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Things to do in Dublin

There are lots of fun, exciting and educational attractions in Dublin. Many of which offer free admission and may be combined with a trip to the Butlers Chocolate Experience to create a fun packed day for the entire family. See some of our suggestions below and for accommodation options please visit

Santry Demesne Regional Park

Santry, Dublin 9. Free admission

This public park close to the city centre is home to several free attractions including a children’s play area, a man-made lake and the Morton Athletics Stadium. There are loads of free activities on offer on this bustling park, where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours.

Santry Demesne Regional Park

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 4km

Casino at Marino

Cherrymount Crescent, Marino, Dublin 3. Admission - Adult: €3, Senior/Group: €2, Child/Student: €1

A stunning 18th century neo-classical building, The Casino boasts 16 beautifully decorated rooms, etched with history and rich in detail. Located at Marino, just three miles north of the city centre, this striking Dublin sight is packed with a rich history. Although there’s is a small admission charge this unique structure is still a cheap family day out.

Casino at Marino

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 4km

St Anne’s Park

Raheny, Dublin 5. Free admission

One of Dublin’s most popular recreational areas, St Anne’s Park attracts thousands of visitors due to its fantastic range of facilities and wide, open grounds. Whether you’re visiting Dublin from afar or a local trying to find something for the kids to do, this bustling park is the perfect location.

St Anne’s Park

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 5km

National Botanic Gardens

Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Free admission

Located in Glasnevin, 5km north-west of Dublin city centre, these intriguing gardens are the perfect place to while away the day whether you’re visiting Dublin, sightseeing or spending time with the family on the school holidays. A crucial haven of conservation, the gardens are home to over 300 endangered species from around the world and six species already extinct in the wild.

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 7km

Bull Island Nature Reserve

Dollymount, Dublin 3. Free admission

This hotbed of intertidal mudflats, salt marshes, freshwater marshes and dunes is teeming with wildlife, with up to 27,000 birds flocking to the mudflats at any one time. A nature reserve and bird sanctuary of international importance, Bull Island is a unique tourist attraction and a fascinating, fun free activity for kids and grown-ups alike.

Bull Island Nature Reserve 

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 7.5km

Glasnevin Cemetery

Glasnevin, Dublin 11. Museum and Tour cost - Adult: €12, Child/Senior/Student: €8

Led by a team of experienced guides, the historical tour gives a valuable insight into this unique Victorian burial place and into the final resting place of the men and women who have helped shape Ireland’s past and present. There is also a fascinating interactive museum exhibition, which allows you to find out more about the people buried in the cemetery. This history-filled cemetery should be high on the list for anyone looking to do some Dublin sightseeing, or just looking for a Dublin tour with a difference.

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 7.5km

National Transport Museum

Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, Howth. Admission Adult: €4, Senior/Student/Child: €3

A collection of Ireland’s public and commercial road transport with vehicles dating back to 1883, this fascinating museum chronicles the golden age of transport. With military, fire & emergency and utility vehicles on show - as well as photos, artefacts, documents and other items – it’s a Dublin attraction that’s rich and detailed look at our transport history.

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 9km

Malahide Park & Castle

Malahide, Co. Dublin. Admission to Castle - adult: €12, child: €6, student: €8 senior: €7.50

This beautiful 268 acre park sits right in the heart of seaside town Malahide and is packed with free attractions, including a large children's playground, a nine-hole par-three golf course, 18-hole pitch & putt course, sports pitches, tennis courts, a cricket pitch and exercise trail. It’s the perfect family day out. Housed on the grounds is the spectacular Malahide Castle, which you can explore on a fascinating guided tour.

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 10km

Portmarnock Martello Tower

Portmarnock, Co. Dublin

Ireland’s east coast is dotted with Martello towers but few are in as picturesque a location as Portmarnock’s excellently maintained landmark. Overlooking the Irish Sea, right on the cusp of Portmarnock’s long sandy beach, the tower has been modernised internally and is actually lived in now, but it’s still a striking Dublin sight.

