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  • Location:Dublin, Ireland
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Best Irish Storytelling Tour from Dublin

Hear tales of Irish legend and lore on a 2-hour evening storytelling tour from Dublin. Filled with folklore and tall tales from start to finish, the  tour takes in enchanting sites like Howth Head Lighthouse at Beann Eadair and St Anne’s Park at Clontarf, before finishing at a Dublin bar for a drink and a sing-along. Look out for Irish mermen and the mystical people of the Sidhe while enjoying a constant stream of stories – some true, a few questionable and many downright dubious!


  • 2-hour Irish storytelling tour from Dublin by coach
  • Hear tales of Vikings, leprechauns, giants and fairies from your seanchaí guide
  • Visit North Bull Island which overlooks Howth Head Lighthouse at Beann Eadair and look out for Irish mermen
  • Explore St Anne’s Park, site of the 1014 Battle of Clontarf when the last High King of Ireland was killed
  • Learn about the mystical people of the Sidhe and the giant warrior Finn McCool
  • Finish with a drink and a sing-along at Church Bar in Dublin

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What You Can Expect

Best Irish Storytelling Tour from Dublin

Travel in the cleverly converted Irish Storytelling Bus!

Hop aboard your Irish storytelling bus near College Green in central Dublin, and then set off to explore the city while hearing some of Ireland’s best fables and tall-tales. The country’s storytelling tradition is thought to date back to the time of the ancient Celts, when laws and history were recorded in long lyrical poems. As they were passed down through the ages, the poems evolved into tales, and you’ll hear several of the best from a local seanchaí – your storytelling guide.

Sit back and listen to stories of mermaids, Vikings, leprechauns, fairies and giants as you travel east out of Dublin toward the coast. After roughly half an hour on the road, stop at Beann Eadair – a peninsula on Ireland’s east coast – and visit Howth Head Lighthouse. While lovely in its own right, the building’s real claim to fame is as a site where merrows (Irish mermen) have allegedly been seen. Learn how to spot them, and look out for their characteristic red hats bobbing in the sea.

Return to the bus and relax with an onboard drink while traveling to St Anne’s Park at Clontarf, where one of Ireland’s biggest and most important battles once took place. The 1014 Battle of Clontarf signaled the end of Viking rule in Ireland, and also took the life of Brian Boru – the last High King of Ireland. Stroll around admiring the park’s flora and fauna and learn of the people of the Sidhe – mystical beings who supposedly hide in the park’s dense shrubland and trees.

In between Sidhe-spotting, hear of Finn McCool (or Fionn MacCumahail as your guide may say) – the giant who led the Fianna band of warriors. Famed for his prowess in battle, the giant lived by the Fianna motto: 'Purity of our hearts, strength of our limbs and action to match our speech.’

After exploring St Anne’s Park, leave Clontarf and return to central Dublin. Call in at Church Bar on Mary Street, where Arthur Guinness (the man behind Ireland’s iconic stout drink) was married, and then finish your evening with a drink and a sing-along – just as the Irish do! Drinks and food are at your own expense.

Customer Reviews

micha e

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Both guides were awesome

Ronald M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was so much fun. As a matter of fact my family all agreed it was the best thing we did on our trip to Dublin. The actress who told stories was absolutely wonderful, so engaging. And the walks we took in St. Anne's Park and to the beach at twilight were amazing. We also liked the last stop of the night, The Church Bar, where there was a table reserved for our group and we met some amazing people from Denmark, England, and our neighbor state of Illinois. The only caution I would offer is that the trip involves a lot of walking so if that is an issue for any member of your party you might want to check if arrangements could be made for accommodation. Otherwise, I would highly, highly recommend this.

Shireen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fabulous evening with great storytelling! And a free pint of Guiness! Was hoping to end the tour with a pub that had traditional Irish music, but it was a unique pub.

Laura B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour is seriously a must do while you are in Dublin, it truly brings back the heart of many Irish traditions. The bus even looks like a cozy Irish home. While the guides were extremely accommodating and understanding of my 3 year old, I wouldn't recommend it for kids.

Renea M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing!

Ana-Maria S Romania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

What I loved about Dublin was it had so many experiences, all different from one another. The storytelling Tour is not to be missed. The bus is beautifully decorated, the guide so pritty and enjoyable. They take you to the deep forrest, and then to the beach, all in a dream like atmosphere with so many interesting stories and legends. You can almost feel a fee or leprechaun.

Graeme G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

The tour was great. Must say that what really made the tour was the guide - knowledgeable, friendly, funny and insightful!

Linda C United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

Good time great stories

tlburns61 United States of ... 

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

This was a lot of fun. Yes I would recommend.

Belinda O

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

This was a really good way for a introduction to Ireland my son enjoyed it and thought the actors where real very funny and enjoyable we all liked this

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