James Joyce Centre
James Joyce Centre
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Tuesday
10:30 - 16:30
Wednesday
10:30 - 16:30
Thursday
10:30 - 16:30
Friday
10:30 - 16:30
Saturday
10:30 - 16:30
About
The James Joyce Cultural Centre, situated in a stunning Georgian townhouse, offers the visitor historical and biographical information about James Joyce and his influence on literature. See the door to the famous No 7 Eccles Street from “Ulysses”, a recreation of his living quarters, art exhibitions, and more to bring the author and his works to life. You will discover a piece of the literary history of Dublin. Our walking tours appeal to visitors with a casual interest and Joycean experts alike while our shop has a great selection of books by and on Joyce as well as other Joycean memorabilia. We run several events throughout the year: concerts, theatre, lectures, seminars, etc. You can also book a private walking tour or tour of the house. Student options are available. Only the ground floor of the Centre is wheelchair-accessible.
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  • Bryn M
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    James Joyce Centre: Walking Tour
    This was an amazing walking tour. It was the "Introducing Joyce's Dublin" walking tour. Our tour guide was extremely insightful--she was doing her PhD on Joyce, so she was able to reference his entire body of work, and related his literature to the history of Ireland, which really provided some great context for someone who was international like myself. I would highly recommend this tour and this wonderful center dedicated to Ireland's greatest writer.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 July 2023
  • The Snoof
    7 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A tour that could do with a good editor
    Our guide was academically knowledgeable but the walking tour was too slowly paced. It is presented as being a two hour tour, which might last 2hours 15. After two hours we were nowhere near finishing. There's some great content but it needs editing, and more coaching for the guides.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 September 2023
  • johntB1928TE
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    James Joyce Center Visit.
    I visited the James Joyce Centre in August and was surprised with the wide array of exhibits. The timeline was very well presented and easy to follow. This beautiful building is very assessible and so close to O'Connell Street. The lady in charge was very knowledgeable and helpful to myself and other visitors present, John T.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • David B
    Denver, Colorado1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A treasure for James Joyce fans and anyone interested in Dublin history and literature
    This is an absolute treasure if you have an interest in James Joyce's life and literature. I would also recommend the James Joyce Centre to anyone who may not be familiar with Joyce, but might be curious about his art, and his importance to Dublin. My recent visit to Dublin coincided with Joyce's birthday, and the James Joyce Centre was one of the highlights of my trip. The two walking tours they currently offer (I participated in both) added incredible depth to my future readings of Joyce's works. The tours are led by passionate, knowledgable, and fun guides. A light rain couldn't stop us from having a great craic during our 2-hour walks. Fun conversation and reading selections from Joyce's books in the actual locations was a tremendous experience. The Centre itself features multiple quality exhibits focusing on Joyce's life and literature. The courtyard out back features the door from 7 Eccles St as well as an impressive mural representing the episodes of Ulysses in vivid images and quotations. But the real strength of the Centre are the people I met and spoke with about Joyce and his art. The staff were welcoming, passionate about Joyce's art, happy to share their knowledge and eager to help with any questions. I'll definitely visit again when I return to Dublin, and will keep an eye on their website for upcoming events.
    Visited February 2024
    Written 15 February 2024
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David B
Denver, CO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024
This is an absolute treasure if you have an interest in James Joyce's life and literature. I would also recommend the James Joyce Centre to anyone who may not be familiar with Joyce, but might be curious about his art, and his importance to Dublin. My recent visit to Dublin coincided with Joyce's birthday, and the James Joyce Centre was one of the highlights of my trip. The two walking tours they currently offer (I participated in both) added incredible depth to my future readings of Joyce's works. The tours are led by passionate, knowledgable, and fun guides. A light rain couldn't stop us from having a great craic during our 2-hour walks. Fun conversation and reading selections from Joyce's books in the actual locations was a tremendous experience. The Centre itself features multiple quality exhibits focusing on Joyce's life and literature. The courtyard out back features the door from 7 Eccles St as well as an impressive mural representing the episodes of Ulysses in vivid images and quotations. But the real strength of the Centre are the people I met and spoke with about Joyce and his art. The staff were welcoming, passionate about Joyce's art, happy to share their knowledge and eager to help with any questions. I'll definitely visit again when I return to Dublin, and will keep an eye on their website for upcoming events.
Written 15 February 2024
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johntB1928TE
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I visited the James Joyce Centre in August and was surprised with the wide array of exhibits. The timeline was very well presented and easy to follow.
This beautiful building is very assessible and so close to O'Connell Street.
The lady in charge was very knowledgeable and helpful to myself and other visitors present, John T.
Written 7 September 2023
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The Snoof
7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Our guide was academically knowledgeable but the walking tour was too slowly paced. It is presented as being a two hour tour, which might last 2hours 15. After two hours we were nowhere near finishing. There's some great content but it needs editing, and more coaching for the guides.
Written 2 September 2023
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Bryn M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
This was an amazing walking tour. It was the "Introducing Joyce's Dublin" walking tour. Our tour guide was extremely insightful--she was doing her PhD on Joyce, so she was able to reference his entire body of work, and related his literature to the history of Ireland, which really provided some great context for someone who was international like myself. I would highly recommend this tour and this wonderful center dedicated to Ireland's greatest writer.
Written 19 July 2023
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Niknoman
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This is a great tour and it’s measured and full of micro & macro insights into Joyce, his work and times.