Portmarnock Martello Tower

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 11km

The Howth Express

Howth, Co. Dublin. Cost - Adults €5, Children under 12 €3.50, Family pass (2 adults + 2 kids) €15

This pleasant and relaxing tour around the stunning Howth coastline is one of the most fun things to do in Dublin with the kids. The tour runs for about half an hour, taking in the fishing harbour and Howth Yacht Clubs and finishing at the old Court House.

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 12km

Newbridge House & Farm

Hearse Road, Donabate, Co. Dublin. Farm Admission: Adult €5, Senior Citizens/Students €4, Children (under 12): €4, Children 2 or under are free, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): €14 Newbridge House Admission: Adults: €7, Senior Citizens/Students €6, Children under 12: €4, Family: (2 adults & 2 Children €20.00)

A breathtaking Georgian house on a 360-acre demesne, it appears more or less as it did 150 years ago. The farm is home to horses, ponies hens, pigs, bulls, goats, ducks, geese and all sorts of flora and fauna. With gorgeous woodland walks and a Deer Park as well, it’s a wonderland of activity for both children and adults to enjoy and a perfect family day in Dublin.

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 14km

Farmleigh House

Phoenix Park, Dublin 15. Free admission

Farmleigh House (Phoenix Park, Dublin 15. Free admission) – Farmleigh House is the official Irish State guest house. It was formerly one of the Dublin residences of the Guinness family and sits above the River Liffey to the north-west of the Phoenix Park. If you’re at a loss as to what to do in Dublin, this is the perfect family day out, with horses, donkeys and cattle on the imperious grounds. Stroll further around the park and you’ll find deer and other wildlife, making this a real treat for any visitors.

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 17km

Skerries Mills

Skerries, Co. Dublin. Admission - Adult: €6.25, Student: €4.80, Senior Citizen: €4.80, Child: €3.35, Family: (2 + 4) = €12.50

You can hark back to a bygone era in the picturesque seaside town of Skerries with a trip to these eye-catching mills. It’s an idyllic family day in north Co Dublin, where you can enjoy a guided tour of the four-storey watermill building, try your hand at grinding; observe the waterwheel at work and visit one of the windmills, a particularly good photo opportunity at one of the best attractions in Dublin.

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 26km

Ardgillan Demesne & Castle

Balbriggan, Co. Dublin. Admission to Castle - €6.50 per adult, €5 for students, groups and seniors, and €13 for a family of two adults and two children under twelve

A real hidden gem in north county Dublin, these sprawling grounds feature a walled and rose garden and magnificent castle. Overlooking the Irish Sea, Ardgillan is jam-packed with activities and family things to do including Tea Rooms, a children’s playground, cycle and walking paths and gardens. It’s a cheap family day that is bursting with attractions.

Distance from the Butlers Chocolate Experience: 28km

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Experience Tours


All visits to the Butlers Chocolate Experience must be booked in advance. You may book online to save 5% on ticket entry or you can call us on 00 353 1 671 0599 or email us at to make a booking. (Please note that the 5% discount will not apply to phone and email bookings and we can only accommodate limited numbers on each tour.


Tours (1.5 hours approx) run at specified times during the day. please check our booking page for days, times and availability. 
Please note: No factory production takes place on Friday evenings, weekends or bank holidays.  
Online bookings are non-refundable.

Buy your tickets now to visit the Butlers Chocolate Experience. Simply choose your tour time, the date of visit and ticket type. Don't forget to let us know if you have any special requirements for your visit! Then simply checkout and you will receive an email confirmation, which you should bring with you on the day of your visit. 


Watch the Chocolate Movie, wander around the Chocolate Museum, savour the aroma from the Chocolate Gallery and decorate your own chocolate novelty to bring home in the Chocolate Experience room. (Children under 3 go free)

Book The Ultimate Chocolate Experience Tour (€13.50 per person, save 5% when you book online)

Watch the Chocolate Movie, wander around the Chocolate Museum, savour the aroma from the Chocolate Gallery and decorate a chocolate novelty to bring home in the Chocolate Experience room.

