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Explore a unique part of Dublin

Our team at EPIC have been busy over the last few months designing some fantastic new guided tours to help you engage with Ireland’s rich heritage like never before. With our bespoke regular tours, we want to bring new life to the buildings, landmarks and statues of the Dublin Docklands so please join us and discover some of our city’s most unforgettable stories.

We will be adding additional tours to this page in the coming months, so please check back again soon for new updates.

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Tour of the Docklands

Tour details

Length 2 hours 30 mins
Meeting Point Ticket desk at EPIC
Max number per group 15 people
Dates & times Daily at 1pm. Tickets must be booked in advance by 8pm the previous day
Cost Adults €15.50, Child €9.50, Senior €14.50, Student €14.50

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About the tour

Join us as we uncover the rich maritime and commercial history of Ireland’s capital. From the Viking port of Dyflin to the modern Silicon Docks, Dublin’s history has long been shaped by its waterways. Explore the roots of Ireland’s capital city as we stroll through Dublin in times gone by. Take in the sights of the contemporary Docklands and discover what life was like in the once thriving hub of imperial trade. Learn the hidden stories behind the buildings that shaped the Dockland’s skyline for hundreds of years.

Our walking tour begins in the historic chq Building, known locally as ‘the Banqueting Hall’, one of the last surviving structures from the dockland’s glory days. Our route will also take in the adjacent George’s and Inner docks’, once the heart of the city’s bustling international trade network. We explain how the Royal and Grand canals, that meet at the mouth of the river Liffey, made the Docklands the epicentre of an island wide transport hub in the early 19th century. As we walk by the magnificent Custom House, we speak about its role in the emergence of Dublin as a key port of the British Empire and as the site of one of the largest battles of the Irish War of Independence.

Crossing the city, we recount the stories behind some of the newer bridges spanning the Liffey – the Sean O’Casey footbridge and the impressive Samuel Beckett bridge, symbols of a more modern Ireland. As we make our way through the Grand Canal Dock we’ll learn how this once neglected harbour has been transformed into one of the world’s leading tech hubs – now home to the European headquarters of global giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and many more. Our walking tour of the Docklands quarter will take approximately 2 and a half hours. In that time, it’s our aim to both familiarise you with landmarks found here today and to paint a picture of what life was like as the landscape changed for the people living and working in this unique area over the centuries.

Notes

Tour Price includes a guided tour of Dublin’s Docklands for one person only. It does not include entry to any of the visited/mentioned attractions alonf the route. Please avail of our special discount code given on your confirmation should you wish to visit EPIC Museum or the Jeanie Johnston pre or post your guided tour of the Docklands.

As part of this tour involves some mild walking outside, it is advised to wear shoes that you are comfortable in for walking and standing however, there are opportunities to sit at some stages of the Tour. There may be a rain shower so in Ireland it’s always advised to be prepared and check the weather forecast.

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Tour of the CHQ building

Tour details

Length 1 hour
Meeting Point Ticket desk at EPIC
Max number per group 15 people
Dates & times EveryTuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 3pm
Cost Adults €11.50, Child €6.50, Senior €10.50, Student €10.50

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About the tour

Our one hour tour of The chq Building is a unique opportunity to hear the stories and history behind one of Dublin’s last remaining industrial era warehouses.

Built in 1817 as a whiskey, wine and tobacco warehouse – Stack A, as it was previously known, was designed by Sir John Rennie was Dublin’s first fireproof warehouse. Let your guide bring you the stories of yesteryear and how Custom House Quay and Georges Dock played key roles in Ireland’s trade with the outside world. Join us as we show you around 200 years of architectural history

Notes

Tour Price includes a guided tour of The chq Building for one person only. It does not include entry to EPIC Museum or the Irish Family History Centre. Please avail of our special discount code given on your confirmation should you wish to visit EPIC pre or post your guided tour of The chq Building.

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