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Four Courts

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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...more
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Inns Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We learned about Four Courts and stopped by on our walking tour. These legal buildings are very important in Dublin as this is these are the courts of justice.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lollygal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We walked past this building on each day of our trip to Dublin. It is a lovely building and really important given the association with the legal services. Striking and beautiful and well worth checking out.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank northants90
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful dramatic building off the River Liffey. Feels like being in a legal show with all the barristers and legal folk milling around. The Round room is great. Recommended.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank StephenCr0ss
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The four courts is the primary courts of justice in Ireland. It is sited west of the city centre. James Gandon was the architect who arrived in Dublin in 1781. The building consists of a rotunda (public allowed to visit) off which are four courts...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Vincent D
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Names because it used to contain the fours courts of the Judicial system, it was destroyed by Fire in the 1921 civil war, and played a crucial part in the earlier 1913 revolution it is a place which ahs a lot of history the dome...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank 235AndrewR
Reviewed 15 August 2018

Came in, but the access was very limited. Couldn't go to the rotunda, that would be the most interesting part. I went to Dublin in April (this time in August) and it was the same.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Victoria Q
Reviewed 1 February 2018 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.

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank michelacur
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.

Date of experience: May 2017
1  Thank lcb5310
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

Date of experience: May 2017
1  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.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank Natalie Y
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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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