National Leprechaun Museum
National Leprechaun Museum
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10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Step into another world where nothing is quite what it seems. Discover the sounds, sights, stories,and magic of mythical Ireland, land of the leprechaun! Your journey begins with a look at representations of the leprechaun through the ages. On your journey you will explore the relationship between landscape, folklore, story-telling and magic. Expect the unexpected as you move through the playful and fascinating world of the leprechaun.
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Neighborhood: North City Centre
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  • Gabby W
    Northampton, United Kingdom77 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect Irish folklore experience; don’t be put off by the gimmicky name!
    I really loved the experience here, and didn’t mind the higher price point since I’m very into myths/legends/folklore and the tour I joined was a very small group. Everything in Dublin is very expensive anyway, just like London! The guide was a brilliant storyteller and kept us completely immersed in the folklore of Ireland as he guided us through the atmospheric rooms. I do think this place could do with a name change as it certainly is an experience, not a museum, and only features leprechauns right at the beginning. Perhaps “The Irish Folklore Experience” would be a better fit (please credit me if you change your name haha). I’d been initially off put by the name thinking it would be too gimmicky for me, but after reading through the website I decided to go and was not disappointed. Highly recommended to lovers of folklore looking for an introduction to the tales of Ireland! The guide was also very knowledgable about the books in the gift shop and helped me pick out the perfect ones for my interest and reading preferences. Thank you!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Enikő K
    25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great storyteller, cold rooms
    I had a wonderful experience at the museum thanks to our excellent guide. He was an enthusiastic storyteller with great knowledge(I'm sorry I cannot remember his name, but he had a sword or dagger tattoo on his forearm). He was amazing, this is what made the whole experience a memorable one, can't wait to go back. However, the building itself was quite cold and inconvenient at the beginning of the tour as we had to go out and then enter again through a different door. There were only 4 rooms (I guess), but the circumstances might have been due to their renovation and change of location. Lovely experience, definitely recommended, but have a jacket with you if you go on cold days.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 12, 2023
  • Ginger S
    Weaverville, North Carolina229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical storyteller
    This is a fun little tour of some nicely decorated rooms with an Irish folktale being told in each by a gifted Irish storyteller. We enjoyed it very much. I am in a wheelchair and the whole place is very handicap accessible. It is in a great location near nice pubs and shops. They even have a really small gift shop.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 5, 2024
  • RCH
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Darkland is an enlightening experience
    A must do when in Dublin. After finding the leprechaun museum hidden on a “to do” in Dublin list, we thought we’d dabble with the Darkland experience. Personally we love stories and especially spooky tales. I would recommend this as the story tellers are brilliant but also it helps you understand more about the culture of leprechaun and fairytales in Ireland. Brandon was an amazing host and would recommend his shows!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 13, 2024
  • stephenstokes2012
    Newry, United Kingdom6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great way to spend an hour in Dublin
    I decided to visit this museum but was concerned if it was suitable for a solo adult visitor. but I was soon at ease when I seen the other visitors on my tour. There was 12 adults and only 3 children. Our tour guide was called Bosco and he was fantastic. He really put his heart and soul into the stories he told. You could see he was truly passionate about Irish folklore and the way he told and even acted out the stories, he had everyone's full attention for the full duration of the tour. So if you have an hour to spare during your visit to Dublin I would definitely recommend this tour.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 21, 2024
  • Mariana S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 stars!
    Absolutely loved it. Small museum but with a lot to learn. The lady that did the tour around looked like a fairy herself and made us engage a lot in her storytelling. I always recommend this place to my friends that go to Ireland and want to do something where they can learn and be entertained.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 3, 2024
  • David p
    Oslo, Norway4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Possibly the most interesting place in Ireland.
    I went here with my mom. First we went on the family-friendly tour, and we liked what we saw, so we were very excited to go to the darker tour as well. Both the storytellers we had were very good at their job! We sit inside of an old campfire hut, and both times it feels like we’re Irish people in the old times who hear authentic stories. (Of course with footnotes and explanations.) Both told the stories in such a way that one could see the kings and farmers in front of oneself and easily get engaged. The receptionists seem very understanding and everyone is good craic. So, if you like mythology and maybe want to see what Irish myths have to offer, you should definitely go here, and it’ll be very enjoyable. Also, I highly recommend the dark stories if you’re so inclined. Even I, going with my mother, had a good time. You’ll laugh and cry at the same time.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 24, 2024
