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Save the date for Open House Dublin 2022


More than 150 free tours and events will take place across Dublin city, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and Fingal over the Open House Dublin weekend, 14-16 October.


Festival 2022 Highlights

Highlights of the festival include a return to in-person tours of Dublin’s most iconic buildings, such as Casino Marino, Áras an Uachtaráin, The Custom House and the Four Courts. New additions include tours of Dunsink Observatory, ESB Project Fitzwilliam, The Exo Building, The Sorting Office, Dún Laoghaire Baths, Swords Castle, Trinity College Printing House Square and TU Dublin’s new state of the art campus. 

A focus on housing in Dublin will see organised visits to social housing projects in the city, including Dominick Street Regeneration and Croke Park Redevelopment, along with guided tours of private homes by architects including Metropolitan Workshop, McCullough Mulvin, Lorcan O’Herlihy and Steve Larkin. 

This year’s programme will also include film screenings, talks, exhibitions and events for young people, alongside a rich outdoor programme of walks, cycling tours and boat tours for everyone to enjoy.  


New Sponsors

Open House Dublin is only possible with the generous support of its funders, sponsors and corporate circle friends. We are excited to welcome two new sponsors this year, Fingal County Council and Staycity Aparthotels. 


Enhanced Accessibility

Accessibility is among the key aims of the festival, and this year, there will be tours and events designed to improve access for everyone, including ISL (Irish Sign Language) interpreted tours and live captioned events. The festival is grateful to have the support of visual interpreting service Aira, which provides access to visual information for people who are blind or have low vision. Aira’s mission is to remove barriers and make the world more accessible with visual interpreting, and every location in this year’s festival will be supported by this service on Open House Dublin weekend. 

A further new accessibility measure is expert-led training for volunteer stewards and tour guides, designed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Ireland. The training will focus on audience engagement and tour delivery techniques, as well as accessibility awareness, delivered by experts and activists in the field to ensure visitors feel welcome and encouraged to attend.

The enhanced accessibility measures for Open House Dublin is part of a larger commitment by the Irish Architecture Foundation to improve accessibility across all IAF activities, in keeping with our new Audience Development Strategy. We welcome and support people who are living with a disability, or from under-represented groups, to engage with Open House Dublin in October.

The full programme for Open House Dublin will be announced on 14 September.      


Volunteer Opportunities

Applications for volunteer Tour Guides, Stewards, and Info Hub assistants for Open House Dublin 2022 are now open.

The benefits of volunteering for OHD include access to unique buildings; learning about art and architecture and sharing your knowledge; developing your skills with in-person and online training; meeting people and networking; references and CPD Volunteering letter; special tours and a party just for volunteers.

For more information and to apply, visit www.openhousedublin.com.


Photo: Architect Valerie Mulvin giving a tour of Temple Bar architecture in Open House Dublin 2021. Photo by Barry Cronin.