Please find below details of all our currently scheduled, upcoming public walking tours, to which anyone may buy tickets to and join in.  We run 20 -to 30 public tours each year (about 3 per month)   All are welcome.  Tickets to any of the below public tours should be purchased in advance using the ticket links provided within the tour descriptions. (not the Green Button)    You will find the public tour ticket link within the description of each tour, below.    For example, the ticket link to the Valentine Tour is within the description of that tour.  Do not try to use the floating Green Button to book spots on our public tours.  The green button is exclusively for booking your own Private tour, for your own group, on your own date.   To book a spot on one of our amazing public tours, please find the ticket link within the description of each tour below.   Thank you.  We look forward to welcoming you!

Next Available Public Tours: 

2PM:  SUNDAY 16th of February  (S Valentine’s Weekend)   Dublin’s Great Lovers & Romantics: a walking tour of Art and of History, St Valentine’s week, 2020.

An aptly seasonal celebration of love, and romance in Irish Art and in Irish history. The first part of our tour takes place in the wonderful National Gallery of Ireland where we shall look at a small but perfect selection of paintings, representing some of the most tender, soulful depictions of love ever committed to canvas.  These include Frederic William Burton’s Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs, the achingly beautiful Pre-Raphaelite work recently voted Ireland’s favourite painting.

After viewing another small selection of art works we leave the NGI and start a brief exploration of the surrounding streets including Nassau and Kildare Streets, Stephen’s Green and Harcourt Street.   Along the way we shall meet rebels and revolutionaries, artists and writers, and shall discuss great loves and romances from Grace Gifford and Joseph Mary Plunkett; through James Joyce and Nora Barnacle; Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas;  to Kitty O’Shea and Charles Steward Parnell.    Passionate and bawdy, unrequited or chaste; long-lived or doomed, every type of love shall be considered! And celebrated!     All and everyone are warmly welcome.    Join us.  Tickets now available,  here.

Practical details:  Please enter the National Gallery of Ireland at the Clare Street entrance and there meet your guide just inside the doors, on the bench just outside the NGI bookshop.   The first 40 minutes of the tour approx. is within the NGI and then approx one hour on the streets outside.  This is Dublin, in February, so please,  dress warmly for the outside sections of our tour!  Book your tickets in advance please.

Cupid and Venus NGI Venus


11.30AM, MONDAY 16th March,  Patrick’s Park to Blackpitts, Newmarket and the Coombe:  Mills, Markets and Mass Graves!

an historical and architectural walking tour from Patrick’s Park via Blackpitts, Cork Street and the Coombe to Francis Street:  exploring many aspects of this long-neglected, now rapidly changing South-eastern section of the historic Dublin Liberties:   our walking tour features everything from hidden underground streams and rivers to ancient water mills and monasteries, via Dublin’s thriving textile industry of the 1600s and the giant brewers and distillers of the 18th and 19th century.

Want to see where black stout or “porter” was first brewed in Dublin?  It wasn’t by Guinness, nor at St James Gate!

On our winding route we will point out and discuss an old abandoned church and see the sites of former historic orphanages, hospitals, and guild halls.   Along the way we will discuss everything from the tanning and distilling industries to mass graves and the Black Death, and we’ll consider issues from philanthropy to social housing, from armed revolution to urban regeneration and contemporary design.

Reaching the parts of Dublin other parts seldom reach, exploring the city in rare depth and detail, this is a tour not to be missed.   The ticket link will be available here, within 24 hours.

Practical Details.  Date: Monday 16th March  Meet Point:  the fountain in the centre of Patrick’s Park.   Meet Time; 11.25, for ticket inspection. Tour starts 11.30-sharp.   End time: 13.30 approx  End point: St Catherine’s Church (RC) Francis Street, Dublin 8.

Below: an old map of the St Patrick’s Cathedral- Newmarket- Blackpitts and Coombe area, an area rich in history and heritage

Newmarket and area, 1790s.

Planning ahead for your holiday or excursion?  Please note that Dublin Decoded only schedule Public Tours 2- 5 weeks in advance.   (Private tours again are different, they can can be booked and paid for at any time)     If you are visiting Dublin months from now and wish to do a Public tour please visit our site nearer the time.   Chances are we will have a tour scheduled 2-5 weeks before your visit.    Or if you’d like to receive notification when our public tours are announced,  sign up to our free monthly newsletter.    Thank you.   Details of all our currently scheduled public tours are above.

Recent, previous public tours from 2019. 

THURSDAY  12th December. an evening tour at the National Gallery of Ireland. Met 17.55.  Started, 6PM (18.00).   This was our last public tour of 2019 and all the proceeds went in aid of the wonderful homelessness agency, the Peter McVery Trust Trust. Your perfect art tour (1 hour 55 minutes approx) giving an outline of the collections and its superb highlights, including works from the 1300s to the 1800s,  from Spain, France, Russia, Italy, Germany and the Low Countries.  Artists featured include Rubens, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer,  Metsu and Jan van Steen, Paulo Uccello, Andrea Mantegna, Filippo Lippi, Goya, and Caravaggio.   All were welcome.  Tickets approx €25.


How to Read a Painting with Dublin Decoded Nov 2017, copyright of Arran Henderson & Dublin Decoded tours

NAT GAL pic 1 of 2 frm 14 Aptil 16 Anne Marie, Joan, Dave, John etc

Highly enough

Jacob van Ruisdale the castle at Blentheim copyright National Gallery of Ireland


Recent, previous tours in 2019. 

Saturday 23rd November:  -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 Recent, previous tours in 2019. 

walking tour of the Kildare St / Molesworth St area.

Victorian masterpieces walking tour.

Portobello, Portrait of an Area: a Walking Tour. 

Dublin West of Capel St: – Monasteries, Markets, Courthouses and Prisons. 

A walk around Dublin‘s Medieval Walls  (3 hours approx)

Monto tour with Arran Henderson & Terry Fagan

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below: images and details from some of our public tours.

SM Immac Refuge of Sinners (by Patrick Byrne) fro Bessborough Parade copyright Arran Henderson and Dublin Decoded

Kodak Factory Rathmines

Green building cafe garden


Clem Kenny’s Thos Reed Restoration, first floor Int, view to front, Parliament St int.

Dublin Medieval Walls Walking Tour , with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded 3

Dublin Medieval Walls Walking Tour , with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded 1

Pictures with guests on Capel Street


National Gallery tour evening guided Art tour with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded

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

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

Grangegorman Tour for IGS 23 June ‘18

River- Docks walk, on roof of marker Hotel (Pic b)

Dublin Medieval Walls tour with Arran Henderson of Dublin Decoded

Please use the green button to order your own private walking tours.    

All available information on upcoming public tours will appear here, in the listings above at the top of this page.   Please do not send us an email asking about public tours several months in advance.  We do not schedule that far and unfortunately won’t be able to answer your email.   Information on our forthcoming public tours, once they have been scheduled will appear above,  and also via our … monthly newsletter,  





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