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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

    5 star review  Really enjoyed our walking tour of Dublin. An interesting and informative walk and talk around the historical city centre of Dublin. Engaging and enjoyable for children.

    thumb Patricia Holbein

    5 star review  Ruth our guide was extremely knowledgeable in the history of Dublin. It's great to learn in a fun entertaining way and this tour delivered on that. So many things about the medieval period I learned that I will never forget because of the amusing way the information was delivered. A must do this tour.

    thumb Kristin Knoeppel

    5 star review  Myself and my children joined Ruth on her Medival tour. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My children surprised me with their interest in Medival Dublin and Ruth always had a funny and interesting story to share. We learnt lots about Medival Dublin. Ruth kept both adults and children captivated during the tour. I look forward to joining Ruth on other walking tours in Dublin.

    thumb Anne Marie Gleeson

    5 star review  This was a lovely coffee tour and we had a really enjoyable experience

    thumb Olive Kelly

    5 star review  WalkDublin will have you as fit as a fiddle as you are guided through Dublins's narrow streets and bridges. The wealth of historical knowledge Ruth shares is incredible and the entertainment value alone is worth taking a tour. Time flies when you are having fun. Thanks a mil Ruth for a fun Sunday afternoon.

    thumb Cormac Doherty

    5 star review  Had a great tour most enjoyable . Our tour guide Ruth was excellent

    thumb Fiona Galvin

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