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The Custom House
Dublin Top 8 in Amazing Nighttime Views

24 Reviews
Historical Architecture
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March 15 - October: Monday - Friday 10:00-12:30, Saturday, Sunday and bank leave 14:00-17:00, November - March 14th: Wednesday - Friday 10:00-12:30, Sunday 14:00-17:00.
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1 hour
Address: North Dock, Dublin 1, Ireland
Phone: +353-1-8882000

What people are saying:

The Custom House is often considered architecturally the most important building in Dublin and is sited on the river front with Beresford Place to the rear. The Custom House was the first major public building built in Dublin as an isolated structure with four monumental façades. The previous Custom House by Thomas Burgh and built in 1707 was sited up river at Essex Quay and was judged as unsafe just seventy years later. The site chosen for the new Custom House met with much opposition from city merchants who feared that its move down river would lessen the value of their properties while making the property owners to the east wealthier.

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  • StephenCr0ss
    Dublin, County Dublin

    Iconic old building

    The Custom House is an iconic old building in the banks of the River Liffey in Dublin City. Beautiful architecture- recommended.

    Reviewed on /Date(1584607209000+0800)/
  • David H
    David H

    Iconic building

    Situated on the waterfront, this must have been an impressive sight and a busy building in the days when ships ruled the world, but today there is no real sign of what it's about. We looked for an ent...

    Reviewed on /Date(1575081655000+0800)/
  • Karthik R
    Karthik R
    Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

    Old landmark building

    An Old iconic building serving as an important landmark at Dublin. This is located by the Connolly train station to Dublin Docks by the River Liffey. The building is lit in lights in the dark.

    Reviewed on /Date(1573116739000+0800)/
  • KeepLifeSimpleUSA

    We did not go inside.

    We did not go inside the Custom House. We just passed by after looking at the Famine statues. I was impressed with the building so I took a few picures...

    Reviewed on /Date(1569858180000+0800)/
  • Jedai79

    Building architecture is nice

    Seen it on 3rd, 4th and 5th April 2019. Building with a green dome. Neoclassical design by James Gandon. The original structure was built in the 18th century, however, it caught fire in 1921 and was r...

    Reviewed on /Date(1554921503000+0800)/

Additional Information


This broad, 18th century neoclassical building overlooks the quays along the northbank of River Liffey. Though it was not a famous building when it was built in the 1780s, it was thought to be excessively large and costly and in the wrong location, it is now considered a jewel of a landmark construct. Today, most of it is not available to the public, but a piece of it displays the history of the building and its interesting, stubborn architect, James Gandon.
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