Visitors to Dublin are often buzzing with curiosity to see the best sights the city has to offer, yet often have only limited time available.   Over the last eight year we’ve refined and honed our offering.  For those looking for more outlying areas, or some esoteric themes, please see our Other Tours section.  But for first time visitors, or those short on time, here are the classic Dublin city walking tours we recommend.

For our Classic Highlights: Introduction to Dublin tour, see here.

For our Georgian Splendour and Victorian Gems tour (the area around Dawson Street, Kildare Street and Stephen’s Green) see here.

For our West of Capel Street tour, exploring the backstreets and lanes of this historic district, vanished medieval abbeys and wonderful Victorian market buildings, see here.

If Revolutionary history is more your thing, and you prefer a city centre experience, our O’Connell Street to Henrietta St and the King’s Inns tour discusses the 1916 Easter Rising, the Irish War of Independence and Civil War, plus theatres, Georgian social history and an 18th century maternity hospital, see here.  

One of our favourite walks is Dublin’s Medieval Walls,  a guided walk around the entire circuit of Dublin’s ancient medieval city walls, including tales of sieges, battles, bloody rebellion, war and Scottish invasion, catastrophic fires and plague, plus many fascinating glimpses and insights into the the fabric of medieval city life including guilds and guild halls, churches and chantry chapels, medieval and early modern trade, politics and religion.

below, some images from recent tours…


above: exploring the medieval walls of Dublin. 

below: the Portobello area.

Portobello Tour with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded Tours

above: exploring Portobello and the history of Jewish Dublin

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above: O’Connell Street, exploring political, social and economic dissent in early 20th century Dublin, during the Irish Revolutionary Era.

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above:  you will find Dublin Decoded tours sociable and relaxing as well as well as intellectually stimulating.   A private group, in the Capel Street- markets area in 2018. Below: the beautiful old Victorian Fruit and Vegetable market, on the same tour and same area.  

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On some of our private tours we bring guests back stage to some of the most fascinating places in the capital.  That includes rarely seen private libraries, archives, private collections and more. 

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Below:  one of our particular strong points is architecture.  We’ll make you look up, and we will tell you what you are seeing, and how it fits into the story of the city. 

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Department of Trade and Industry, Kildare St Masons oand Dutch Billies on Molesworth St, South East Tour image copyright Dublin Decoded


Masons oand Dutch Billies on Molesworth St, South East Tour image copyright Dublin Decoded



Liberties walking tour with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded walking tours, image copyright Dublin Decoded tours

Dublin Medieval Walls tour with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded



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