walking proudly around town
walking proudly around town
Designed by Braliem Jousc
Frequently Asked Questions
how many tours do you offer?
You will find 16 no conventional tours in our 2023 catalogue. There are 6 Day tours, 5 Night tours, 3 Weekend tours, and 2 Seasonal tours.
why do say they are no conventional tours?
We do not offer conventional short walking tours. Most of our tours are tailored to fully appreciate Dublin along the day. Our main purpose is to immerse you into a real local long-day experience while walking and commuting in the city.
how long the tours last?
All our Day and Weekend tours are tailored to fully appreciate the city along the day; some last 7 hours, others even 9 hours.
We don't offer conventional short walking tours. Our main purpose is to immerse you into a real local long-day experience while walking and commuting in the city.
Mostly, our Day and Weekend tours start at 9 am. Our Night tours last 4 hours and they start at 6:30 pm.
Our Seasonal tours are the exception, they are made to know a specific area of the city in just 2 hours, these are offered at 10 am and 2 pm, only on Mondays.
how many people can attend them?
Up to 3 people per tour.
We specialise in solo travellers and couples. We do not accept more than 3 people to guarantee you a truly personal experience, avoiding crowded groups.
how much do they cost?
Our prices starts at €75 per person for our Seasonal tours, that last 2 hours.
The rest of the tours have higher rates because they last up to 9 hours and they include coffee breaks, lunch or dinner, drinks and tickets for the train, tram or bus. Most of them have stops in buildings or museums that charge for admission.
You can check out our catalogue to know in detail how much you will pay for the tour of your interest.
what is the difference between Saver and Upgrade options in Day tours?
The only one difference is what you get for lunch.
You will eat a toestie and a soft or canned drink in a local café if you book the Saver option. If you book the Upgrade option you will have lunch in a local bistro or gastropub, where you will find more options for your meal, having a glass of wine from the houses, or a pint of Guinness.
Everything else offered in the tour remains the same for both options: coffee break, tickets for buildings and museum (when applied), and to take buses, the tram or a train are included as well.
why should I book with Gay Dublin Tours?
When you book with us you are getting more than a conventional tour service. We are an all-in-one really personalised option for your visit to Dublin.
- a trip mentor,
- a gastronomic adviser,
- a budget planner,
- an assessor for historical hints,
- an urban photographer helper,
- and a city walker guru.
Think of us as an old friend that you are visiting, the one who moved a long time ago to Dublin and badly wants to show you the city that now calls home.
do you give discounts?
Yes. We have 10% coupons for all the first time bookings. If you take a second tour in the same week you get 20% off.
how do I claim my coupon?
Fill the online forms provided at the end of every tour brief and check the box Booking for first time? Check out our catalogue to find them or directly visit the Day, Night, Weekend or Seasonal pages.
are drinks and food included?
Yes, they are included. All our Day and Weekend tours offer a coffee break (a regular size chocolate, coffee or tea; and a pastry in a local café) during the first hours.
Our Day tours has two options, Saver and Upgrade. In both you will have lunch. Saver lunch is limited to a toestie and a non-alcoholic drink, in a local café; Upgrade lunch offers more options for your meal and a glass of wine (or a pint), in a bistro or gastropub.
Saver option for lunch is not available for our Weekends tours.
All our Night tours start with a dinner. You will enjoy a meal in a non-mainstream local pub or bistro. Options are hamburgers, sambos (sandwiches), pizzas and starters (chips, wings, etc). You can order a pint for your dinner. Additionally you will enjoy three more pints along the night, making stops in selected pubs in attention to the tour of your interest.
If you take a Seasonal tour you will enjoy at the end a drink and a treat in a local café (a regular size chocolate, coffee or tea; and a pastry).
*Read our booking terms and conditions for details.
what else can I get from the tours?
After finishing your first tour we will send you by email a 20% off coupon to use in your second booking during the same week.
You will also get an online certificate after complete your tour and a link to download a set of 10 sepia photographs from our Archive (*limited to 3 for Seasonal tours bookings).