  • Bring your own birthday cake 
  • Birthday candles, napkins and plates are provided.  
  • Special birthday badge for the birthday child.
  • Outdoor picnic area available for your use before or after the party. 
  • Download a printable birthday party invite here.   
  • We will add two additional complimentary tickets with birthday parties for over 10 children and children under 3 go free.

Book the Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Party (€13.50 per person, save 5% when you book online)

Ultimate Chocolate Experience Group Tour

Watch the Chocolate Movie, wander around the Chocolate Museum, savour the aroma from the Chocolate Gallery and decorate your own chocolate novelty to bring home in the Chocolate Experience room. We will include 2 additional complimentary tickets for group leaders. 

Book your Group tickets online now (minimum groups of 20 or more) and save 5%




Customer Testimonials

Nothing gives us more pleasure than hearing feedback from our customers and visitors to the Butlers Chocolate Experience. Having been Ireland’s favourite luxury chocolatier for 80 years, it's good to know that our products are still bringing happiness to the world, one chocolate at a time.

"I just wanted to say a massive thanks for an amazing day Tuesday. We were treated like royalty by Niamh and Paul and felt so looked after. They're such good, kind people."

- Deirdre & Family

"I Just wanted to send a quick email to say thank you to all at butlers for a great day out on Sunday the boys had a fantastic day and a special thanks to Santa for been the best Santa they have met he made their day. I will be recommending the experience to everyone."

- Martina Kenny

"I was at the cooking experience in butlers on Saturday 29th December, 14 and I would just like to say what a great say it was from start to finish. The stand out from the whole day was Paul, he was fantastic, Very knowledgeable, funny and entertaining. Needless to say afterwards we bought lots of chocolate. I thought we would get to taste some chocolates but no. Excellent day.  Well done."

- Elaine

"On behalf of children and staff at Enniskerry Montessori School, I would like to say thank you for the wonderful experience we had at Butler's Chocolate Factory! The children and all staff thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be coming back next yer! We would also like to give a special thanks to Eimear and Paul who were so friendly and generous to the children, and the trip extra special! Many Thanks, from the children and staff at Enniskerry Montessori School."

- Lavina Jackson

"Hi!! Took part in the Butlers tour on Thursday 4th at 12pm....Just to say that we all really enjoyed it and Paul, our guide, along with Gabrielle who demonstrated the chocolate making did a fantastic job!! We would recommend the tour to anyone and I have just put a very positive review in to Tripadvisor stating the same.....Our thanks to all of the employees too as we appreciate the end result. Full marks to the staff in the Cafe too, just as good as the Pavilion Shopping Centre Cafe which we visit when we travel to Dublin from Bangor in County Down. Keep up the good work".

 - Stephen

"Yesterday 18th I took two people with special needs on your tour. They thoroughly enjoyed their day and so did I. We were met with kindness and caring all the time. We were late arriving ---- the battery in the "bus"was dead so I had to race around looking for another wheelchair accessible car/bus. When I arrived red faced and breathless was told to take my time there was no rush and when we went into the auditorium and the guide apologized for the late start he said it was due to the previous tour taking longer than expected.I thought that was so nice --- I didn't really believe him but !!!! When we went down to the cafe and the girls took such a while picking out their lunch again we were met with such patience and kindness. Thank you all so much for the lovely experience". 

- Mrs Ann Smyth 

"Businesses usually hear criticisms when they invite feedback, but today I want to compliment you on your outstanding staff. I did your excellent tour with my daughter & baby on Friday, August 8th at 15:30. Unfortunately, my baby didn't enjoy it as much as us (despite plying him with white buttons!) & was very vocal. In addition to being fantastic at their jobs, our guide Paul & his female colleague were incredibly friendly, thoughtful & patient with us. They are wonderful representatives & real assets to your business. I have already highly recommended your tour to my friends & family, & will continue to do so".

