The “Georgian Dublin Outdoor Walking Tour: Henrietta Street and Beyond” consists of a walk through Georgian Dublin, courtesy of the award-winning museum 14 Henrietta Street.
The tour begins on Henrietta Street, the first Georgian street in Dublin and the template from which all other Georgian streets followed. The tour charts the fortunes of the Gardiner Estate on Dublin’s Northside, stretching from Henrietta Street to Mountjoy Square, from its beginnings as the best address in town to its decline to tenement housing. It’s a story that mirrors the fortunes of Dublin City and many of its residents.
Visitors will learn about the man who built Henrietta Street, the ‘Jewel in the Georgian Crown’, the lavish lifestyles and social lives of families who lived there, including the Molesworths from number 14, and how one man’s vision and ingenuity created the world’s first maternity hospital.
2021 marked the 300 year anniversary of Henrietta Street, with the Gardiner family purchasing the land in 1721 and the development of the street starting soon after. The building of Henrietta Street marked the beginning of the golden age of Georgian Dublin when the cityscape was transformed into the one we see today. Taking visitors to some of Dublin’s most elite addresses and grand Georgian squares, the tour will explore the architectural and social history of the city and reveal the details of the lives lived behind the elegant red brick facades.
Tours on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday at 11.30 am and 2.00 pm. The tour sets out from 14 Henrietta Street (the house tour is not included in the ticket price) and ends at the top of O’Connell Street.
Price: €10 adults | €8 concession (Over 60s, students). You can book online here.