Bewley's Grafton Street Official Tour
Bewley's Grafton Street Official Tour

Due to current restrictions, the Bewley’s Grafton Street Official Tour is not operating for the time being. We will update our website and social media channels to let you know once our tours are back up and running. Thank you for your patience, and we hope to welcome you back to Bewley’s Grafton Street soon.

While you may not be able to explore our wonderful café for the moment, we can still give you an insight into our compelling history. Bewley’s is a family owned Irish company with a long and fascinating history, spanning over 175 years of Dublin. Entering the Irish market as pioneers in coffee sourcing and roasting, today Bewley’s roast all of their coffees and blend teas in North Dublin for the Irish market, with roasting facilities in the U.K. and U.S that serve markets locally in these parts of the world.

Bewley’s Grafton Street has long been considered the home of the Bewley’s brand. Our tour of this beautiful historic café begins in 1840 when Joshua Bewley chartered the Hellas, a clipper ship that took a high-risk round trip to China. The Hellas was the first ship ever to sail directly from China to Ireland and arrived at Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire) harbour filled with 2,099 chests, containing the first Chinese tea leaves to enter Ireland. This was one of many firsts that Bewley’s delivered.

Following a recent three year refurbishment, there are many unique elements of the original café that have been fully restored, including the iconic Harry Clarke windows and ten open fireplaces. The Egyptian-motif façades on Grafton Street were inspired by the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb by British explorers. The café itself is an art lovers dream, with Pauline Bewick, Jim Fitzpatrick, Paddy Campbell, Eamonn Ceannt and Graham Knuttel only some of the artists whose works are on display. You can see these for yourself by making a reservation to dine in our café. Bewley’s Café Theatre, located on the second floor, is another cultural delight offered at Bewley’s and was described as ‘nourishment for the soul’ by the Irish Times.

At the core of Bewley’s is a never-ending desire to provide the best. Bewley’s Grafton Street was built to rival the finest tea-rooms in Europe and to this day it is one of Dublin’s most iconic and celebrated landmarks. Located in the heart of Dublin, unlock your senses and escape in this much-loved café that offers crackling coffee log fires in winter and a bright, airy garden atrium complete with a balcony overlooking Grafton Street for the summer months. What visit to Bewley’s would be complete without a world famous tea or coffee complemented with a heritage bun, freshly baked in the craft kitchen in Bewley’s Grafton Street? When the time comes, our guides will welcome you back to the Bewley’s Grafton Street Tour, but for now you can safely enjoy all of your Bewley’s favourites in our reopened café.

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