Public Walking Tours: 2022.

our scheduled Public Tours have now resumed.  Please see our new schedule of new history and architecture public walking tours just below, and remember that Private walking tours (exclusively for you and /or your own private group) are available year-round, on more flexible (available) dates, simply by hitting the Green “Book Now” button, then selecting the “Private Tour” option.

Public Walking Tours now coming up:


Friday 28th October, starts 2PM sharp:  West of Capel Street:

Forgotten medieval monasteries, historic prisons, courthouses and much more.  A few tickets remaining.   Tickets here.

Thursday evening: 6PM,  on Thursday 05th November:  Irish, French and Italian Art and the Grand Tour Tradition: an private evening art tour at the National Gallery of Ireland.  SOLD OUT

a relaxed evening tour at the National Gallery of Ireland.  (limited 15 guests max) A personal overview of some highlights of the NGI’s collections,  including18th and 19th century Irish art, with a particular focus on the often neglected Irish landscape genre;  then the travels of Irish abroad, both the 18th century Irish Grand Tourists in Venice and Rome, and late 19th-century Irish artists, working in Paris, Brittany and elsewhere.   Tickets (€23.50 pp)  and must be booked in advance please, here.    This tour is regrettably SOLD OUT: we will endeavor to schedule another date before Christmas.

Saturday 12th November:  Magnates & Merchants: the South Retail Core: SOLD OUT

since its creation in the 1600s by developers like William Williams and others, through its transformation in the Georgian era, and into the 19th or 20th centuries, the area of Dublin defined by Great South Georges St, South Williams St, Clarendon St and Andrews’ St has often set the fashion for the rest of the capital.   From a huge Victorian market complex via an aristocratic 18th townhouse and adjacent 1700s artists’ gallery, and even a hidden hotel, to smaller, more subtle details like Gothic fanlights, carriage arches, basement lights, Art Deco and Art Nouveau shop fronts: this tour has it all.                     Now running on a weekend date, for the first time:  Saturday 17th September.  Walk starts 11.15am sharp.  Tickets for this walk available here.   This tour is regrettably SOLD OUT: we will schedule another date after the New Year.

  • Further Useful Notes:
  • It is necessary to book most tours ahead,  but it is not necessary to print your tickets.  Once you book, we will have your names on a manifest.
  • Dublin Decoded use audio equipment on outdoors tours only; and now only when there are >14 guests.
  • Dublin Decoded will later publish one more schedule of public tours for 2022 covering October and early November.
  • We will then cease Public tours from around mid-November 2022.
  • Our annual, online Winter Fine Art Talks series will then take place (online) throughout January and February of 2023.
  • Tickets for these Winter Art Talks go on sale well before Christmas 2022.
  • There is usually an early-bird offer for tickets, with a discount available for early-bookers.
  • To see when new public walking tours appear on our schedule and/or when tickets go on sale for the winter Art Talks, subscribe to the free, monthly Dublin Decoded newsletter emails;  here.
We look forward to seeing you on tour soon!


                                                     Arran Henderson   |   Dublin Decoded Tours.

images below:  guests on recent various “Medieval Walls” walks, and on other tours, including Portobello and our private Art Tours!   

Medieval Walls walk in the Dublin Liberties, with Arran Henderson of Dublin DEcoded, photo courtesy Kevin Reid

St Audoens Church

Dublin Castle with Arran Henderson and Dublin Decoded Tours

Arran Henderson with guests on a Dublin Decoded Tour

Portobello Tour with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded Tours

Worth Library 1

Gragegorman Tour 2018 photo credit Luke McManus


Selected Recent Public Tours, from earlier in 2022



Saint Stephen’s Green and the Secret Interiors of Newman house.  

a tour around all of Stephen’s Green and into the rarely seen secret 18th century interiors of Newman house.

The WSC, old Parliament and the Irish House of Lords. 

the evolution of Dublin from the mid-1600s and into the 1700s, including the achievements of the famed (and feared) Wide Streets Commissioners (WSC) and works by legendary Georgian architects like Edward Lovett Pearce and James Gandon.  Details, and rarely-noticed survivors of the WSC era on Andrew’s Street, Dame St, College Green, and nearby D’Olier Street, then the climax of our a tour is a private visit within the stunning old Irish Parliament complex, including James Gandon’s Rotunda, and Pearce’s shimmering, miniature masterpiece at the heart of the building, the former Irish House of Lords.

Dublin Medieval Walls tour with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded

image below:  a late Renaissance painting at the National Gallery of Ireland, which is based on a drawing by Michelangelo.

Image beneath:  Merrion Square in an old engraving from the 1840s.  

Image beneath:  the area of our Books, Music, Politics and Theatre Tour,  in an old map, based on John Rocque’s famous survey from the 1700s.






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