Step by Step: Irish Dancing and Music throughout the Ages

12 1h 30m English

Irish culture revolves around a certain rhythm and melody. While most people are familiar with the Riverdance phenomenon that changed the face (and feet) of Irish dance and music, very few know where those traditions all began. On this tour you’ll learn to think on your feet as you discover Dublin’s beating cultural heart.

What you'll discover

  • Experience Ireland’s dancing heritage
  • Listen to live traditional music right in the centre of Dublin
  • Get inside knowledge from an expert dancer
  • Enjoy your choice of one free pint
  • Learn your first Irish dance moves!

Join us as we head off the beaten tourist trail and dive into Dublin’s beating cultural heart. Experience the passion of the dancing steps you’ll learn and the thrilling live music you'll hear. Take your lead from a gifted Irish dancer who'll guide you through Ireland’s native forms of artistic expression. Many have heard of Riverdance, the hit spectacle that amazed audiences at the 1994 Eurovision Contest, and inspired a global revival in Irish dancing. But its popularity begs the question: when did it all start? And where does Irish dancing come from? And just who were the Dubliners and was their roving truly wild? Declan will set the record straight as he leads you on an adventure to some of the landmarks of Irish cultural history. Find underground Gaelic bars next to the most popular nightclubs in the city. See where people from all over Ireland took over the mayor’s residence to dance and sing. Listen to live traditional music on the streets. Join us for some of the most authentic experiences of Irish music and dance you'll find in any pub in Ireland, while you enjoy a FREE pint in one of the best pubs of Dublin - lucky you!

Meet here

The meeting point is right under the Fusilier's Arch at St. Stephen's Green main gates.

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Meet your Stroller

Declan Gillen

Dancer, Musician, Irish speaker, drinker of pints, and now Stroller! I come from a family of Irish dancers, so I've spent most of my life surrounded by our national dance and music. I'd be thrilled to share some of what I do with you, and show you my favourite parts of Irish culture! I’ll even teach you a step or two.

12 Reviews

  • Mrs Lesley Smith

    September 2018

    Our tour of Dublin with Mairead was absolutely delightful. Even though we had a few short sharp showers, we were not put off in the slightest. We were shown a Dublin that any other group tour would not have ben so interesting and personal. Thank you

  • Alessandro Gini

    August 2017

    Fantastic immersion into Dublin's traditions and culture. Declan was a fantastic guide and the dance demonstration left us speechless... thanks again for the tour!

  • Boris F

    July 2017

    Fantastic experience of the dancing and music tradition. Declan entertained us all. Recommend!

  • Monique Sherrett

    June 2017

    Declan was a great guide and knew all sorts of interesting stories about the history of dance in Ireland. He's friendly, gets the group involved and keeps things moving at a good pace. The best is that he plays the flute and shows you some dance steps. I had a fab time on this tour and highly recommend it.

  • Darko G

    June 2017

    Very happy with the Step by Step tour and Stroll company. Our experience of the city has been very positive.

  • Jarrod Cullen

    March 2017

    One of the best tours I've been.

  • Tonia Morton

    March 2017

    Declan is an amazing dancer.

  • Emil Holmwood

    February 2017

    Just completed a walking tour with Declan and it was excellent!!

  • DRONE KALI

    January 2017

    Amazing! Beautiful people and great stories!

  • Casual M

    October 2016

    Declan, the man, the legend. A bloody beautiful city filled to the brim with culture. Either Declan genuinely loved this city, or he's in the wrong profession and belongs in Hollywood with the other best actors. His enthusiasm made you enthusiastic. You begin to see why he loves the place.

  • Oana D

    October 2016

    If you have the occasion I strongly recommend Declan's tour. Irish humor and nice company.

  • Adrian W

    September 2016

    All I can say is WOW! I was not expecting to learn so much, Declan's knowledge, charm, charisma, passion for history and passion for drama made me smile for hours and I am still smiling nearly a day later. I learnt so much in such a short space of time.. Guys, the likes of Declan are a rare species these days. Great guy, thanks.

€27 per person (6 people)