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Dublin City Council Opens Up Historic Buildings for Open House Dublin 2021

Dublin City Council is delighted to be taking part in Open House Dublin 2021. Running from the 15th to the 17th of October, the festival will feature over 100 free events across the city, including tours of some of the Council’s own buildings.

Since 2006, Dublin City Council has partnered with the Irish Architectural Foundation (IAF) and opened up some of its architectural gems to the public. The festival has earned its reputation as a city-wide celebration of Dublin’s most intriguing architecture, which allows for the up-close appreciation of the capital’s most captivating structures and spaces.

Open House Dublin is Ireland’s largest architectural festival and its extensive programme includes onsite guided tours, as well as online exhibitions. The festival also includes outdoor activities, with walking tours featuring in this year’s events programme.  

Speaking ahead of the festival, Dublin City Architect, Ali Grehan said, “Dublin’s architecture and built heritage is a vital part of the city’s identity and well worth celebrating. This is why Dublin City Council is delighted to support the IAF’s annual Open House Dublin festival and include DCC projects in every year’s programme. DCC also sees Open House as an opportunity for Dubliners to engage with the city’s architecture in a lively and informative way, which helps Dubliners to contribute positively to the city’s development.

A number of Dublin City Council locations will be opening up their doors for the festival. They include:

There will also be a site specific film on the Pigeon House Power Station, premiering at the Lighthouse Cinema, at 6pm, on Saturday the 16th of October.


As part of a commitment to making Open House Dublin as accessible as possible, this year’s festival will endeavour to be the most inclusive yet. The IAF is partnering with Aira, an app designed to assist blind people and people with low vision, to support their research, booking experience, and visits to buildings.

Access to the Mansion House for those with a disability is via a platform lift which can be found to the left of the building.

27 Ballybough House is wheelchair accessible. There is a short ramp to the entrance door, and the apartment itself is level access, however the footpaths within the complex are narrow and aren’t Part M compliant.

The Public Realm Walk, St. Audoen’s Park and the Wholesale Fruit & Vegetable Markets are also wheelchair accessible.

Pigeon House Power Station is wheelchair accessible and assistance dogs are welcome.

For more information about the festival, visit the Open House Dublin 2021 Website.

Source: Dublin City Council

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