Architecture in Dublin

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 fantastic library and glass conservatory, is on view, but the vast pleasure gardens with lake and walled and Japanese gardens are a delight to stroll. The 37m clock tower once housed an 8000L water tank that serviced the estate; views from the top are sensational.