 - Mary Reynolds

"I just wanted to say thank you for putting on a wonderful birthday party for my daughter last Saturday the girls had a fantastic time and I didn't have any stress. Particularly the two ladies that ran the tour where excellent and went above and beyond to assist. Thanks again"

 - Niamh

"My husband, myself and two children Donal, aged 8 and Ailbhe aged 6 visited the factory at Easter time and have been meaning to thank you so much for a wonderful visit. The attached photo (which I think is priceless) sums up the visit!!!"

 - Ailbhe Lyons

"I recently went on the Butlers Chocolate experience with a colleague as we are studying to be Montessori Teachers and went to gain an insight into this experience to relay back to our fellow colleagues about the learning possibilities of a trip like this for children. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and found all the staff to be very professional and really friendly and we would highly recommend it". 

 - Kathleen Nolan

"Many thanks to all your staff as we were a party of eleven who went on your factory tour on bank holiday.  We really enjoyed our time there and just wanted to thank all your staff for making it a little extra special for our niece who was celebrating her 16th, but also for a little family of three kids that we brought, more nieces & nephews (Delves, ages 2,5 &  12) as this helped make their Easter just a little more special as they have been through hard times. Many thanks again for the memories". 

 - Richard & Denise Kelly & Co.

"We had a tour of Butlers on Friday for my sons Birthday. We all had a wonderful experience. I would like to thank Butlers for this. The staff were great and the tour was really interesting. Thank you".

 - Niall O Ceallachain

"I refer to our booking below and the party we had for my daughter at the factory on Friday 29th March.  We thoroughly enjoyed the party and the experience and will be recommending it all to our friends".

 - Elaine O'Keeffe

"I just wanted to thank you and the team at Butlers for an amazing afternoon on Friday at the tour. We all thoroughly enjoyed the tour and experience very much and loved the chocolates and getting to decorate our teddies. Thanks so much again for letting us attend the tour during our trip to Dublin".

 - Sarah Farquhar

"Thank you for your assistance with our Birthday Party booking for the Butlers Chocolate Experience on Saturday last the 23rd March. It was a great visit. Veronika, Gabi and Niamh are all outstanding, and the kids and the adults had a terrific time. Thanks again".

 - Barry Dempsey

"Just a short note to tell you that we had THE most wonderful day! From Gabrielle in the shop to Emma our guide and the young girl who instructed us in the workshop were brilliant and entertainingl! The girls had a ball,it was educational,fun and yummy and she'll always have fabulous 9th birthday memories! We will highly reccomend this to our friends! Much thanks for all your help and please pass onto the girls good job!"

 - Sue Doherty

"I would like to thank you and the staff at Butlers factory for the great birthday party we had for our son Dylan. Himself and his friends have not stopped talking about their experience at your factory, especially the white chocolate wheel while decorating their chocolate teddy. Dylan said it was the best party he ever had. All the staff were so friendly and helpful it was a great afternoon and all the kids went home very happy".

 - Dara & Joe Carr

“Can I just say a big thank you to Butlers Chocolates from Sean Fox on his 9th birthday? Himself and pals really enjoyed his party. The host, Mags, was so pleasant with children and it really makes a difference!! The experience room was of course the favourite by all children! Esp., the Willy Wonka music while decorating teddies! And from me personally it was the best place I have booked for any of my 4 kids parties to date! Totally happy kids with smiles! Not one child was disappointed! Just perfect. Thank you Mags and Butlers!”

- Anita Fox

“We visited the Butlers factory yesterday and took part in your guided tour at 12pm and I would just like to thank you and your team, in particular, our guide Mags, for a fantastic afternoon.  We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and we can’t stop talking about it! We will be highly recommending this brilliant day out”

- Roslyn McPhilomy

“Thank you for a fantastic tour on Monday. It was a really enjoyable afternoon!”

