Guided walking tours for private individuals or groups

Guided walking tours for private individuals or groups can be offered at different times to the scheduled tours. Depending on the availability of guides, the group can choose the day, time and which tour they would like to go on. Or when we are given notice we can also provide a customised tour.

Please contact the Centre at least two weeks in advance to book a group/private tour. There is a minimum charge of €40 which covers up to four people. The usual charges of €10 for adults and €8 for students/seniors applies to every additional person over the first four.

Contact the James Joyce Centre by email info[at] or phone 01-8788547

Here is an overview of our tours:

A Joyce Circular

On our wanderings around the Hibernian metropolis, we take in North Earl Street and the ‘Prick with the Stick’; the house where Oliver ‘Buck Mulligan’ Gogarty was born; the setting of the Dubliners story ‘The Boarding House’;  the site of 7 Eccles Street, home of Leopold & Molly Bloom; and Belvedere College, which Joyce attended in the 1890s.

The tour starts from and returns to the James Joyce Centre and lasts 90 minutes.


Join our guide on a ramble through the city of Joyce’s first and most accessible work, Dubliners. It skilfully treats both turn-of-the-century Dublin and Joyce’s surroundings in continental Europe where the stories were written. The tour examines Joyce’s life in Dublin and the Dublin he created in his stories, as well as looking at how the city has commemorated it famous son. Joyce’s Dublin was a city of politics and intrigue, of religious devotion and disaffection, as well as a city in which the pressures and ties of family and society were never far off.

The tour starts from the James Joyce Centre and finishes near Trinity College and lasts 90 minutes.

In the Footsteps of Leopold Bloom

This tour explores the background to Joyce’s Ulysses and to Bloom’s thoughts as he crosses the city in search of something to eat in the ‘Lestrygonians’ episode. A humorous contrast of well-fed and under-fed citizens is mixed with a commentary on city buildings, and the presence of police constables reminds us of the realities of Dublin as a colonial city. In these footsteps, food becomes the central issue of social, cultural and political life in Dublin in 1904.

The tour starts from the James Joyce Centre and finishes at the National Museum and lasts 90 minutes.