For public health reasons, our public walking tours are limited to 15 guests max, and are also focused exclusively on outdoor tours. For the same health-related reasons- we’re now also using the fantastic hands-free audio receiver and earpiece technology, on all Public Tours. These are sterilized and quarantined prior to every use and we hand them out at the start of each excursion as they offer superior sound, screen out background street noise and- crucially- allow increased social distancing. With a range of over 60 meters, they allow each guest to have their own space and to walk at his or her own pace. The cost of this audio headset technology is born by us, and is included in your ticket price when you book onto a public tour.
All this, and Dublin’s best walking tours! With our traditional emphasis on architecture, art and design, as well as history (including literary, political, religious and social history) you will not find a better tour. We run from 1 to 5 Public walking tours per month, to which everyone is welcome (subject to availability, naturally).
Here is a quick-look list of our currently scheduled list of available events, by date: This is a date-check list only, for ease of reference and includes a few short notes on availability (last updated at Thurs 15 October). This is just a list to see if there is a Public Tour on a date that suits you. You’ll find much fuller details on these same tours, and the crucial tickets links, further below. And of course, you can book a Private tour for your own group, on a date of your own choosing, any time, using the Green Button. But here, right now is our current list of Public Tours and our Zoom Talks too.
Saturday 17 October 11.30AM Portobello Morning Walking Tour: Sold Out.
Tuesday, 20 October 2PM Ballsbridge Zoom Talk. Please note that for Zoom talks, tickets must be purchased by 2 hours prior to the talk, latest. Please see our October Zoom Talks page, on this website, for more information and for tickets.
Thursday 22 October Ballsbridge: 5.30pm: an early evening history and architecture Walking Tour. Sold Out.
Tuesday, 27 October 2PM Blackpitts and Newmarket to the Coombe Zoom Talk. Again, please note that for Zoom talks, tickets must be purchased by 2 hours prior to the talk, latest. Please see our October Zoom Talks page, on this website, for more information and for tickets. Tickets still available.
Wednesday, 28 October 2.30PM: Blackpitts and Newmarket to the Coombe Walking Tour: tickets still available.
Thursday, 29 October 2PM Blackpitts and Newmarket to the Coombe Walking Tour: Full: Sold Out.
New Tour Date: Friday 30th October 2PM: a Walk around Dublin’s Medieval Walls. Our favourite Tour! Newly announced, so tickets still available.
New Date: Saturday 7 November 11AM: Portobello Morning Walking Tour. Please note the earlier start time of this tour.
New Date: Saturday 14 November 11AM: Blackpitts and Newmarket to the Coombe Walking Tour: tickets available.
New Date: Saturday 21 November 11AM: our Walk around Dublin’s Medieval Walls: tickets available.
New Date: Saturday 21 November 11AM: South-East Highlights: architecture and history around Dawson, Molesworth and Kildare Streets. Tickets available.
To see much fuller information on all our currently, scheduled Public Tours, and the all-important ticket link, please read below. And remember, we only schedule 2-4 weeks at a time, so new tours, routes and dates are added all the time. Check back here as often as you wish. Or, for a far, more convenient way (and to advanced notice) when we add more routes and new tour dates, we warmly recommend subscribing to our free monthly newsletter: here.
Now read on: to see our currently-scheduled, public tours.
A walk around Portobello: vanished infrastructure, artists and writers, and the Dublin Jewish experience.
A walk around Portobello, We will mine the hidden, now forgotten history of this enigmatic Dublin district, including its former 18th century walled estates, its vanished reservoir basin, former canal harbours, long-gone ornamental lakes and pleasure gardens and much (much) more! Historic features discussed include links to everything from L.A’s Chinatown to the Beatles’ John Lennon to WWII Spies and Modernist legend James Joyce. Along our route we will consider the many artists, writers and states people who have called the area home, and ponder history, infrastructure, and philanthropic housing, as well as its architectural, Jewish, political and architectural histories, all discussed by local resident and historian Arran Henderson.
Current scheduled dates for Walk around Portobello Public walking tour: last updated 1pm, Thursday 15th October:
Thursday 15 October starting at 5.30pm (3 places remain)
Saturday 17th October starting at 11.30AM. Sold Out: Full.
New Date, just added: Saturday 07 November 11AM: Some places still available.
Length of walk 1 hour 20 mins approx. Prices all €18.50 p/p (for general admission, no concessions/ and no under-12s please)
For all Portobello Public Tours, please go to the Portobello ticket link here to select your preferred dates, as per the choice of dates listed above. (You may have to switch from October to November on the booking calendar)
All Practical Tour details such as Meeting point/ Start point and (crucially) the start time are on the ticket link: please read all the information there carefully? Thank you.
