Neoclassical 1740 – 1900

Neoclassical architecture is an architectural style produced by the neoclassical movement that began in the mid-18th century. In its purest form, it is a style principally derived from the architecture of classical antiquity.

One of the finest intact Palladian mansions in Ireland and the first famine museum in the country

Strokestown Park House is located in 300 acres of parklands in Strokestown. co.Roscommon. It was built in 1730 and is regarded as one of Ireland's finest and most intact Palladian mansions. It's centre block was completed in [...]

One of Northern Ireland’s most iconic and photographed buildings is falling off a cliff

The Mussenden Temple was built in 1785 and forms part of the estate of Frederick Augustus Hervey 'the Earl Bishop', Bishop of Derry and Earl of Bristol. It is perched dramatically on a 120 ft [...]

Ireland’s first Obelisk and a dead horse

Stillorgan Obelisk is located on Newtown-Park. co. Dublin. It built in 1727 and is possibly the first obelisk to be built in Ireland. This location was originally on the grounds of Stillorgan Park House owned [...]

A grade ‘A’ listed building, A Bishop’s residence & The ancient seat of St. Patrick

The Bishop's Palace (1770) in Armagh is a beautiful neo-Classical building situated in 300 acres of parkland. This was the residence of the Archbishops of the Church of Ireland from 1770 to 1975. It was [...]

One of the finest early Georgian houses in Ireland containing the oldest piece of Waterford Glass

The Bishop’s Palace in Waterford City was built in 1741 to the designs of the famous architect Richard Cassells (Cassells other works include Westport House, Powercourt House and Russborough House). This was the site of [...]

One of the great houses of Ireland with exquisite interiors and furniture

Florence Court located near Enniskillen was the former home of 'The Earls of Enniskillene' and is regarded as one of the great houses of Ireland. It was built in 1755 and is a fascinating example [...]

One of the largest barracks in Europe, Michael Collins & rare collections

Collins Barracks is located on Arbour Hill in Dublin City on a site originally ear-marked for a mansion for The Duke of Ormond. It was built in 1702 and was one of the largest barracks [...]

Daniel O’Connell, the Valley of Holly and a famous architect

Glencullen House is located in the village of Glencullen in co.Dublin. It was built in 1800 and was probably designed by the famous Irish architect, Francis Johnson. The house, along with it's Doric portico was [...]

One of Ireland’s most beautiful historic houses, Croagh Patrick & The Pirate Queen

Westport House was built in 1730 and is considered to be one of Ireland's most beautiful historic homes. It was designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels and James Wyatt. Cassels, born in German, also [...]

Eamon de Valera & a Russian cannon

This listed building is Ennis Courthouse. It was built in 1850 in a neoclassical style to the designs of Joseph B Keane and Henry Whitestone. The first attempt to hold a court in County Clare [...]

The longest, most beautiful and most robbed house in Ireland

Russborough House, Blessington, County Wicklow Russborough House was built in 1755 and is the longest house in the country with a facade of over 700-feet in length. It is also regarded as one of Ireland’s [...]

Once the finest country house in Laois & recently voted one of the top 10 castle hotels in the World

Castle Durrow is located in the village of Durrow in co.Laois. This beautiful 'country pile' was built between 1712 and 1716 as a family home by Captain William Flower. Flower was the MP for Kilkenny [...]

The Devil, Wild Parties and the finest vistas of Dublin

The Hellfire Club is located on top of Mount Pelier Hillin south county Dublin. It was built in 1725 by William 'Speaker' Conolly as a hunting lodge for his Rathfarnham estate. It was originally known [...]

Only 200 years to complete this country pile, James Gandon & the Jesuits

Emo Court, Emo, County Laois Emo Court is a country villa designed, but not built by the famous architect James Gandon. Gandon designed Emo Court in 1790 for John Dawson, the First Earl of Portarlington [...]

Once home to the most powerful family in Ireland

Carton House is located near Maynooth in county Kildare. It was built in 1739 for the Fitzgerald family and designed by the famous architect Richard Cassels whose other works include Leinster House, Powerscourt House and Russborough [...]

Ireland’s largest, finest and earliest Palladian style house

Castletown House is located in Celbridge in county Kildare. It is regarded as Ireland's largest, finest and earliest Palladian style house and is significant in terms of European architectural heritage. It's façade was almost certainly [...]

Residence of the US Ambassador to Ireland, 1776 & JFK

The US Ambassador's Residence (Deerfield) is located in Phoenix Park in Dublin City. It was built in 1776 for Sir John Blaquiere, the Chief Secretary for Ireland which was a akin to being the Prime [...]

The oldest continuously operating maternity hospital in the World

The Rotunda Hospital is located on Parnell Street in Dublin City. It is the oldest continuously operating maternity hospital in the World. It is also estimated that over 300,000 babies were born here and the [...]

One of Ireland’s most famous buildings & the last great Georgian public building erected in the capital

The General Post Office, O’Connell Street, Dublin City The G.P.O is one of Ireland's most famous buildings and was the last great Georgian style public building erected in the capital. It was built to the [...]

The first purpose-built two-chamber parliament house in the World

The Bank of Ireland building is located on College Green in Dublin City. This was the World's first purpose-built two-chamber parliament house. It served as both the chambers for the Lords and the Commons for [...]

The centre of Ireland’s legal system, James Gandon & gutted by fire in 1921

The Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin City This was formerly the location of a 13th century Dominican Friary and housed the Four Courts of Chancery, Kings Bench, Exchequer and Common Pleas. Before this building was [...]

Northern Ireland’s Parliament Building, Cow manure & Never, Never, Never!

Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast City This impressive structure is the Parliament Building for Northern Ireland, better known as Stormont. In 1920, when 'The Government of Ireland Act' was established in Northern Ireland, plans were launched [...]

One of Ireland’s most beautiful mansions & voted no.3 best gardens in the World

Powerscourt House was built in 1741 and is located on the Powercourt Estate in Enniskerry, co.Wicklow. It was designed by the famous German architect Richard Cassels (whose other works include Russborough House, Westport House and [...]

Once one of Ireland’s most magnificent private mansions

Radisson Blu St Helen's Hotel is located in Stillorgan in south county Dublin. This was once one of Ireland's most magnificent private houses. It was built in 1750 as a home for the Dublin barrister [...]

St Stephen’s Church, Mount Street Cresent. Dublin City – 1824

This Dublin gem is St Stephen's Church. It was built in 1824 and is fondly known as 'The Pepper Canister' or the 'Pepper Pot Church'. It was originally designed by John Bowden but was completed, [...]

Aras an Uachtarain, Phoenix Park. Dublin City – 1751 (‘House of the President’)

Aras an Uachtarain means 'House of the President' in Irish. The original house was built in 1751 and was designed by and for the park ranger and amateur architect, Nathaniel Clements. It then became home [...]

Secret tunnels, a zodiac room & one of the finest Neoclassical buildings in Europe

Casino Marino, Malahide Road, Dublin City This interesting building is regarded as one of the finest neoclassical buildings in Europe and is also one of the most surprising. It was designed by Sir William Chambers [...]

Dublin’s most architecturally important building, James Gandon & The 1921 fire

Custom House Quay was built between 1781 - 1791 and is Dublin's most architecturally important building and is regarded as a masterpiece of European neoclassicism. It was designed by James Gandon (1743 – 1823) who [...]

The centre of English power for 700 years

The Courtyard of Dublin Castle was built in 1779. This location is the highest point in Dublin's centre  and so was always the most strategic point for controlling the territory. There is evidence that there [...]

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