Dracula’s Dublin: 10 terrifying suggestions for Bram Stoker’s metropolis

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Bram Stoker (1845 – 1912) wrote the traditional horror story ‘Dracula’ in 1897. Picture by Hulton Archive/Getty Photos

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Dublin Ghostbus Tour

The Outdated Library at Trinity School, Dublin (Picture: Fáilte Eire)

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Marsh’s Library, Dublin. Picture: Fáilte Eire

Dublin Fortress. Picture: Fáilte Eire

The Famine memorial sculpture close to the Worldwide Monetary Companies Centre in Dublin. Picture: Niall Carson/PA

Bray & Greystones Cliff Stroll. Picture: Fáílte Eire

Royal School of Physicians, Kildare Avenue

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Dracula’s Dublin: 10 terrifying suggestions for Bram Stoker’s metropolis


Do you know Dracula’s creator grew up Dublin? Or that he lived right here for many of his younger life? It is the proper excuse for a Halloween-themed hop across the metropolis…



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Do you know Dracula’s creator grew up Dublin? Or that he lived right here for many of his younger life? It is the proper excuse for a Halloween-themed hop across the metropolis…

Bram Stoker Competition

This yr’s Bram Stoker Competition takes place from October 26-29, celebrating the life and legacy of the horror novelist and his masterpiece, ‘Dracula’.

Highlights? ‘Creature Options’ sees Arachnaphobia, Little Store of Horrors and Invasion of the Physique Snatchers screening on the Nationwide Botanic Gardens, for instance, whereas Victorian theme park ‘Stokerland’ returns to St Patrick’s Park, and a Macnas Parade leaves Moore Avenue at 7pm on October 28.

It is a completely horrid precursor to Halloween, albeit one appropriate for all ages, pursuits and scare ranges.

Particulars: bramstokerfestival.com.

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15 Marino Crescent, Clontarf


Bram Stoker (1845 – 1912) wrote the traditional horror story ‘Dracula’ in 1897. Picture by Hulton Archive/Getty Photos

Bram Stoker was born at 15 Marino Crescent in 1847, to Abraham Stoker and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley. He was the third of seven kids, and spent the primary seven years of his life in mattress as a result of a thriller illness.

Stoker spent two years on the home, a three-storey affair set on a leafy Georgian crescent overlooking Bram Stoker Park and Dublin Bay (it’s privately-owned).

“I used to be naturally considerate, and the leisure of lengthy sickness gave alternative for a lot of ideas which have been fruitful in accordance with their variety in later years,” he would write.

Throughout these early years, may his mom have begun passing on tales of cholera victims buried in her native Sligo? It is tempting to assume so…

Particulars: The Crescent is a brief stroll from Clontarf Dart Station.

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Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Shut


Marsh’s Library, Dublin. Picture: Fáilte Eire

Bram Stoker was a daily customer to Archbishop Marsh’s well-known library… a brilliantly fusty hideaway proper across the nook from St Patrick’s Cathedral.

In fact, even when Stoker had by no means darkened its door, Marsh’s Library must be on any ghost-hunter’s itinerary. It is not solely residence to the loss of life masks of Jonathan Swift, however the ghost of Archbishop Marsh himself.

Oh, and see in case you can spot the bullet holes from 1916…

Particulars: marshlibrary.ie; €3pp.

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Dublin Fortress

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Dublin Fortress. Picture: Fáilte Eire

Abraham Stoker’s first revealed e-book was slightly much less sensational than Dracula, although maybe a little bit horrifying in its personal means -The Duties of Clerks of the Petty Classes of Eire.

The information was primarily based on his expertise as a civil servant working in Dublin Fortress. In accordance with the fort’s web site, Stoker started work there in August 1871, following within the footsteps of his father, and later turning into Inspector of Petty Classes.

Later, whereas nonetheless working on the fort, Stoker revealed his debut brief story, The Crystal Cup. He ultimately moved to London in 1878.

Particulars: dublincastle.ie; self-guided entry from €7, guided excursions together with the State Flats, Viking Excavation and the Chapel Royal value €10pp.

Dublin Ghostbus Tour


Dublin Ghostbus Tour

What may trump a tour of Dublin’s most haunted nooks and crannies? A tour onboard the macabre cell theatre that’s Dublin’s Ghostbus, that is what.

Step into the curtained saloon upstairs and you may embark on a two-hour jaunt by way of a parallel universe of felons, fiends and phantoms, with actors spinning yarns alongside the best way.

Stops embrace St Kevin’s graveyard, the candlelit crypt of Christchurch Cathedral and, naturally, a number of websites related to Dracula’s creator.