PS: it is not necessary to print your ticket: we will have a full manifest of guests on the day.
Ballsbridge and the Pembroke Township, in History, Architecture, Literature and Revolution.
The RDS; Pembroke Library and the former Pembroke Townhall; Ballsbridge and its buildings, bridge and institutions (including prisons, ironworks, tramways and bakeries) the area in medieval and early modern history through to 1916 and the mid-20th century; three modernist masterpieces; and more: a walk of Ballsbridge architectural, literary, revolutionary and political history, with Arran Henderson.
Thursday 22nd October, early evening walking tour of Ballsbridge, starting 5.30PM.
Length of walk 1 hour 20 mins approx. Prices all €18.50 p/p (for general admission, no concessions/ and no under-12s please)
For all our Ballsbridge Public Tours tickets, please go here, to select your date and ticket.
Blackpitts, Newmarket, and the Coombe.
Featuring Blackpitts, Newmarket, Mill Street, the former St Luke’s church and its old Almshouse, Cork Street and the Coombe, exploring neglect and regeneration, beautiful housing from the late 1800s, historic hospitals, industry from the medieval period though the 1600s and beyond, underground rivers, revolution, and more.
Length of walk 1 hour 35 mins approx. Prices all €18.50 p/p (for general admission, no concessions/ and no under-12s please).
Our Blackpitts, Newmarket, and the Coombe walk is available on:
Wednesday, 28 October 2.30PM: Blackpitts and Newmarket to the Coombe Walking Tour: Tickets still Available.
Thursday 29th October 2020, starting at 5.30pm sharp. SOLD OUT
Tickets for all our Blackpitts, Newmarket, and the Coombe walk available here..
Around Dublin’s Medieval Walls, and History.
(available Friday 30th October at 2PM: Or Saturday, 21st November, at 11AM)
For centuries- since the time of the Vikings in the 9th and 10th century, through the years of the Anglo-Normans, through the Early Modern period and up to their destruction in the late 1600s- the Medieval Walls of Dublin defended, delineated and defined the former ancient city. On this tour we trace their entire line around the ancient city core. This is one of our very favourite walks, and we like to do it at least twice a year. We usually hand out maps too, so you can track the line of the walls in the modern streetscape, helping you locate the former city gates and watch towers. This is our type of treasure hunt! We also reckon it’s the best way to think about, discuss and to visualize Medieval Dublin.
As we walk we’ll use both maps, and tell-tale signs in the modern streetscape, to locate the former walls, towers and gates, as well as other long-lost medieval fabric, including vanished churches, monasteries and prisons. We’ll also treat the half-hidden, half visible walls as a kind of “storyline” to discuss the often traumatic events that marked teh medieval history of Dublin including wars, rebellion, plaque, a foreign invasion, a huge explosion and at least one vast, catastrophic fire that destroyed the entire western city.
If you haven’t done this walk with us before then this autumn could be your best chance for a while. Join us if you can. Please note this wonderful urban loop walk can take up to 2 hours, given the distance covered. We believe it will be easy-going however, given our new audio receiver sets allow guests to set their own pace. Tickets available, for either of the above dates, here.
South East Highlights (aka South-East Treasures)
Saturday of November, starting 11AM.
This was more or less the same walking tour I had laid on recently for a private group that included the wonderful Frank McNally of the Irish Times. Details from that tour then featured in that paper on the three separate occasions over the following two weeks. This is a tour rich on information, that features many of my favourite Dublin historical characters, buildings, architects, stories and details. And it all takes place around Kildare, Dawson and Molesworth streets. (Sometimes also including sections and details on Stephen’s Green and/or Grafton Street, that’s strictly time allowing!)
If you haven’t covered these streets with us before, you are in for a treat. Behind the familiar facades and well-known institutions lie many curious stories. Guests enjoy the mix of architectural and design gems, from Victorian and Georgian times to modern, with a good mix of social, political and literary history thrown in. We’ll discuss the National Library and Museum, the Department of Trade and Industry Building and the Shelbourne Hotel as well as many other nearby landmarks. We’ll also talk about contemporary changes, and at least two very current threats to local heritage. Do not miss this tour.
Booking fee not included in list price (It is under 9%) Your audio headsets are supplied by us and are included in the advertised price. Tickets available, for South East Highlights Tour, for the date listed above: available here.
