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Kilruddery House & Gardens

A stunning mansion in the Elizabethan Revival style, Killruddery has been home to the Brabazon family (earls of Meath) since 1618 and has one of the oldest gardens in Ireland. The house is impressive, but the prizew…
Notable Building in Grafton Street & Around

Newman House

Among the finest examples of Georgian architecture in Dublin are these two townhouses, founded by Cardinal Newman as the Catholic University of Ireland in 1865, along with an adjoining Victorian hall. The alma mater…
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Avondale House

This fine Palladian mansion was the birthplace and Irish headquarters of Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–91), the 'uncrowned king of Ireland' and one of the key figures in the Irish independence movement. Designed by …
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Bank of Ireland

A sweeping Palladian pile occupying one side of College Green, this magnificent building was the Irish Parliament House until 1801 and was the first purpose-built parliament building in the world. The original build…
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Wonderful Barn

This bizarre building, looking a bit like a Georgian helter-skelter with a spiral staircase winding around its tapering exterior, was built for Lady Katherine, widow of William Conolly (1662–1729), who built Castlet…
Architecture in Dublin

Farmleigh

Another splendid feather in architect James Gandon’s cap, this fine Georgian-Victorian pile, once part of the Guinness estate, was restored to immaculate standard by the state in 2001. Only the ground floor, with a …
House in Fota

Fota House Arboretum & Gardens

Guided tours of Regency-style Fota House focus on the original kitchen and ornate plasterwork ceilings, but the real highlight here is the 150-year-old arboretum and gardens. There's a Victorian fernery set amid blo…
Notable Building in Grafton Street & Around

Mansion House

Built in 1710 by Joshua Dawson – after whom the street is named – this has been the official residence of Dublin's mayor since 1715, and was the site of the 1919 Declaration of Independence and the meeting of the fi…
Notable Building in Grafton Street & Around

Dining Hall

The dining hall was originally designed in 1743 by Richard Cassels (aka Castle), but dismantled 15 years later because of problems caused by inadequate foundations. The replacement was completed in 1761 and may have…
Notable Building in Grafton Street & Around

Rubrics Building

Trinity College's oldest existing building dates from around 1700. It was originally part of a quadrangle of similar buildings designed to enclose New Sq, but only this side remains. The Dutch gables were added in t…