"Great morning in Dublin!" - Visited April 2015
I expected to be dragged around bored out of my head but I have to say it was absolutely amazing! JJ our tour guide was a wealth of knowledge and was more than friendly. Great insight into Croke Park and all that goes on behind the scenes. Great craic upstairs in the games area; you get a go at trying your hand at GAA sports - the competitive edge came out in us all! We had food in the café as well; it was gorgeous and really keenly priced! Highly recommended.
"A Great Experience" - April 2015
This is one of the best things to do in Dublin. Not far from the city centre and the tour is excellent. The guide takes you around the whole stadium (inside - including the players changing rooms - and out onto the pitch) and covers to history of the GAA plus the two major sports held in the stadium. Also explains the sports and gives some history of the stadium itself.
"Love this place" - March 2015
This is a brilliant place to learn about out national games, how the gaa works and how it touchs every Irish person, no trip to Dublin is complete without a visit.
"GAA beo" - February 2015
A must see for anyone visiting Dublin. Even if you don't know your hurley from your helmet this tour is great introduction to a national sport. The tour has many different aspects to it whether being a spectator to trying out your skills. I'm sure there is something for everyone here. Equally suited to the novice or the know it all.
The tour of the stadium was most enjoyable, it was great to be able to go behind the scenes of the impressive stadium. Our guide was very friendly and knowledgable. After the tour we visited the museum, it was interesting and a lot of fun in the activity area. Highly recommended.
Tony M from TripAdvisor - Visited December 2013
I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Croke Park in Dublin. Our guide Annette was interesting, entertaining, informative and passionate about the magnificent stadium and it's history. Any visitor to the great city of Dublin should include this iconic symbol of Irish identity and pride on their itinerary.
"Wow! Amazing Croke Park” - Visited November 2013, M. Bartel from New York City
What an excellent tour -- got to go ALL OVER Croke Park: locker rooms, players lounge, VIP section, top deck. Even if you have no knowledge of Gaelic Football or Hurling, you will be impressed. One of the highlights of our trip!
Submerged in GAA history, the history of an emerging modern state - 25th September 2012
Fascinating insight into cultural historical sporting development of modern Ireland . The colour pomp & symbolism is inspiring as Gaa grows into a global foot print of Irish diaspora & beyond . There's GAA clubs in the most unlikely places Argentina to Korea !
Really enjoyed it! - 15th September 2012
Me and my boyfriend visited on 13th September. Our tour guide was very enthusiastic and clearly loved the Irish games and Croke Park. We started with a short film about the preparation of the stadium for a match. We then got a tour of the stadium including the dressing room, the practise area and the players lounge. We then got to see the stadium from the upper tiers and get a birds eye view of the pitch...amazing! It was a brilliant tour and we really enjoyed it. The museum afterwards was good too! Definitely recommend a visit here if you're in Dublin. Its about a fifteen minute walk from O'Connell st.
Surprising! - 18th August 2012
I went for this Tour because it was included in my Dublin Pass, and I happened to be staying at the hotel across the street. Well! Who knew there was so much history associated with a Stadium? Was very interesting - I learned a lot - about the sport of hurling, and some Irish history. I was so fascinated, I've decided to go see the Hurling semi-finals tomorrow. Originally I was going to go to Kilkenny, but Kilkenny is playing tomorrow - the guide told me that this means all of Kilkenny will be at Croke Park.
Fascinating and enjoyable, even for anyone who doesn't like or understand sport! - 14th August 2012
I took the stadium tour round Croke Park with a friend on our recent trip to Dublin and can definitely recommend it, even for those not interested in the GAA or any of the sports played in the stadium. The tour starts off with a dramatic video to get you in the mood, and it really is an access all areas tour, as we were taken into the dressing rooms, the exec boxes, the VIP area and even got to sit in the best seat in the house - often occupied by the president of Ireland! One of my favourite parts of the tour was getting to walk out of the warm up room and down the corridor to the pitch used by all players, teamed with the sound effects of what they would be hearing on match days - it really was quite magical! The detail and trivia given by the tour guide was very interesting, and I found myself engrossed, even though I'm not Irish and don't know too much about gaelic football or hurling! Oh, and don't forget to take the tour of the roof top, where you walk over a bridge on the very top of the roof of Croke Park - the equivalent of 17 stories high, apparently!! Definitely worth a visit.
