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Long Room

Trinity's Old Trinity College's greatest literary treasures are in the Old Library's stunning 65m Long Room, which houses about 200,000 of the library's oldest volumes. Other displays include a rare copy of the P…
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 college wa…
Notable Building in Grafton Street & Around

Bank of Ireland

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

Rotunda Hospital

Irish public hospitals aren’t usually attractions, but this one – founded in 1748 as the first maternity hospital in the British Isles – makes for an interesting walk-by or an unofficial wander inside if you’re inte…
Notable Building in Merrion Square & Around

Leinster House

All the big decisions are made at the Oireachtas (parliament). This Palladian mansion was built as a city residence for James Fitzgerald, the Duke of Leinster and Earl of Kildare, by Richard Cassels between 1745 and…
Notable Building in Merrion Square & Around

Government Buildings

This gleaming Edwardian pile was the last building (almost) completed by the British before they were evicted; it opened as the Royal College of Science in 1911. When the college vacated in 1989, the then-Taoiseach …
Notable Building in Temple Bar

Sunlight Chambers

On the southern banks of the Liffey, Sunlight Chambers, designed by Liverpool architect Edward Ould (designer of Port Sunlight), stands out among the Georgian and modern architecture for its romantic Italianate styl…
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

The university's oldest existing building, dating from roughly 1690. It's now used as accommodation for students.