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Coffee Tours Dublin

We begin outside City Hall a 1700’s Coffee House and start to discover the rich coffee culture.

About the tour

Would you like to enter the world of 1700s Dublin? We will walk beautiful Dublin streets and link the past to now as we visit curious 1700’s sites. Transport was slow and wit was quick! Dublin was a hotbed of intrigue and the Second City in the old British Empire. Yet it was difficult to find the action with censorship.

Coffee Houses were where the news was printed! Known as penny universities, centres of commerce and trade where so much of Dublin life was lived. We will tour for an hour stopping at significant points where duels were fought, merchants traded, information was exchanged and coffee was drunk. Was there tea & chocolate? We will immerse ourselves in the characters such as Johnathon Swift and how he got into hot water with the drapers. We will learn about the people who published, auctions which were held and lives which were lived by the new rich of 1700’s Dublin. We will see how they influenced the arts, public thinking and trade. We will have quotes and notes to understand the players in a very different time.

This is fun and light-hearted Tour with a Coffee Tasting Experience to imagine what 1700’s Dublin felt, looked, smelled and tasted with lots of sweet treats.

For tea lover we have a 1700s tea party, with silver pots & china cups. Was the setting very different to a coffee house? Let’s see…

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For whom

Anyone who enjoys coffee or tea. When booking you can specify if you want a tea or coffee tasting.


We have small groups for the private room in the House Of Read, the tasting experience is truly unique


2 hours, An hour tour and an hour tasting in a private Georgian room in the House of Read


Fairly easy, some steps all abilities welcome we will be chatting all the way

Price:€40.00per person

Reviews from Google

5 star review  I've signed up my two 11 years old for the walk and attended as well. It was such a fantastic walk and Ruth made it fun, interactive and full of stories,. We've learned a lot about medieval Dublin and discovered places we haven't been to before. I will never look at Dublin the same way. Highly recommended. Thanks Ruth!

thumb Tomasz Czajka
April 5, 2022

5 star review  I had such a wonderful time on the Hidden Homes of Dublin tour. Ruth did such a fantastic job of curating a unique tour. I did four walking tours during my visit and the Hidden Homes tour covered areas and history that were not at all touched upon in the other tours. Ruth's passion for the city and it's unbelievable history, kept me captivated the entire time. I learned so much and had a great time exploring areas of the city that I never would have ventured into on my own. I highly recommend the Hidden Homes of Dublin tour and I look forward to doing another one of Ruth's tours on my next visit.

thumb Stacy Gilroy
March 31, 2022

5 star review  I recently booked the Mostly Medieval tour for my two friends who were visiting from Brazil. We all had a great time, I was so pleasantly surprised how much I learned about a city I've lived in my entire life. Ruth made the tour fun, insightful and really interactive. I would definitely recommend doing walking tours as its something different to do especially during Covid, we felt safe being in a small group and being outside with good weather was a bonus

thumb Jessy Gallagher
January 3, 2022

5 star review  Had great fun during Mostly Medieval Dublin Tour with Ruth! Such a great experience discovering hidden gems of the past!

thumb Nicola Caldarulo
December 5, 2021

5 star review  My friends and I enjoyed a really passionate and amazing Medieval Dublin tour with the lovely Ruth guiding us through all the gems from the Middle Age hidden in plain sight in the city center. She told us stories about ancient kings and princesses, peasants and shepherds, cats and rats and for an hour and half we were living like in a fairytale world. We really liked the way Ruth overcame a bitter December morning to entertain us during all the tour also with funny stories and games.

thumb Valerio Chiapparino
December 4, 2021

5 star review  Really enjoyed our walking tour of Dublin. An interesting and informative walk and talk around the historical city centre of Dublin. Engaging and enjoyable for children.

thumb Patricia Holbein
August 20, 2021

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