Our behind-the-scenes tours, imaginative workshops and insightful talks are an extension of what takes place on stage and helps you to delve even deeper.

We offer experiences for every age, ability and interest – from schools, study abroad programmes and universities, to first-time theatre-goers and international tour groups.


Set the scene to get even more from your visit! For information on Tours and Experiences, please email james.hickson@abbeytheatre.ie

Backstage Tours 

Ever wondered what happens behind-the-scenes while you are watching a show? What drove audiences to riot and protest during a performance?

Join our tour guides as they bring you through our remarkable and unrivalled story. With exclusive backstage access, tread the boards of the Abbey stage and discover how your national theatre comes to life.

Private tours are available upon request. 

Buy Tickets for Backstage Tours here.

Walking Tours 

Interested in discovering more of Dublin’s dramatic side?

This unique guided tour is the only one dedicated to the city’s theatre history. Explore street art, galleries, architecture, sites of historical significance, and plenty of hidden and forgotten gems.

Spotlight Seminars 

What makes the Abbey a national theatre like no other? Are you looking for some context and background, or to reflect and respond?

Our in-depth talks offer an ideal chance to illuminate your visit. They create conversation about what’s on stage and why it matters.

Unique and specialist talks can be designed for particular areas of interest, from Irish Literature or New Writing, to Gender and Women’s Studies.

Studio Sessions 

How does an idea find expression and make it to the stage? Interested in flexing your creative muscles?

Our studio session workshops are the perfect opportunity to explore various approaches to performance – from movement and ensemble exercises, to puppetry and improvisation. They are collaborative, thoughtful and playful, and will fire up the imagination. All that’s required is a willingness to take part.

Bespoke Experiences 

Create a one-of-a-kind visit to the Abbey with a tailor-made experience.

Whether as a Transition Year excursion or a day of activity for an international tour group, design an inspiring and immersive day at your national theatre.

Discover the craft and magic that brings everything together. Journey from creation to completion with the Abbey team. Get first-hand perspectives and insights from our cast. Choose play-texts to take home and continue the conversation after the curtain call. Customise any number of experiences to suit your interests.


Tell us what you’d like to do! For information on Tours and Experiences, please email james.hickson@abbeytheatre.ie



University of Koln Germany, David Moroney
“The talk was a great experience for the university students to understand more about the historical and cultural impact of the Abbey Theatre in Irish society. I found it insightful and helpful and regard it as a great way for students of all ages and nationalities to be exposed to Irish theatre. The students really enjoyed the talk and it generated a lot of discussion afterwards.”

Discovering Drama Wexford, Olga Conway
“The students were blown away by the performance but they all said how it made more sense to them having had the workshop beforehand.”

Cedarville University Ohio, Julie Moore
“Thanks so much for the wonderful tour. Your passion for the Abbey Theatre, Irish playwrights, and Irish history and culture was contagious to all my students. A splendid experience for all of us.”