Our tour was led by Josh, an American academic, he provided a first rate introduction to the subject

Only reservation - needs to be 2hrs max
Written 18 May 2023
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NeetsF
Woking, UK118 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
My companion was interested in visiting this venue although neither of us have read any of Joyce’s works.
I knew a little of the author, but not enough to warrant visiting the centre, but I was impressed by the woman at the entrance desk who seemed to know a vast amount about him, his works, and how Ulysses was eventually published. She seemed genuinely animated about the author which made me all the more interested in him.
The centre itself is housed in an old Georgian house, complete with beautiful plasterwork. Perhaps it’s a testament to how little funding the arts get that the house looks tired and unloved, and the exhibitions somewhat sparse. While it was interesting to see the timeline of Joyce’s publications, and the actual door of 7 Eccles Street, I can’t help feeling more could be done to make the venue more inviting and interesting.
I would still recommend the centre to anyone interested in Irish literature though!
Written 8 January 2023
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Kate A
Washington DC, DC5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This was a nice visit, I was staying a few blocks away. I haven't read Ulysses (apart from the final pages), I think it would've been more interesting if I had. (I have read Dubliners and Portrait, which I loved). The building is very pretty, and I enjoyed the bedroom and art exhibits. I went during a weekday afternoon and had it entirely to myself, which was nice. It felt a bit like it needed freshening up. Not that it was unclean, just that it needed something different, I'm not sure. I stayed for about 30 minutes, I think you can easily see everything in under an hour. The walking tours are supposed to be good, I didn't have time for that.
Written 29 October 2022
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delagioventu
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg1,424 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Very nice museum where you get a lot of information about this important figure of Irish and world literature. And the stately mansion in which the museum is set is worth a visit in its own right.
Written 20 February 2020
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Georgia
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Partner and I came for the Joyce walking tour. Unfortunately, the walk had to end early due to the unrelenting rain but our guide kindly offered for us to listen to the rest of the tour from the warmth and comfort of the Joyce centre with a cup of tea or coffee. The staff went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and make the experience worthwhile despite being unfortunately rained out. For example, my partner was completely drenched by the time we got to the centre and the staff were kind enough to allow him to borrow one of their shirts whilst his dried by the fire.

The hospitality and kindness alongside the knowledge of the staff was above and beyond anything we were anticipating. Our guide was brilliant- well spoken, knowledgeable, and very passionate. Such a fantastic experience for anyone visiting Dublin and I would highly recommend it! :)
Written 15 February 2020
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Daniel T
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I went with my girlfriend as I am a big Joyce fan. I enjoyed the experience more than she did. Pre-knowledge of the author’s life and work makes a big difference. That said, our guide was lovely. She recited passages from Joyce’s writing and even performed songs. Great for fans! Recommended highly to them.
Written 19 January 2020
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