Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre

Photo: Cormac Mc Mullan

Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre

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Saturday 14 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm

The Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre is affectionately known as the ‘the box in the docks’ due to its unique appearance. Currently closed to the public as a Visitors Centre whilst Waterways Ireland re-imagines its use in a modern context, the building remains acclaimed for its architectural merit, is built on water and accessed by way of a footbridge from the quay wall. Built in 1993, it was designed and built to represent a nautical theme – the round windows, the open aspect of the guardrails and the wooden decking of the walkway reflect this. The floor level windows give the impression that the building is moving through water or that you are even on a boat when the water is viewed through them. The rooftop has one of the great views of Docklands in Dublin.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Please Note: The Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre will only be open on Saturday, 14 October and not Sunday, as listed on the OHD map. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Designed by: OPW
Building Date: 1993
Location: Grand Canal Quay, Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2

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