Important Notice:  due to the CV-19 crisis, and for the safety of our guests,  Dublin Decoded are temporarily suspending public tours until further notice.  Our two remaining tours that were on our schedule are now postponed, and it will be no longer possible to buy tickets for any future tours, until further notice.

Temporarily suspended:  our Classic Highlights of Dublin Public Tour.  our sociable Saturday morning walks of of Dublin’s must-see sights, for locals and visitors alike,  featuring 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,  including politics, revolution, theatre, architecture and literature –   in this ultimate, Walking Tour of Dublin.   If you’d like to receive notification when all our public tours are resumed and announced,  please sign up to our free monthly newsletter.    Thank you.

To see more of our other public tours, please read on below…

Dublin Castle with Arran Henderson and Dublin Decoded Tours

 

11.30AM, MONDAY 16th March:  Patrick’s Park to Blackpitts, Newmarket and the Coombe:  Mills, Markets and Mass Graves!    Tour concluded.  To see more of our other public tours, please read on below…

Sunday 05th April:    the architecture and history of the Grafton quarter, plus a visit to an exhibition in the Octagon Room in the Irish Georgian Society.  Tour temporarily suspended:  date postponed:  new date to be announced soon:    a tour to explore the extraordinary legacy of buildings along Grafton Street, followed by an unusual treat at the end!   From medieval pastiche inspired by Romanesque monasteries,  to Tudor and Jacobean Revival buildings, to wonderful Art Deco and modernism, Grafton Street genuinely has it all.   We’ll explore this wealth of architectural riches, social history and details from the 18th and 19th centuries, including stories of music, philanthropy, literature, politics and education.     Then we’ll visit the historic Octagon Room.   This spectacular room was originally constructed as the first purpose-built exhibition space for art, anywhere in Britain or Ireland.  Later it became the council chamber of Dublin Corporation, often graced by Daniel O’Connell as Lord-mayor;  later again it became a courtroom, then even a small museum.  Now the Irish Georgian Society have re-purposed it a function room and exhibition space.   We will view the current exhibition, a remarkable holding of objects and architectural details known as the Pearson collection, all salvaged from some of Ireland’s most spectacular vanished buildings!   Meet-point, and all other practical details,  on your Ticket page  Tour temporarily suspended:  date postponed:  new date to be announced soon:   Any existing ticket-holders will be contacted soon and offered the choice of a ticket for the new date, or a full refund.  If do not already have ticket but if you’d like to receive notification when this and other our public tours resume, please sign up to our free monthly newsletter.    Thank you.

To see more of our other, public tours,  please read on below…  

Anti-Treaty E. Coy A.S.U. 3rd Batt. Dublin Brigade IRA patrolling on Grafton Street July 1921

Above:  anti-Treaty forces on patrol, in a show of strength during the Irish Civil War, July 1922.   Below: some fragments from the current exhibition of the Peter Pearson collection., at the recent opening of that exhibition,  in the historic Octagon Room in the Irish Georgian Society.  

Octagon Room, IGS

Thursday April 23rd.      Due to Covid-19 tickets sales for this tour temporarily suspended:  as this tour will almost certainly be  postponed.   If so then a new date will be announced soon and ticket sales will then be resumed later,  with the new, later date.   All existing ticket-holders will be contacted soon, and offered the choice of a ticket for the new date or full refund.     an Private Evening  Art tour of the National Gallery of Ireland,  Your perfect art tour,  with 2 wonder-filled hours  of this wonderful collection  and its superb highlights, including works by Rubens, Rembrandt, Jan Vermeer,  Paulo Uccello, Andrea Mantegna, Goya, Nicolas Poussin and Caravaggio.   Exploring everything from pictures from Rome and Venice for the Grand Tour of the 1700s, to  masterpieces of history, biblical subjects and mythology by the great French and Italian Renaissance masters,  this famous tour, the subject of hundreds of 5-star rave reviews on TripAdvisor, shows you how to read, follow and understand old master paintings, all in our unique, highly accessible Dublin Decoded way.   Tickets sales for this tour are temporarily suspended:  Any existing ticket-holders will be contacted soon and offered the choice of a ticket for the new date, or a full refund.  If do not already have ticket but if you’d like to receive notification when this and other our public tours resume, please sign up to our free monthly newsletter.    Thank you.

below: images and reviews from some of our recent National Gallery of Ireland private tours and our How to Read a Painting Tours, also at the National Gallery of Ireland.  

 

Coming from overseas?  Planning well ahead for your future holiday or excursion?  Please note that Dublin Decoded only schedule Public Tours 2- 6 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.

 

a section of previous, recently completed public tours from 2020 and late 2019. 

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. 

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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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 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

 

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

 

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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