  • Soph R.E
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Storytelling Immersive Experience
    Storytelling Immersive Experience Misha (5:30pm 2/3/24) tour guide was an amazing storyteller who explained the origins of Irish folklore. Selma at the first desk was also a pleasure to meet and went above and beyond to accommodate us. Highly recommended for photo ops and a novel way to spend an hour in Dublin.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 2, 2024
  • Voyage816738
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Weirdly amazing
    When we first booked, we had no idea what we were going to be experiencing. To be honest when the tour started, we were skeptical at best. Our guide Bosco was very passionate and he put on the best performance I’ve ever experienced when telling us the stories
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 8, 2024
  • Satan42
    Hapton, United Kingdom417 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Expected more.
    It was my wife's birthday and we came to Dublin to celebrate. She told me that if she didn't see a leprechaun then her birthday would be ruined. I took her to the National Leprechaun Museum to make her wish come true. Alas, I didn't. We arrived just in time for a 1030 tour and went into a very very small shop, paid and then got led outside to the next door along with 3 other people on our tour. We were taken into 4 different rooms along the tour and told all about the origins and the folklore about Leprechauns. The tour guide was extremely funny, passionate and knowledgeable about the subject and it was a pleasure listening to him. After the 4th room we were told the tour was over and returned to the shop. I honestly expected more and looking at the pictures on this review site they have either changed the tour or we missed something? We were invited to take photos of the big chair, but that was it. The big knife and fork? The pot of gold? The cardboard cutout you put your head through? Didn't see any of them. This disappoints me as although it was fun, it seems a little expensive for campfire stories. Sorry, but I can't recommend this to anyone.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 15, 2024
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Eilish F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We booked a time slot, turned up 10 mins early and wore face masks as per the covid guidelines outlined on website.However about 3 rooms into our tour the guide left the room and my 13 yr who had been to shy to ask in front of her asked where the bathroom was. When the guide returned I asked her only to be informed they had no facilities at the moment due to covid (this was not mentioned when booking or on website ) so we said we would have to leave to find one as at this point my child was piratically doing a jig . He still offered to try and hold out and continue the tour be we said better not as it already seemed quite urgent .we were shown out a side door and told to wait for a supervisor so half our group went in search of facilities the rest waited and in less then 5 minutes they returned. We then approached entrance to ask could we pick up where we left off as we were the only ones in the group anyway. We were asked are you sure you want to go back in I said yes why and he said was the bathroom the real reason we left. I confirmed it was and asked what he meant by that he said the reports i am getting are that the children are not interested .the children both responded we are interested as did I .He begrudgingly said ok let them finish their tour however I had barely taken two steps when he said I can just give you a refund i don't think the children are interested. This phrase was repeated several times in the following conversation and no more detailed information would be given. I eventually took the refund as we felt uncomfortable and unwelcome but think its very unfair as they would not provide a bathroom and did not inform us in advance of this what else were we supposed to do but leave to find one.My poor 13 yr old son apologized to me afterwards for getting us kicked out but i assured him he did nothing wrong and both children and adults in the group were left feeling disappointed , confused and bewildered and the fact that they judged us not interested enough to be worth their time to complete our tour and would instead rather pressure us into a refund
Written July 17, 2020
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Hi Eilish, First of all let me say thank you for taking the time to leave the review. Secondly let me unreservedly apologize for your experience last Wednesday. I could breakdown elements of it and explain the how and why of our failings but TripAdvisor doesn't really facilitate dialogue. The facts of the matter are that you're telling of your experience is spot on, we fell well short of the experience we aim to give our visitors. While you were refunded for the tickets I would be very open to having a chat and inviting you back in as our guests. I can understand that your treatment on the day may put you off engaging with us again but I understand that in asking for an opportunity to make things better I may be asking too much. The matter has been discussed with all staff involved on the day and there are no excuses to be made. We can and will do better in future and again I apologize for the unpleasant experience you had at our Museum. If you would be open to talking you can contact me directly at mark@nlm.ie Regards Mark
Written July 20, 2020
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Brian M
Galway, Ireland25 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
If you are looking for something to do in Dublin, look elsewhere. As tourist attractions go this one is pretty awful.