A Must-See when in Dublin - 13th August 2012
Every time I'm in Dublin, I make sure to find time for the stadium tour. The tour around the dressing rooms, player's lounge, premium level areas etc is interesting, entertaining and impressive. Bear in mind that this is the fourth largest stadium in Europe; an even more impressive achievement when you consider that it was developed by and belongs to an amateur sporting organisation instead of some super-rich soccer club! The GAA Museum never fails to awe and inspire, no matter how many times I wander through it. In addition to the permanent exhibits, there's usually a temporary exhibition, too. There is now also a separate tour available which is a roof-top (Skyline) tour. A metal walkway leads all along the stadium roof, affording excellent views of Dublin city, in adddition to the thrill of wearing a safety harness!
Dubfam from TripAdvisor- 16th June 2012
I really really wasn't expecting to enjoy this tour as much as I did but it was fantastic! They show a film at the start about getting the grounds ready for a big match day and all the work that goes on behind the scenes - it was very emotive and really captured the excitement of match day. Going out onto the pitch and hearing the crowd roar as the players would hear them was fantastic. The talk about the history of the stadium was actually very informative and our tour Guide did a great job of pitching it to our group which was mainly 8 year old kids......they all seemed to enjoy it. Highly recommend this tour even for people who have no interest in GAA it is very entertaining.
sullivankzs from TripAdvisor - 22nd April 2012
Stadium tour is excellent! Find a brochure, or check the website to find exact tour times. Not to be missed. After the tour, walk through the museum (2 floors). Our tour guide was an enthusiastic GAA member and spoke with pride about the unique sports, the organization and the stadium. Tour is at least 90 minutes. Allow a minimum of 30 minutes in the museum, but you could spend so much more time.
It's a long walk, or short cab ride, from O'Connell street/Garden of Remembrance/Writers Museum. It's easy to find b/c the park is huge, you can see it above the surrounding buildings. However, there is only one entrance for the museum & tour. If you end up on the wrong street, it's a l-o-n-g walk around the block.
Add this to your list of sites to visit in Dublin. It's a nice change from all the Writers, Castles, and churches.
Marty Burt from Machaire Rátha South Derry : Visited March 17th 2012
We are an Irish language Youth Club based in Machaire Rátha in South Derry. The trip to Dublin on Lá Fheile Pádraig is an annual event for us taking in some of the parade and then onto Croke Park for the games. Every year has been a fantastic experience for our group of young people.
This year however, we dispensed with going into town for the parade and 'parked up' at Croke Park for the day, taking a stadium tour trí mhéan na Gaeilge, spent a few hours in the Museum and then settled back to enjoy the games. We had almost 30 young people on this trip with 3 leaders also and everybody was thrilled by the whole experience. The majority of our young people are GAA mad anyway but this day surpassed all their expectations. There are a small number who go on the trip for the 'craic' but they can't believe how much they actually enjoyed the day. I've never saw a group so enthused by a day out like it, and that's saying something!
The day was fantastic and a special thanks must go to Julianne who helped co-ordinate everything for us in the weeks before the trip and was on hand on Saturday to help us in any way possible. Everything was organised for us which ensured the day run smoothly and this is not easy to do with almost 30 teenagers on board. A massive massive thanks also must go to John who took our group tour 'as Gaeilge'. He was fantastic, so enthuastic about his job, Croke Park and the great institution that is the GAA. The tour itself is fantastic (I've done it 3 times now and it never ceases to amaze me) and is such a learning experience for these young people. The match day tour, especially on Club Final Day, makes it so much more special with the atmosphere building every minute. The time they spent in the museum was also an educational experience. We even got a photo with Donal O'Grady (TG4)!!!! Without people like Julianne and John, the sense of enjoyment that this group of people had would not be possibe.
I just wanted to drop you a note to pass on my thanks to them especially, but to the other staff members at Croke Park who helped us in any way possible. They are credit to Croke Park and the GAA.
MOG 1979 from Tripadvisor.co.uk : Visited November 2011
Croke Park is a must see for a visit to Dublin (I've just been for a 4 day trip with my brother).
In all we saw famine ship, stout production, Whiskey production, Chester Beatty Gallery, museum, Christchurch and Viking mus., Trinity Co, various gardens. All were very good and well publicised, however Croke Park is not as well publicised but was well up there with everything we saw.
