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Dunsink Observatory
Ranked #259 of 567 things to do in Dublin
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Reviewed January 8, 2012

Historic association with Sir William Rowan Hamilton. The commemorative plaque relating to him can be found at Broombridge Cabra West, Dublin.
No public transport.

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Reviewed October 15, 2011

I have had a trip to Dunsink Observatory on my wishlist of places to go for about 20 years but because I believed it was adjacent to a dump and in an unsafe area due to car burgaries I put it off. The dump is closed and now sealed, also the observatory is much more easily accessible now from Exit 6 of the M50 than heretofore and the house has a car park adjacent to the building.
The telescope which dated from the 1860s and was built in Dublin by the famous Grubb company is working perfectly; I saw the moons of Jupiter for the first time. The roof of this building has been magnificently restored having been severely damaged in the storm of 1984 and now works to turn around on a system of wheels. The main house has a terrific information room, beautiful reception room and a great lecture theatre with sliding roof panels which were used to view the stars over many years. You will need to book your visit in advance for insurance purposes.

5  Thank Orla F
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