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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.

Safety

We are running small groups to keep everyone safe and happy

Length

2 hours

Difficulty

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

Price:€25.00per person

Reviews from Google

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.

thumb 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!

thumb 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!

thumb Teresa Mc Gann
August 5, 2022

Very interesting tour, we had a lot of fun with the swordfighting! Also took us to parts of Dublin we had not seen before

thumb Ioanna Tsigkouli
August 5, 2022

A walk through Dublin with Ruth turns a casual stroll into a rich and rewarding adventure. Her encyclopedic knowledge and enthusiasm conjures up Vikings, grand Georgian soirées, passionate revolutionaries, and eloquent writers, all whirling about in this “seat of Western civilization”. After a journey with Ruth, you will never see Dublin in the same way!

thumb kevin ward
July 5, 2022

I've signed up my two 11 years old for the walk and attended as well. It was such a fantastic walk and Ruth made it fun, interactive and full of stories,. We've learned a lot about medieval Dublin and discovered places we haven't been to before. I will never look at Dublin the same way. Highly recommended. Thanks Ruth!

thumb Tomasz Czajka
April 5, 2022

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