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.


  • Professional guide

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour, 23 Wicklow Street The International Bar, Dublin D02 VH59 Ireland

This is our starting point, the famous International Bar where Lorcan Collins has been running the 1916 Tour since 1996.
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.

We will let you know what route we are going to take, below are some of the examples of places that we typically visit but we vary the route so that the tour does not become stale but you will be happy with the various places that you get to see.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: City Hall Exhibition Centre Dame Street Cork Hill, Dublin D02 NP93 Ireland

City Hall was occupied during the 1916 Rising by the Irish Citizen Army so we will stop here and talk about that aspect of Easter Week 1916.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Dame St Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 Ireland

We will visit Dublin Castle where the British administration controlled Ireland from. We will discuss it's role in the 1916 Rising and War of Independence. You might recall Dublin Castle from the Michael Collins movie.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin 8 Ireland

The Four Courts was occupied by the revolutionaries in 1916 and again in the build up to the Irish Civil War in 1922. Rather than go all the way up to the building it is best seen from a bridge over the River Liffey. Here there will be a discussion on the Four Courts role in 1916 and 1922 and the intricacies of the Civil War will be explained.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: O'Connell Monument, O'Connell Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1, D01 TX31, Ireland

There are lots of little stops along the walk but we will also stop at Daniel O'Connell's Memorial to look at the bullet holes from the Rising and explain the positions occupied by the British and the Irish in 1916.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Jim Larkin Statue, O'Connell Street, Dublin Ireland

Big Jim Larkin the Union Man from Liverpool was a great comrade of James Connolly and a true friend to the Dublin working class. We'll stop at his statue and explain his contribution to the revolutionary period.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: An Post General Post Office, General Post Office O'Connell Street Lower, Dublin D01 F5P2 Ireland

The GPO was the HQ for the Revolutionaries in Dublin and is one of our most important stops where an explanation of the events of Easter 1916 will unfold. This is the place where PH Pearse read the Proclamation and is an integral part of the Irish national psyche - the most important and historic building in Dublin.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Moore Street, Dublin Ireland

Depending on time we often go to Moore Street to see where the GPO Garrison made their last stand in Easter Week.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Bank of Ireland, 2 College Green, Dublin Ireland

This is more colloquially known as the Old Parliament and depending on the route taken by the guide we may examine the building and it's role in Irish history and it's neighbour Trinity College. Again, we stress that we vary the route of the walking tour so it just depends on the day!

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional information

  • 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
  • All of our guides have undertaken the Irish Tourist Board (Fáilte Ireland) Covid Safety Course. If participants wish to wear a mask please feel free to do so but it is not mandatory (especially as the majority of the tour is outside). Our guides take a daily Covid Test before coming to work.
  • 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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
October 2023

Informative and enjoyable with the unexpected delight of having a tour guide who could also sing the traditional Irish songs of the rebellion. You simply wold not be experiencing Dublin to its fullest without understanding this part of it history.

October 2023

The guide was phenomenal. Tom was very passionate and very knowledgeable about 1916. If you are interested in history and can do a bit of walking (probably not more than 1 1/2 miles) and standing while he immerses you in history, this is a must do while in Dublin.

October 2023

Unbelievable. Our tour guide was extremely informative and so enthusiastic about the history of 1916. This a is a must if you visit Dublin. The first thing you need to do is book this tour you do NOT want to miss ou. Thanks for a great 2 hours.

October 2023

Very informative and detailed tour of the 1916 rebellion. The tour also gave a good overview of Irish history and resistance. Highly recommended!

September 2023

It started off as a musical act in the basement of the Pub where we met. Not exactly what I expected but different. I had lots of questions about why the various rebellions failed (others did too, I just verbalized them). A little.shy on the actual reasons why, and why the rebels didn't want to e...

September 2023

Our guide, Tom, was extremely knowledgeable about the 1916 rebellion, and the events leading to, and after, that. He was passionate about the subject and shared that enthusiasm, leading to a better understanding of that part of Irish history. Highly recommend this walking tour!!

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