Below, two or three pictures from last years Medieval Walls tour, in those easy-going days before Covid, before we starting using our hands-free audio kits, and before social distancing!
below: the medieval St Audoens Church (CoI) above the ancient city wall and gate, now sitting in a beautifully, newly restored park.
Remember, we are adding new tours and dates all the time. If you are not already subscribed to the newsletter and would like to receive notification when our public tours are resumed and announced, please sign up to our free monthly newsletter
Rail, River, Army & Commerce: (featuring transport and engineering; the Army Barracks; two great Churches; Justice, Commerce & the Law)
The Italianate architecture of Kingsbridge (now Heuston) Station; the wonderful Seán Heuston bridge, Croppies’ Acre; the tragic heroism of 1798; Collins Barracks and its massive parade ground; notes on the military in Ireland and on Wolfe Tone; then exploring the side streets one block back from the river, viewing Blackhall Place, then Smithfield, with its history of drovers and distillers; then richly historic St Michan’s Church, finishing at the majesty of James Gandon’s Four Courts. As with all Dublin Decoded tours, expect architecture, design and engineering history, along with notes on politics, literature, revolution and more!
Our recently concluded tours, have included:
Rathmines: in History, Architecture, Literature and Revolution.
a walk around Rathmines: from Georgian to Art Deco and beyond: Rathmines township and 19th century civic architecture; plus churches; barracks; factories; cinemas, land boundaries and a smattering of famous local figures from Ireland’s architectural, literary and political history!
Bridge Street to Fishamble via the River and Liberties: the long way round!- Bridges, Quaysides, Revolution, Architecture, Medieval Dublin and the Liberties.
The river and its bridges and along the quays to view the James Joyce bridge, the ‘House of the Dead” and Ushers Island. Then uphill to Thomas St, where we turn left to travel west to east along Thomas St, with its rich history and magnificent buildings, several recently been magnificently restored. Along this street we discussed monasteries, distilleries, architecture, art and revolution. Then at the Cornmarket and NewGate area, we always look at the two St Audoen’s churches, including the oldest functioning church in Dublin, and the wonderfully refurbished and re-landscaped St Audoen’s Park alongside. Then proceeding east again along Cook Street via Winetavern Street, concluding at Fishamble Street, at the western end of Temple Bar.
Patrick’s Park to Blackpitts, Newmarket and the Coombe: Mills, Markets and Mass Graves!
Classic Highlights of Dublin Public Tour. Stephen’s Green and its great mansions and clubhouses, the Kildare, Molesworth and Grafton Street area; the rich and sometimes unexpected history of Temple Bar, Fishamble Street, Christ Church Cathedral; City Hall, the Rates office, Cork Hill and finishing up at Dublin Castle: all given the distinctive Dublin Decoded treatment, with our traditional focus on architecture and design, alongside an entire Irish history,
a section of previous, recently public tours continued…
2PM: SUNDAY 16th of February, 2020 (S Valentine’s Weekend) Dublin’s Great Lovers & Romantics: a walking tour of Art and of History, St Valentine’s week, 2020.
THURSDAY 12th December 2019. an evening tour at the National Gallery of Ireland. Met 17.55. Started, 6PM (18.00).
Saturday 23rd November 2019: -Drama, Books and Publishing, in the time of Jonathan Swift. In partnership with St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Jonathan Swift Festival.
Sunday 24th November: –Drama, Books and Publishing, in the time of Jonathan Swift. Started at the earlier time of 12.30pm.
on Sunday 13th October; Temple Bar Treasure Hunt,
Tuesday 22nd October Morning Art tour, of the National Gallery of Ireland,
Sunday 13th October 2019 Temple Bar Treasure Hunt.
Other previous tours from 2019, undated.
a walking tour of the Kildare St / Molesworth St area.
a Victorian masterpieces walking tour.
“Portobello, Portrait of an Area: a Walking Tour” (on two dates)
Dublin West of Capel St: – Monasteries, Markets, Courthouses and Prisons (ran on two dates).
A walk around Dublin’s Medieval Walls (3 hours approx, ran on one date, as a public tour; but also available as a private event, as with all our routes)
Monto tour with Arran Henderson & Terry Fagan
We warmly recommend for people planning a visit to Ireland or who are based here, or who are regular visitors to Dublin, to sign up to our free monthly newsletter.
This is by far the best way not to miss the public versions of our fantastic walking tours.
Below: images and details from some of our other public tours in 2019 and earlier 2020
Please use the green button to order your own private walking tours.