Dark Dublin Guided Walking Tour

2 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 14
Mobile ticket


Explore Dublin’s gruesome stories of murder, torture, cannibalism, grave robbing, brothels, proposals to eat young children, unearthly worship and much more!
We start our journey at Dublin Castle, where we will explore the torture of the past, speak of priest hunters and unearth why the upper courtyard was nicknamed the Devil’s Half Acre but behind the beautiful architecture is a brutal past.
From here we’ll take the side streets to hear stories of cannibalism and of proposals to eat babies.
As we delve further into Dublin’s dark past, we’ll enter an area once known as Hell. Uncover stories of brothels, witches, and the infamous Hellfire Club.

Passing by the old city walls we’ll learn of grave robbing, The Black Pig, and finish with the very unusual case of a strangler and killer with no legs.

Join us on this 2-hour walking tour as we weave our way through the city streets and back alleys to uncover Dublin’s Dark past.


  • In-person guide
  • Small groups
  • Eco-friendly
  • Entry/Admission - The 40 Steps

What to expect

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Dame St Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 Ireland

Our guides will spend some time in the Lower Courtyard of Dublin Castle exploring the tortures of the past.

next, the Tour Guide will venture to the Upper Courtyard of the Castle and talk about the Devil's Half Acre

*Tour does not enter Dublin Castle

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: The 40 Steps, Dublin Ireland

The Tour Guide will explore stories of cannibalism.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Saint Patrick's Cathedral, 21-50 Patrick's Close Off Clanbrassil St., Dublin 8 Ireland

The guide will take you into the grounds of St Patrick's Cathedral and uncover the history of Jonathan Swift.

*Tour does not enter St Patrick's Church

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8 Ireland

The guide will cover the stories of the hidden history behind the extraordinary church.

*Tour does not enter Christ Church

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St. Audoen's Church, Corn Market, near High Street, Dublin D08 W99H Ireland

The Tour Guide will unearth the dark past of grave robbings and the attacks from The Black Pig

*Tour does not enter St Audoen's Church

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: St. Michan's Church, Church St. Lower, Dublin DUBLIN 7 Ireland

The Tour Guide will dive into the brutal history of Billy in the Bowl and more recent dark events

*Tour does not enter St Michan's Church

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Smithfield Square, Dublin 7, Dublin 7 Ireland

Our guide will finish in Smithfield Square with an incredible finishing story of a local murderer.

*End point is a Public Square

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional information

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Ticket delivery

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

The tales were interesting though very dark. The walk through the different neighborhoods was nice and enjoyable.

September 2023

Cillian was really fun and informative! The two hours flew by because of his stories and witticisms. All the dark stories were hard to stomach but that’s what the tour is about!

September 2023

I don’t know where do begin; PLEASE book this tour. Ciarán was very knowledgeable and incredibly engaging so much that the strong winds and some rain, didn’t bother. You will laugh at the quick wit and learn the dark side of Ireland’s history. You will visit some famous landmarks in Dublin and at...

September 2023

Jack was our tour guide He was very knowledgeable about the history of Dublin .. it was great to hear stories about the past with ghoulish folktales and authentic tales Highly recommend as a good way to experience Dublin

September 2023

My wife and I felt this tour was the best thing we did in Dublin. We both like the darker side of history and this tour was perfect. Lots of stories about colorful characters, conspiracies, oppression and resistance, with a little occult thrown in. None of the stories have a happy ending. Our...

September 2023

It was nice hearing some of Dublin's historical stories from an actual local, especially because these weren't the usual stories. Like the title of the tour already says: it's more about the dark side of Dublin, but it's quite interesting and we'd really recommend others to experience this tour t...

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