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The Custom House, Dublin

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The Custom House is a neoclassical 18th-century building in Dublin, Ireland which houses the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. It is located on the north bank of the River Liffey, on Custom House Quay between Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge.HistoryOriginsA previous Custom House had been built in 1707 by engineer Thomas Burgh (1670–1730). However, by the late 18th century it was deemed unfit for purpose.The building of a new Custom House for Dublin was the idea of John Beresford, who became first commissioner of revenue for Ireland in 1780. In 1781 he appointed James Gandon as architect, after Thomas Cooley, the original architect on the project, had died. This was Gandon's first large scale commission. The new Custom House was unpopular with the Dublin Corporation and some city merchants who complained that it moved the axis of the city, would leave little room for shipping, and it was being built on what at the time was a swamp. Purchase of land was delayed and proved exorbitant and the laying of foundations was disrupted by the High Sheriff and members of the Dublin Corporation with a mob of several thousand. However, Beresford was determined to complete the project and ignored the protests.
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  • Located on the north side of the Liffey the Custom House is a stunning building that is worth a visit even if you only walk around the outside. The hop on hop off bus is a good way to see the building...  more »
  • We were, I think, lucky that the Custom House was open when we walked past one Saturday as I got the impression that the museum rooms are not open every day. Anyway, it is a beautiful building very ba...  more »
  • Free entry for a start! Lots of history stories to read and very fine restoration after the BIG fire. Seems to be overlooked by visitors.  more »
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  • James Gandon creation.Lovely architecture style.Custom house has its historical landmarks on the bank of River Liffley. Opened for visitors during summer Thursdays and Fridays from 2 till 4 pm
  • We visit Custom House during the new years eve! Really beautiful
  • Beautiful architecture on the Liffey
  • The best view is from the other side of the river. During the night as well.
  • Beautiful building to photograph, especially at night