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Dublin City Hall
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A spectacular example of Georgian architecture, Dublin City Hall tells the story of the city’s founding, from Viking times through to the present day.

The Story of the Capital is an exciting exhibition tracing the history of Dublin City. The story is told through multimedia displays, which offer a fascinating insight into the city’s evolution. The city’s treasures can also be viewed.

The building itself is also to be admired. Designed by Thomas Cooley and built as The Royal Exchange for a then-prosperous merchant population between 1769 and 1779, Dublin City Council took ownership of the building in 1851 and restored it to its original beauty.


See an original copy of the 1916 Proclamation 

Visitors to City Hall will have an opportunity to view a rare, recently conserved original copy of the 1916 Proclamation, gifted to the citizens of Dublin in the 1950s by the family of nurse Elizabeth O’Farrell. Talks on the history of the building are available for groups by prior arrangement and a charming café and gift shop on site add to the ambience of this wonderful city treasure.

The Na Fianna Eireann banner which was seized from Countess Markievicz’s home by the British army has been secured on loan from the Royal Collection in London and is presently on display in City Hall until the end of August 2016. A charming exhibition on the family of Sir Robert Shaw who was the Lord Mayor of Dublin 1815- 1816 will begin at the end of April 2016. There is also an exhibition on Postcards in the 1916 Rising and a display relating to veteran Richard P. Gogan.

Talks on the history of the building are available by prior arrangement.
 

Highlights include:
  • The city hall is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture, for which Dublin is world-renowned
  • Multimedia exhibition on the history and evolution of Dublin
  • See an original copy of the 1916 Proclamation

Visitor Information

Open Year Round

Monday - Saturday 10:00 -17:15

Contact Details

Dublin City Hall,
Dame Street, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin

T: +353 (0) 1 222 2204
E: cityhall@dublincity.ie
W: www.dublincityhall.ie

Closed: Bank Holidays, Sundays, Good Friday and the Christmas period (dates may vary).

Approx. visit duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour recommended

Admission Prices 2016

Admission is FREE during 2016
 

Other Useful Information

LANGUAGES
Exhibition in English only. Information leaflets in English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Dutch, Japanese and Mandarin. 

DINING / REFRESHMENTS
Small café serving coffee/tea, cake and light lunches.

SHOPPING
Shop selling souvenirs, books and gift items. 

PARKING
Paid on-street car parking nearby.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS
Fully accessible with accessible toilets. 

 

Map Location

Located in Dublin's City Centre, near Temple Bar, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle.

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