We went expecting leprechauns, as you would, to be told it’s not really about leprechauns, it’s about folklore and mythology. Ok, so call it the Folklore and mythology museum then!
Our “guide” a blue haired young lady brought us tediously through a number of rooms while telling painfully poorly rehearsed tales which contained neither substance nor interest. Her knowledge of her subject was poor and her delivery was even worse.
In no time at all, you find yourself in their well stocked “gift shop” where they try to extract even more money from their already disillusioned patrons.
Dublin is a great city with lots of thing to do and attractions to see. Choose wisely, choose somewhere other than the leprechaun museum.
Written January 1, 2020
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Pip K
Ramsgate, UK23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We went for a bit of a giggle, but had so much fun that it is hard for me to decide whether or not this should have the top spot of a fun filled weekend. Its not really a traditional museum, its more of a very clever and in-depth insight into Irish story telling handled around the subject of Leprechauns. We had Paudie (think that might be how to spell his name) as master story teller and despite the 90% of us being over 18 (I'm 50) he had all of us completely engaged and laughing. It was a really wonderful insight into Irish folk history, story telling and Leprechauns and I can honestly advise you to go. Whilst it was definitely more than the 'bit of a giggle' that we'd gone for, it's not a typical museum. Indeed if more 'museums' were to employ Paudie's they'd become the most visited attractions everywhere! He brought Irish Folk History alive - just don't expect to see hundreds of 'dry' exhibitions - this is a story about the past!
Written March 5, 2020
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Hi Pip, Thank you so much for your amazing review. Coming back on and reading them at a time like this is a nice way to remind ourselves that people like you share our passion. We've strived over the last 10 years to cultivate an experience that we'd like to visit ourselves and to do that we need people like you and yours to show up and be part of it. To be a Storyteller you need people to share stories with. We'd love to have you listen to more of our stories through our social media, the idea of you somewhere safe and comfortable, with a cup of tea in your hand, warms our hearts. Please know that Paudie, myself and all the rest of us here have read your review and appreciate you. All the best, Mark
Written May 28, 2020
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Krisz
5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
I booked by the recommendation of my friends. My short opinion it’s a bit overpriced as I felt really childish at some points. The story teller - Lauren - was nice, she was living her fairytale for sure and I was living for it. But I don’t feel like I became smarter than I was in regards of Irish folklores.
Written January 23, 2020
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Liz
Fairfax, VA12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
My sister and I visited in March 2020 and were admittedly a little skeptical about how exciting this museum would be, but we absolutely loved it! Our guide was knowledgeable, engaging, and was clearly enjoying his job. He guided us through the museum, telling stories of various creatures from Irish folklore and providing some historical context. We were hoping to do the more adult DarkLand tour, but sadly weren't there on the weekend. Definitely would do again! Picked up some lovely gifts from the gift shop, including a large tome full of Irish folk tales!
Written April 14, 2020
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Hi Lizbo, Thank you so much for your amazing review. Coming back on and reading them at a time like this is a nice way to remind ourselves that people like you share our passion. We love surprising people! We've strived over the last 10 years to cultivate an experience that we'd like to visit ourselves and to do that we need people like you and yours to show up and be part of it. To be a Storyteller you need people to share stories with. We'd love to have you listen to more of our stories through our social media, the idea of you somewhere safe and comfortable, with a cup of tea in your hand, warms our hearts. When all this is done we will be back with our day tours and DarkLand ... so there will be time again ;-) All the best, Mark
Written May 28, 2020
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Luke J
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
We were staying in Dublin for a few days for a friends birthday between the 22nd and 25th of October. On the off chance, we went by and asked if we could book for 8 of us on the 25th, not realising it was a bank holiday and a busy time. But after a quick phone call to the manager, the front guy (I think he was called Paudie told us we could go in at 2:20pm which was great as they didn’t need to fit us in. We got a tour round by the manager and can honestly say it was the best tour/activity of the trip. Mark (who does look like a leprechaun) was brilliant, really funny but also full of information and loads of folk tales. This isn’t your typical museum, it’s more of a story telling experience where the visual spaces are used to enhance this. With us being and adult group, he focused the tour on the more mature side of Irish folk history. We absolutely loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
Written October 26, 2021
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Pedro Oliveira
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
A very, very good and fun way to close the evening! Our storyteller Mischa was simply amazing, knowing just how to take advantage of the half dark atmosphere and different scenarios as we moved on the museum rooms.

