Return to the House

Return to the House

Return to the House

Leinster House will open its doors on both Saturday, 9 November and Saturday, 16 November. Guests will once again have the opportunity to see actors delivering recitations from historical figures, enjoy an exhibition of iconic images from the last 100 years, learn about and see a selection of items found during the works dating back to the 1700’s and enjoy special entertainment on the day.

This celebration marks the return to Leinster House following an extensive period of restoration and conservation work. Tickets are available from Eventbrite.ie. Entry is free of charge, but tickets must be booked in advance.

A major conservation and restoration project on Georgian Leinster House was undertaken between December 2017 and August 2019.

Every aspect of the house from the basement to the attic and roof has been carefully restored and conserved, breathing new life back into the building. With this extensive restoration work carefully managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Houses of the Oireachtas, Georgian Leinster House has been preserved for future generations of Members as the home of Parliamentary democracy and for our many thousands of welcome visitors each year.

Booklet

Booklet

Booklet

Read more about the conservation and restoration works on Georgian Leinster House in this illustrated booklet.

Video

The Genius Loci of Leinster House

Watch architect Brian O'Connell's talk about the importance of parliament buildings as expressions of the democratic ideals of the societies that build them.

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The house,
of which this stone is the foundation,
James, twentieth Earl of Kildare,
caused to be erected in Molesworth's field,
in the year of our Lord 1747.
Hence learn, whenever, in some unhappy day,
you light on the ruins of so great a mansion,
of what worth he was who built it,
and how frail all things are,
when such memorials of such men cannot outlive misfortune.
Inscription on the foundation stone of Leinster House (translated from Latin)
Original architect's drawing of Leinster House by Richard Castle

Original architect's drawing of Leinster House by Richard Castle / Courtesy of the Irish Architectural Archive