Government Buildings

Government Buildings

Contact Details

Address: Governments Buildings, Upper Merrion Street, Dublin 2.
Telephone No: +353 1 645 8813 or +353 1 619 4116
Fax No: +353 1 679 7831

Opening Hours


Open Saturdays Only: 10.30am - 1.30pm

Tours starting every hour on the half hour.

Average Length of Visit: 40 minutes

Free tickets can be collected on the day from the National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2, from 10am.

Please Note
Government Buildings may close at short notice for Government Business. Please telephone in advance to avoid disappointment.

Admission Fees




The imposing complex of Government Buildings on Upper Merrion Street was undertaken by the British administration in Ireland. It was designed for two new government departments, the Local Government Board and the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction, as well as the Royal College of Science, then housed in 51 St Stephen's Green. Fortuitously, the complex was completed in March 1922, and was available immediately to be occupied by the new Irish Free State government. In more recent times, the building has been converted and entirely refurbished to form modern accommodation for a number of departments including the Department of the Taoiseach, the Department of Finance and the Office of the Attorney General.

(Please note that visiting arrangements are subject to cancellation on short notice. Telephone ahead to avoid disappointment)

Location: Beside the Merrion Square West entrance to Leinster House

Guided Tours: Access is by guided tour only.
Maximum number: 20
Duration: 40 minutes

Leaflet / Guide Book: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Photography/Video allowed: No