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  • Dublin Castle

    Dublin Castle

    Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin and is where the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' - which was on the site of the present Castle gardens. The Castle houses the magnificent State Apartments, the Chapel Royal, a 13th century Tower and some of its Medieval structures.

  • Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

    Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

    Dalkey Castle, dating from 1390, is located in South County Dublin in the lovely heritage town of Dalkey. The Castle has living history actors ready to welcome visitors and bring history to life. All tours must be booked online.

  • Bullock Castle

    Bullock Castle

    Bullock Castle ruin stands on the Dun Laoghaire- Dalkey Road overlooking Bullock harbour. It can be dated to about 1150 from its curved pointed arches mixed with older round arches along with the style of the warrior's head, high up on the outer wall.

  • Oscar Wilde House

    Oscar Wilde House

    Take a guided tour of Oscar Wilde House, Merrion Square, Dublin City, the childhood home of the famous playwright and wit. Hear the incredible story of the Wilde family.

  • Drimnagh Castle

    Drimnagh Castle

    Drimnagh Castle, South County Dublin, is one of the oldest continually inhabited castles in Ireland. It is the only Irish castle still surrounded by a flooded moat and is a fine example of an old Norman feudal fortress.

  • Farmleigh House

    Farmleigh House

    Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park is well worth a visit and is known for its Georgian Victorian architecture, Gallery and beautiful Gardens. The former Guinness family estate has been carefully refurbished by the Office of Public Works and is open to the public when not hosting visiting dignitaries and heads of state. Many cultural events and markets take place here.

  • Howth Castle

    Howth Castle

    Howth Castle and the adjoining estate, the home of the Gaisford-St. Lawrence family since 1177, has been sold to developers with a view toward upgrading the Deer Park Hotel and golf courses into a luxury destination. This will ensure that the Castle is preserved and maintained to the highest standard. Check website for developments. You can still see the Castle from the outside.

  • Phoenix Park Visitor Centre and Ashtown Castle

    Phoenix Park Visitor Centre and Ashtown Castle

    The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed city park in Europe, consisting of 1,752 acres. It is home to Áras an Uachtaráin (the "Irish White House", the residence of the President of Ireland), Dublin Zoo, fallow deer, Victorian gardens, Ashtown Castle, Farmleigh House and much more.

  • Kings Inns

    Kings Inns

    The Honorable Society of Kings Inns, founded in 1541, is Ireland’s oldest legal institution and oldest School of Law. Kings Inns is also a prime example of Georgian architecture. Visitors are not generally allowed inside, but the grounds and statues outside are worth visiting. It does open to the public for free tours on Culture Night and occasional concerts or exhibitions. A large London Plane tree on the grounds appears to be ingesting an iron bench - it is known as the Hungry Tree, a favourite with photographers.

  • Rathfarnham Castle

    Rathfarnham Castle

    Rathfarnham Castle, which dates from Elizabethan times, is probably the earliest example of what is termed a ‘fortified house’ built in Ireland for the Archbishop-Chancellor Adam Loftus in 1583. It was substantially remodeled in the eighteenth century and transformed into a fashionable Georgian residence. Access to the interior of the Castle is by guided tour. It is open 7 days a week from May - Sept and closed Mondays and Tuesdays the rest of the year. It hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year.

  • Áras an Uachtaráin

    Áras an Uachtaráin

    Áras an Uachtaráin is the official residence of the President of Ireland. Built in 1751, it's situated in Phoenix Park in County Dublin. Visitors are welcome to explore the "Irish White House" and surrounding formal gardens on free guided tours given on most Saturdays.

  • Ardgillan Castle and Victorian Gardens

    Ardgillan Castle and Victorian Gardens

    Ardgillan Castle and Demesne is a real hidden gem set in spectacular parklands and gardens. It overlooks the Irish Sea with a magnificent view of the Mourne Mountains and Lambay Island. Discover castle tours, garden tours, theatre events, afternoon tea, a café, a fairy trail, children's playground, and more!

  • Swords Castle

    Swords Castle

    Swords Castle has stood in the centre of Swords in North County Dublin since 1200 A.D. It was built by the first Norman Archbishop of Dublin, John Comyn, who succeeded St Laurence O'Toole as Archbishop in 1180 A.D. It is a National Monument and one of the best surviving examples of an Archbishop’s Palace in Ireland. Swords Castle and Courtyard is open to visitors all year round, from Tuesday to Sat. Tours are available on request.

  • Huguenot Cemetery

    Huguenot Cemetery

    The Huguenot Cemetery is a small burial ground in the heart of Dublin City and dates back to 1693. It is a historic gem, hidden behind railings on Merrion Row and close to St Stephen’s Green.

  • Malahide Castle and Gardens

    Malahide Castle and Gardens

    Malahide Castle, set on 250 acres of parkland in the pretty seaside town of Malahide, was both a fortress and a private home for nearly 800 years and is an interesting mix of architectural styles. The Demesne has much to offer visitors of all ages: an award-winning children's playground, a fairy trail, a butterfly house, old abbey ruins, walking trails, Avoca Store & Café, guided tours of the castle interior and the Talbot Botanic Gardens with unusual specimens.

  • Irish Georgian Society

    Irish Georgian Society

    The vision of the Irish Georgian Society is to conserve, protect and foster an interest and a respect for Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts. Membership provides programmes, tours and events as well as free or discounted access to historic houses and properties throughout Ireland. Visitors to Ireland may want to join the Society for this reason, and to support their work

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