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.
“A Year in the Life”: 2015 in pictures – photos from research for our historical and architectural walking tours and of course, from the tours themselves. Thank you to everyone who came on 2015 Dublin Decoded tours and/or who supported us in 2015. Here’s our year, looking around churches, old factories, the former sites of… Read More “The Things We Saw” Dublin Decoded: 2015 pictures.
Here’s another detail from that extraordinary treasure trove and endless mine of information that is John Roque’s 1756 map of Dublin. This particular detail shows the location of the old city basin relative to nearby streets and buildings. The city basin has now been filed in of course. It sat or lay just west… Read More Dublin’s old City Basin, & 3 historic hospitals.
Four of our Dublin Decoded walking tours concentrate on the most iconic part of Dublin’s built heritage: the Georgian era, while taking in details of Modern and Victorian infill, social history, and even fragments of Medieval Dublin. Please note each of these four different walks have a different meeting point. As a private, custom event,… Read More Our 4 Dublin architecture & history walking routes: Georgian and much more.
Old maps of Dublin: Viking & Medieval Dublin to the early modern era. 1,200 years of change. The image below is the first known image of Ireland. It was drawn as part of a larger map, around 200AD, by the legendary Ptolemy, often called the Father of Geography. Culturally speaking, Ptolemy was Greek, but he… Read More Maps of Dublin, old Speed’s map reveals history of Dublin.
Suddenly Dublin Decoded looks and feels, all grown up. For the front I used a detail from my favourite map of medieval Dublin. It’s a beautiful little map of the former walled city, showing the line of medieval walls, with all its gates and towers. This particular tiny detail shows part of Dublin Castle,… Read More Have card, must be business. Dublin Decoded tours.
For those who’ve been following the first 3 short legs of our little central Dublin walking tour, here’s the final short section, complete with pictures of Dublin castle gates, the lovely old 18th century Sick and Indigent Room Keepers Home on Palace Street and a quick look at graffiti but also the new, enigmatic sticker… Read More Palace Street, Graffiti and drop box mystery post box.
the third part of our little walking tour… with Viking ships and Gothic churches now behind us (Posts 1 & 2) we peruse Dublin’s graffiti and sticker culture, venture down alleyways, pass walled up doorways, and admire the glazed bricks & mysteries of Crampton Court. You can find all the third part of the walk… Read More criminals in alleyways, graffiti, doorways & mysteries of Crampton Court
As regular readers know I’ve starting offering occasional walking tours of Dublin’s art, architecture and history the last few months. Details and a menu of tours can be found on the home page of Dublin Decoded, That will bring you to home page, but just press on any Tour title there to read the individual… Read More New self-guided tour, walking route, Scallops and Vikings.
We are in the media. or the meeja, as Irish politicians like to call it. It was very exciting for Dublin Decoded to get a mention recently in the excellent Simon Kuper piece in the weekend magazine of the Financial Times! on Saint Patrick’s day weekend. We believe we’re also getting a snippet in the… Read More Dublin Decoded in Financial Times, Irish Indo, & Dublin City radio: 2 walks for Focus Ireland