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Coffee Tours Dublin

We begin outside City Hall on Dame Street 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.

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 original Georgian shop at the House of Read is intimate. The tasting experience is truly unique.


2 hours, About an hour's tour and an hour tasting in an original Georgian shop at the House of Read


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

Price:€35.00per person

Reviews from Google

Ruth has the profound knowledge, the experience, and an unquestionable love for her home city - the hallmark ingredients of a great tour guide. 3 hours flew by like 10 minutes and I knew that the answer she provided to each of my questions could have been 20 minutes longer :) I recommend Walk Dublin to anyone, who wants to learn about Ireland's capital, its people, history and the present. Profound gratitude and best wishes of success!

thumb Sergey Tagashov
March 5, 2023

What a wonderful experience! I took Ruth's Coffee History tour with the tasting experience with some friends and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Hearing about Dublin's coffee houses in the 1700's was enlightening and Ruth delighted with funny anecdotes about the characters of the time. I found out some really interesting facts about Dublin and Ruth took lots of time to answer questions. But the real highlight was the coffee tasting after. Ruth provided treats (gorgeous homemade chocolates) along with several coffee in the beautiful setting of Reads, which is the oldest shop in Dublin. All in all a gorgeous experience and highly recommended.

thumb Shane Meehan
September 5, 2022

Premier tour sous le soleil Fantastique sensation d'une ville parée de touches colorées, Un deuxième tour, Dublin intime, Impression vivace d'un ici et maintenant passé. Ruth, avec grâce, nous plonge dans des histoires d'une culture commune et singulière de sa ville. Une narratrice expressive et généreuse que je vous recommande. Thanks Ruth!

thumb Aline Yanak
September 5, 2022

We had such a lovely experience with Ruth … her gentle easy manner imparts endless knowledge of our ancient city . Thank you Ruth but thank you for your professionalism in dealing with a pre Covid booking two years later ! Class!

thumb Teresa Mc Gann
August 5, 2022

Very interesting tour, we had a lot of fun with the swordfighting! Also took us to parts of Dublin we had not seen before

thumb Ioanna Tsigkouli
August 5, 2022

A walk through Dublin with Ruth turns a casual stroll into a rich and rewarding adventure. Her encyclopedic knowledge and enthusiasm conjures up Vikings, grand Georgian soirées, passionate revolutionaries, and eloquent writers, all whirling about in this “seat of Western civilization”. After a journey with Ruth, you will never see Dublin in the same way!

thumb kevin ward
July 5, 2022

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