Aras an Uachtaráin

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Official residence of the President of Ireland, this sprawling white edifice sits gracefully on verdant, rolling lawns of the massive Pheonix Park. Built in 1751 as a rather luxurious home for the park ranger, the house became the residence of successive viceroys, who oversaw British rule in Ireland. In 1938, it became home to the president of the newly-independent Ireland and today, welcomes some 15,000 visitors each year. Priding itself on its moniker 'The Irish White House', this residence is home to a massive arsenal of ornate rooms, sprawling quarters and a decadent chapel. A picture-perfect edifice replete with great Irish fervor, Áras an Uachtaráin is beautifully ornamented with Roman columns, a framed pediment, a poised portico and gardens, the flowers of which are enlivened with bursts of color come summer. 'The Áras' has gracefully aged well over 260 years, and is indefinitely one of the most priceless possessions of Dublin.

Location:  Phoenix Park

Business hours:  Jan-Dec - Mo-Su 10:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m.