Public Tour

Find out how nagging women were punished in 18th century Ennis…

The story of how a scold or nagging woman was punished by being strapped to a stool and ducked in the waters of the River Fergus is just one of the fascinating tales brought to life on our guided walking tours of the medieval town of Ennis.

History, mythology, legends, ghosts, poverty, murders and more are all explored on these public tours which run on selected days at 11:00am from May until Oct meeting outside the Ennis Tourist Office. Check the webpage calendar for availability of tours. Experience a journey through time as we explore the medieval architecture and winding lanes and “bow-ways” of the town while revealing the characters and stories that have shaped its past. Rich historical sources are used to illuminate the lives and experiences of the ordinary poor of Ennis as well as the rich and powerful leaders that shaped our destiny. This acclaimed tour provides a highly entertaining and thought-provoking experience of the charming town of Ennis.


Time & Distance
Tours usually start at 11:00am and last approximately 75 minutes. Check the webpage calendar for availability. We walk approx. one mile at a moderate walking pace, stopping at various points along the tour.

Meeting Point
We meet outside the Ennis Tourist Office which is just off the main square in the center of the town. Arthurs Row laneway, beside the O’Connell monument in the main square, leads to a courtyard which is shared by the Ennis Tourist Office, the Clare Museum and the Temple Gate Hotel. The tour meets in this courtyard.

Additional Information
The tour consists of approx. 10 stops and will take in all the major sights of the town of Ennis including the O’Connell Monument, the old bow-ways, Old Abbey, 1916 memorial, Franciscan Friary, McParland Building, Chapel Lane church, the Market, St Peter and Pauls Cathedral and much of the towns art and sculpture trail.

Rain/Inclement Weather
Ennis Walking Tours generally presents tours rain or shine.

The tour costs €35 for adults and €15 for children

Tours are run by the owner/operator of Ennis Walking Tours, Dr Jane O’Brien. An expert guide with a Masters in local history and a History PhD from the University of Galway, she has been running tours of Ennis since 2005 but it is also Janes storytelling skills that bring the vibrant past of the town alive for all who join her tours. Read more on your guide.

For medium to large sized groups the guide uses a small microphone amplifier to ensure that all the group can hear clearly. Also all stopping points have plenty of room for the group to gather.

Wheelchair accessibility
The tour is wheelchair accessible – the route is mainly on flat ground with kerbstone dips available along the route.

Gratuities are always appreciated, but never expected.

Booking Policy
To secure your place we request that you book and pay in advance. Please click here to go to our booking page.

Cancellation Policy
Full refunds are available by request up until 24 hours prior to a walking tour. Cancellations with less than 24 hours prior to the tour or no shows will not be refunded.

Public Tour Booking

Public tours run from May into October - check calendar for availability. Private tours daily on request.

To enquire about our other tours, Group Tours, Private Tours, Gourmet Tours and Haunted History Tours and Tours for Schools, please fill out our contact form