Luckily, many of the capital’s most architecturally significant and interesting houses are open to the public, inviting guests to uncover living history via guided tours and exhibitions.
The Phoenix Park is home to two of the most impressive: Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the President of Ireland, and neighbouring Farmleigh House, an elegant Georgian and Victorian confection used to host visiting dignitaries.
Literary lovers will enjoy a stroll around the childhood home of Oscar Wilde, while history hunters can experience life as it was lived in the 18th and 19th centuries in 14 Henrietta Street, a once desirable family home of titled gentlemen that became a tenement dwelling for over 100 impoverished Dubliners.
Farmleigh House and EstateThings to see & doHistoric houses
Oscar Wilde HouseThings to see & doHistoric houses
14 Henrietta StreetThings to see & doMuseums
Newbridge House & FarmThings to see & doHistoric houses
Ardgillan Castle and GardensThings to see & doCastles
Marsh's LibraryThings to see & doLibraries
The James Joyce CentreThings to see & doMuseums