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Visit Dublin’s oldest newest theatre and be regaled with tales of our cultural history and varied past. Discover the sights and sounds of the colourful theatre world of 17th century Dublin and the evolution of Europe’s longest-standing Theatre right up to the present day.

Hosted by informed, entertaining, and unforgettable guides, come and see our beautifully restored 17th century premises.

Hungry? Come for our lunchtime tour where you will also enjoy a seasonally selected artisan lunch designed by resident chef Paul Clune in the impressive surroundings of our banquet hall.

Duration : 50 mins (approx) TOUR only – €8 per person (minimum group of 12 | non-refundable | paid in full, in advance)
Duration : 90 mins (approx) TOUR + LUNCH – €17.50 per person (minimum group of 20)

Tours must be booked in advanced. To book a tour for your group, call us on 01 6770014 or send us an email.

If you want to take in a snapshot of our history from where you currently sit, check out the filmed performance of ‘Smock!’ below.
Performed during the summer of 2014 in our Boys’ School Theatre, it blasts through 350 odd years in 45 minutes, performed with energy and humour by Thomas Beatty, Shane O’Regan and Gina Burke. Directed by Martin Maguire.

What visitors have said…

Christina’s enthusiasm and obvious love of her work gave me a great experience in this amazing space.
Mary J

Terrific tour. Christina was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. Delicious lunch – thanks chef!
– Sean and Deirdre Murray

I have to say yesterday’s visit to your venue was really really interesting. The combination of the historical context and the modern use of the building was fascinating and you are an excellent speaker. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences with the group.
– Áine O’Mahony

What an excellent tour! Thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the sound effects and the lovely and oh so wise tour guide.
– Róisín O’G

Absolutely stunning! I’d love to come here to experience and dive into the theatrical spirit of the Smock Alley Theatre, both traditional and contemporary with a modern twist.
-Anne, dublintown.ie

Wonderful. Still such an old feeling to it. “Memories”.
– Rita King

Very interesting tour and very well presented.
– Yvonne McLoughlin

Excellent tour – most informative. Thank you so much Conor, what a wonderful communicator.
– Alma


National School Tours in association with The Gaiety School of Acting

Are you interested in doing something that is both Educational and Fun with your students this summer? Here at Smock Alley, we are delighted to partner with our neighbours The Gaiety School of Acting to offer a 3-hour programme that is both enlightening and entertaining.

Your day will begin in the Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland. Your class group will have a walk through the school, visiting our studios and learning about the history of the school and the famous faces that have passed through its halls. You will be visiting on a school day and so you will even have the opportunity to see the trainee actors in action.

The next stop on your tour will be Smock Alley Theatre. You and your class will be taken on a guided tour through the Theatre, with access to all areas. You will learn the Story of Smock Alley and what a day looks like in Dublin’s first Theatre of 1662.

Once you have seen where actors past and present perform, its your turn to take the stage! Come find yourself at a Drama Workshop in The Gaiety School of Acting. You will warm up, play theatre games, work on your improvisation skills and learn some tricks of the trade!

National School Tours Testimonial

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely on behalf of myself and the children for a most enjoyable tour yesterday. We were made to feel very welcome. The children really enjoyed it and personally I felt it offered good value for money. The warm up games in the theatre were great fun and having the opportunity to see the students at work was a real treat, as was spotting famous faces they recognised on the walls! They loved their VIP badges and imagining life back when Smock Alley originally opened in 1662! It was an overall big thumbs up from the kids and thanks once again for your hospitality.

Hilary Parkinson,

Principle of Clarecastle National School, June 2012

For more information contact The Gaiety School of Acting on 01-6799277 or email [email protected]