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Aras an Uachtarain (The Irish White House)

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Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland
Phone Number: 01-670-9155
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Description: Originally a modest 18th-century house, the building that today serves as...
Originally a modest 18th-century house, the building that today serves as the official place of residence for Ireland's President has been greatly expanded over the years.
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This beautiful building is tucked away inside the beautiful Phoenix Park. Not a whole lot to see but a stunning and elegant building nevertheless.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

This beautiful building is tucked away inside the beautiful Phoenix Park. Not a whole lot to see but a stunning and elegant building nevertheless.

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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

A hidden gem, only open on a Saturday and limited number of spots so go early to get tickets, which you can get in the visitor centre. You get to go into the presidents office and the group before us got to see him walking his dogs. The bad part was our guide, she would suddenly stop with information and... More 

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Galway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Spectacular gardens, which extend to 130 acres including the restored Greenhouses which have been planted with the peach and vine varieties originally planted there in the mid 1800's, when they were built. The House and State Rooms have been impeccable restored and are spectacular and of interest to those with an interest in architecture or history of the Irish Republic.... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Being a local and living nearby I had always wanted to do this tour and finally got around to it recently. Overall I was a little underwhelmed by the tour. While the building itself is very impressive, as is the interior decor, the tour seemed to lack much substance. The tour was relatively brief (35-45 mins) and we were only... More 

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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I've done this tour twice now (brought the family the second time) and that's why I'm not giving it 5 stars. As with a lot of tours it comes down to the person that's showing you around. The 1st tour was brilliant, we got an insightful tour guide who had great knowledge of the house and it's history along with... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The Aras an Uachtarain tour conducted by OPW is one of the best free tours that I have been to in years. Our tour guide was very informative and gave us a lot of information about the history of the place. I wish photography was allowed inside the house as well as the furnishings inside the house is really awesome.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Aras an Uachtarain: on this guided tour, you learn about the history of Phoenix Park and of the naming of Aras and what it stands for. Our guide walked us through different rooms in the white house which offered stunning views. We also got to walk into the office of the President and could view different gifts given to him... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

You feel that you are in front of the american white house, only with very little surveillance. It's in the phoenix park and you can stand very close to it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Aras an Uachtaitain is the official residence of the President of Ireland. Until last week I was unaware that you could take a tour of it! You go to The visitors centre in Phoenix Park at 10am on Saturday morning (the only day the tours take place) You get a free ticket and come back at the due time. Then... More 

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Dublin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

After 10 years in Ireland I decided this week end to have a look at the Aras and I was not disappointed . Very pleasant surprise, this guide tour is extremely interesting,well commented even my 7 years old child enjoyed it . You learn a lot about the Phoenix Park and Irish history and I will go back in summer... More 

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