- Sinéad Hubble

“I attended your Chocolate experience on Saturday at 12 o clock with my family 5 adults and 3 children; we all really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it. I felt I had to write to say how good the girl Kala in the chocolate experience room was; she was so kind to my father who had a stroke 4years ago. I felt she want above and beyond in doing her job and really made the end of the tour special.”

- Andrew Donnellan

“We would just like to thank all the staff who looked after us…..They all had a fantastic time and enjoyed every minute to include the staff who waived to them, watching the chocolate being made, the treats and tastes along the way and the information they were given about the factory. They really loved decorating their bears and all the tastes and samples they were given. They particularly loved Mags their tour guide who they said was very nice and funny. The whole experience was excellent and great value for money and we would like to thank all at Butlers for a wonderful tour and we will be recommending it to everyone we know. Well done and thanks.”

- Triona Dempsey

“All the children had a wonderful time and described it as ‘the best party ever’!   Of course one of the main contributing factors was not only the chocolate but our excellent party guide Mags.  She added to the magic with her great wit and running informative commentary.  Thank you Mags.  The children loved all aspects of their journey at ‘Butlers’ - the highlight being the ‘experience room’. Thank you all so much again for hospitality and the great experience.”

- Orna Cuddy 

“Big thanks to Mags and all the staff for the tour, the students loved it!”

- Norita Ní Cheallaigh

“Just want to drop a quick line to say thanks for a great time last Wednesday when we visited your factory. We all had a ball and my son hasn't stopped talking about the place since!!”

- Joanne Elliott

“Would just like to say thanks you very much for a much enjoyed visit on Saturday for my daughter Ciara's 11th birthday. Ciara and her friends had a wonderful time thanks to all the staff Mags gave a great talk and made sure Ciara got VIP treatment and we all enjoyed the lovely birthday cake that you gave her I will be back again and am telling all my friends and family”.

- Pauline Carolan

Click here if you'd like to provide some feeback on your experience with us. We're always delighted to receive comments from our customers.

Corporate Events

Make your event a memorable one at Ireland’s sweetest corporate venue!

Day or night, enjoy the Butlers Chocolate Experience your way! By day view our chocolate movie in our private cinema, learn about the origins of chocolate, wander around our chocolate museum and feast on the aroma from our chocolate gallery overlooking the Butlers factory.

Enjoy plenty of chocolate tasting as you see up close the techniques of chocolate decoration and then decorate a chocolate novelty of your very own to bring home to savour! Finish up with a delicious lunch accompanied by a Butlers hot chocolate, coffee or iced beverage in our onsite Butlers Chocolate Café.

Special catering options are available on request.                  

By night we can tailor your private event to make it unique to you and of course if you wish, we can include all of the day activities as well.

Butlers Chocolate Café is the perfect venue for a welcome or drinks reception. Served tea & coffee, light refreshments and other food options are available.

  • Our private cinema comfortably sits 50 and is perfect for training, presentations or product launches.
  • Use our Experience Room for breakout sessions or team building activities.
  • Attractively landscaped outside terrace and picnic area.
  • The building is wheelchair accessible.
  • Plenty of complimentary onsite parking for cars and coaches.
  • We are perfectly located close to Dublin airport making the Butlers Chocolate Experience a perfect first or last stop for overseas colleagues.
  • Conveniently located for access to the Port Tunnel.

Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and use our café facilities as your own private space for company presentations or breakfast meetings.

Chocoholics can relax and unwind at our chocolate cookery classes in our Experience Room. Enjoy demos of cooking with chocolate; participate in hands on classes, adding several chocolate recipes to your repertoire. Team building has never been such much fun!

Butlers Chocolate Experience is perfect for:

  • Team challenges
  • Team building exercises
  • Day/evening corporate entertainment
  • Company family days
  • Company picnics

We can tailor our offering to your specific needs.

