Free Architecture Festival ‘Open House Dublin’ Takes Place this Weekend

From October 12-14, Ireland’s largest architecture festival Open House Dublin (OHD) is taking place across the capital.

The purpose of the event is to invite all citizens to explore their city. Buildings that are not usually accessible to the public and of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with tours provided by expert guides for free.

“Caring about heritage starts with discovering what we have.  Open House Dublin, is about awareness and knowledge. It has the power to ignite a conversation about the diversity of Dublin’s built heritage: think Dutch billies, Italian neoclassicism, the lesser regarded modernism and recent heritage,” said Nathalie Weadick,
Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, in a statement.

“The programme, with a timeline from 1700 to 2020, redefines heritage as something dynamic, changing over time, as the public’s appreciation changes.”

The majority of building tours are on a first come first served basis, so organisers advise to turn up during the listed opening times and join the next available tour. The last tour of the day leaves a 30 minutes before advertised closing time unless stated otherwise.

A small number of the buildings – of a more sensitive nature – required booking in advance via a lottery and may be sold out.

Highlights of the weekend include tours of Collins Barracks, Custom House and Dublin Castle. For the full list, follow this link.

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