Open House Dublin 2016

October 12, 2016

Open House Dublin is Ireland’s largest architecture festival. The event is organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation and is celebrating its 11th year this year and takes place across Dublin from October 14th to 16th, 2016. This event is a fantastic opportunity to see inside some of the most architecturally beautiful buildings in Dublin and it’s all free.

The theme of this year’s event is The Presence of the Past and there are over 100 building tours all hosted by expert guides over the weekend including city landmarks and private homes offering  a perfect mix of historical and modern buildings to peruse.

The event takes places over three days and the full listings of building tours is available on the Open House Dublin website.

Some buildings of note on view include the Military Archives at Collins Barracks, Farmleigh House, the soon to be refurbished Dun Laoghaire Baths and the Guinness Storehouse. The Air BnB building in a once derelict  warehouse at the Docklands will also be opening their doors as will the headquarters of Facebook.

There are also over 40 private homes available to view this year guaranteed to inspire if you are thinking about home renovation or restoration or if you just fancy checking out how other people live!

The majority of the tours work on a first served basis so just show up at the listed times. As well as the building tours this year Open House Dublin are also offering an Open House Plus programme this year which includes walking tours, bus tours exhibitions and performances, all details are on the site. If you have children there is even a full programme of events for them! Open House Junior is based around the theme of Time Travellers this year and there are a number of tours and workshops for tots up to teens.

We recommend planning ahead for this festival, do check out  the Open House Dublin site, decide what you want to see and plan your day/days and prepare to be awed by some of the most beautiful buildings that make up Dublin’s landscape.