our roster of public tours has now concluded for the 2018 season. Details of our final three tours (all concluded) are visible below (as inspiration for your public tours next year!) If you’d like to get advance warning of 2019 tours when they commence again – (most likely in March but possibly earlier 2019) – then please sign up to the monthly newsletter, here.
Privately-booked tours and privately booked corporate tours are available year-round. (up to the 22nd December – 06 January, when we take our Christmas vacation)
To submit a private tour request (strictly for your won private tours only) please see the Private tour pages on this site and follow the procedure there. Thank you.
For all our public tour guests, past and future, we wish you a safe, enjoyable festive season, and look forward to seeing you all in 2019.
Update on Public tours, October-November 2018
Our Third from last public walking tour of 2018 was Medieval Walls 2.25pm on Thursday afternoon, 11th Oct. 2018.
Our penultimate public walking tour was River, Port, Dock, Canal, on Saturday 20th October
from the Triumphal Arch outside the CHQ building in the IFSC area, walking east along the river, then over the Samuel Beckett bridge. Once over on the South quays, visiting Bindon Blood Stoney’s famous Diving Bell.
From there to the Grand Canal Docks (both Outer and Inner) then through the old Boland’s Mill area, then along the Grand Canal itself, taking in Mount St Bridge, leafy Percy Place, and finishing up at the beautiful Pepper Canister church with its iconic classical portico and Athenian-inspired classical references.
Along the way we touched on everything from the Crimean War to the War of Independence, trade, commerce, shipping and navigation, the Easter Rising, engineering, bridge-building, technology, architecture, urban regeneration and renewal.
following our River, Docks, Canal walking tour, our final public walking tour of 2018 was “a Monto tour with Arran Henderson & Terry Fagan” on Thursday 8th November:
This was a tour of the former, notorious “Monto” district, the area bounded by Gardiner and Amiens Streets, containing long-forgotten names and vanished streets like Elliot Place and Faithful Place. It was Joyce’s Night Town from Ulysses and formerly the largest Red-light district in Europe.
It was also the site of the last Magdalene Laundry to close its doors, at a site that still elicits understandably strong feelings and controversy, to this day.
Most of our tour was led by local expert Terry- the real authority on Monto history – as he brought us around the district, with stirring accounts of desperate poverty, prostitution and deprivation, as well as of great humour, kindness and solidarity, and remarkable stories of killing and vengeance during the Irish War of Independence, when the area was a hotbed of rebel activity, arms stores and safe houses.
It was a memorable afternoon of learning and commemoration, of our painful, often complex past.
picture credit,: above: Elliot Place, 1930s, from the Frank Murphy Collection (Old Dublin Society) map, below: Detail of the 1912 OS Dublin Map, showing Monto area.
Remember: If you are visiting Ireland a month or more from now and looking for a public tour and none appear above, it is only because have yet been scheduled.
As there are only 1-3 tours per month, and as tours are only decided 5- 14 days in advance, many visitors from overseas prefer to order their own private walking tour, on the route and date of your choice.
Please see the link here to order your own private walking tours.
But please note, the Contact Form, on the Private tour pages is for private tour inquiries only. We are unfortunately not able to respond to inquiries about public tours, or which appear to be about public tours, if submitted via the private contact forms. Thank you.
All available information on upcoming public tours will appear here, in the listings above. 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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above: ‘A Meeting of the Volunteers on College Green’, Francis Wheatley. courtesy, National Gallery of Ireland.
Some general information about Dublin Decoded Public walks programme and our scheduling policy.
Unlike most larger, walking tour companies we don’t host scheduled public tours on any kind of repeating cycle. We prefer to keep things small, to avoid routine, and we never work off a script. Therefore we only lead from 1 to 4 public tours each month and there’s no regular schedule nor any repeating cycle of tours. All our routes and dates all change each month.
These public Dublin Decoded tours are largely aimed at Irish or Dublin-based guests many of whom are members of a newsletter group. (you are welcome to join, see below) These public tours therefore, mainly for an Irish clientèle, showcase the less obvious, or more overlooked parts of the city. However everybody’s very welcome to attend!
Since however we run relatively few public tours and as dates are only decided a 2- 4 weeks in advance, many guests coming to Ireland prefer to order their own private walking tours.
To hear future public walking tours, your best option, by far, is to subscribe to our handy free monthly mailshot / e-newsletter. (We use MailChimp a reputable firm, who never share your data, plus it’s easy to unsubscribe any time) To sign up for the newsletter go here. Otherwise please see our public scheduled tours below, as they are currently scheduled. Please do not use the Private form contact form to ask queries about public tours. Thank you.
Below: a detail from a 1861 map, showing parts of our tour, including Kings Inns. the LinenHall, Richmond Asylum, Women’s Penitentiary and more.