And remember: food, drinks, tickets for buildings and museums, and to take buses, the tram or a train are included as well.
how can I make a booking?
The first step is contact us by the online forms provided at the end of every tour brief.
After sending your booking request we will check as soon as possible the availability for the day you are interested in, and we will ask you to confirm the booking.
If you are agree in taking the tour we will send you a password to access to our donation page where you can complete the process using PayPal or with a debit or credit card.
how far in advance should I make a booking request?
We encourage you to send your booking request with 2 or 3 work days in advance so we have time enough to process it and secure an unforgettable tour experience for you.
We suggest 3 days in advance for the next tours:
- Becoming a Republic,
- Art Halls,
- History Keepers and
- A Day in Howth.
We suggest 2 days in advance for the next tours:
- Extreme Book Lovers,
- City Parks,
- Grand Canal & Royal Canal, and
- all the NIGHT and SEASONAL tours.
may I book a tour on a different date that is assigned for?
We only offer one tour per day during the morning; and one tour by night, daily. It is possible to take a tour on a different date only if there is no booking confirmed yet for the date you request.
Here there is an example on how this option works.
The Extreme Book Lovers tour is scheduled on Thursdays, let's say 7 December 2023. You can take it any other day (Tuesday 6 or Saturday 9) if no one has confirmed the assigned tour of the day (Heritage/Becoming a Republic for Tuesdays, or Grand Canal & Royal Canal for Saturdays).
Based on the same system, you can swap between Day and Weekend tours because all of them are scheduled between 8 am to 6 pm. It is important to send your booking request with at least 3 work days in advance to check opening times and tickets availability for the buildings and museums listed in the tour. If it is possible to organise the tour on a different day, we will let you know, so you can continue with your booking by sending you the link to make a donation that will cover all expenses for your tour.
Be advised that Night tours are only offered from 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm. You can not take them earlier. Let us know if you want to book one on a different date that is assigned for and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
Our Seasonal tours are only available on Mondays at two different times of the day: 10 am and 2 pm. There is no chance to take them another day but you can request any of them rather than the season that they are assigned for, if there is no booking confirmed yet for the date you request. There are just two Seasonal tours our 2023 catalogue: Temple Bar Beyond Temple Bar (March to June) and Mapping O'Connell Street (August to February).
where is the meeting point for tours?
Except for other arrangements, our tours start in front of the General Postal Office (GPO) building, on O'Connell Street, Dublin 1.
*The meeting point can be another place or the reception of your hotel if it is nearby to the city centre and does not dramatically change the itinerary. To make it possible, maybe you will be requested to be ready for the meeting 10 or 15 minutes earlier than the tour starts.
I am not gay but I really want to take this tour. May I make a booking?
Absolutely, you can do it! All are welcome to our tours.
are you on social media?
You can follow us on Instagram, our only official social media account.
what is the Braliem Jousc Archive?
All pictures on our website and Instagram come from Braliem Jousc’s personal photograph archive.
He is a former journalist based in Dublin City after 25 years in Latin America writing articles for newspapers and magazines about arts, history and architecture.
Now, he spends the days walking around photographing Dublin. Braliem has dedicated the last 4 years documenting the city with his old but loyal and beloved Canon camera. As someone fascinated (maybe obsessed) by the pictures from the 18th and early 19th centuries, he has cured and processed pictures of buildings, streets and places from his collection to make them look like they were taken more than 100 years ago, or give them that vintage touch that reminds him the 70s and 80s, when he got his first photo camera.
With this photo archive and his background he has tailored all the itineraries at Gay Dublin Tours, hosting tours as well. His project is to process 3 terabytes of pictures, classify them and create a website to make the public access to the archive. So far there are some pictures on this website but new equipment, an external hard drive for storage, and a professional hosting service website are required for this ambitious photo project.
how can I support the archive project?
The best way to contribute to this photo project is booking one or more of our tours. You also can donate any amount using this link.
how I can contact you? I have more questions?
Please, use the online form provided. There is one for ever tour in our Day, Night, Weekend and Seasonal pages . Write your questions in the "message" box.
If you have a question not related to our tours you can use our contact form.