The chq Building was built in 1820 as a new bonded warehouse to store valuable cargos of tobacco, tea and spirits. Designed by Scottish engineer John Rennie, his industrial masterpiece boasts the largest pre-20th century clear-floor space in Dublin City. No wood was used in the construction to ensure it was absolutely fireproof. The building was made famous when it hosted the Crimean War Banquet in 1856, celebrating the return of 3,000 Irish soldiers.
Enjoy a 40 minute guided tour of the ground floor of the 200 year old Georgian chq Building, then visit the vaults underneath to take a self-guided tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, recently voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction. EPIC is a state-of-the-art interactive experience featuring personal stories of love, triumph, adventure and adversity, highlighting and celebrating the positive impact and influence of Irish emigrants around the world. For further information see: https://epicchq.com/history-and-vision/
- Wheelchair Accessible.
- Suitable for Children
- Lottery from 11th - 24th September
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