Talk to us about our packages where we customise day or night activities to suit your occasion and budget, optional add-ons for different events at an additional cost are also available including activities for family days such as Face Painting, Magician or Balloon Modelling.

Contact us now on 01 6710599 or email to discuss your requirements and we'll help develop the perfect package for your event.

Chocolate Birthday Parties

The Butlers Chocolate Experience is the perfect children’s birthday party venue.

Having your child’s birthday party at the Butlers Chocolate Experience promises to be an enjoyable day out for children and adults alike.

Just bring your own birthday cake and we can organise the rest! 

Book now online and then download our special birthday invitation to get started! Remember we will add 2 adult complimentary places for bookings for over 10 children!

Family Days Out in Dublin

Are you searching for fun things to do in Dublin with your kids?

Why not visit the Butlers Chocolate Experience, the ultimate chocolate factory tour in Ireland. Learn about the history of chocolate and how chocolate is made.

See the Butlers factory in operation and then become a chocolatier and decorate your own chocolate novelty, which you can then package with a ribbon and bow and bring home as a treasured chocolate souvenir.

Group Tours

Butlers Chocolate Experience is suitable for groups from nursery school age to retirement groups. Click here to bring your group to the home of Ireland’s favourite luxury chocolates! Coach parking is available.

Primary School, Secondary School Tours & Language School Tours

A visit to the Butlers Chocolate Experience is an interesting and educational school tour in Dublin for primary, secondary school and English language students. The tour lasts approximately for 1.5 hours. Junior and advanced activity sheets are included on the tour.

The Butlers Chocolate Experience is also particularly suitable for Secondary School tours and Transition Year field trips where history, business studies and home economics subjects are brought to life in a real world example.

Students will learn about the history of chocolate and where it comes from and discover the different types of chocolate and see how chocolate is made. They then follow the journey of chocolate and Butlers through the ages and then enjoy a panoramic view of the Butlers Chocolates factory.

Finally, they get to see up close some of the areas seen on the factory floor and learn the techniques of chocolate decorating as they decorate their own chocolate novelty to bring home. There is a Butlers Chocolate Café onsite offering a range of chocolate treats and souvenirs to purchase and outside picnic area if students wish to enjoy their packed lunch on site.

Make your group booking now!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to the Butlers Chocolate Experience?

The Butlers Chocolate Experience is located in Clonshaugh Business Park, just 6 Km from Dublin city centre and close to the M50/M1 junction. It is easy to get to Butlers Chocolates using Dublin Bus 27B’s service (see for more information on the 27B bus route), or by car. There is plenty of complimentary onsite parking and the building is fully accessible. See full directions here.

What are the opening hours for the Butlers Chocolate Experience?

The Butlers Chocolate Experience is open Monday to Saturday for tours which run three times daily, subject to availability. Please note that production in the factory does not take place on a Saturday.

Can I visit the Butlers Chocolate Experience without booking in advance?

Unfortunately not, you must book in advance to visit the Butlers Chocolate Experience. However, you can drop in to the onsite Butlers Chocolate Café any time during opening hours.

Is the Butlers Chocolate Experience wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the Butlers Chocolate Experience is fully accessible.

Why must I book in advance to visit the Butlers Chocolate Experience?

To offer the best possible experience to our visitors, each tour is set up to cater for an exact amount of visitor bookings, unfortunately, we can not cater for numbers greater than this. 

How do I book a visit?

Book online and save 5% on tour prices.  Alternatively, please call us on 01 6710599 or email, please note that the 5% saving applies to online bookings for the Butlers Chocolate Experience only and does not apply to chocolate cookery classes. 

When I book, how do I receive a ticket?

When you book online or by phone, you will receive a confirmation of booking by email, which you should bring with you on the day of the tour.

Is the Butlers Chocolate Experience suitable for groups or individuals?

The Butlers Chocolate Experience is open to both individuals and groups. If you could like to make a group booking, you will find more details here.

