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. The last tour of the day leaves a 30 minutes before advertised closing time unless stated otherwise.

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

Lottery Registration: Open from 6 September until 24 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’ll receive a confirmation email which will include the time of your tour and the meeting point/address so keep an eye out!

Cancellation: If you can’t accept your win, please let us know as we would be delighted to give someone else the opportunity.

Names are drawn at random. We do ask that you register only once per individual building. It doesn't increase your chances!

Open House Plus

This includes walks, talks, cycling and boat tours, exhibitions and performances.
Please check the event booking details carefully on the event page on this website.

First-Come: please arrive 10-15mins before the tour start time.
Pre-Book: please follow the booking instructions on each event page.

Open House Junior

These events are specially designed for children, families and young adults.
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

Info Hub: This year the OHD Info Hub is based in the IAF’s HQ, 15 Bachelors Walk, Dublin Monday, 8 October  - Sunday, 14 October, 12pm - 4pm. Here our OHD volunteers will be happy to assist you with booking, general queries and lottery registration. Pop in for a chat or call 087 711 1482.

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 Melissa 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.