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The Custom House

Custom House Quay, Dublin D01 W6X0, Ireland
+353 1 880 2000
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The Custom House, which has been a Dublin landmark for over two hundred years, was the architectural masterpiece of James Gandon. It was completed in 1791 after a ten-year construction period. This exhibition outlines the history of the Custom House. It describes events in the building during Easter Week 1916 and considers the history of the Custom House and its occupants from then until 1921, when the building was completely destroyed by fire during the War of Independence. The Visitor Centre itself is an example of some of the finest neo-classical architecture in Europe & ensures that this wonderful space is accessible by all. The Custom House makes up one of the many visitor centres and cultural attractions in Dublin's Docklands. Located nearby is EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, a digital museum that chronicles the amazing story of Irish emigration in 20 breath-taking interactive galleries, the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Story, and the Science Gallery.
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Custom House Quay, Dublin D01 W6X0, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Many visitors to Dublin are likely to drive past The Customs House and be impressed with its stature and classical architecture. Upon talking to a number of other tourists few seem to take advantage of the free entry to wander around the ground and first...More

Thank 602Tony
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Piece of great architecture that's nice to look at both from the outside and inside. Entry is free and there are free restrooms inside as well. However the exhibition itself felt rather lackluster and it's no big loss if it isn't visited.

Thank RangeR
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly staff helped us and off we went on a self-guided tour and history of the building. So sad it was burned down by our own people in 1921. Great to see it restored. The exhibition explores activities of several Government offices over two...More

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Reviewed May 20, 2018

This is a lovely neoclassical building that was damaged as part of the 1926 Easter uprising. There is a free to the public section of the building if it is a nice day, I suggest going upstairs and looking at the windows to get a...More

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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

This is an easy visit, since it is free and doesn’t take long. If you’re interested at all in the history of the city or the architecture, this exhibition provides some well packaged tidbits. Also the view of Dublin from the upstairs windows is by...More

Thank John N
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Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful views ... lovely hot chocolate (being a rainy day) and food was nice.. not great... but tastes good... yellow lettuce for Caesar salad never looks good to be fair. Friendly staff.

Thank Saara H
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Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide took us by this historical building that was damaged during the 1916 uprising. It is a grand building and part of it is open to the public. I would just walk around it as I was doing other sight seeing and not...More

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Reviewed October 20, 2017

A neoclassical 18th century building in Dublin, Ireland which houses the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. It is located on the north bank of the River Liffey, on Custom House Quay between Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge.

Thank tfizzle
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Reviewed September 29, 2017

We went in on a whim. It's a free attraction, but there wasn't a very lot to see. If you're into architecture, it's a great building, and there were some records on display from the Easter Uprising, but other than that it wasn't that interesting...More

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Reviewed September 24, 2017

This is one of the architectural marvels of Dublin. Seriously damaged during the troubles, it has been restored with care almost back to its former glory. There are very informative video clips describing the original build by Gandon and then the loving and careful restoration....More

Thank CrinkleDublin
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