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Hidden Homes

Hidden Homes, explores houses in Dublin through the ages.

About the tour

This Hidden Homes Dublin walking tour takes us off the usual tourist routes to explores how homes have formed peoples lives through the ages. We will begin by seeing what “home” means to you? Is it an apartment or a grand Georgian House? It could be a boarding house, or a tenement in the past.

The objective is to give a fun and historical take to what we call home. At Henrietta St we will see the first Dublin Georgian street and assess the faded glory of these 1700’s mansions. Dublin was wealthy and considered the second City of the old British Empire.

When parliament closed in Dublin (in 1801) these fine houses fell into decline as the aristocrats moved to the London parliament. From one family living in the entire house with servants in the basement and attic, to a whole family living in one room. This family could contain three generations of relations! Who tried to alleviate the hardship of famine refugees, disease and overcrowding or who profited by it?

Many people lived in religious communities in Convents, Abbeys and Monasteries and we will see a convent which was the home of a developer. Green St Courthouse has a fascinating and varied history, the trials people faced, when there was no CCTV or forensics with swift decisions & transportation or worse.

The Dublin Fruit and Veg Market is a vast structure built 1892 for sellers to be in from the cold. It is a beautiful building where many tenement women worked.

We will cross the Liffey to see Medieval Fishamble St the birthplace of Molly Malone. Winetavern St was the Viking core and we will find how Viking Dubliners lived was theirs a healthier home or were the dark ages dark!

We will visit City Hall, externally and see this fine Classical Building built for the Merchants of Dublin and we can look back along Parliament St and take in the significance of a Georgian view. We will see how wide streets contrast with the old narrow streets we have just visited.

You will be able to find the shortest street in Dublin.

We will finish at a spying pub where information was gathered during the War of Independence by Michael Collins to organise Bloody Sunday. Intelligence was the key to success.

We will explore many ways Dubliners lived in this deep dive walking tour.

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For whom

Anyone who is interested in how and where people lived through history.


We are running small groups to keep everyone safe and happy


2 hours


Fairly easy, all abilities welcome we will be chatting all the way

Price:€25.00per person

Reviews from Google

My wife and I had a great tour with Ruth, I would highly recommend you use her if ever in need of a guide in Dublin.

Jesse Moe Avatar Jesse Moe
July 27, 2023

Ruth has the profound knowledge, the experience, and an unquestionable love for her home city - the hallmark ingredients of a great tour guide. 3 hours flew by like 10 minutes and I knew that the answer she provided to each of my questions could have been 20 minutes longer :) I recommend Walk Dublin to anyone, who wants to learn about Ireland's capital, its people, history and the present. Profound gratitude and best wishes of success!

Sergey Tagashov Avatar Sergey Tagashov
March 5, 2023

We had such a lovely experience with Ruth … her gentle easy manner imparts endless knowledge of our ancient city . Thank you Ruth but thank you for your professionalism in dealing with a pre Covid booking two years later ! Class!

Teresa Mc Avatar Teresa Mc
October 27, 2022

What a wonderful experience! I took Ruth's Coffee History tour with the tasting experience with some friends and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Hearing about Dublin's coffee houses in the 1700's was enlightening and Ruth delighted with funny anecdotes about the characters of the time. I found out some really interesting facts about Dublin and Ruth took lots of time to answer questions. But the real highlight was the coffee tasting after. Ruth provided treats (gorgeous homemade chocolates) along with several coffee in the beautiful setting of Reads, which is the oldest shop in Dublin. All in all a gorgeous experience and highly recommended.

Shane Meehan Avatar Shane Meehan
September 5, 2022

Premier tour sous le soleil Fantastique sensation d'une ville parée de touches colorées, Un deuxième tour, Dublin intime, Impression vivace d'un ici et maintenant passé. Ruth, avec grâce, nous plonge dans des histoires d'une culture commune et singulière de sa ville. Une narratrice expressive et généreuse que je vous recommande. Thanks Ruth!

Aline Yanak Avatar Aline Yanak
September 5, 2022

We had such a lovely experience with Ruth … her gentle easy manner imparts endless knowledge of our ancient city . Thank you Ruth but thank you for your professionalism in dealing with a pre Covid booking two years later ! Class!

Teresa Mc Gann Avatar Teresa Mc Gann
August 5, 2022

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