Arran Henderson is the author of the Hidden Dublin column, He is a graduate in Art History from Oxford Brooks, where he also wrote as art critic for the main Oxford University’s award-winning student paper, The Word.
Later and separately he graduated in Fine Art from the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) Dublin, and also spent time at the University of Rhode Island and Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design, London. He holds a further Masters MA degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
Writing: Arran has reviewed for The Irish Arts Review; co-presented or guested on history and architecture topics on Dublin CityFM radio; and is the author of numerous articles on aspects of visual culture for various publications. He’s currently completing an activities book on historic Dublin for children and young people.
Tours: Under the banner Dublin Decoded Arran also leads guided walking tours covering Art, Architecture and History in different areas of the city. These include the well-known Art tour How to Read A Painting, a fun, and accessible two-hour workshop on how to interpret subjects and symbols in old master paintings at the National Gallery of Ireland, as well as other walking tours focuseing on diverse aspect of Dublin’s history and artistic/architectural heritage. Most Dublin Decoded tours are ticketed paying events but open to the public, with everyone welcome to join. If you’re wondering if there’s a public tour scheduled and running in the next 2-4 weeks then the best action is please see our public tours page on Dublin Decoded. Please note however, we only plan and schedule tours 2-5 weeks ahead ! (Ahead of of running them) So if you’re wondering if there’s a public tour during your visit to Dublin/Ireland in say, 2-6 months, then the best course instead is to join the monthly newsletter, at least for a few months until after your trip * You will find our Newsletter quick subscribe form here.
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Private and/or bespoke Tours Available? Yes, absolutely. The rest of the time, indeed year round, it’s also possible to also book most of our listed menu of tours as private tours for your own family / your own private group, on a time and date of your own choosing.
It’s well worth taking a few minutes to look and browse around our Dublin Decoded tour site to get some inspiration. Once you’ve perused the different walks in the tour menu, if you’d like to book a private tour please send an enquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org Please help us to help you by including both the name of the tour you’re interested in and your preferred dates in the subject line please.
Any other helpful information such as Nationality, likely/approximate number of people in your group, and any special requests, interests, or mobility issues, is also very helpful and should go within the body of your email please. Many thanks.
We hope you enjoy this blog, and/or our Dublin Decoded tour site, and perhaps even look forward to welcoming you on tour some time. – Arran Henderson.
If you can’t book your own private group tour, please join one of our public scheduled tours. These are open to everyone, and run year round minus two short breaks (one at Christmas, another some time in the summer) . Please note that unfortunately we can not answer inquiries about public tours that are not advertised, or inquiries along the line of “Are you running a Georgian/Victorian/Gastronomy/Graffiti tour on Friday morning?” All our public, scheduled walking tours are advertised on our Dublin Decoded Public Tours page. If you can’t see a Gastronomy/Graffiti tour on a Friday morning there, that’s probably because there isn’t one. 🙂 Dublin Decoded tours only run once or twice each month, tend to be quite specialized and tend to sell out. As mentioned above, the best way to know in time when they are going ahead if to join our free monthly newsletter here. – Join the mailing list for our newsletter.
Reviews and Testimonials of both my art tours (like the one pictured in the photo above) and of history & building walking tours can be seen on Trip Advisor, here.
Enjoy this site: There are multiple articles and posts on various aspects of Dublin and Irish history and art history to enjoy within this blog, from Medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture and design, to reflections on antique maps of Dublin, the designer Eileen Grey, on Daniel O’Connell and even Ireland’s role in the First World War. You can also use the tags at the foot of each post, to navigate around thematically. Thank you for visiting and for reading. I hope you enjoy this site, enjoy the pictures and content and who knows, perhaps we’ll see you on tour here in Dublin some day.
-Arran Henderson | Dublin Decoded.
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