New walking tour of Georgian Dublin reveals its secrets

by Gazette Reporter
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Come on a walking tour of Dublin to see life on the first Georgian street in the city. Recently launched, the Georgian Dublin Walking Tour: ‘Henrietta Street and Beyond’ will take visitors on a guided tour through Georgian Dublin whose streets were all modelled on Henrietta Street where the award winning museum, 14 Henrietta Street is based.

Elite addresses and grand Georgian squares will be visited as the tour explores the architectural and social history of the city and the lives lived behind the elegant red brick facades.

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You’ll take in the Rotunda Hospital; the grounds it now stands on were once a pleasure garden. “The centre of the tour is grounded by the story of the Rotunda Hospital and the work of Surgeon, Bartholomew Mosse. We tell people about the Lords and Ladies of the time who paid an entrance fee to entertainment in the garden that then funded the development and running of the hospital. This was the first dedicated maternity hospital for poor and distressed women in the world. Hospitals didn’t take pregnant women at the time and this was much needed. These are the things we don’t know about the Dublin we think we know” says Head of Visitor Experience, Gemma Sexton.

The tour charts the fortunes of the Gardiner Estate and family which stretched from Henrietta Street to Mountjoy Square, from its beginnings as the best address in town to its decline to tenement housing.

This year marks the 300 year anniversary of the Gardiner family’s purchase of the land on which Henrietta Street was built. Its development also marks the beginning of the golden age of Georgian Dublin when the cityscape became what we see today.

 “Visitors regularly tell us that they want to know more about the people or stories that feature in our tours, and this walking tour will take a more in depth look into the Georgian period and uncover what life was like in Henrietta Street and the surrounding streets of the Gardiner Estate at that time” says CEO of Dublin City Council Culture Company, Iseult Byrne.

This is the first walking tour for the museum and other tours may be introduced in the future.

The tours run from 14 Henrietta Street; Wed to Sun at 11.30am. Tickets are €8/€6 concession. Book now at or T. 01 524 0383

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