Dublinia/The Synod Hall

Photo: Dublinia

Dublinia/The Synod Hall

Log in to create a list

Sunday 15 October, 12.00pm – 12.30pm
Sunday 15 October, 2.00pm – 2.30pm
Sunday 15 October, 3.00pm – 3.30pm

The Synod Hall is a nineteenth century building designed by George Edmund Street, the same architect who led the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral in the 1870s. The building contains a two-story hall surrounded by many passages and lobbies, now exhibition spaces of Dublinia Heritage Centre. The architecture is a robust First Pointed style, with simple buttresses, circular turrets and plate tracery. The Great Hall on the second floor is accessed via a contouring stone stairway that would have welcomed Church of Ireland clergy to annual General Synods. An imposing multi-arched wooden roof can be seen on the upper level where the words ‘Aye’ and ‘Nae’ can be seen carved over two double doors to facilitate mass voting. The old tower of St Michael’s, now lost, church was also incorporated into the design and remnants of the tower’s medieval past can be seen in the footprint of the nineteenth century building.

Contact the venue to reserve your place: details below. Booking is required for this event.

Designed by: George Edmund Street
Building Date: Medieval Bell-Tower preserved within 1871 building


The majority of our Open House Dublin buildings are open access, but places on this tour must be booked in advance, by contacting the venue directly.


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.

Become a Member     Donate

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.