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Four Courts

Inns Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland
+353 1 888 6000
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This historic building is home to Ireland's legal court system. The building was designed by Thomas Cooley and James Gandon and completed in 1796. It was almost completely destroyed during the Civil War in 1922 and reopened in 1931. You are welcome to visit the building to observe the courts in action during the legal terms. You can tour the building using a self guiding booklet available at the Information Desk off the Round Hall, inside the main entrance on Inns Quay. There is a permanent exhibition on the first floor and a two coffee shops serving refreshments. You can complement your visit to this 18th century building by taking the LUAS to the Criminal Courts of Justice, a 21st century building, located near the main entrance to the Phoenix Park. Learn about the courts
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Inns Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland
+353 1 888 6000
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Four Courts building is Dublin’s juridical core. It is located near the Liffey river. Its exterior is elegant and its interiors are majestic. Its overall architecture is spectacular, therefore. I think it is well worthy a visit, if you are in Dublin.

Thank Michela C
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Originally held the four divisions that made up the judicial system. Destroyed by fire during the Civil War of 1921. Restored with few changes to the exterior. No photos allowed inside.

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Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful historic building which once inside (you have to pass through security scanners) is a wealth of architectural beauty with information from its beginnings placed strategically around the corridors. Thus if you have a long wait, it provides a good distraction from...More

Thank Lorna19
Reviewed 28 March 2017

The facade is beautiful but the history of the Four Courts is worth a read. There are some plaques on the walls upstairs.

Thank Natalie Y
Reviewed 26 December 2016

So the whole of Dublin seemed to have closed down during the Xmas period until we came to this area of town. There were a lot of people walking around and it seemed to be more populated. Also beyond that some parts of Dublin had...More

Thank youke_worldwide
Reviewed 27 November 2016

If you don't actually want to go in you can get a very good view of these impressive buildings by going on the red line of the Lucas tram.There is a tram stop just adjacent.

Thank wingate
Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is an extraordinary building. Entrance is through the "public entrance" on the quays. The great unwashed may only enter that way and visitors are not only welcome but entitled to enter. Subject to not bringing in knives, mace,guns or weapons and there are no...More

Thank Dranreb E
Reviewed 11 August 2016

The Four Courts is well worth a visit to walk around and look at the various court rooms. The building is amazing.

Thank Bernie1974
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Located on the Northside of the River Liffey near the centre of Dublin City. This was built by the British when they Occupied Ireland.

Thank Clem C
Reviewed 29 April 2016

A, visit to the Four courts ,Dublin is a must do ,when visiting the city, located on Inns Quay, Construction started back in 1776, and finish in 1802, it was built in the style of Neoclassicism, it was built to house the then, Irish courts...More

Thank jarlath m m
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2 February 2016|
Response from Jonas N |
Yes. I visited the court as part of a group and we were told by the Courts Service that everyone can visit the court and move freely. Most cases are also open to the public. You have to go through security.
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