Public Walking Tours: July 2022.

Tour highlights this July include the fascinating Blackpitts- Newmarket- Weaver square area of the Liberties; our wonderful Planners and Professors tour which explores the remarkable area around Hatch Street, Adelaide Rd and Earlsford Terrace, and the richly layered history of old markets and vanished monasteries that lies just West of Capel Street.  We also debut an exciting new tour this July, we call South Retail Core:  on the history, architecture, and design decor of the beautiful Drury Street, South William St, Fade St and Wicklow St shopping districtMost public tours this month take place on either Wednesdays or Fridays.  

                 Here is a chronological list of our Public Tours running in July 2022


Thursday EVENING, 30th June –  a private Evening Art Tour (2 OF 2) of the National Gallery of Ireland, 6-8PM:

One Ticket Remaining, at the time of writing.

Saturday 02 July.  11AM.  Portobello history walking tour. 

the rich hidden history of Portobello, including former 18th century walled estates, a vanished reservoir basin and a canal harbour, ornamental lakes, pleasure gardens and much, much more.   Discussion include everything from L.A’s Chinatown to the Beatles’ John Lennon to WWII Spies and James Joyce,  as well as its architectural, Jewish, political and architectural history.  Tour takes place 11AM SATURDAY 02nd JULY.    It usually sells out.  Tickets for this Portobello tour, 11AM Saturday 02 July, subject to availability, are here.

FRIDAY 8Th July:  2PM From Patrick’s Park to Blackpitts, Newmarket, Coombe, and Cork Street

Starting at the fountain in the park beside ancient Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, then featuring Blackpitts, Newmarket, Mill Street, the former St Luke’s Church and its old Almshouse, Cork Street and the Coombe,  explore neglect, history and regeneration, including beautiful housing from the late 1800s, historic hospitals, industry from the medieval period though the 1600s and beyond, underground rivers, revolution and much more.  Weavers, tanners, brewers and distillers; trade and riches; fire, poverty and rebellion; all packed into this extraordinary quarter of Dublin’s famous Liberties.   Tickets for this tour 2PM Friday 08 July, subject to availability, here:

Sunday 10th  Stephen’s Green and Secret Interiors Newman house: SOLD OUT 


Friday 15th July:  2PM:  Planners & Professors: from Adelaide Rd to Hatch St.   

Starting outside the Unitarian Church on Saint Stephen’s Green, this is an architectural and historical walking tour for real connoisseurs of Dublin.

It travels the South side of the Green; takes in sections of Leeson St Lower and Hatch Street; Adelaide Road and two very famous Dublin terraces: Harcourt and Earlsfort.   Along this route we’ll view an extraordinary diversity of building types, including several fascinating churches; a handsome Edwardian hospital; a synagogue with Byzantine flourishes; a number of superb private houses; several highly significant university, school and college buildings, and of course, Dublin’s only great Regency terrace.   We’ll discuss how the legacy of healthcare provision, worship, the law, commerce and higher education all helped to shape this remarkable part of Dublin.  Tickets here. 

above, deatil from a 1930s map depicting the extraordinary area around Adelaide Road, Hatch St and Earlsfort Terrace we explore in our Planners and Professors Tour.  Join us this Friday 15th July.



Meet corner of Cow Lane, outside the Gutter Book Store.  Then we make for the river quays, to briefly discuss their astonishing transformation from the 1600s onwards.    From there it’s across the “Essex Bridge” then up Capel Street, one of the first, great, planned Dublin Streets, which in the 17th century, formed the first real extension of the historic city over to the North side of the Liffey.   From here on it’s a long, wonderful meander through the small lanes, squares and backstreets that honeycomb this whole remarkable district just west of Capel Street.  You will discover many rich, historic layers, of vanished market places, of forgotten medieval monasteries, historic prisons, courthouses and much more.  Tickets here.

Sunday  24th July:  Stephen’s Green and Secret Interiors Newman house:  SOLD OUT 


Wednesday  27th at 11AM and again Friday 29th July at 2PM:  South Retail Core:

A debut outing for this new tour!   We call it South Retail Core, and it explores the the history, architecture, and design decor of the beautiful Drury Street, South William St, Fade St and Wicklow St shopping district.   Tickets are here, and please note the different start times for the two dates, Wednesday  27th at 11AM and Friday 29th July at 2PM.   Tickets for both dates may be purchased here.

Above: a piece of decorative terrazzo inserted into a mosaic floor, at the tailors shop in the Wicklow St shopping district.  Join us on Wednesday 27th July at 11AM or Friday 29th July at 2PM.

Our Tours and System in general:

  • The list of tours above covers July 2022 only.
  • We only ever schedule 2- 4 weeks ahead.  So there are no tours dates yet for August or September.
  • In addition, please note there are no public tours, this year, from 29th July to 22nd August.
  • A new set of tours dates, covering 22nd August onward and all of September 2022, will be announced near the end of July.  
  • To get advance notification on new Dublin Decoded public walking tours and evening art tours,  please sign up to the free email newsletter here..    These free email newsletters go out from 6 to 10 times each year.   They tell you when new tours are scheduled, and often allow you book tickets on the spot, straight from the newsletter..
  • Audio policy:  Dublin Decoded was recently using audio use audio equipment on all public tours, regardless of numbers.   Please note that we have recently changed our audio equipment policy.   Until further notice, if there are 11 or more people booked onto any out-door tour we will provide audio receiver sets, free of charge,  included in your trip.   (This will happen automatically if there are 10 or more guests on the trip,  you do not need to request them)
  • If there are 9 people or less, we will take a traditional, acoustic approach, and we will not use the receiver sets.
  • Most of our public tours have 10 or more guests, so in general they feature our fantastic audio-receiver sets.   With a range of well over 60 meters, these audio sets allow each guest to walk at your own pace; screen out background street noise and, crucially allow enhanced social distancing.
  • The cost of this audio headset technology is always included in your ticket price.
  • Please note that some of our tours, like our National Gallery Private Art tours; or our Stephens Green and Newman House tours, never use audio equipment, both because they are with 15 or less people and/or because 50% or more of the tour tales places indoors, where the equipment is not required.
                                                      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

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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