EPIC Ireland - the Journey of a People

Epic Ireland is the dramatic 21st Century visitor experience telling the authentic and epic story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people, told with memorable style and passion. 

Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 (See Map Below)

Epic Ireland is the dramatic 21st Century visitor experience telling the authentic and epic story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people

Epic Ireland is the dramatic 21st Century visitor experience showcasing the unique journey of the Irish people around the world through the ages, centrally located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 CHQ building. Through 21 remarkable galleries, using cutting-edge interactive technologies, visitors explore the many tales of migration, the forces that have driven it, and the impact that it has had on the world.  This is the authentic and epic story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people, told with memorable style and passion.

Epic Ireland is a "must see" visit in any tour of Dublin and Ireland. It is located in the heart of Dublin, at Custom House Quay on the River Liffey, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. 

Housed in the iconic chq building, an historic stone and iron warehouse, built in 1820, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the epic story of the Irish people’s dispersal throughout the world over the ages. Visitors are taken on a journey that starts on the island of Ireland and ends with the global presence of the Irish today. Running through this journey is the question: what does it mean to be Irish?

EPIC Ireland occupies over 40,000ft2 / 3,716m2 of the landmark chq building. The exhibition is spread across 21 galleries and brings to life the story of Ireland’s communities overseas - past, present and future – in a way that is highly entertaining, engaging and educational. EPIC Ireland is a recommended first stop for visitors to Ireland as it captures an authentic and widely encompassing picture of the history of Ireland and the Irish nation. It acts as a ‘jumping off’ point for visitors and locals alike, suggesting onward connections to other centres and museums where visitors can follow-up particular areas of interest in more detail.

Visitors begin their journey by receiving a stamped passport as they enter the exhibition. They will follow a path through the 21 remarkable galleries organised into four thematic groups:

Migration: an introduction to Ireland and the arrivals and departures that have shaped it

Motivation: why people left Ireland – the stories of adventure and tragedy

Influence: what Irish people did overseas, and the extraordinary influence they have had in their adopted homelands in politics, business, science, sport and the arts

Connection: where the Irish are now, and what they are doing in today’s highly connected world.

Highlights include:
  • Dramatic, state-of-the-art visitor experience which opened in May 2016
  • The authentic story of Irish migration told for the first time
  • Located in the vaults of the historic CHQ building, which dates from 1820
  • Cutting edge technology designed by the award-winning team behind Titanic Belfast.
  • 21 remarkable galleries covering four thematic groups.

Epic Ireland is located in Dublin City in the vaults of The chq Building which is an 8 minute walk from O’Connell Street and 10 minutes from Trinity College. Easy access from Dart, 3 minutes from Connolly Station, and the Luas red line stops at the north entrance to building at George's Dock. 

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Billy the Kid - an EPIC Story

Henry McCarty is one of Irish history’s less than proud creations. Known as Billy the Kid, William H. Bonney, Henry Antrim, Kid Antrim and eventually just “The Kid”, he was born to Irish parents.

After he broke out of prison by escaping through a chimney, he took the phrase “fighting Irish” to a whole new level, wreaking havoc in The Wild West where it is claimed he killed 21 men – or one for each year of his
colourful life. He was shot dead in 1881 by Sheriff Pat Garrett, who was also of Irish descent. 

'Billy the Kid' is just one of many EPIC stories about Irish Heros and Villains you will discover at EPIC Ireland.

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EPIC Ireland
The chq Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
T. +353 (0) 1 531 3688
E: info@EpicIrelandchq.com

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Open Daily Year Round from 10:00 to 18:00. 

Closed: December 24 to 26.

Last admission 17:00 (one hour before closing time).

Approx Visit Duration: approx 90 minutes. Epi

Opening Times may be subject to change; check their website for updates.


  • Adults: €14.00
  • Senior (aged 65+): €12.00
  • Student (aged over 18, with valid ID): €12.00
  • Child (aged 6-15): €7.00
  • Toddler (aged 0-5): Free 
  • Family (2 adult and 2 children, aged 6-15): €35.00
  • Family (2 adult and 3 children): €41.00
  • Family (2 adult and 4 children): €47.00


Audio guides available in German, French, Italian and Spanish. A charge applies. Pre-booked group tours in German, French, Italian and Spanish can also be arranged for a fee.  


You have a wide choice of dining and refreshment options on-site including cafés, bakehouses, salad and sushi bars, a bakehouse and wine bar.


The Epic Ireland shop features a wide variety of gifts to suit all budget’s and tastes from the basic key-ring to jewellery designed by top Irish designers. Also includes clothing, skincare, fragrances, crystal and confectionery. Bespoke instore engraving also available for tailored gifts. Open 09:00 to 19:00, 7 days a week. 


Pay-for parking available nearby. Designated coach drop-off and pick-up point near the entrance.


Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets. 

Indoor (all weather) Family Friendly Wheelchair Access Restaurant Tea Rooms / Coffee Shop Dining for Groups Assistance / Guide Dogs Permitted Gift Shop Free WIFI
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