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Government Buildings

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Address: Merrion St., Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 353-1-619-4116

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Didn't even know you could take a tour of Government buildings! Just happened to be passing on a Friday and saw the notice, had no idea how much it would cost but decided it was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2013
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Longford, Ireland
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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275 reviews 275 reviews
99 attraction reviews
228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Some nations may open Government buildings on a 'doors open' day, or similar, but Ireland is unusual if not unique in opening the office of the Taisoeach (Prime Minister) and the Cabinet Room to the public each Saturday. You must obtain a ticket on the day from the enquiry desk at the National Gallery of Ireland (round the corner in... More 

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Dublin
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93 reviews 93 reviews
11 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Not many people know this but every Saturday in the National Art Gallery a table with a man appears with tickets to visit the Government buildings. For approximately 40 minutes Darragh gives a fascinating and informative tour of the buildings and the department of the Taoiseach whose day to day office you actually visit. In addition to visiting the cabinet... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

These buildings are only open for visitors on Saturday mornings (3 tours) and were an unexpected bonus. Our tour guide was full of information on both the history of Ireland and these buildings and made the tour very enjoyable. It was good to see these beautiful old buildings being fully used and in a typically Irish down-to-earth and relaxed way,... More 

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Arnold, Maryland
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169 reviews 169 reviews
60 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The place is completely free of charge, which is a price that can't be beat. It's great to be able to walk in around and have a look. It's a large building with magnificent architecture. It's worth a stop in on the way to Dublin Castle.

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Longford, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Didn't even know you could take a tour of Government buildings! Just happened to be passing on a Friday and saw the notice, had no idea how much it would cost but decided it was something we would like to see. Very surprised and pleased to find out on the Saturday that it was in fact Free! Not a long... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Great architecture, history, a working office plenty to see and visit in this area lots of coffee stop offs and chats easy!

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peterborough, uk
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Exceptional architecture. Quite amazing. A really imposing structure. Staff really helpful once again. Beautiful building

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Sutton Coldfield, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

Shows character and great craftsmanship. Very interesting history.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Just building, but some interesting history behind some of them, especially the ones without windows.

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Dublin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

Very interesting to those who are historians, or are interested in politics associated with Ireland and the U.K.

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