Aras An Uachtarain

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

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About Aras An Uachtarain

Aras An Uachtarain is located at Phoenix Park in Dublin 8.

The original house was designed and built by park ranger and amateur architect, Nathaniel Clements in 1752. In the 1780s it became the summer residence of the British Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. In 1911, the house underwent a large extension for the visit of King George V and Queen Mary.

With the creation of the Irish Free State in 1922, the office of Lord Lieutenant was abolished. Between 1922 and 1932 it became the residence of the Governor-General of the Irish Free State who represented the interests of the British Crown in Ireland. The house was unoccupied from 1932 to 1937 when the first President of Ireland, Douglas Hyde, took up residence. Initially this was to be a temporary move while a new presidential palace was built on the grounds but with the outbreak of World War II these plans were shelved and the building was saved from demolition and renamed Áras an Uachtaráin. In the 1940s much of the house was demolised due to its poor condition and rebuilt.

19th century architects Francis Johnston, Jacob Owen and Decimus Burton, and more recently, Raymond McGrath, as well as stuccodores Michael Stapleton and Bartholomew Cramillion all contributed to its gradual expansion, gardens and interiors.

The house is open to the public for viewing on Saturdays only. There is free admission and tickets are issued at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on the day on a first-come-first served basis. The maximum size of a viewing group is 28. There is a guided tour and exhibition in the house.


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