How Does it Work?

How Does it Work?

Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides.

All OHD tours are completely FREE! 


What to expect?

Our friendly, helpful OHD guides and volunteer stewards will be at each building to greet and assist you. Building tours are led by the architect or a person very familiar with the building. They will be sharing their knowledge and insight, but they're keen to chat too and welcome your questions.


Open House Building Tours

Just Turn Up: The majority of our building tours are on a first-come first-served basis, so just turn up during the listed opening times and join the next available tour. Generally the last tour leaves a half-hour before the closing time, unless stated otherwise.

Lottery: For a small number of buildings, a lottery system operates due to restricted numbers, security or the sensitive nature of the building.

Registration: Open from 8 - 25 September. Go to the individual building page on this website.

Notification: The lucky lottery draw winners will be given two spots on the tour, so bring someone special to share the experience with. You will receive your confirmation email including the time of your tour and the meeting point/address.

Cancellation: If you can’t accept your win, please let us know as we will reallocate your ticket(s) for you.

Names are drawn at random. Please register only once per individual building. It doesn't increase your chances to double-up!


Open House Plus

The Open House Plus programme includes walks, talks, cycling and boat tours, exhibitions and performances. Most events are run on a first-come basis, but some require pre-booking. Check out the event page on this website for more details and booking instructions. Please arrive 10-15mins before the tour start time.


Open House Junior

This year's Open House Junior events have been woven aroudn the theme of The City as a Stage. An exciting mix of workshops and tours will provide entertaining and stimulating experiences for all ages, from toddlers to teenagers. Check out the individual event details and booking instructions on the Open House Dublin website.


Help us help you

Please give us your feedback through our online survey or fill out a short questionnaire available from volunteers.
We need to know if you like what we do and how we can do it better, so that we can continue to improve OHD each year!


Where to get more information

It’s all here…

Get the most up-to-date news via
Twitter: @IAFarchitecture
Instagram: @irisharchitecturefoundation


OHD Info Hub at the IAF and TCD

This year, OHD Info Hubs will be based at both the IAF’s new HQ at 15 Bachelors Walk, D1 and at Trinity College Dublin. Stop by to pick up an Open House Dublin map or chat with our OHD volunteers, who will be happy to assist you with general queries and lottery or pre-book registration.

OHD Info Hub at the IAF: Monday, 9 Oct  -  Sunday, 15 Oct, 12pm-4pm

OHD Info Hub at TCD: Saturday, 14 Oct, 11am-5pm & Sunday, 15 Oct, 12pm-5pm


Please remember…

We’re here to help – all OHD volunteers and guides are graciously giving up their time to make Open House Dublin a fantastic success, so please be patient and expect queues. If you have any queries about becoming a volunteer please contact Sophie at

The opening times, security arrangements and refusal of entry are controlled by the owners of each building. Please respect building owners and their privacy, and be mindful of noise and photo-taking.

Some buildings have limited space and access.

Participation in any OHD event is at your own risk.
Tours are organised by the participating institutions in cooperation with the Irish Architecture Foundation. The Irish Architecture Foundation has taken all reasonable care to verify the information provided and cannot accept responsibility for any variation from the details published here.

People like you make Open House Dublin possible!

Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF): a non-profit arts organisation that communicates the value of architecture.

The IAF presents Open House Dublin each year as just one part of a rich and unique offering. Our year-round programme includes exhibitions, talks, film screenings, symposia, competitions, publications, school and community workshops. You can help to secure our future by becoming an IAF member, or simply by donating directly.

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Members enjoy perks which include: beating the OHD queues, private tours, partner discounts; and limited-edition IAF publications and prints. Architects can also claim structured CPD at all IAF events.