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.


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


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


  • Private transportation
  • Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Dublin Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Saint Patrick's Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Christ Church Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - St. Michan's Church

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

Ticket delivery

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May 2022

I don’t think I need to write more than this but Ciaran was well informed and a very good guide. Highly enjoyable and very educational. I would recommend this. Thanks Ciaran!

May 2022

Fantastic tour and fantastic tour guide (Ciaran). Very informative and entertaining. Time flies in. Highly recommend.

May 2022

Honestly went in expecting a surface-level presentation on some of the gruesome things that have happened in the city but ended up getting much more! A pretty in-depth recounting of curious and morbid events, as well as how they fit into the history of Ireland. James our tour guide seemed very pa...

May 2022

Without any exaggeration, the best tour I've had in my entire live and an absolute highlight of my Dublin trip. Thanks James for a wonderful couple of hours!

May 2022

Educationally entertaining and superb. Ciaran was a great speaker and we couldn't stump him with any of our questions ;)

May 2022

We had a wonderful experience on the Dark Dublin Guided Walking tour. We were very impressed with Ciaran’s storytelling. He was engaging and was able to keep our attention. Highly recommend this tour.

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