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    Phoenix Park

    Phoenix Park

    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.

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    Mansion House

    Mansion House

    The Mansion House has been the residence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin since 1715. It is located in the heart of Dublin City and is not generally open to the public except on Culture Night in September and special open days. Visiting the Live Animal Crib there is a local Christmas tradition.

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    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Royal Hospital Kilmainham

    Built in 1680, the Royal Hospital Kilmainham is the oldest classical building in Ireland and was based on Les Invalides in Paris. It occupies the site of a former Medieval hospital and monastery. It contains a chapel, great hall, formal gardens, burial grounds and artist studios. It has also housed the IMMA since 1991, the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

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    Ardgillan Demesne

    Ardgillan Demesne

    Ardgillan is situated on the elevated coastline between Balbriggan and Skerries and is unique among Dublin's Regional Parks for the magnificent views it enjoys.

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    Dublin Falconry

    Dublin Falconry

    Dublin Falconry is now situated in Luttrellstown Castle Resort in Dublin 15. Visitors learn the art of falconry, with flying displays and hands-on experiences. They cater for everyone including children and special-needs customers. Handle your hawk and get a selfie with it. They also offer Owl experiences for great memories.

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    Government Buildings

    Government Buildings

    The quadrangle of Government Buildings on Upper Merrion Street in Dublin City is a fine example of Edwardian architecture built by the British administration in Ireland, with the foundation stone laid in 1904. It was opened as the Royal College of Science, then later shared by the Dublin Castle administration and University College Dublin, until 1989. Now it houses the Department of the Taoiseach, the Department of Finance and the Office of the Attorney General. Free tours are available on most Saturdays.

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    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.

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    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 the best surviving example of an Archbishop’s Palace in Ireland. Swords Castle & Courtyard is open to visitors all year round, Tues - Sat, & tours are available on request.

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    James Joyce House of the Dead

    James Joyce House of the Dead

    This historic building along the Liffey River in Dublin, built in 1775, became famous as the setting of James Joyce's story "The Dead". It was also used in the film version in 1987.

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    Dublin Decoded Walking Tours

    Dublin Decoded Walking Tours

    Dublin Decoded, run by Arran Henderson, is a small walking tour firm, whose tours specialise in a mix of architecture and history. Much of their business is providing private tours. They also lead 1-4 public tours per month which everyone is welcome to join.

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    Marlay Park

    Marlay Park

    Marlay House was built about 1794 and today the 300-acre historic demesne provides a wonderful park space for the public. Located in Rathfarnham, Dublin, 9km from Dublin city centre, the park caters for various sporting activities, markets and events.

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    Howth Castle Cookery School

    Howth Castle Cookery School

    This cookery school is a very unique experience, as it is located in the beautifully restored kitchens of Howth Castle, County Dublin. Howth Castle Cookery School offers a wide range of classes to suit all requirements.

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    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 Demense 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 handweavers & café, guided tours of the Castle interior and the Talbot Botanic Gardens with unusual specimens. It is a 10-minute walk from the Malahide DART station, or take Toots the Malahide Road Train.

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    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.

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    Biddy's Cottage

    Biddy's Cottage

    Biddy's Cottage is a traditional and truly authentic Irish Cottage in the heart of Dalkey, Dublin. Here you will step back in time and experience Irish life by the cosy turf fire as it would have been centuries ago.

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    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!

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    Leinster House

    Leinster House

    The seat of Dáil Éireann/ House of Representatives and Seanad Éireann/ the Senate, which constitute the Oireachtas/ National Parliament, was erected in 1745 and has served as the parliament building of the Republic of Ireland since 1922. It's design and floor plan inspired the The US White House . Free tours are available to the public.

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    Marlay Demesne

    Marlay Demesne

    Marlay House was built about 1794 and today the 300-acre historic demesne provides a wonderful park space for the public. Located in Rathfarnham, Dublin, 9km from Dublin city centre, the park caters for various sporting activities, markets and events.

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    General Post Office

    General Post Office

    Dublin's General Post Office is situated prominently in the middle of O'Connell Street. It is the headquarters for An Post, the Irish Postal Service, and the foundation stone was laid in 1814. It is well known as the stronghold of the 1916 Rising against British Rule. It houses a fantastic sculpture of of Cú Culainn, one of a series of Talking Statues.

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    The Four Courts

    The Four Courts

    Building work on this Georgian building began in 1776 based on designs of architect Thomas Cooley. On the death of Cooley in 1784, work continued, to an enhanced design by the renowned architect James Gandon. Sadly, in 1922 during the Civil War much of the building was destroyed, and centuries of public records were lost. It reopened in 1932. Many courthouses are historic buildings and all are free for the public to visit where you can learn first-hand about the judicial process.

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