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Aras An Uachtarain – The President’s Residence

This is the residence of the President of Ireland. Guided tours are available (which last one hour) and include an introductory film at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, return transport to an tÁras, tour of the exhibition centre and the main state reception rooms.

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Royal Hospital Kilmainham

The Royal Hospital Kilmainham is an iconic landmark. It was built in 1680 by royal command and predates its sister, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, by just two years. This is the oldest classical building in Ireland and was based on Les Invalides in Paris

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People’s Flower Gardens

The Victorian People’s Flower Gardens are located between the Parkgate Street entrance and the North Circular Road Gate entrance to the Phoenix Park in Dublin

They are made up of an area of nine hectares (22 acres) and were laid out and enclosed in 1864. The gardens were originally established in 1840 as the Promenade Grounds and provide an opportunity to demonstrate the beauty of Victorian horticulture.

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Grangegorman Military Cemetery

One of the largest military cemeteries in Dublin.  Mature trees and well-maintained lawns create a reflective atmosphere. The cemetery was opened in 1876 to serve as a graveyard for the soldiers of what was then Marlborough Barracks and their families.

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Arbour Hill Cemetery

Arbour Hill Cemetery is the burial place of many of the dignitaries of 1916 Rising. The graves of Padraig Pearse and James Connolly, among others, are located under a low mound on a terrace of Wicklow granite.

The gravesite is surrounded by a limestone wall on which the names of the fallen leaders are inscribed in Irish and English

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Tailors Hall

A short distance south of Christchurch on the opposite side of High Street is the Tailors Hall which dates from 1706 and is the only remaining Guild Hall in Dublin. It was the meeting place of the Guild of Merchant Tailors from 1706 to 1841. It was also u sed as a meeting place by the Back Lane Parliament and the United Irishmen. It is now the headquarters of An Taisce – The National Trust for Ireland. Access to The Tailors Hall is by appointment only.

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Airfield

At the newly developed Airfield, you will find a great many features that are both familiar and new including our brand new heritage experience in the Overend family home, the new display garage for the Rolls Royce and vintage cars, our new farm centre and dairy, 3-acre food gardens, woodlands walks and café. Airfield is a charitable organisation established by the Overend family in 1974 for educational and recreational purposes. Through the wide range of attractions and features on offer, we aim to provide you with a wonderful opportunity to enjoy and learn about food, farming, and the natural world in a unique and relaxed environment right in the middle of Dublin.

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St. Audoen’s Church

St. Audoen’s is Dublin’s earliest surviving medieval church. The 12th-Century tower is believed to be the oldest in Ireland, and its three bells date from 1423. The 15th-century nave also remains intact. The church stands in an attractive churchyard with well-maintained lawns and shrubs. Next door stands St. Audoen’s Catholic Church, completed in 1847. In the basement is an audiovisual presentation on pre-Viking Ireland.

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Government Buildings

Guided Tours take place on Saturday mornings. See here for full details

Admission is Free, tickets can be retrieved from National Gallery Clare St. entrance on the day.

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Heritage Cards gives you free admission to all fee-paying State managed OPW Heritage Sites located throughout the country for one year from the date of first use (with the exception of Muckross Traditional Farms, Killarney). The cards cost as follows:

Adult €40.00

Senior €30.00 (60 years and over)

Student/Child €10.00 (Valid student ID required / Child (6-18 years)  

Family €90.00 (Max. 2 adults & 5 children under 18 years)

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