Even though we had never seen a gaelic game at all not comming from Ireland (Welsh) Croke Park is very attached to the modern history of Ireland (web search Bloody Sunday - Croke Park). It is also an impressive stadium in its own right even by modern standards, with a full stadium tour and a museum guiding the roots of the sports as well as trophies and even a chance to try a Hurling Stick or a Gaelic Football in a netted area of the museum.
Captn_Belly review from Tripadvisor.co.uk : Visited May 2011
I've done a couple of stadium tours in my time, having been round Hampden and the San Siro, as well as having visited Old Trafford and Anfield for matches. But there's so much more to Croke Park than that...Firstly, it is a hassle to get to. It's not on the DART, although there is a suburban train stop nearby. Or, if you fancy it, it's a decent length walk from O'Connell street...But once you get there, it's worth it. The stadium itself is a magnificent arena - arguably one of the best in Europe. And as someone who knows nothing about Gaelic games, it did cross my mind that the tour may have been on a level I wouldn't get. But the tour was conducted with real wit by our guide, who was clearly passionate about his job, and the pride he took in showing this stadium off to us was obvious.Credit, also, for a degree of balance in the tour. Clearly, no tour of Croke Park is going to gloss over the events of Bloody Sunday, but that day was presented in a fair manner - when it would be very easy to cast in an "Irish good, British bad" light, we did get the full story, including the assassinations of British intelligence officers that morning, which led to the massacre. And finally, there's the museum. It's difficult for me to talk on this, since I don't really understand the sport, and I'm sure people who grow up watching, or even playing, gaelic games will get more out of it than I did. But it's informative, especially about the role the GAA played in struggle for Irish independance, and there's always the interactive exhibits if you fancy a go yourself.
Finntilly from tripadvisor.co.uk : Visited October 2011
We took the tour here after it was recommended to us. It's well worth a visit we tought it was a super tour it was great to see all the places in the stadium you'd never get to see.Our tour guide Annette was great full of nuggets of info!! The museum Is also very interesting and the skills area is great crack! In total we spent about 3 hrs at the stadium great value for money.
Mícheál Kilcrann, St. Patrick's Boys School
Can I take this opportunity to afford you and the staff but in particular Philip who took my school group on Friday a heartfelt thanks. His manner, and patience, as well as his enthusiasm for his position in Croke Park were very much in evidence, and was warmly welcome.
I never for a moment thought that the tour might go ahead when I booked it after Dublin secured a place in the final, and having booked it the following day (prior to schools even returning) I was nervously waiting for a call to say that given the final weekend, there would be no tours...but thankfully this was not the case.
The lads thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the trip and they even managed a glimpse of Sam Maguire on the way too. It really was a magical day for them to visit, for historical reasons that they too will realize in the years to come!!!!
Well done to one and all on a great resource that is on our doorstep..... I write as a Roscommon man, but as a truly dedicated Dublin fan for the past number of years too!!
Go Neiri go geal libh, and pass my kind regards to Philip on behalf of the lads, up the dubs!!
Patricia Moore, Carryduff Retirement Association, October 2011
First of all, on behalf of Carryduff Retirement Association, I would like to thank all for the wonderful visit you gave us on the Wednesday 5th October. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and were really interested in the history and daily routine of Croke park. Our tour guide showed tremendous enthusiasm and imparted his vast knowledge of the GAA in a very informative way. I am currently writing a report on our visit for the parish magazine and I wonder if you would be so kind as to e-mail our tour leader's name. Again, thank you for all your help with regard to our visit.
People to People Student Ambassador Program, 22nd August 2011
"I was really looking forward to trying Gaelic Football," Cusano said. "It was really fun to see and it was exactly what we were expecting."
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalous Association of Ireland, 15th August 2011
The tour guide we had - John Campbell - made the tour. In a word he was simply amazing and the best tour guide I have ever had. He was engaging, funny, knowledgeable and brilliant with all the group. The group were amazed with the tour and access they were given.
Jimmy Keane, 26th July 2011
All involved were delighted with every aspect of our trip which didn’t get back to Rosemount till after 11.00pm. The Croke park experience-food was excellent. Our tour guide did a brilliant job on the City sightseeing tour and Lucan Sarsfields really pulled out all the stops in finishing off a great day.
Valerie Murphy, 25th June 2011, Bennekerry N.S.
Thank you and your team for the excellent tours of Croke Park our school enjoyed on Thursdays (16th & 23rd June respectively). I would like to compliment Derek in particular for his pleasant manner and the professional way which he dealt with a child in our group who displayed a severe phobia in relation to heights. Another kind official came to our rescue too and discreetly directed us to the lift. It's such a friendly attitude which makes one proud to be Irish!
