James Gandon's first large scale commission

The Custom House is one of the most stunning buildings on the north bank of the Liffey and is a telling example of Irish History, Warfare and Restitution. A neoclassical 18th century building which today houses Irish Government departments.

Originally designed by James Gandon in 1781 it was burnt down during the War of Independence in 1921 by the Irish Republican Army in an attempt to disrupt British rule in Ireland. After the Anglo-Irish Treaty, it was restored according to its original design by the Irish Free State Government.

The Visitor Centre is currently closed for operational reasons.


Please telephone in advance to check if the Visitor Centre is open

Useful Information

Nearby parking at Abbey Street multi-storey carpark

Getting There

North bank of the River Liffey on Custom House Quay between Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge
5 mins walk from O’Connell Bridge

Map Location: 53.348704, -6.253138
Contact The Custom House

Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, Ireland

Eircode: D01 W6X0
T: +353 (0)1 888 2000
W: www.housing.gov.ie
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