Fancy an amble through the leafy area of Dublin 4, from the RDS, over the Dodder at Ballsbridge and onward to the banks of the Grand Canal? In February 1916, myself and the writer and historian Hugh Oram designed a walking route through this area of Dublin 4. The aim was to commemorate the… Read More 1916 in Ballsbridge & free self-guided walk around D4, by Dublin Decoded.
I nearly called this post “Before the Roads”. That’s because road widening schemes have been one of the biggest enemies of old Dublin. Literally hundreds, thousands, of old historic houses have been pulled down to allow for the huge road schemes. Of nowhere is that loss more acute, more extensive, or sadder than the very… Read More Tour old Dublin – High Street, Christ Church, Wine Tavern & the Irish House.
John Rocque’s famed map of Dublin (detail above) is a genuine work of genius, and one of the best maps made of any city in 18th century Europe. Today it forms a superb and indispensable resource for anyone interested in Dublin, its streets, buildings its religious, cultural, social or political history. Just one example of… Read More Rocque’s map, that endless treasure trove.
Wednesday 18th of November, 2.10pm, sees our last public walking tour of the 2015 Dublin Decoded season. It’s a really good one, featuring an one-hour sociable walk of the historic Liberties full of detail and social history, followed by a rare chance to visit the stunning Worth Library- perhaps the most interesting collection of… Read More last Liberties & Library walk: Wed 18th of November, 2.10pm.
“Georgian West” a history & architecture walking tour of West-central Dublin, this Wednesday afternoon, 19th August. 2.10pm, with Arran Henderson from Dublin Decoded tours. See below for tour content, and how to join in. Now in the week ahead we turn our eyes West, to the other end of the city centre, as Dublin Decoded… Read More Georgian West, an open walking tour, this Wed 19th August., 2.10pm
Following the huge success of this Dublin North-west Georgian tour, featuring the Kings Inns tour last May, I’m delighted to announce another opportunity to do this lovely history and architectural walking tour by Dublin Decoded, on Wednesday afternoon, the 5th of August, meeting 2.10pm. Tickets for the North-west Georgian tour are available here. More… Read More Georgian NW & the King’s Inns interiors: walking tour, Wed 5th August.
Saturday 22nd November, early afternoon, (meeting 12.30pm) a unique history and architecture walk, starting City Hall (former Royal Exchange) going westward along the areas of Lord Edward Street; Corn-market, Christ Church Place and High Street; Thomas Street; James Street, with occasional diversions into adjoining historic areas in the Liberties, including the sites of St Catherine’s… Read More Tour through Liberties to Dean Swift’s historic St Patricks Mental Hospital | April/May date tba.
As a guide specialising in historic art and architecture, I lead tours on 18th century Architecture, for my walking tour company Dublin Decoded, for the Irish Georgian Society, and for various other NGOs, festivals and cultural agencies. These architecture-focused excursions are highly-rated on TripAdvisor and such review platforms. meanwhile, for the last few years now,… Read More 18th century Georgian Dublin architecture tour available for Leaving Cert classes & teachers.