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Top Choice Historic Building in Grafton Street & Around

Trinity College

Ireland’s most prestigious university is a bucolic retreat in the heart of the city. Just ambling about its cobbled squares it’s easy to imagine it in those far-off days when all good gentlemen (for they were only m…
Top Choice Historic Building in Grafton Street & Around

Dublin Castle

Despite its hotchpotch appearance, Dublin Castle was the stronghold of British power in Ireland for more than 700 years, beginning with the Anglo-Norman fortress commissioned by King John in 1204. Only the Record To…
Historic Building in North of the Liffey

General Post Office

It's not just the country's main post office, or an eye-catching neoclassical building: the General Post Office is at the heart of Ireland's struggle for independence. The GPO served as command HQ for the rebels dur…
Historic Building in Dublin

Áras an Uachtaráin

The residence of the Irish president is a Palladian lodge that was built in 1751 and enlarged a couple of times since, most recently in 1816. Tickets for the free one-hour tours (hourly 10.30am to 3.30pm Saturday) c…
Historic Building in North of the Liffey

Four Courts

This masterpiece by James Gandon (1743–1823) is a mammoth complex stretching 130m along Inns Quay, as fine an example of Georgian public architecture as there is in Dublin. Despite the construction of a brand-new cr…
Historic Building in Grafton Street & Around

City Assembly House

This Georgian townhouse was built between 1766 and 1771 by the Society of Artists as the first purpose-built public exhibition room in the British Isles. During the 19th century it served as an unofficial city hall …
Historic Site in Temple Bar

Handel's Hotel (Site of Neal's New Musick Hall)

The clue is the name: on the site of this hotel was once Neal's New Musick Hall, where on 13 April 1742, the nearly broke GF Handel conducted the very first performance of his epic work Messiah. All that's left now …
Historic Building in Merrion Square & Around

National Library

Suitably sedate and elegant, the National Library was built from 1884 to 1890 by Sir Thomas Newenham Deane, to a similar design as the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology. Its extensive collection has many valu…
Historic Building in Merrion Square & Around

Number 29 Lower Fitzwilliam Street

This carefully restored Georgian home, owned by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), is closed until 2020 while the ESB rebuilds its headquarters next door. In the meantime, you can still get a glimpse inside courtes…
Historic Building in North of the Liffey

Belvedere House

This handsome building has been the home of Jesuit Belvedere College (a secondary school) since 1841. James Joyce studied here between 1893 and 1898 (and described his experiences in A Portrait of the Artist as a Yo…