Dublin Decoded
Dublin Decoded
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Historical & Heritage ToursWalking ToursSightseeing Tours
10:30 - 17:30
Monday
10:30 - 17:30
Tuesday
10:30 - 17:30
Wednesday
10:30 - 17:30
Thursday
10:30 - 17:30
Friday
10:30 - 17:30
Saturday
10:30 - 17:00
Sunday
11:00 - 17:00
About
Guided Dublin History and Architectural walking tours from Arran Henderson, historian and Art/ architectural historian from radio & from the old Hidden Dublin column. Both scheduled public tours, 3-6 times a month and (our specialty) pre-booked private tours for your own group, large or small. Corporate and other events also handled. Our walks includes private art tours of the National Gallery of Ireland; walks of Temple Bar, and the extraordinary Liberties district, as well as the south and south-central areas of the city centre, Capel St area, O'Connell St and Parnell Sq; the fascinating, little-visited Grangegorman area, and much more. Themes include Penal and Revolutionary history, social and political change, movements in art and architecture and many insights into Dublin from medieval times to Victorian, Georgian and the Modern eras. As our name suggests, we are passionate about reading the streetscape and buildings of the city, to "decode' and bring its history to life!
Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Diane O
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Excellent tour with Aaron. Informative and entertaining. We heard many different stories and learned about the architecture if various buildings. We would highly recommend tours with Dublin Decoded
Written 21 February 2024
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Culture49190909467
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The guide Arron Henderson opened my eyes to the history of buildings I've walked past a million times without ever taking any real notice. This was my second tour with Arron having done the Theatre History tour in October which was equally informative and enjoyable. I plan on signing up for more of these tours once they resume in 2024!

Written 19 November 2023
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Anne O
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Had a fantastic tour with Arran this morning. He is knowledgeable and articulate. His obvious passion for old Dublin brings these buildings alive. Even though I have travelled through this part of Dublin regularly, I will never look at it the same way again. I will walk with Decoded again. Highly recommended.
Written 15 November 2023
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NiamhDarragh
Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Went on the Liberties walking tour today with Arran. Fascinating insight into one of the oldest parts of Dublin. Arran had an in-depth knowledge of the history and architecture of the area. Highly recommend. I will definitely be doing more of the tours offered by this company
Written 15 November 2023
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anne0c
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
A walking tour of the Liberties, including the Guinness quarter in Dublin 8. Arran Henderson is bursting with knowledge of history, architecture, people, and makes it all so interesting. Highly recommend.
Written 15 November 2023
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Lolashirley
Dublin, Ireland8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Brilliant tour! Thanks for a very interesting insight into this area of Dublin. Would strongly recommend Arran's tours.
Written 15 November 2023
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June B
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Its been a while since I took one of these tours but went with Arran of Dublin Decoded yesterday. Arran took us up Thomas Street past St Catherine's Church where Robert Emmet was hung outside and into the Guinness Quarter showing us the old Distillery, National College of Art and Design and the Digital Hub not forgetting the oldest Pear Tree in Dublin up Engine Alley and on to Francis Street. Arran has a wealth of information at his fingertips which he passes on with ease. Was really impressed with the urban landscaping of new parks. Not just a history tour but reaching into tomorrow. It was a great day out thanks Arran. Am looking forward to the O'Connell Street tour in 2 weeks. June
Written 10 October 2023
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Paul D
Dublin, Ireland4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Excellent tour of Thomas St and James St area - including Guinness quarter. Arran is entertaining and highly knowledgeable.
Excellent value for money - I'll be back !!
Written 9 October 2023
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Mike M
Dublin, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
We did the tour of Dublin City's Medieval walls, taking about two hours at a leisurely pace. I knew of the existence of fragments of these walls in a few places (the Wood Quay Venue and behind Tailors' Hall) so it was a surprise to find more pieces still standing (although in some places just the original footings).
Arran gave us maps tracing the original line of the walls along with their gates and towers. It was a defensive system encircling the high ground around Cornmarket/Christchurch with Dublin Castle at its easternmost side. It replaced a Viking mound/ditch topped by a wooden palisade defense.
Arran delivers a smashing talk at each location filled with commentary on the places, architecture, the trades that made the city wealthy and the historical figures and events.
Do not miss these tours.
Written 6 August 2023
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Brid N
Dublin, Ireland19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Wonderful experience. Lovely walk with our guide who was very professional, knowledgable and interesting. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know the history of Dublin.
Written 6 August 2023
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