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Aras an Uachtarain

Category: Families, Rainy Day, Culture, Sightseeing, Free


Phoenix Park
Dublin 8
Tel: +353 1 677 0095

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Residence of the President of Ireland

Aras an Uachtarain

Residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin (meaning house of the president in Irish), started as a modest brick house for the Phoenix Park Chief Ranger in 1751 and was then purchased by the British administration in the 1780s as the summer residence of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

19th century architects Francis Johnston, Jacob Owen and Decimus Burton, and more recently, Raymond McGrath, as well as stuccodores Michael Stapleton and Bartholomew Cramillion contributed to its gradual expansion, gardens and interiors. In 1938, the first President, Douglas Hyde lived there temporarily while plans were made to build a new presidential palace on the grounds. The outbreak of World War II saved the building from demolition, as plans for its demolition and the design of a new residence were put on hold.

The Áras contains a handful of state rooms including the state drawing room, large and small dining rooms, the President's Office and Library, a large ballroom and a presidential corridor lined with the busts of past presidents (Francini Corridor, and some fine eighteenth and nineteenth century bedrooms above.

The exhibition presents the architecture of the house and details on the lives of its illustrious inhabitants.

Opening Time:

Open Saturdays only, Summer 10.15am-4pm; Winter 10.30am-3.30pm.

Admission Charge:

Free - issued at Phoenix Park Visitor centre on a first come, first served basis
Aras an Uachtarain - Phoenix Park Dublin 8 Ireland
Aras an Uachtarain - Phoenix Park Dublin 8 Ireland
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In the Phoenix Park, signposted from the Phoenix Monument 4km from centre of Dublin.

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