City Hall was once the site of the Royal Exchange, the building was bought by Dublin Corporation in the 1850s for use as a civic building. Today the building is used for meetings of Dublin City Council, with the bulk of the Council’s administrative staff now based in the Civic Offices on Wood Quay.
Dublin City Council recently restored this fine neo-classical building to its original 18th century splendour, and today houses a multimedia exhibition on the history of Dublin from the arrival of the Vikings to the present day.
A visit to the present day building reflects its importance to the people of Dublin and the struggle for Irish Independence in the last century. The Rotunda contains statues of notable Irish parliamentarians and nationalists, including Henry Grattan, Thomas Davis and Daniel O’Connell. While taking a tour around parts of City Hall including the Great Sword, the Lord Mayors chains you will also get to see some of the city treasures.
City Hall also hosts public events, functions and temporary exhibitions.
Sunday & Bank Holidays: 11.00am-5.00pm
Last admission 1 hour before closing
Opening Hours subject to change*