Dublin Decoded – city walks, art, architecture, history

Dublin Decoded lead historical and architectural walking tours through the streets and squares of Ireland’s capital.  We offer both public tours and private tours.  With a key strength in art and architectural history, our tours are especially popular with guests keen on visual and material culture, as well as lovers of history and urban explorers.  Reading and interpreting clues of the city – from street names and topography, inscriptions to allegorical sculpture on buildings, then decoding it all for you via history and context – is what we do best.

Our tours contain information on social history, political, industrial, manufacturing and economic history, legal and military history, women’s history, art and architectural history.  Everything from underground rivers to underground societies.

We look forward to welcoming you on tour.

Public Tours

Please note that the process for booking public and private tours is very different.  To come on any of our public tours, and even to hear about our upcoming public tours, by far the best course of action is to sign up to our free monthly email newsletter.  If you wish to receive notification once a month of our public tours, then please sign up now to our monthly newsletter here.

We do not have a repeating schedule of public tours.  Every month is different so it is best to sign up to our newsletter for full details.  We schedule public tours around 3-5 weeks in advance.  Generally, we run between one and four public tours each month.  There may well be one taking place during your visit to Dublin (if you are coming from overseas) and, of course, everyone’s very welcome to join.  Prices for a place on our public tours range from just €15 – €24 per person.

For a full up-to-date list of upcoming public tours scheduled at present, please go our public tours page, here.

Private Tours

We also offer private tours which allow you to book your own tour – choosing your own date, time and itinerary.  Fees for your own private tour range between €180 and €280  for your entire group of family or friends.  Large groups, corporate groups and very customised / bespoke tours may cost more.  At present, we offer private tours on weekday afternoons (generally starting at 2pm or 2.20pm) and any time at weekends.  Unfortunately, we cannot currently provide private tours on weekday mornings.

Below are links to nine of our most popular routes for private tour guests – as developed and refined over the last five years.   These tour routes are divided into three groups: South Side, North Side and Fine Art Tours.  Please select a title from the links below to go to the full tour description.  When you’ve made your tour selection, please use the contact form at the foot of every tour page to contact us.   Please use the contact form for private tour enquiries only.  We will reply to private tour enquiries as soon as possible (usually within 36 hours) hopefully with confirmation of our availability on your date and a quote for your tour or event.

In cases of extreme short notice (i.e. for private tour requests relating to a time within the following 36 hours), you can send a text message directly to Arran Henderson on + 353 87 417 1460.  This applies to private tour requests only.  Please ensure that your text message includes your full name, the title of the tour you are requesting and both the time and the date requested.  For non-urgent enquiries, please use the contact form provided at the foot of every tour page.  We look forward to hearing from you!


 Private Tours – Southside Walking Tours: 


Private Tours – Northside Walking Tours:



Private Art Tours:



Dublin Decoded Private tour Contact Forms below,   

Please note this contact form is exclusively for ordering your own private tour.  Fees for private tours generally range from €180- €250 (for your entire group, not per individual).  Hotel meets and pick-ups, large groups, corporate groups and very customised / bespoke tours may cost more.  We will provide you with an exact fee quotation once you provide us with your requested tour details, date and the number of guests in your group.  Please ensure that you complete all marked fields below.

The contact form should not be used for enquiries relating to public tours.  For information on our excellent upcoming public tours and for all public tour enquiries, please see here.

your Private tour contact form, for your inquiry and our quotation: