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Festival Tours

33,000 visits during Open House Dublin 2017!


The twelfth annual Open House Dublin, Ireland’s largest architecture festival, saw more than 33,000 visits to buildings, walking tours, talks, workshops and more all over Dublin city and county. Exploring the theme, ‘The City as a Stage’, this year’s programme was our biggest yet.

The OHD2017 programme featured tours of the newly-reopened Stella Theatre in Rathmines, tours of The Gate, The Abbey, Smock Alley and other performance spaces, private homes across the city and county, the European headquarters of a number of multinational companies, as well as many of Dublin’s most iconic buildings. While newcomers to the programme such as the new Central Bank of Ireland saw hundreds of visitors explore its striking building by Henry J. Lyons, it was an old favourite that may have broken all records. The Custom House, designed by James Gandon and completed in 1791, now the home to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, reported over 3,000 visits over the course of the weekend!

Walking tours also proved really popular this year, with Ciaran Cuffe taking people on a tour of ‘lost and found’ spaces in Dublin 7, a walking tour of graphic design in the city with the 100 Archive, people exploring Dublin 1 like tourists in 1917 and explorations of DIT’s new campus in Grangegorman. Hundreds of children and young people also took part in OHD through workshops in the city’s various cultural spaces, performance tours of Trinity College, architreks through Temple Bar and Dublin 1 and an interactive workshop at dlr Red Jetty in Marlay Park.

Open House Dublin couldn’t happen without the help of hundreds of partners, building owners, tour guides and volunteers: many thanks to all of those who made the festival possible! Open House Dublin will return from 12-14 October 2018: mark the dates in your diary NOW!


Irish Architecture Foundation Core Funders are The Arts Council, The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Office of Public Works. 

Open House Dublin 2017 Partners are the Government Policy on Architecture and Dublin City Council. The Open House Dublin 2017 Sponsor is Airbnb. Open House Dublin 2017 Corporate Circle are Hibernia Reit and DNG. Open House Dublin 2017 Supporters are dlr County Council, Waterways Ireland, JCDecaux, Totally Dublin, RTÉ Supporting the Arts, Peter McVerry Trust and Open House Worldwide.


Image of visitors and volunteers in the Central Bank of Ireland by Ste Murray