The Ulysses Tour

We are delighted to announce that the James Joyce Ulysses walking tour is back in business.

Private Tours are available throughout the summer of 2021 and beyond.

Dublin Ulysses Tours has re-branded as Culture Tours. Click on our NEW WEBSITE to make a booking or to check availability contact David on 0857112069 or email

The Ulysses walking tour will include:

  • A rich sit-down introduction to the novel’s history and legacy
  • Street artworks and sculptures inspired by James Joyce
  • Short readings to illustrate the author’s famous writing style
  • Opportunities to ask questions throughout the tour  
  • Temple Bar
  • Grafton Street 
  • Davy Byrne’s pub
  • National Library of Ireland
  • The Merrion Hotel
  • Merrion Square
  • Sweny’s Pharmacy (the beating heart of Joycean Dublin)


David Halpin has been explaining the history and legacy of James Joyce’s magnificent novel every week since Bloomsday 2016. This acclaimed walking tour begins in one of the city’s most treasured literary pubs – The Palace Bar – and ends at one of Joycean Dublin’s crown jewels – Sweny’s Pharmacy. Created as a forum for conversation the tour aims to address two central questions: why is Ulysses considered one of the greatest novels in world literature? And why is it considered so difficult to read? Starting with a sit-down introduction, the tour develops into a relaxed stroll through south Dublin exploring this famous book and its relationship to the city of Joyce’s youth – the city that he told us was written in his heart.

Along the way expect to visit some famous landmarks and impressive artworks, and delight in hearing music, readings, and stories from Joyce’s life and work. If you have read the novel you will relish the experience of having it sharpened into focus by a big fan, and you if have not, this 3-hour interactive experience is the perfect introduction.


Ulysses by James Joyce is often called the greatest novel in the English language. It also has a reputation as being one of the most difficult novels to read. Notorious for having been banned for obscenity when it was first published in 1922, Ulysses tells the story of one day in Dublin, and the meeting of two men, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom. It is, all at once, a kind of an encyclopedia, the chronicle of an ordinary day, the epic of the human body, and perhaps the greatest foregrounding in literature of the process of thinking.  

The Ulysses Tour explains the history and legacy of Ulysses. The walk features music, readings, sculptures, murals, and famous landmarks. The experience is designed to be entertaining and fascinating for both Joyce fans and the culturally curious.

To enquire about a Private Tour contact David


Phone: +353 (0) 857112069

Have no fear because most of the people

who take the tour haven’t read the book!



We offer special tours for groups.

Please email or call David to enquire about…

  • School tours
  • Language School tours
  • Corporate/Office parties
  • Book clubs


+353 (0) 857112069


David is a huge fan of Ulysses by James Joyce. His background is not as a Joycean scholar but rather as a musician (a guitarist and singer). He first read Ulysses in 2009 and soon afterwards organised a reading group in his local pub where the novel was read aloud every Tuesday for the following five years. During this period David read many books about Joyce and his work, as well as going around the novel itself a dozen times.
Dublin is David’s hometown and a city he has always loved but reading Joyce transformed Dublin in his eyes and made it magical. It is this magic that David loves to share with people on his acclaimed walking tours.  

David is a Director of Sweny’s Pharmacy. David’s tour is recommended by Joe Darcy, an excellent private tour guide in Dublin, Ireland who is endorsed by Rick Steves, America’s leading authority on European travelDublin Ulysses Tours is the proud winner of the Luxury Travel Guide’s Unique Tour Operator 2017.





Tel/Wapp: +353 (0) 85 7112069


Dublin, Ireland





James Joyce Tours

All of the tours are focused on James Joyce and his novel Ulysses. The Ulysses Tour begins with a sit-down chat followed by a stroll through Dublin visiting famous landmarks and impressive artworks. The Footsteps of Leopold Bloom tour focuses on one chapter in Ulysses and follows the trail of the character through the episode. The James Joyce Tower Day Tour includes a walk through the city and a train journey to Sandycove and the famous Tower.

  • The Ulysses Tour (3 hours)
  • Footsteps of Leopold Bloom (2 hours)
  • James Joyce Tower Day Tour (6+ hours)

  Private Tours from €100

contact for info, prices and bookings:


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Oscar Wilde Tour

Retrace the footsteps of Oscar Wilde in the early days of his life when he grew up in Dublin. This wonderful walking tour is run by Oisín Ó’Nualláin who has extensive knowledge of the life and times of Oscar Wilde. Visit Wilde’s birthplace, his family home, the pub where he worked, the chemist he frequented, his alma mater Trinity College, and the spectacular sculpture that memorializes him in the city where he spent his formative years. “To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.”

Visit here for bookings and information.

Highly recommended by Dublin Ulysses Tours.