Get an insight into historic Joycean Dublin via the James Joyce Centre Walking Tours, which take in some of the sights and sounds of the city in which Joyce staged all his works. From January to March there is a tour every Saturday, departing from the James Joyce Centre at 11.00 am. The topic of the tour alternates between the “Circular” tour and the “Dubliners” tour. No advance booking is necessary.
A Joyce Circular – Wandering around the Hibernian metropolis, this tour takes 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.
Dubliners – A ramble through the city of Joyce’s first and most accessible work, “Dubliners”. 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 its 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.
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. In Bloom’s 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.
From Apr-Sept, tours take place on Tues, Thur, Sat (and sometimes on additional days – check the James Joyce Centre events website calendar)
James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1.
Tel: 01 878 8547.
Adults €10; concessions.