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Historical Sites

Ardgillan-Castle-DublinBelow you will find an enumeration of almost all historical sites in and around Dublin. From castles & churches to cemeteries and other cultural heritage sites. We also provide you with contact details, opening hours, admission charges and a short explanation of the particular attractions.

Ardgillan Castle

Tel: 00353 (0)1 849 2212

The castle was built in 1738 and consists of two stories. The ground floor is beautifully furnished in Georgian and Victorian style and the first floor is home to regular exhibitions.

Opening Times:

April to September
  • Tuesday to Sunday & Public Holidays 11.00-18.00
October to March:
  • Tuesday to Sunday & Public Holidays 11.00-16:30
  • July and August open seven days
Admission Prices:
  • Adults €5
  • Students and OAP's €3
Ashtown Castle

Phoenix Park
Dublin 8

Ashtown Castle is situated next to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre in Phoenix Park. It is fully restored and its medieval tower house dates before the 17th century.

Casino, Marino

Malahide Road
Dublin 3
Tel: 00353 (0)1 833 1618
Email: casinomarino@duchas.ie

The Casino is located 3 miles north of Dublin's city centre. Built by Sir William Chambers, it is considered as one of the finest 18th century neo-classical buildings in Europe. Designed as a pleasure house it contains 16 finely decorated rooms. A surprise, as Casino means "small house".

Opening Hours:

February & March
  • Saturday to Sunday 12.00-16.00
  • Saturday to Sunday 12.00-17.00
  • Daily 10.00-17.00
  • Daily 10.00-18.00
  • Daily 10.00-17.00
  • Saturday to Sunday 12.00-16.00
Christ Church Cathedral [ www.cccdub.ie ]

High Street / Dublin Street
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 677 8099

Christ Church Cathedral DublinThe Christ Church Cathedral is Dublin's oldest building and was founded by the Norse King Sitric around 1030. The city's history is obviously linked with Christ Church as the medieval Irish Parliament met within the church and it is also the place where King Edward VI of England was crowned.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 09.45 - 16.30
  • Saturday 10.00 - 16.30
  • Sunday 12.45 - 14.45
Admission Charges:
  • Adult €5
  • Unwaged €2.50
  • Parent accompanied children free
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre [ www.dalkeycastle.com ]

Castle Street
Tel: 00353 (0)1 285 8366
Email: info@dalkeycastle.com

Experience Dalkey Castle’s Living History Live Performance with characters from Dalkey’s medieval past! Actors from Deilg Inis Theatre Company bring Dalkey’s medieval history vividly to life with live performance every half hour from 10.00 on weekdays (until 31st October) and 11.30 on weekends (all year round).

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 9.30-17.00
  • Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 11.00-17.00
Admission Prices:
  • Adults €6
  • Child €4
  • Concession €5
  • Family €16

Christmas Living History Live Performances daily from 24th November to 23rd December which will incorporate all the medieval Christmas traditions, many of which still exist today.

The Christmas Living History Tour runs seven days a week, every half hour, beginning at 10.00am weekdays & 11.30am weekends; Last Tour at 16.30; Admission Adults €6, Concession €5, Child €4 Special Offer: 2 children free of charge with each full paying adult

Drimnagh Castle Restoration Project

Longmile Road
Dublin 12
Tel: 00353 (0)1 450 2530

The Drimnagh Castle is situated in the south of Dublin. It has been established in the 13th century. With government assistance, a major restoration project took place in 2000. Many of the original interior has been restored and may now be visited. The castle also offers interactive education and entertaining heritage drama. The guided tour lasts approximately one hour.

Opening Hours:

April 1st to October 31st:
  • Wednesday -Sunday 12.00-17.00
November 1st to 31st March:
  • Sunday 14.00-17.00
Dublin Castle [ www.dublincastle.ie ]

Dame Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 677 7129
Fax: 00353 (0)1 679 7831
Email: tours@dublincastle.ie

Dublin Castle is a major tourist attraction. Based in Dublin city centre right between of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle. All historic buildings have been restored and may be visited - from the Medieval Tower to the Chester Beatty Library. The castles State Apartments today host Heads of State, Presidents and leaders of business, industry and government.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 10.00-17.00
  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 14.00-17.00
Admission Charges:
  • Entrance is free, guided tours cost 2€ per person.
Famine Emigrants Sculptures

Custom House Quay
Dublin 1

Irish Famine SculpturesThe emigrant sculptures were cast in memory of the hundreds of thousands of Irish people who were forced into emigration during the famine. With their few possessions they departed from Dublin docks to Liverpool with America as their final destination. The sculptures are located beside the Custom House on the riverside.

General Post Office

O'Connell Street
Dublin 1

The General Post Office became a symbol of 1916 Easter Rising, when it has been seized by members of the Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army on Easter Monday. The Proclamation of the Irish Republic has been read out from the steps of the building by Patrick Pearse.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Saturday 8.00-20.00
  • Sunday 10.30-18.20

Admission is free

Glasnevin Cemetery

City Centre
Dublin 1

Ireland's largest cemetery, Glasnevin, has been opened in 1832 in order to establish a burial place for the Catholics. As it has later acted as the National cemetery, a lot of famous men who helped shape modern Ireland are buried there.

