A public library since 1707, Marsh’s Library is a time capsule which Jonathan Swift would still recognise over three hundred years after he studied here. The library contains more than 20,000 beautiful leather-bound volumes and manuscripts from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, stored on aged oak shelves. These express an unbroken commitment to scholarship and create an evocative link with Swift and the countless others who have studied here over the centuries.
Ireland’s national theatre, the Abbey Theatre, now offers fascinating backstage tours which reveal how world-class drama is staged. At the same time, you can learn how and why the Abbey has played a unique role in Irish life and history for well over a century. Out and about, the Theatre Walking Tour follows in the footsteps of Dublin’s many renowned actors and writers while also shining a spotlight on the city’s rich artistic legacies.
Once, Henrietta Street was Dublin’s most exclusive address and housed the elite of Irish society; later, its fortunes tumbled and by the end of the nineteenth century it contained some of the city’s most notorious tenement housing. Today, tours of 14 Henrietta Street and its locality tell this long, fascinating and often heart-breaking story.
Tucked away behind Smithfield Square, Jameson’s Bow Street Distillery has been the source of the famous spirit for centuries. No matter where it’s enjoyed in the world, every bottle of Jameson makes it clear that Bow Street is its home. Today, fascinating tours led by some of the city’s most passionate and knowledgeable guides, explain the magical Jameson distilling process and offer a chance to sample its spellbinding product.