The James Joyce Centre Walking Tours

Arguably the most famous writer out of Dublin, James Joyce’s works have global reach. Why not join The James Joyce Centre for a special walking tour of Dublin, the setting for all of James Joyce’s works and take in some of the monumental and ordinary sights and sounds of the city in which Joyce staged all his works.


The James Joyce Centre offers different tours:

Joyce Circular

On a stroll around the north inner city, our guide will explain the real-life inspiration behind some of Joyce’s most celebrated writing and will show just how central the streetscape of the ‘Hibernian metropolis’ is to the author’s life and art. The tour visits stops such as Joyce’s alma mater, Belvedere College; North Hardwicke Street, the setting of the short story ‘The Boarding House’; The Gresham Hotel, the setting of the final and most memorable scene of the short story ‘The Dead’; and the James Joyce Statue on North Earl Street, affectionately known as the ‘Prick with the Stick’.


Join the guide on a walk that visits some of the key locations from both the collection and the author’s life, discussing all the while Joyce’s critical portrayal of the social, religious and political landscape of his home town Dublin.

Footsteps of Leopold Bloom

Join the guide on a tour that follows in Bloom’s footsteps and discusses these thoughts, focusing on Joyce’s effort to bring the unsavoury workings of the body into a work of art and use food as the basis of a political and social commentary.

Joyce & The Irish Literary Revivial

Join on tour that explores Joyce’s debt to major Revivalist figures such as W.B. Yeats, his rejection of contemporary artistic trends, his critical approach to the city and his eventual decision to leave Ireland and spend most of his life in Continental Europe, taking in along the way such iconic and culturally important landmarks as the GPO, the Abbey Theatre and the National Library.

Ulysses in Sandymount

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.

Joycean Pub Crawl

What better way to discuss Joyce than over a few pints of plain? Join our guide on a tour to some of Dublin’s best-loved pubs and learn all about the life and times of the author in the establishments that inspired his work! The tour does not run on Friday or Saturday.

Running Times

Summer/Spring Season: 3 tours a week (usually Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)

Autumn/Winter Season: 1 tour a week on a Saturday

Tours can change week by week.

The Centre also provides private tours for groups who book in advance.


Tour lasts approximately 90 minutes.