It was very interesting to get to know more of the irish myths and tales, and no better way than to hear them from the local, friendly and very charismatic guide. It takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes but you are caught by surprise when he says it ended. You could defnitely just sit around the museum and keep hearing the histories.

It is totally worth the price and it is a great experience for adults visiting without children.

P.S.: We were unable to check how to write the guides name. So, if you, our guide on the 20:00 session from 01/04/2022 is reading this review, please do know that we loved every minute and we do apologize if we got your name wrong! :)
Written April 2, 2022
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Áine H
County Dublin, Ireland3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
I absolutely adore the Leprechaun Museum.

I have been several times over the years and I think this was my best visit yet. Instead of only having one tour guide we had 4 for our tour, Deirdre, Stephen, Lenny and Paudie. Each gave an overview of different aspects of Irish storytelling and folklore. The history was covered by Deirdre, she showed a lot of knowledge and had an excellent storytelling voice. I've done a full tour with her before and really enjoy how she explains Irish folklore. Her love of books really shines through.

Stephen discussed the storytellers journey and gave an excellent performance of how a storyteller would tell a story - he told us about the Merrow People and it was phenomenal. I was totally captured but the story.

Lenny told us about the fairies and their fairy fort. She really put her all into her storytelling and was brilliant with the kids on the tour. Really included them in the story and the conversation!

Paudie is brilliant. He is an excellent storyteller and really entertains. He was able to answer any and all questions. He is amazing on the podcast as well!

The museum has made several updates to make it all covid safe and honestly, the changes were amazing! I loved travelling through the new rainbow and the additions to the giants room were a bit if craic.

I bring all my friends to this museum, I think Orish Folklore is integral to who and how we are as Irish people. 10/10 will go again. I never hear the same story twice, the guides have a lot of freedom to what stories they share. It's a brilliant and fun afternoon out.

If you can get a tour that Mark is, definitely go on it!
Written July 12, 2021
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Rebecca Ward
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
I must say by my 4th visit I was pretty sure I'd have heard all of the stories and the novelty would have worn off but I was wrong. Every trip I've had, and I've been coming since 2014, has been brilliant! The staff are welcoming, it's fun, the stories are fab and the big furniture is a work out in itself but I must say a HUGE thank you to Lauren who made this my favourite trip. She gave us insight in to a real story at the end of our session which was absolutely fascinating.. She did also point me in the direction of a book in the gift shop, 'A Bewitched Land' which I can't thank her enough for because I haven't put it down since! People of all ages, you're in Dublin so take an hour away from the Guinness to visit the leprechaun museum and have some fun!
Written March 6, 2020
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Hi Rebecca, Thank you so much for your amazing review. Coming back on and reading them at a time like this is a nice way to remind ourselves that people like you share our passion. While we really miss having you sitting with us in the Museum, we are still telling stories and we always will. We'd love to have you listen to more of our stories through our social, the idea of you somewhere safe and comfortable, with a cup of tea in your hand, warms our hearts. Please know that Lauren, myself and all the rest of us here have read your review and appreciate you. All the best, Mark
Written May 28, 2020
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Iceblueshoes
Vancouver, Canada52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This was a near last minute decision to visit during a recent trip to Ireland so I knew very little going in and only vaguely familiar about Irish lore. While I was initially a bit hesitant because of the price, in the end it was worth every €€€.

What I can say is that the the tales truly are dark, morbid and twisted, yet provide some insight into Irish lore.
While I won't repeat any of the stories (I really can't do them justice), I would love to go back again and wish they had a longer version (say 90mins) because the storyteller has you in their palm of their hand the entire time thanks to their charisma.

So while I admit, the whole concept may seem silly at first glance, if you think of it as a play or theatre, it starts to make sense.

The gift shop at the end is pretty neat with lot of interesting books on Irish history and folklore, but also various other related souvenir trinkets of which I did get a few.
1000% recommend the dark tales version.
Next time I'm in Dublin, I will return.
Written April 17, 2022
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