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Áras an Uachtaráin

Photo: Richie McCann

Áras an Uachtaráin

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Friday 12 October

Originally a brick lodge built for Park Ranger Nathaniel Clements between 1752 and 1757, the house was acquired as an ‘occasional residence’ for the Lord Lieutenant, and has been the official residence of the Irish president since 1938. The additional wings, porticos, and extensions during the Viceregal period expanded the original lodge into a sizeable mansion, with a rendered exterior unifying the new and old. The building’s plan is interesting and practical, and the restored interiors include several magnificent ornamented ceilings. Tours will focus on the Public Rooms of Aras an Uachtaráin.

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Wheelchair accessible.

Designed by: Nathaniel Clements
Building Date: 1751

Booking Lottery

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Winners will be notified of their tour details ahead of the Open House Dublin weekend. Most of the Open House Dublin tours are operated on a First Come, First Served basis. So if you missed out on this lottery, make sure to check out the rest of the programme!

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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.