Ha'penny Bridge

Ha'Penny Bridge DublinThe Ha'penny Bridge was built in 1816 and is Dublin's oldest pedestrian crossing over the River Liffey. It was also the first iron bridge in Ireland and originally named Liffey Bridge. The bridge got its modern nickname, because there was a half-penny charge to cross it until 1919.

Kilmainham Gaol

Inchicore Road
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 453 5984
Email: kilmainhamgaol@opw.ie

The Kilmainham Gaol is one of the largest unoccupied goals in Europe. It gives the visitor a good insight into how it was to have been confined in one of the forbidden bastions. The Kilmainham Gaol houses an exhibition illustrating the political history of the prison and its restoration.

Opening Hours:
  • Daily 9.30-18.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €5
Leinster House

Kildare St
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 678 9911

The Leinster House has been the formal palace of the Duke of Leinster. The government bought it in 1924 for parliamentary use. Visitors may now visit the main rooms as well as the public gallery.

Admission is free

Lusk Heritage Centre

Lusk Village
Tel: 00353 (0)1 843 7683

The Lusk Heritage Centre includes a round tower, a 19th century church and a medieval belfry. These monuments were built over a period of almost a thousand years forming a unit nowadays.

Malahide Castle [ www.visitdublin.com ]

Tel: 00353 (0)1 846 2184
Fax: 00353 (0)1 846 2537
Email: malahidecastle@dublintourism.ie

Malahide Castle was a fortress as well as the private home of the Talbot family. The family lived in the castle from 1185 to 1973. According to a legend, 14 members died at the morning of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690 while they were having breakfast together. The house is furnished with wonderful period furniture and has an enormous collection of Irish portrait paintings. Tours are available in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish and Japanese.

Opening Hours: January to December
  • Monday to Saturday 10.00-17.00
April to September
  • Sundays & Public Holidays: 10.00-18.00
  • Sundays & Public Holidays: 11.00-17.00
  • Closed for tours 12.45-14.00.
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €6.50
  • Concessions €5.50
  • Child €4
  • Family €18
Mansion House

Dawson Street

Since 1715 the Mansion House has been the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The house includes a Round Room, where the Irish Declaration of Independence has been proclaimed, a metal portico and a large dining room.

Marsh's Library [ www.marshlibrary.ie ]

Marsh's Library
St Patrick's Close
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 454 3511
Email: keeper@marshlibrary.ie

The Marsh's Library was the first public library in Ireland. Established in 1701 it is now over 300 years old. It contains more than 25,000 books regarding the 16th, 17th and 18th century covering topics such as science, law, medicine, music as well as classical literature.

Opening Hours:
  • Weekdays except Tuesday 10.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00
  • Saturday 10.30-13.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €2.50
  • Students & Senior Citizens €1.25
  • Children Free
Newbridge House

Newbridge House
Tel: 00353 (0)1 843 6534

The Newbridge House is located twelve miles north from Dublin's city centre. It has been established for the Archbishop in 1737. The house is set in 350 acres of land and includes one of the finest Georgian interiors in Ireland. Each room opened to the public houses antique and original furniture.

Opening Hours:

April to September
  • Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00
  • Sunday & Bank Holidays 14.00-18.00
October to March
  • Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays 14.00-17.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €6.50
  • Senior Citizens & Students €5.50
  • Children under 12 €3.70
  • Families €17.50
Newman House

Ruth Ferguson
85-86 Saint Stephens Green
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 475 7255

The Newman House consists of two Georgian buildings. Both contain samples of the finest 18th century plasterwork in Dublin. Number 85 has been established around 1740 and has recently been restored. Dated to ca. 1765, number 86 houses lovely plasterwork in the rococo style. The Newman House later became home to the Catholic University with Cardinal John Henry Newman as the first rector.

Tour Hours:

2nd April to 31st August:
  • Tuesday to Friday 12.00, 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00
  • Saturday 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00
Rathfarnham Castle

Dublin 14
Tel: 00353 (0)1 493 9462
Email: rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie

The Rathfarnham Castle was built in the end of the 16th century by Adam Loftus. The castle has a very interesting and colourful history. It was built as a defensible residence and was soon considered as one of the finest castles in the county.

Opening Times:

  • Daily 9.30-17.30
Admission Charges:
  • Adult €2
  • Senior Citizen €1.25
  • Child/Student €1
  • Family €5.50
  • Minimum group number is 20
St. Ann's Church

Dawson Street
Dublin 2

St. Ann's Church was founded in 1707. Visitors may admire a series of colourful stained glass windows from the middle of the 19th century.

St. Audoen's Church

High Street
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 677 0088
Email: staudoenschurch@opw.ie

St. Audoen's Church is the only remaining medieval parish church in Dublin. It houses an award-winning exhibition illustrating the importance of the church in the life of the medieval city.