The Ghostbus passes Trinity School, the place Stoker studied, the home the place he lived at 30 Kildare Avenue, and the Shelbourne Resort, the place he met Henry Irving, the person who invited him to handle the Lyceum Theatre in London, the place he went on to pen ‘Dracula’.

Particulars: €28 (not appropriate for youngsters underneath 14); ghostbus.ie

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The Outdated Ballybough Cemetery, Fairview


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Might Dracula have had a stake in Ballybough?

Stoker grew up close by, and followers say he is more likely to have visited a former cemetery within the space recognized for its ‘suicide plot’.

On this unconsecrated patch, robbers and highwaymen have been interred together with those that had died by suicide, and wood stakes are mentioned to have been pushed by way of their hearts, to stop their spirits from wandering.

Readers do not should look far to discover a related gadget in ‘Dracula’ and different vampire lore, although you will have extra hassle discovering the cemetery. It has lengthy since disappeared.

Particulars: The 51A and 123 buses cease at Clonliffe Highway.

Trinity School, Dublin


The Outdated Library at Trinity School, Dublin (Picture: Fáilte Eire)

Trinity was Bram Stoker’s alma mater, and, by all accounts, he sank his enamel into faculty life.

Throughout his time at Trinity (1864-1870), Stoker served as Auditor of the Historic Society and President of the Philosophical Society – at one level proposing fellow author, Oscar Wilde, for membership.

A number of years in the past, a centenary convention occurred on the creator’s outdated haunting floor, with audio system together with his great-grandnephew, Dacre Stoker.

Guests can enter Trinity’s campus freely, although you might be spooked by the €11 payment to go to the Outdated Library and E book of Kells.

The creepiness quotient rises by evening, when clip-clopping footsteps echo over the faculty cobblestones.

Particulars: €11-€14 (Outdated Library/E book of Kells; youngsters free). See tcd.ie/guests.

‘Famine’, Customized Home Quay

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The Famine memorial sculpture close to the Worldwide Monetary Companies Centre in Dublin. Picture: Niall Carson/PA

The haunting bronze figures depicted in Rowan Gillespie’s ‘Famine’ are as shut as up to date Dublin will get to the strolling lifeless.

Although a comparatively current addition, the staggering figures commemorate a tragedy Stoker would have been deeply conscious of, having been born in Black ’47.

One thing else Stoker could have drawn on have been Eire’s 19th-century cholera outbreaks. His mom advised her younger boy tales of ‘the strolling lifeless’ and victims buried alive, together with outdated Irish legends of wandering spectres possessed of ‘unhealthy blood’ or ‘droch fhola’.

Hints of ‘Dracula’, anybody?

Particulars: Customized Home Quay. See rowangillespie.com.

Royal School of Physicians, Kildare Avenue

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Royal School of Physicians, Kildare Avenue

Each of Bram Stoker’s brothers educated at Dublin’s Royal School of Physicians, the oldest surviving medical establishment within the nation.

Its Kildare Avenue constructing was refurbished in 2005, and excursions can be found by appointment with the Heritage Centre. Weddings, conferences, lunches and celebrations can be held within the venue.

Ghost excursions typically cease outdoors No 6 Kildare Avenue, a spokesperson for Dublin Ghostbus advised me some years in the past, as a result of it was right here that Dr Samuel Clossey is alleged to have dissected cadavers provided by grave robbers.

Right now, does the physician’s spirit nonetheless wander the corridors?

“I am sorry to say the ghost story shouldn’t be true,” a school archivist advised me. “There actually was a convention of medical doctors digging up graves, however this ended with the Anatomy Act within the 1830s, and the RCPI constructing wasn’t constructed till the 1860s.

“Samuel Clossey died in 1786, so it appears unlikely that he would select to hang-out a constructing that wasn’t constructed for one more 80 years.”

Particulars: rcpi.ie; heritagecentre@rcpi.ie.

Greystones, Co. Wicklow

Okay, so Greystones is nearly an hour (by southbound Dart) from Dublin. Dracula thought nothing of constructing journeys, nonetheless, so why ought to we?

“The nets as they rise from the water are starred with phosphorescent lights,” Stoker wrote on a go to in August 1871.

“Because the ends of the online come nearer and the lead line comes up upon the seaside, the fishes are seen struggling within the web and present their white bellies.”

Stoker’s ‘Misplaced Journal’, masking 1871-1881, was revealed along with annotations by Professor Elizabeth Miller and the creator’s nice grandnephew, Dacre (Robson Press).

The above passage is “a primary try by Bram at writing descriptive prose in a seaside city known as Greystones”, Dacre advised ‘Weekend’ Journal some years in the past.

“We did not realise that he went there fairly often and we may surmise that it was simply to get away from the hustle and bustle of town, for contemporary air.”

Particulars: Greystones Dart Station. See bramstokerestate.com.

NB: This story has been up to date.

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