thoroughly enjoyed it. Returning to Dublin in 2022 with our children we wanted them to have the same great experience that we did and were very happy to see that he was still offering the tour! Lorcan has so much knowledge and passion f...

May 2022

I just completed my fifth walking tour with Lorcan Collins and I’ve learned something new every time. Lorcan does a brilliant job explaining the events of not only Easter 1916 but the Tan War and Brothers War. If you’re a student of Irish history this tour is a must do!

May 2022

Very informative with an injection of humour. Lorcan is very knowledgeable and obviously takes great pleasure walking you through Dublins 1916 rebellion

May 2022

Our guide Liam was brilliant, he really brought the history to life. We had a great time and learned so much.

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from US$14.77 / per person