a magic map, scholar’s sketch of ancient Dublin, special tours, available for groups.

Arran's B card landscape

A small but significant detail above,  from the lovely little 1904 map by RISA scholar and historian Leonard R Strangeways.

This magical map, is an excellent guide to understanding old Dublin,  in the years before the Wide Streets Commission.  We use it because it’s one of the best and clearest illustrations to understand the shape and form of the medieval city and street plan.

For the full range of Dublin Decoded history, art and architecture walks and events, see here.    We run both scheduled walks, to which everyone is welcome, or also bespoke walks, for birthdays, for schools, colleges, language schools, a group of friends, or your book club.    To inquire about a pre-booked group walk, or about joining a scheduled walk, drop us a line anytime at dublindecoded@gmail.com.      Don’t forget to mention your preferred tour and preferred dates in any correspondence, thank you!    -Arran

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10 thoughts on “a magic map, scholar’s sketch of ancient Dublin, special tours, available for groups.

    1. Hey Cindy, that’s fantastic news. I’m delighted. Hope you make it over sometime in the next year or two. I look forward to welcoming you on tour. It’s a very young little business, so please help spread the word. Thanks very much for your comment, and for all of your support. -Arran. 🙂


  1. Well, if you are interested, I work with Passports.com. They are an educational traveling company. When groups from the states go over, there is always a half-day city walking tour. I’d be happy to recommend you to the powers that be as an expert.


    1. Cindy, thank you so much. Yes, I would be very interested, absolutely. That would be wonderful in fact. I’d be delighted to provide half day walking tours to any of the groups that your firm sends or brings here to Dublin. At the moment, the tours are normally in the afternoons, it’s a young business as you know, so i still have to teach in the mornings, and still enjoy teaching. Do you think that would be an issue? But either way, I’d love to hear more about it and would love to do some tours for your groups. Thank you very much again, extremely kind of you. -Arran.


      1. Arran, I need to clarify “I work with Passports”. I’ve been affiliated with them since 2001. I am a teacher and escort students in the summer to overseas locals. I use Passports as my travel company. I don’t work in the office with them–but, I’m a veteran with them. I can mention you–if you give me your contact information, I can share with them your scholarly reputation. That’s all I can do. Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression. Hopefully, they will be willing to check out your business. I hope it will work out for you!


        1. Hi Cindy, please don’t worry, any misunderstanding was all mine, but anyway, it doesn’t matter, that would be great, a recommendation like that would be priceless, and much appreciated. I’ll find your email on your blog or gravitar tomorrow and then send you all my contact details, And please don’t hesitate to let me know if there’s any further information you think they might require. I’m very thankful for your support, it is most kind. Very best regards to you, and hope all is well. -Arran.


  2. These old maps may look naive, but are very interesting – it’s amazing the way they incorporate some buildings’ axionometrics, as visual references, easy to locate and to identify!


    1. Yes, i agree. I love maps, and their incredible variety, but have a particular love for these ones were the traditional “straight-down” street plan, is mixed with more 3-dimensional, isometric representations.
      In fact, have to admit, I used to draw maps like this myself as a teenager, of both real and imaginary places and cities!
      Thank you very much for commenting. I hope to cover the 2nd quarter of the same old map, today or tomorrow. I hope you’ll come visit again.
      very best regards, from Dublin, – Arran.


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