Walk with Leopold Bloom

Leopold Bloom is the central character in James Joyce’s great novel of Dublin, Ulysses. Ulysses is about a day in the lives of Dubliners and takes place on the 16th June 1904. June 16th is now known as Bloomsday.

You do not have to wait till Bloomsday to follow in his footsteps. Walk with me along the route Bloom followed in Chapter 8. The route is marked with 13 bronze engravings in the pavements. Bloom’s journey took him from O’Connell Street to the National Library via Westmoreland Street, Grafton Street, Duke Street and Molesworth Street.

From the National Library we will walk along Nassau Street where Joyce met Nora Barnacle in June 1904. June 16th is the anniversary of their first date!

The walk will finish at Sweny’s pharmacy where Bloom had earlier in the day bought a bar of lemony wax soap. Sweny’s is one of the very few Joyce unchanged Bloomsday landmarks.

While there, if you wish to take part in a private reading of 1 or 2 of Joyce’s stories from Dubliners, I can arrange this. There will be an additional fee, payable directly to Swenys.


If I cannot guide you please consider David Halpin, a Director of Swenys.  See https://dublinulyssestours.com/ for further details.