How long does a tour take at the Butlers Chocolate Experience?

The Ultimate Chocolate Experience takes about 1.5 hours and the cooking classes last for around 2.5 hours.

Is there a cancellation charge?

All online bookings for the Butlers Chocolate Experience are non-refundable. 

What age group is the Butlers Chocolate Experience suitable for?

Butlers Chocolate Experience is suitable for chocolate lovers of all ages and children under three go free.

I am allergic to milk/nuts; can I visit the Butlers Chocolate Experience?

There are nuts, milk, and soya products in our factory. We advise that anyone with allergies to these products not to eat our chocolates. Peanuts are strictly prohibited in the building. We confirm also that gluten is present on site.

How much does it cost to visit Butlers Chocolate Experience?

Butlers Ultimate Chocolate Experience Tour: Prices start from €13.50 per person
Butlers Cookery Classes: Prices start from €40 per person

Please check availabity and book online here 
For group rates, please contact us.

Is there parking onsite?

There is plenty of complimentary parking available.

Can I just visit the Butlers Chocolate Café onsite?

Certainly, Butlers Chocolate Café Clonshaugh is open Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Is it okay to take photos while on the tour?

It is only permissible to take photos while in the Experience room at the end of the tour. 

Still have a question? Please contact us.

Map & Directions

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Driving Directions to the Butlers Chocolate Experience

From M1 Southbound:

  1. Take the R104 exit toward Coolock/Santry (before the tunnel)
  2. Take the 1st exit (left) onto Coolock Lane/R104 heading to Coolock
  3. Continue for approx. 1Km
  4. Take a left at the fifth set of traffic lights into IDA Clonshaugh Business Park, if you reach Northside Shopping Centre you have gone too far
  5. Continue through the security barrier and take the 4th left turn
  6. Butlers Chocolates is the first building on the right hand side

From Dublin Airport 

  1. At Airport Roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto M1 heading to Dublin/M50
  2. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the M1 ramp
  3. Merge onto M1 
  4. Take the R104 exit toward Coolock/Santry (before the tunnel)
  5. Take the 1st exit (left) onto Coolock Lane/R104 heading to Coolock.
  6. Continue for approx. 1Km
  7. Take a left at the fifth set of traffic lights into IDA Clonshaugh Business Park, if you reach Northside Shopping Centre you have gone too far
  8. Continue through the security barrier and take the 4th left turn
  9. Butlers Chocolates is the first building on the right hand side

From Dublin City (Via Fairview, Malahide Road):

  1. Exiting the City Centre via Amiens Street:
  2. Head northeast on Amiens St/R105 
  3. Continue to follow R105 onto the North Strand Road
  4. Continue on the R105 over Annesley Bridge
  5. Continue on the R105 into Fairview, Marino Mart
  6. Take the left onto the Malahide Rd/R107
  7. Continue for about 3.5 Km going through 1 roundabout
  8. Take a left onto Oscar Traynor Rd/R104 
  9. Continue on the Oscar Traynor Rd/R104
  10. Continue past Northside Shopping Centre
  11. Take the second turn right into IDA Clonshaugh Business Park
  12. Continue through the security barrier and take the 4th left turn
  13. Butlers Chocolates is the first building on the right hand side

From the M50 (travelling northbound):

  1. Continue to the end of the M50 motorway
  2. Take the second exit onto the R139
  3. Take the second exit off the roundabout to continue straight on, with Bewleys Airport Hotel on your left hand side
  4. Take the next right turn at the traffic lights onto Clonshaugh Road
  5. Continue straight for approximately 2 kilometres until you approach a T Junction
  6. Take a right at the traffic lights at the T Junction, where Northside Shopping Centre is on your left.
  7. Turn right at the next set of traffic lights into the IDA Clonshaugh Business Park
  8. Continue through the security barrier and take the 4th left turn
  9. Butlers Chocolates is the first building on the right hand side

