As a city with over a 1,000 years of history, Dublin is of course full of ghosts and spooky tales. Did you know that Dublin is also home to Vampires?
Actually, Dublin is home to the most famous vampire of them all– DRACULA! Or, to be exact, his creator Bram Stoker, who wrote the original Dracula book, was a Dubliner.
To help celebrate this fact, on 26-28 October 2013 there is a very cool Bram Stoker Festival happening in Dublin. There will be films, street performances, Dracula’s Fire Garden, a Bram’s wild banquet in Christchurch Cathedral’s underground crypt, family events and loads more.
On Saturday the 26th of October, if you dare, you can take part in a Vampire Hunt throughout the city. It’s free! Here’s the scoop from the festival:
Make your way through the streets of Dublin visiting some of its history-laden buildings, cultural treasures and venues to uncover these secrets and perhaps even discover a little more than you bargained for!
With chilling team tasks, bloodcurdling surprises and fun you don’t want to miss the Vampire Hunt. Beat the clock to be the fastest team (4 people per team) to complete the hunt, or be voted the best costume, and you’ll win cool prizes.
A special mini hunt is available to families with vampires in training.
One venue on the Vampire Hunt has an alcohol licence & participants who are over 18 will receive an alcoholic beverage. (This venue is not part of the mini Vampire Hunt)
10am–5pm. Hunts are apprx 1 hr 20 mins to complete the mini Vampire Hunt, and 1 hr 40 mins to complete the full Vampire Hunt.
Register on the day from 10am–1pm or pre-register here for no delay.
Another interesting thing happening in conjunction with the Bram Stoker Festival is a mini-exhibit at one of my favorite Dublin museums, the Little Museum of Dublin. If you haven’t been yet, this is an extra incentive. You will get such a feel for Dublin there, especially if you take the guided tour– do take it! Here’s the blurb on their Dracula installation, Life After Death:
Dracula: Life after Death
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a ground-breaking work of horror-fiction that has been translated into many languages, reprinted countless times and inspired many plays and movies. A new installation at the Little Museum of Dublin gives a rare insight into the circumstances surrounding the publication of one of the world’s most popular novels, as well as the illustrious life the book has enjoyed long after its creator’s death. With unique first editions, original promotional material and handwritten correspondence, the installation is a must-see for book-lovers.
Dracula: Life after Death runs at the Little Museum of Dublin from October 25th-November 25th, 2013.
€6, but €3 if purchased in advance online. Open daily 9.30am-5pm, open until 8pm on Thursdays
And, wow– if YOU have a Dracula 1st edition, I hope it’s insured; I see there is one on sale at Abe books for $75,000!