DIAS Dunsink Observatory - Open House Dublin 2022
Building Tour

DIAS Dunsink Observatory

Dunsink Observatory, Dunsink Lane, Castleknock, Dublin
1.30pm – 2.30pm
3pm – 4pm
4.30pm – 5.30pm
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A stand-alone brick observatory dome sits in the left of the image with a large two story house with dome atop the house on the right painted in white. Both building sit amongst grass and trees with blue sky in the background.

DIAS Dunsink Observatory (dunsink.dias.ie) has been a centre for astronomical research and public engagement in Ireland since its foundation in 1785.

We will open the doors to the public to explore the rooms of the main Observatory House as well as the 19th Century South Dome. Researchers from our Astronomy and Astrophysics Section will tell visitors about the history of the Observatory as well as its modern day research activities, and experts from UCD School of Architecture will also present the architectural history of the site.

Please note: Dunsink Observatory is located ~8 km northwest of Dublin City between the Royal Canal, the Navan Road, and the M50, and is a 10 min drive from Dublin Airport. It is strongly recommended you arrive by car or bike- if travelling by bus or train there is a ~3 km walk up Dunsink Lane. Also make sure to enter Dunsink Lane from the Navan Road side (it is blocked on the Finglas/Ratoath Road side).


Accessibility Information

Wheelchair accessibility is not ideal, but all tours will take place on the ground floor. There is a small step to enter the building, and several steps to the South Dome located a short distance from the main building.

There are currently no wheelchair accessible toilets available.

The rooms are quite small so if the tours are busy they probably would not suit those who are not comfortable in large crowds.


Photography Credit
© Sam Green (DIAS)

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