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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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Visit the Office of the Taoiseach

On Saturdays there are free tours available of Ireland's government buildings, including a visit to the Office of the Taoiseach. Meet at the National Gallery to obtain a free... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sun Valley, Idaho
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Sun Valley, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On Saturdays there are free tours available of Ireland's government buildings, including a visit to the Office of the Taoiseach. Meet at the National Gallery to obtain a free ticket and meet up with the tour guide who will escort you through the buildings. Hidden gem in Dublin, a must do for those interested in history and politics.

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Carlow, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Visited with family Sat Aug 20th 2016. Very competently guided by Darragh into the Aston Webb and Thomas Manly Deane designed buildings with figures of Hamilton and Boyle observing. Evie Hone's stain glass window is impressive as is the Taoiseach's office, cabinet room, pictures and portraits. Excellent Saturday morning tour - a must do!

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Thank John_McDarby
Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Though to get in and have a look around, not too sure, maybe by appointment, or on the public opening days, which only happen once or twice a year. Essentially these are the buildings where the government does it's thing, so probably piles of sensitive information about etc. Though of course, very impressive looking from the exterior.

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Thank Theycallitmadness
Athlone, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 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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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 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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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 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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