Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

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The Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Kilmainham, Dublin, is one of the finest 17th-century buildings in Ireland.HistoryThe hospital was built in 1684 by Sir William Robinson, official State Surveyor General for James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland to King Charles II, as a home for retired soldiers and continued in that use for over 250 years. The style is based on Les Invalides in Paris with a formal facade and a large courtyard. The Royal Hospital Chelsea in Chelsea, London was completed two years later and also has similarities in style. A priory, founded in 1174 by Strongbow, existed on the site until the English closed it down in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 1530s.The Richmond Tower at the end of the formal avenue leading to the Royal Hospital was designed by Francis Johnston, one of the leading architects of the day. This gateway originally stood beside the river Liffey at Bloody Bridge (now Rory O'More Bridge), but had to be moved after the arrival of the railway in 1844 increased traffic congestion (obviously not new to Dublin). He had placed his personal coat of arms above the arch, concealed by a piece of wood painted to match the stone, his idea being that his arms would be revealed to future generations after the wood became rotten. However, his little trick was uncovered when the gateway was taken down for removal. The coat of arms at present on the gateway is that of the Royal Hospital.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Royal hospital garden where is near the kilmainham goal now is a museum of art If you want to visit here, you better to plan one day trip of the jail and the royal hospital You can take bus number thi...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    This was the perfect way to spend an hour after our redeye flight to Dublin. The Gardens were beautiful and relaxing for the adults, while the kids found them a great place to run around and burn off ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    What a beautiful place to visit. My daughter had such fun here and we had gorgeus weather for it. Can not recommend this enough. Go, enjoy, relax.  more »
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  • May 29, 2017
    No free tours anymore. I followed the advice from the leaflet that sending an email to Paul F O'Brien. He is a rude person and saying that there is no tour anymore. I am completely disappointed with that and will never come to this place again.
  • May 4, 2017
    Wonderful indoor and outdoor space the home of Ireland modern art
  • March 6, 2017
    I didn't have an opportunity to go inside the Royal Hospital, but the gardens outside were beautiful, and a calm, quiet spot to enjoy the moment.
  • March 24, 2017
    Stunning grounds to walk around.
  • November 19, 2016
    Good venue. Poor toilet situation as usual but decent when the weather is good. Central enough too.

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