Abbey Theatre

Local nameAbbey Theatre
LocationDublin North City Poor Law Union, Ireland

The Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland, in Dublin, Ireland, is one of the country's leading cultural institutions. First opening to the public on 27 December 1904, and despite losing its original building to a fire in 1951, it has remained active to the present day. The Abbey was the first state-subsidized theatre in the English-speaking world; from 1925 onwards it received an annual subsidy from the Irish Free State. Since July 1966, the Abbey has been located at 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.

In its early years, the theatre was closely associated with the writers of the Irish Literary Revival, many of whom were involved in its founding and most of whom had plays staged there. The Abbey served as a nursery for many of leading Irish playwrights, including William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory, Seán O'Casey and John Millington Synge, as well as leading actors.

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Opening hours

Backstage tours available. They are scheduled to match the dates of the Abbey stage plays.

Tours last for approximately 1h 15mins and start from the Abbey Theatre foyer.

Wed - Fri: 4 pm
Sat: 11:30 am


€8 per person
€6 per person for groups of 6-12 people

Tickets are limited.
We would recommend advance booking to avoid disappointment.

More information and contact


Official Website




Phone +353-1-8787222

Address 26 Abbey Street Lower, D01 K0F1

Coordinates 53°20'54.734" N -6°15'25.783" E

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