of Double Mills & Dutch Billies, Tanneries & whiskey.

Near Blackpitts once lay an enormous tannery, the biggest in the city. Nearby was an ancient medieval double-mill, complete with mill pond. Overall this is among the richest archaeological, most historic sites in Dublin. The key to understanding it is water. A separate article on my blog this month explores how the river Tymon rises… Read More of Double Mills & Dutch Billies, Tanneries & whiskey.

South-East Central historic walking tour, & visit No 6 Harcourt St old Sinn Féin HQ

Saturday 9th September, meeting Kildare Place, 1.30pm. Southeast Centre Gems: from Kildare Place then via a circuitous walk to No. 6 Harcourt Street. The first two-thirds of this walking tour cover some of my favourite gems and oddities in the south-east quarter of Dublin’s South Georgian Core. Forgotten educational history, and Soviet-style social realism on… Read More South-East Central historic walking tour, & visit No 6 Harcourt St old Sinn Féin HQ

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We run from 1 to 4 public walking tours or other events each month.  (As well as walking tours we sometimes organize talks, site visits, even treasure hunts)  These events run from March/April to Oct/Nov of each year. We frequently show even experienced Dubliners places in their capital they were unaware of, various secret or… Read More Sign up to Newsletter | Judge us – read /write a review

Blackpitts, Newmarket & around: a Liberties tour.

Newmarket,  the heart of the Liberties, is scheduled for development, and for huge physical change.  Mill St is already transformed, while most of Sweeney Lane is a distant memory.  Blackpitts and Fumbally Lane meanwhile are both full of extraordinary, half-forgotten historical connections.  It is high time we explored this area, to look at its past,… Read More Blackpitts, Newmarket & around: a Liberties tour.

Heffernan’s 1861 Map; images & institutions, NW Dublin City walk.

Just a week or two after leading our first Dublin Decoded architectural tour of the Grangegorman area back last August last year (2016) I re-stumbled across this amazing map. You may already know it. It’s Daniel Edward Heffernan’s Map of Dublin from 1861, quite a well known image. Looking closely what impresses the viewer is… Read More Heffernan’s 1861 Map; images & institutions, NW Dublin City walk.

Hugh Lane Gal to Grangegorman historic walking tour Sat 13 May, 11.30am.

Grangegorman has been well described as the “Forgotten” quarter of Dublin, perhaps unsurprising given the often grim history of workhouses, asylums and fever hospitals that cover -and historically define- this area. Accordingly it’s a district many of us barely know.  That’s all set to change with huge, city-shaping transformations afoot, massive new infrastructure, new transport… Read More Hugh Lane Gal to Grangegorman historic walking tour Sat 13 May, 11.30am.

South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.

There are 6 or 7 tickets left for our next Dublin history and architecture walk which takes place very soon,  afternoon of Wednesday 26th October (2016). It starts 2.15pm, meeting at the Campanile of Trinity College. (Meet from 2.05PM, please present tickets, walk departs 2.15 sharp.)   The tour goes for around 1 hour and 45… Read More South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.