Join us on this 2.5-hour walking tour as we make our way through church graveyards and down narrow back alleys to discover the side of Dublin that you won't find on any postcards. Thoughts of Dublin conjure up happy times of Irish Dancing, Celtic music and stunning view of the River Liffey. However, Dublin wasn't always so charming. This night tour of Dublin will tell you gruesome stories of brothels run by serial killers, cannibals with a taste for young children, and the notorious Hellfire Club, said to be made up of Devil worshippers, whose club house allegedly received visits from Satan himself.
Fairies, leprechauns, banshees and rainbows - there is an endless supply of folklore in Ireland. While most of them are whimsical, you will discover the darker tales on this tour. Halloween originated from the Gaelic harvest festival of Samhain. This changing of season was believed to be a time when beings from the spiritual world could more easily cross over into our dimension. With stories like that, it's no wonder that the most famous gothic novel Dracula was written by an Irish writer!
Ghosts of Dublin’s buildings
While you marvel at the stunning architecture of Dublin, be aware that you might not be the only one in the ancient buildings… The Dublin Castle is said to be haunted with the souls of beheaded invaders. A young boy named Charlie Parker strolls around the Olympia Theatre – the staff say he is friendly though! The spooky mummies on display at St Michan's Church will not be the only things making the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end - many visitors hear whispers supposedly from the many other unopen tombs buried in the church’s crypt.
The Dark Side Tour ends in Smithfield Square.
- Joy of Cha Tea Shop
On this 2.5- hour walking tour we cover all these chilling sites and stories:
- Visit the Dublin Castle where heads of enemies were mounted along the walls
- Learn about the haunted dog that seeks its master at St Patrick's Cathedral
- Listen to the tale of serial killer and brothel owner Darkey Kelly
- Meet the friendly ghosts of Olympia Theatre
- Hear about the debauchery and occult practices of the notorious Hellfire Club
- Discover the influences of Dracula’s author, Bram Stoker
- Learn about the Irish legends of Halloween