Portobello Walking Tour, portrait of a district, & the Dublin Jewish Experience.

Pleasure gardens at Portobello 1846, detail from a Bird's Eye view of Dublin, published in the London Illustrated News 1846

As we see in the above image (a detail from a Bird’s Eye view of Dublin, first published in the London Illustrated News back in 1846)  Portobello was once a landscape of orchards and of 18th century pleasure gardens.  Only later in the 19th century was it developed as a mix of wealthy, substantial Victorian red-bricks,  mixed with smaller streets of artisan and philanthropic housing.  Ever since this fascinating district has been a haven for Jewish refugees and for Irish revolutionaries, for artists, sculptors, writers and much more.  The notional birthplace of Leopold Bloom; the former Little Jerusalem, now one of the most thriving districts of Dublin.  Join Arran Henderson to explore Portobello, all done in his usual relaxed, sociable, yet highly erudite “Dublin Decoded” style.

On this tour you will find, view and discuss…

  • the homes of famous painters and sculptors including George Bernard Shaw,
  • a famous Rabbi’s house
  • substantial Victorian homes built for Dublin’s 19th century middle classes,
  • the home of a future president of Israel.
  • the home of a pair of actor-brothers, who won Oscars and awards and who worked with a galaxy of greats, including Hitchcock, Ford and Howard Hawks, Cary Grant, John Wayne and Katherine Hepburn.
  • workers’ cottages, built by a 19th century Philanthropic Housing agency.
  • the site of vanished harbours, a vanished basin/reservoir, and an entire vanished park which once boasted a former, large ornamental lake.
  • hear tales of fireworks and tightrope walkers, and of some of the most famous entertainers and dare devils of the mid 19th century, and of their unexpected links to 20th century musical history!
  • see the childhood home of a president of Israel.
  • the home of a man who made possible the entire, modern city of Los Angeles!

This tour is run as a public tour from 2- 4 times per year,  when, like all our public tours,  it’s naturally open to all.   If any of these Portobello tours are currently scheduled then they will appear in the listings on our Public Tours Page.   If you live in Dublin,  and are primarily interested in our Public tours, then by far the best way to hear about them is to sign up to the monthly newsletter.

Alternatively, we also offer and run the tour as a private activity for your own, private group, on a date of your own choosing.  Please use the green button to select your date and to book your own private Portobello tour.  Thank you.

Portobello Tour with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded Tours 2

Portobello Tour with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded Tours

above:  two images from a recent Portobello Tour with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded Tours

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