Dublin City Hall, the story of the Capital

Dublin City Hall – At the top of Parliament Street

Dublin City Hall, located at the top of Parliament Street on the city’s southern side, it stands next to Dublin Castle, the centre of the British government in Ireland until 1922.

You can get there from Dublin Citi Hotel, in a 3-minute walk!

The parliament street, built-in 1753, providing a continuation of Capel Street on the north bank of the Liffey, across the newly widened Essex Bridge, and so the exchange ended (and still ends) a long streetscape.


Dublin City Hall built between 1769 and 1779. The building took ten years to complete. There was a completion to make the City Hall with 62 submissions. The winner of this Competition was Thomas Cooley, a young architect from London.

Dublin City Hall

The Wide Streets Commission used the building in the late 1780s and 1790s to meet to discuss the planning of the city. If you walk around the outer ring of the Rotunda, you will notice that there is a distinct echo, this was done intentionally. When Thomas Cooley was designing the building in a way the echo would muffle private conversations that were had when walking around the room.

Dublin City Hall Today

The building was restored to its 18th-century appearance at the beginning of the 21st century, and Dublin City Council has won awards for the conservation of this historic building. Most Dublin City Council staff are located in the relatively new and controversial Civic Offices, built from 1979 on the site of a national monument, the Viking city foundations on Wood Quay.

Dublin City Hall
Palacio municipal de Dublín, Irlanda.


The story of the Capital’ is a multimedia exhibition tracing the civic history of Dublin City. The exhibition features artefacts such as the Seal of Dublin City, the Great Mace of Dublin and The Sword of the City. The exhibition traces the civic history of Dublin

There are interactive screens, video displays, information panels, artefacts and replica models recounting the tumultuous history of the city.

There is also one of the original Proclamations from the 1916 Easter Rising on display at City Hall. This Proclamation was donated by the family of Elizabeth O’Farrell, to the people of Dublin, in the 1950s.

You can get to Dublin City Hall from Dublin Citi Hotel, in a 3-minute walk. Admission is Free. The opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.  Closed on Sundays.

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