Opening Hours:
  • June to September daily 9.30-17.30

Admission is free

St. Mary's Abbey

Chapter House
Meetinghouse Lane
Off Capel Street
Dublin 1
Tel: 00353 (0)1 872 1490

Founded in 1139, St. Mary's Abbey has once been the wealthiest Cistercian Abbey in Ireland. Today there are only two rooms remaining - the Chapter House and the Slype.

Opening Hours:

Mid June to Mid September
  • Wed and Sun 10.00-17.00
  • Last admission 45 min before closing
Admission Charges:
  • Adult €1.20
  • Senior/Group €0.80
  • Child/Student €0.50
  • Family €3.80
St. Mary's Pro Cathedral [ www.procathedral.ie ]

83 Marlborough Street
Dublin 1
Tel: 00353 (0)1 874 5441
Email: procath@dublindiocese.ie

St. Mary's Pro Cathedral serves as the Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin. It was constituted from Saint Mary's Chapel Liffey Street in 1825. The church is one of the four mensal parishes of the Archbishop of Dublin.

Opening Hours:
  • Monday to Friday 7.30-18.45
  • Saturdays 7.30-19.15
  • Sundays 9.00-13.45, 17.30-19.45
St. Michan's Church

Church St
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 8724154

St. Michan's Church has been rebuilt on the site of a Hiberno-Viking church of the 11th century in 1686. The church has magnesian limestone walls and magnificent woodcarvings of fruits and violins. According to a legend, Händel has played on the organ of the church.

Opening Hours:

1st November to 16th March
  • Monday to Friday 12.30-15.30
  • Saturday 10.00-12.45
17th March to 31st October
  • Monday to Friday 10.00-12.45, 14.00-16.30
  • Saturday 10.00-12.45
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €3.50
  • Students €3.00
  • Children €2.50
  • Senior €3.00
St. Patrick's Cathedral [ www.stpatrickscathedral.ie ]

Patrick's Close
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 475 4817
Fax: 00353 (0)1 454 6374
Email: admin@stpatrickscathedral.ie

St. Patrick's Cathedral was built in 1192 by John Comyn, the first Anglo-Norman Bishop of Dublin. The present building was constructed between 1200 and 1270. Gradually the cathedral fell into disrepair, but was eventually restored between 1860 and 1900. St. Patrick's Cathedral is not only a museum, but also a church with services held every day of the year.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday to Friday 9.00-18.00
  • March to October 9.00-18.00
  • November to February 9.00-17.00
  • March to October 9.00-11.00; 12.45-15.00; 16.15-18.00
  • November to February 10.00-11.00; 12.45-15.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adult €4.50
  • OAP, student, unemployed €3.50
  • Family: 2 adults, 2 children (under 18 years) €10.00
Tailor's Hall

The Tailors Hall
Back Lane
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 454 1786

The Tailor's Hall has been established in 1706 and is the only remaining guildhall in Dublin. From 1706 till 1841 it was the meeting place of the Guild of Merchant Tailors. Today it is the headquarters of the National Trust for Ireland, An Taisce. The Tailor's Hall may only be accessed by appointment.

The Oscar Wilde House

Number One
Merrion Square
Dublin 2

Oscar Wilde's HomeThe Oscar Wilde House has been the childhood home of Oscar Wilde from 1855 to 1878. In 1994 the American College Dublin came into possession of the house. Tourists may visit the study, drawing and dining room as well as the Sir William Wilde Surgery.

Tour Hours:

June to August
  • Monday and Wednesday 10.15
Admission Charges:
  • €5 per person
The Shaw Birthplace

33 Synge Street
Dublin 8
Tel: 00353 (0)1 475 0854

The Victorian house is the birthplace of Bernard Shaw, one of the greatest play writers in the English language. It has been restored to its Victorian elegance and is opened to the public since 1993. The Shaw Birthplace is worthwhile visiting as it has the appearance that the family have just gone out.

Opening Hours:

May to September
  • Monday to Friday (except Wednesdays) 10.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00
  • Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 14.00-17.00
Admission Charges:
  • Adults €6.50
  • Concession €5.50
  • Children €4
  • Family €18
Groups (minimum 20):
  • Adults €5.50
  • Concession €4.50
  • Children €3.15
Trinity College [ www.tcd.ie/library/ ]

College Street
Dublin 2
Tel: 00353 (0)1 608 2320
Fax: 00353 (0)1 608 2690
Email: adiffley@tcd.ie

Trinity College is the oldest University in Ireland, founded in 1592. The Old Library was built between 1712 and 1732 and houses the Book of Kells, a 9th Century manuscript of the gospels.

Opening Times:

May to September:
  • Monday to Saturday & Bank Holidays 9.30-17.00
  • Sunday 9.30-16.30
October to April:
  • Monday to Saturday 09.30-17.00
  • Sunday and Bank Holidays 12.00-16.30
Admission Charges:
  • Adult: €7.50
  • Child: Free
Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church [ www.carmelites.ie ]

57 Aungier Street
Tel: 00353 (0)1 4758821
Email: whitefriars@eircom.net

The Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church has been established in 1539, but has been extended in the 19th century. The church houses many altars and shrines, the most famous contains the remains of St. Valentine.

Admission is free

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