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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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Unexpectedly interesting and informative place to visit! This visit made me think about Irish history and politics, I definetly need to read more about this country's history.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Athlone, Ireland

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Athlone, Ireland
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Unexpectedly interesting and informative place to visit! This visit made me think about Irish history and politics, I definetly need to read more about this country's history.

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Oracle, Arizona
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I don't know how you get a special tour, but our group from Mountmellick had a special tour by the Senator from that area. He told us quite a bit about US celebrities who had visited. Imagine our surprise when there for tea, we ordered tea, coffee - or Guiness!

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Thank EvalineAuerbach
Malaga, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

My wife and I were passing by after seeing one of the museums nearby and were impressed by the architecture of the buildings used by the government. The building used by the Prime Minister was very good.

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Thank BennyMalaga
Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 366 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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Thank Sarum_Castle
Dublin
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank magenta_clovisse
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 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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26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 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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Thank Claire787
peterborough, uk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 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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