The Bram Stoker Festival 2019 - October Bank Holiday Weekend in Dublin City

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The Bram Stoker Festival 2019 - October Bank Holiday Weekend in Dublin City

Whether you’re a Dublin resident or a visiting tourist, those present in the capital over the coming week are in for a Spooktacular treat with four jam packed days and nights of Gothically inspired events sweeping over the city, all in the legacy of one of Ireland’s most celebrated Authors.

Bram Stoker born in Dublin in 1847 made a renowned contribution to literature and pop culture throughout his time, particularly, his most acclaimed work, the novel ‘Dracula’ in 1897. This month, the City of Dublin looks back and celebrates life by hosting a range of activities throughout the city over the October bank holiday weekend.

The Bram Stoker Festival promises to playfully explore the gothic, the mysterious, the after-dark and the supernatural through delivering a series of glorious events – from family-friendly adventures, to late night antics and everything in between, this one off, daring festival is one not to be missed.

Check out our top picks of the festivals four-day programme below:

Spooky Stories at Marsh’s

Marsh’s Library, St.Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8
ri 25 & Sat 26 Oct, 10.00am – 5.00pm

Visit Dublin’s oldest public library, St Marsh’s library where a young Bram Stoker first came to read at the age of 18. View the books that he read that first day that later inspired him to write such acclaimed work. Embark on a spooky tour down the darkened galleries and hear the many bizarre tales from the library’s eerie past.

Suitable for all ages (children must be accompanied by an adult).


Wolfe Tone Square, 23 Jervis St, Dublin 1
Fri 25 Oct – Thu 31 Oct

A captivating experience held in a dark shipping container, suitable for those who dare. Séance blurs the boundaries between reality and the otherworld. Twenty people are gathered together for twenty terrifying minutes within the shipping container for an immersive experience using binaural 360 degree sound, complete darkness and a variety of sensory effects, it has chilled audiences around the world.

Suitable for ages 16+ (under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult).

Bram Stoker and the Haunting of Marsh’s Library

Marsh’s Library, St.Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8
Fri 25 Oct & Sat 26 Oct, 6.30pm

Back in the eerie building of Dublin’s oldest Library St Marsh’s but this time – it’s after hours. This tour will include a detailed look Bram Stoker’s association with the library guiding you through the various books he studied though the many years that he visited. The tour will then enlighten you on some of the more unusual, mysterious tales from the building’s past.

Suitable for ages 16+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).

Meeting House Horrors – The Craft (& premiere of The Early House)

Meeting house square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

An outdoor screening of the classic 90’s movie, The Craft. Unapologetically and deliciously dark, this girl gang flick paved the way for the many witch-themed TV shows and movies which followed in its footsteps.

Before the screening, catch the premier of a new Irish short horror- comedy, The Early House created especially for The Bram Stoker Festival.

Suitable for ages 15+. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


St. Patrick’s Park, Patrick St, Dublin 8
Sat 26 Oct & Sun 27 Oct, 11am – 4.30pm

A pop up fun fair opens its doors for two days of jam-packed ghoulish activities. A street theatre, a performance tent, free face painting, Victorian funfair rides, and food village are just a taste of what’s in store at this family friendly event. Set in one of Dublin’s most beautiful green spaces St Patricks park, with St Patrick’s cathedral providing a stunning backdrop.

Abe’s Story

Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2
at 26 Oct, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

In the gloriously gothic setting of Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, which was the workplace of Bram Stoker for over a decade, watch the exclusive screening of the award-winning animated film, Abe’s Story by award winning animator and director Adam H. Stewart.

Following the screening engage in a discussion with the film’s director and acclaimed Bram Stoker biographer Paul Murray, where he delves into influences that helped Stoker shape the greatest horror novel of all time; Dracula.

Suitable for ages 12+ (under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult).

Stoker on Stoker: The Mysteries Behind the Writing of Dracula

Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2
26 Oct, 3.00 – 4.15pm

Listen to Grand-nephew of Bram Stoker and best-selling international co-author of Dracul, Dacre Stoker’s deliver a compelling audio-visual presentation giving an intimate insight into Dracula’s history within Stoker family, examining Bram Stoker’s life in Dublin and London, separating fact from popular fiction, and revealing the truth about all things Stoker and Dracula.

Suitable for ages 14+.

Dracula on the BBC: A First Look

Light House Cinema, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
Sun 27 Oct | 1pm – 2.15pm

A one-off event offering the opportunity to meet the writers and producers of the forthcoming BBC and Netflix mini-series Dracula.

Get an exclusive first look into the soon to be aired miniseries coming to BBC One. The series made up of three feature-length episodes will re-introduce the world to the most renowned vampire.

Join the actors, writer and executive producer for a Q&A panel as they take you behind the scenes and show some brand-new teaser footage.

Suitable for ages 12+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult).

Dracula’s Disco

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Mon 28 Oct, 2.00 – 4.00pm

A family friendly disco taking place right here in Temple Bar. This fun packed event will see DJ Will Softly play all the latest hits to get families in the Halloween spirit. Expect confetti cannons, crazy costumes and plenty of ghoulish games as you and you little one’s try out your freakiest dance moves.

Suitable for ages 5+ (children must be accompanied by an adult).

A full schedule of the four-day event can be found on the Bram Stoker website. Many events are free of change while some incur a small fee. The festival is brought to Dublin City by Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council.

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Free cancellation if cancelled by 2pm day prior to arrival.

Offering unique dishes and delicious cocktails.

Situated in the heart of Temple Bar.