Edwina Muldowney, 1st May 2011, St. Columba's
Just a few lines to say "Thank you" for making our outing so memorable. From the 'word go' we received a warm and friendly welcome. Our tour started with a talk and film in the theatre - the talk was intently listened to by us (Kilkenny followers) our group included former club players, spouses of county players and some who had played in Croke Park. On the stadium tour we sat in the dressing room where the Kilkenny team would be sitting the next day (I'm afraid we didn't bring them any luck). Any questions asked by the tour guides were known immediately by our well informed group.
First we viewed the pitch close up from the sideline - I think everyone got a thrill when they came out from the tunnel onto the pitch, then from high up we had the view from the Commentary Boxes. Next we went to the Corporate box where we were treated to a 5 star lunch and treated like VIPs'. The view onto the pitch was stunning and caused many emotions as some gazed upon the pitch bringing back a flood of memories. Having enjoyed a wonderful meal - with comments of "I've never had such a lovely meal", and plenty of conversation we were ready for more.
The next stop - The GAA Museum - There was so much to see we could have stayed there all day. Our group could be heard with excited voices both upstairs and downstairs as they viewed the many memorabilia. Reading the interesting information at each view point - gathering together if they read something they hadn't known before and sharing information, but, eventually we had to leave and head off on our bus journey to our homes in Kilkenny.
As we left Croke Park we took the last group picture and agreed that no money could have paid for the VIP experience we had just felt and happy faces boarded the bus. The journey back was a little quieter but raised voices could be heard again as we passed Gowran and talked about our day. Our experience of the day was magical and all were left with a good feeling that they had been treated like VIPs' for the day. Again thanking you for your kindness and ecspcially the consideraton you showed to our group.
Helena O’Hara 28th April 2011, St Columba’s Day Care Centre
What a great day was had by all of us from St Columba’s Day Care Centre on Saturday April 28th. We were given every courtesy possible, a great tour, excellent food served up by great staff and nothing a problem. I will be certainly recommending it to others. They all want to go back plus more who are sorry they did not come. I was proud to be a GAA person and would love to spend more time myself browsing the museum and footage when my husband and cousins played back in the 70/80’s.
Margaret Hyland 20th April 2011, LAPWD
I wish to acknowledge and sincerely thank our guide Derek for a wonderful tour. We all had a fabulous time and we learned a lot of new things about Croke Park. It is an awesome place and a wonderful asset to our country something we are all very proud of. On behalf of Leitrim Association of People with Disabilities (LAPWD) I wish to thank all who helped us on the day.
We had a lovely time.
Services for Older Persons, Kevin Brady
Just a quick note to say a very big thank you to all of the staff in Croke Park last Friday. All of the participants of our tournament and our volunteers could not have spoken any higher of you all, the content of the tour and what was on offer.
Thanks for your assistance in helping organize things as well. Without doubt, it was a very positive move from our perspective to make the trip and I will recommend to anyone who is doing anything similar.
Newtown National School, James Kelly
My class and I visited the Croke Park Museum and stadium today. We thoroughly enjoyed it and thank you for your hospitality.
However, more so I am contacting you to compliment our tour guides sheer excellence and professionalism - that of John Campbell! John came to meet us outside the museum with a warm welcome and we felt at home before we went any further.
He was interactive, understanding and enthusiastic at all times. He answered every question thrown at him and made history jump off the page.
The children loved him! Certainly, in my career as a student and teacher I have never experienced a better tour than that conducted by John. His storytelling skills were brilliant i.e. that of Cú Chulainn. Not only that, but his blas Ghaeilge was beautiful to listen to and the way he weaved it throughout the tour was admirable. The kids came home today quoting little phrases of Gaeilge, plus Gaeilge is a big thing in my book. It really linked the whole Irish culture together. John's love of the Irish culture was very visible today. I think it's brilliant that someone like John is there to pass on some of our heritage.
It is an experience that some children who are lucky enough may experience a few times, but for the majority of my class it was a 'once off' experience and it was John that made that experience a good one. I could sit here and list a load of positive words to describe John Campbell, but when it comes down to it, he took our school in today and looked after us with immense care and professionalism. I wish him and all the staff the best in the future and hope to visit it again soon.
Thank you for a brilliant day John. Go raibh míle maith agat agus go n-éirí an bóthar leat!