The 5 Most Beautiful Buildings in Dublin that You Have to See
Dublin is the capital city of Ireland. Rich in history and culture alike, Dublin is a popular tourist destination and the most populated city in all of Ireland.
As a mecca of architectural delights and grand structures, Dublin’s buildings can offer insight into days gone by and act as a connection between the past and present.
More so, modern architecture takes form in abundance, heralding the future image for a city which is becoming a cosmopolitan metropolis day by day.
For those of you keen to explore the city’s identity via architecture, check out these top five beautiful buildings in Dublin next time you’re in town.
5. The Convention Centre Dublin – the modern gem
Designed by Irish-American architect Kevin Roche, the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) is one of the most spell-binding and futuristic designs across Dublin city.
Sitting alongside the River Liffey on the Dublin quays, the CCD is a grand infrastructure that demands appreciation when passing.
Its impressive glass façade stands proud and stands out from any other building along the stretch.
Its forward-minded construction includes numerous curved walls, and the use of low-carbon cement. In fact, the CCD is the world’s first carbon-neutral convention centre.
The CCD has been shortlisted for multiple awards including the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards for “Engineering Project of the Year” in 2010. It also won silver in the M&IT Industry Awards 2011 for “Best Overseas Conference Centre”.
4. Trinity College Dublin – for heritage
This world-leading university is one of the major tourist destinations in all of Dublin.
Trinity College was an educational playground for literary greats such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Samuel Beckett. Female powerhouses like Mary Robinson (the first female president of Ireland) also studied here.
Additionally, Trinity College Dublin is home to the Book of Kells: a preserved book of the Christian Gospels dating back to 800AD.
One of the major draws to this third-level institute, however, is its striking, stately architecture. The college was established in 1592 and offers beautiful buildings and courtyards to meander, all in a stunning classic style.
3. Dublin Castle – for history
Set in the city, Dublin Castle is a major tourist destination and the site of major historical and cultural developments in Ireland’s history.
Today the castle is home to a conference centre and many government chambers. It also is the site of major cultural events and hosts tours, too.
Dublin Castle was first established in 1204 and its grand buildings (only one medieval tower remains from the original castle) offer a time capsule to Ireland’s ancient past and gateway to days gone by.
2. The Custom House – for utter awe
Located in the heart of Dublin on the Northside of the River Liffey is a grand building: The Custom House. This impressive build is dignified and regal, tall in height, with towering columns.
The Custom House is designed in Palladian-come-Neoclassical style and first began construction in 1781. James Gandon is credited with the design of the majestic structure which dominates the quays in Dublin city.
The total cost to build The Custom House over its ten-years under construction was £200,000 pounds sterling.
Today, The Custom House is home to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.
The building is open to the public who can enjoy a self-guided tour and enjoy the triumph of this architecture up-close.
The visitor centre is currently closed for operational reasons. Check the Custom House Visitor Centre online for more details.
1. Casino at Marino – the weird and wonderful
Casino at Marino has to be one of the most beautiful buildings in Dublin, as well as being one of the most curious constructions.
This unique building is located in Marino not far from Dublin city. It was designed by Scottish architect William Chambers in the 18th-century.
The building was commissioned for James Caulfeild (the 1st Earl of Charlemont) and is in the Neo-Classical style of architecture.
The building commenced in the late 1750s and finished in 1775. Casino at Marino is managed by the Office of Public Works today. It is open to the public for guided tours throughout the year.
Note: due to maintenance works, the Casino at Marino is closed until further notice. Check the online for more details.