Our free annual celebration of the city’s best architecture, Open House Dublin is when buildings of all types and periods open their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore. This year Open House Dublin will take place from 11-13 October 2019.
We delivered the first Open House Dublin in 2005, since then it has become Ireland’s largest architectural festival with an estimated 31,000 building visits in 2018. Open House Dublin is a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with tours provided by expert guides.
Since its inception, Open House Dublin has proved its potential to engage with a wide range of our city’s shapers – from general public to policy-makers – highlighting the significant role that architecture can, and has, played in the evolving form of our everyday lives. Our intention is to build upon the festival’s annual celebration of the county’s best architecture and to inspire a better understanding of the processes and places that define us. Through an extensive programme of talks, tours and exhibitions, it is our goal to highlight the buildings of Dublin that have altered our vision of the city over time, shaped how we live now inspire new ways of living.