View MapView Map
HomeDestinationsDublinDublin CityDublin Decoded Walking To ...
Dublin Decoded Walking Tours
Dublin City, Co. Dublin
Family friendly
Cloudy days
Dublin Decoded Walking Tours in Dublin City are run by Arran Henderson. It is a small walking tour company with tours specialising in a mix of architecture and history. Much of their business is providing private tours. They also lead 1 to 4 public tours monthly which anyone can join.

Dublin Decoded Walking Tours in Dublin City is a small walking tour company based solely in County Dublin. They do not host regular, scheduled public tours but prefer to keep tours small and intimate. The tours avoid routine and never working off a script.

They generally offer a choice of 8 to 10 routes around Dublin City. In addition, there are Fine Art tours of the National Gallery of Ireland, at Merrion Square. These tours include a symbol reading workshop called 'How to Read a Painting'.

The routes, themes and dates of the tours all change every month. Times and routes for public tours are only advertised, at most, 3 weeks ahead. The public tours tend to be of more off beat, to more “off-piste” locations. They are very convivial, sociable affairs and a great way to meet likeminded people but mostly Irish people living in Dublin.

The tours focus on history with the emphasis on the visual, like fine art, architecture, design, town planning and the centuries of changes to the streetscape. The company often use maps on their tours. These tours can resemble a treasure hunt, seeking out visual information from inscriptions or marks on buildings, to small fragments in the street or buildings.

Dublin Decoded Walking Tours and its primary guide Arran Henderson, have designed the Dublin architectural walking tours for the Irish Georgian Society. They have also collaborated with the Royal Hibernian Academy and National Gallery of Ireland on various bespoke events.

Arran Henderson is a very entertaining guide who will make you see Dublin in a whole new light and revealing many secrets in plain sight. He also offers virtual tours on Zoom which come highly recommended.

Why we like it
  • Tours are loved by people interested in visual culture and historic context.
  • Visit the more hidden away treasures of Dublin, including many treasures hidden in plain sight.
  • Most of the tours are led by writer and local historian Arran Henderson, a Dublin native with a passion for historic research.
For all the best things to see and do in Dublin
Visit Dublin logo
Contact details
Portobello, Dublin, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1.5 to 2 hours here.

For all the best things to see and do in Dublin
Visit Dublin logo
More to discover
History and heritageMuseum of Literature Ireland

Whether you are new to Irish literature or an expert, you will be inspired and surprised at MoLI – The Museum of Literature Ireland. Located at 86 St. Stephens Green in the historic UCD Newman House, where James Joyce once studied, MoLI is an interactive celebration of Irish poets, playwrights and novelists. It is a must-see for anyone interested in Irish literature. The Commons Café and MoLi Shop are free to visit.

City breaksDamian Dublin Tours

Damian Dublin Tours offer light hearted and informative guided walking tours of Dublin City, with music and dance along the way. Get a complete view of Irelands capital city on one of Dublin City's most entertaining walking tour.

Free things to doChester Beatty

Situated in the heart of Dublin City centre, the Chester Beatty exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world - Asia, Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

Mail Icon SVG

Subscribe now to receive destination inspiration, travel tips, upcoming events and all the best things to do around Ireland.