Georgian Dublin Walking Tour: Henrietta Street and Beyond
Take a journey through Georgian Dublin, with guided walking tours from award-winning museum 14 Henrietta Street.
Our tour begins on Henrietta Street, the first Georgian street in Dublin and the template from which all other Georgian streets followed. We chart the fortunes of the Gardiner Estate on Dublin’s Northside, stretching from Henrietta Street to Mountjoy Square, from its beginnings as the best address in town to its decline to tenement housing. It's a story that mirrors the fortunes of Dublin City and many of its residents.
Visitors will learn about the man who built Henrietta Street, the 'Jewel in the Georgian Crown', the lavish lifestyles and social lives of families who lived there, including the Molesworths from number 14, and how one man's vision and ingenuity created the world's first maternity hospital.
2021 marks the 300 year anniversary of Henrietta Street, with the Gardiner family purchasing the land in 1721 and the development of the street starting soon after. The building of Henrietta Street marks the beginning of the golden age of Georgian Dublin when the cityscape was transformed into the one we see today. Taking visitors to some of Dublin’s most elite addresses and grand Georgian squares, the tour will explore the architectural and social history of the city and reveal the details of the lives lived behind the elegant red brick facades.