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: Arran also leads walking tours around Dublin City, and a well-known workshop in the National Gallery of Ireland, called How to Read A Painting, a crash-course on reading subjects and symbols in art. From April to mid-November most Dublin Decoded tours are available to the public, with everyone welcome to join up. The best way to be aware when these public tours go ahead is to join the monthly newsletter. The quick subscribe form is here.
The rest of the time, and indeed year round, it’s possible to book private group tours, any tour from our menu, and for private tours that means on flexible dates of your choosing. Our routes include walks of the medieval and Liberties quarter; of both the South and North Georgian areas; of Rathmines; Ballsbridge; a Victorian walk of the central south city centre, and much more. If you are thinking of booking a private tour with us, it is well worth taking a few minutes to look and browse around this site, you’ll definitely get some inspiration. Once you’ve perused the different walks in the tour menu, and if you wish to boook your own private tour, please send your enquiry including your preferred date to us at firstname.lastname@example.org Please help us to help you by including the name/names of the tour you are most interested in and your preferred dates in the subject line please). Any other helpful information, (nationality, likely number of people in your group, and any special requests, interests, or mobility issues, is also very helpful and should go within your email please. Many thanks.
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 April to November. 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 this site. Please look around. and if you can’t see a Gastronomy/Graffiti tour on Friday morning, that’s probably because there isn’t one. Dublin Decoded tours only run once or twice each month, tend to be quite specialized and to sell out, 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 Dublin and perhaps we’ll see you on tour in Dub;in some day.
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