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The Custom House, Dublin

Categories: Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Museums, Tourist Spots
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3.1/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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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  • A huge site and beautiful, definitely very big inside, too. Although the day I went to a large part was closed, but it is a beautiful place and you see things from centuries past where it all began and the men responsible for building.
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  • Easy to find and short walk from the centre, the visit is not worth doing unless you are a student of Dublin History, or architecture. Some informative videos help explain the story. The best part is ...  read more »
  • The exhibition currently running at the Customs House in Dublin is REALLY worth visiting. I was there on Culture Night and was very impressed both with the exhibition and with the staff who were wonde...  read more »
  • I Just love my home Capital. & love our Customs house. thanks. and welcome folk from abroad. there's tons left to see. welcome to Dublin. Ireland !! +bless you all. Stephen corbally . oh "sorry" Enjoy your stay. +
  • Impressive building. Unfortunately didn't get to see inside.
  • I really like this building ... my father worked in it many years ago and as I child I visited it on a regular basis.
  • Goverment Building used in adds (Guinness at Christmas) and movies (Mrs Brown's Movie)
  • Occasionally allows public tours on culture night.
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