The Bloomsday Festival is a world famous literary street carnival in honour of James Joyce and his famous novel Ulysses that was set in Dublin on 16 June 1904. Experiencing Bloomsday in Dublin puts you at the heart of a moment in the Irish psyche.
Since Bloomsday was first celebrated in Dublin in 1954, the Bloomsday Festival has developed into a colourful and diverse celebration. The festival programme offers an inspiring trail of discovery across Joyce’s Dublin and the places immortalised in Ulysses. Stories and characters from Ulysses live and breathe. You’ll experience the novel and follow in the characters’ footsteps, from picturesque Sandycove (where the novel opens by plunging into the sea) to panoramic Howth (for the book’s romantic climatic finish).
The Bloomsday Festival runs from 11-16 June in Dublin, the city that inspired Joyce and his major works. Explore the James Joyce Tower and Museum or reflect upon all the living and the dead at Glasnevin Cemetery. Enjoy the intimate atmosphere at Sweny’s Chemist or lose yourself in literature at the National Library of Ireland. Learn about Joyce’s life and works at the James Joyce Cultural Centre and discover a world of words at the Museum of Literature Ireland.
Experience your personal odyssey across Dublin during the Bloomsday Festival. Encounter the reality of experience. Forge memories in the smithy of your soul that ensure that when you die, Dublin be written on your heart.
There’s no better way to get under the skin of James Joyce’s Dublin during the Bloomsday Festival than by joining a walking tour of the city lead by an expert local guide from the James Joyce Centre.
Introducing Joyce’s Dublin Walking Tour: Though Joyce lived most of his life outside of Ireland, Dublin would provide the backdrop for virtually all of his work. On a stroll around the north inner city, our guide will explain the real-life inspiration behind some of Joyce’s most celebrated writing. Book here or here.
Joyce & the Irish Literary Revival Walking Tour: James Joyce grew up in a Dublin where politics, art and culture were intrinsic parts of everyday life and conversation. Nationalism was on the rise and in the world of literature, artists were engaging with ideas of Irish identity. Book here.
Ulysses in Sandymount Walking Tour:
‘Am I walking into eternity along Sandymount Strand?’
This extended tour offers Joyceans an opportunity to get outside the city and explore the area around Sandymount that Joyce returns to in three episodes of Ulysses. Book here.
Footsteps of Leopold Bloom Walking Tour: The ‘Lestrygonians’ episode of Ulysses sees Leopold Bloom make his way through the city centre on his way from Middle Abbey Street to the National Library. Join our guide as we follow in Bloom’s footsteps. Book here.
Dubliners Walking Tour: Joyce once referred to Dublin as the ‘centre of paralysis’, a city that he felt was backward and repressive in contrast to the modern capitals of Europe. This idea found its expression in Dubliners, a short story collection that illustrates the effects of this restrictive atmosphere on the city’s population. Join this walking tour to find out more. Book here or here.
Joyce & Yeats Walking Tour: Celebrate the birthday of Irish poet W.B. Yeats with this special walking tour focusing on his tumultuous relationship with the young James Joyce. James Joyce and W.B. Yeats are indisputably the two most recognisable and pivotal figures of twentieth-century Irish literature. Book here.
Take to the streets and explore the city of Ulysses on a tour around some key locations from the book. Get a feel for the neighbourhoods that inspired Joyce, visit the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom and learn all about the “Hibernian Metropolis” in the company of our local guides.
Stops on the tour include Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; Eccles Street, the address of Molly and Leopold Bloom; the birthplace of Oliver St. John Gogarty, the inspiration for Buck Mulligan and a whole host of other spots that pop up in the pages of Joyce’s novel. This tour ends on O’Connell Street.
Don’t forget to bring your boater! Book here.