From Dublin City (Via Dorset Street, Drumcondra, Swords Rd):

  1. Continue on Lower Dorset Street/N1 (approx. 5.5Km)
  2. Continue onto Lower Drumcondra N1
  3. Continue onto Upper Drumcondra/N1
  4. Continue onto Swords Road/N1
  5. Continue onto N1
  6. At junction 2, take the R104 exit to Coolock/ Santry
  7. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Coolock Ln/R104 heading to Coolock
  8. Continue for approx. 1Km
  9. Take a left at the fifth set of traffic lights into IDA Clonshaugh Business Park, if you reach Northside Shopping Centre you have gone too far
  10. Continue through the security barrier and take the 4th left turn
  11. Butlers Chocolates is the first building on the right hand side

By Bus (27): 

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  1. Exit the bus at stop # 4383 Barryscourt Rd, Colaiste Dhulaigh (Just past the side entrance to Northside Shopping Centre, McDonalds). 
  2. Walk back towards the main road (Oscar Traynor Road/Coolock Lane), past McDonalds.
  3. Turn right and walk past the front entrance of North side Shopping Centre.
  4. Walking straight ahead, cross the junction of Oscar Traynor Road/Coolock Lane and Clonshaugh Road and continue on Oscar Traynor Road/Coolock Lane.
  5. At the next set of traffic lights turn right, this is the entrance into the IDA Clonshaugh Business Park. Butlers Chocolates is the 4th turn on your left once you enter the estate and is the first building on your right.


Have you ever wondered what really goes on behind the doors of a working chocolate factory? Would you like to discover where Butlers chocolate comes from and how it is made? Are you eager to learn about the different types of chocolate and how we create our delicious handcrafted Butlers Chocolate assortments, fudge and toffee, hot chocolate and the finest chocolate bars? Do you want to learn how Butlers Chocolates have grown to be a true Irish success story since its beginnings in 1932’s Georgian Dublin!

Now you can! Book the ultimate guided tour at the Butlers Chocolate Experience, where a warm welcome awaits you as you discover the answers to these questions and more - with plenty of chocolate tastings along the way!

First a chocolate factory, now a tourist destination! Located in Dublin 17, at the home of Butlers Chocolates and close to Dublin, Airport, the Port Tunnel and Malahide, the Butlers Chocolate Experience tour is fast becoming one of the top things to do in North Dublin for chocolate lovers of all ages.  There is something for everyone to enjoy at the Butlers Chocolate Experience; from the perfect family day out to school tours, group tours, corporate events, team challenges to birthday parties and everything in between.

All bookings must be made in advance, click here to check availability and book your visit, saving 5% on the entry price of €13.50. Please note that for maximum enjoyment of our visitors, we can accommodate limited numbers on each tour so unfortunately we cannot facilitate walk in visitors to the Butlers Chocolate Experience. To avoid disappointment, please book online, call us on 01 6710599 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5.30pm) or email us at

Tour Times

Tours generally run daily at 10:00, 12:00 and 15:30 Monday to Saturday. Please note that the factory does not operate at weekends and tour times may be subject to change on occasion. To check availability for a particular day, please click here.

What you can do at the Butlers Chocolate Experience?

Watch the Butlers Chocolate Movie

Wander around the Butlers Chocolate Museum

Follow the Chocolate Timeline

Savour the chocolate aroma from the chocolate gallery as you enjoy the panoramic vista of the Butlers Chocolates factory 

Visit the Experience room to enjoy demonstrations of how chocolates are created and filled with the master chocolatier. Get the opportunity to dress just like a Butlers chocolatier to decorate your own chocolate novelty, which you then bring home as a treasured souvenir of your visit! 

The Ultimate Butlers Chocolate Experience Tour

Join us on the Ulimate Butlers Chocolate Experience Tour which caters for all ages.

Includes; Chocolate Movie, Chocolate Museum, Chocolate Gallery and the Chocolate Experience Room

Book your visit now and save 5%