Irish history tours for London St Patrick's Festival
Enjoy one of our very special free walks to celebrate Ireland’s national patron saint. These tours are specially commissioned for London St Patrick's Festival, and will be led by Tony McDonnell, London Blue Badge Tour Guide. Find out more about the tours on offer below.
To book your place call Tony on 07850 184790.
Walk 1: Terrible Beauty
Friday 17 March, 2pm
From the 1916 rebellion in London to independence and empire, this tour has it all. After Dublin, London was the city most connected to the Easter Rising. Not just as the seat of government from which the rebels fought to break free but through the deep connections many held with this city. This lively tour will turn the walk from Trafalgar Square to Whitehall into an amazing journey through the changes released by the rebellion. This is the London side of the story. Come and relive the excitement of those times.
Meet at South side of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square.
Walk 2: Where the String Broke
Saturday 18 March, 2pm
From dancing and drinking to finding somewhere to doss, Camden is probably the capital of Irish London. Find ballrooms, pubs, churches, hostels and the characters who gave this place its vibrant Irish reputation for so long. Come and hear about lumpers, impresarios, navvies, writers and musicians on this fascinating walk.
Meet at Camden Town Tube station (Kentish Town Road exit).
Walk 3: The Emerald City
Sunday 19 March, 2pm
This stroll takes in Ludgate Hill, along Fleet Street, into the Temple and ends in Covent Garden. Come and discover some amazing Irish connections and meet some of the great names of the Irish past. Stopping at pubs, churchyards, statues, courthouses and theatres – this walk will bring Irish London to life. Prime Ministers, politicians, press barons, poets, playwrights, revolutionaries and aristocrats - all play their part in this amazing story.
Meet at main steps of St Paul's Cathedral.