Aras an Uachtarain

Aras an Uachtarain

Contact Details

Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.

For tour information:
Telephone No: +353 1 677 0095
Lo Call: 1890 430 430.
Fax No: +353 1 6726454.
Websites: and

Opening Hours


Open Saturdays Only.

Summer: 10.15 - 16:00.
Winter: 10.30 - 15:30.

Garden Tours 2017

The Áras an Uachtaráin House and Garden Tours will commence from Saturday 15th July 2017.

The Tour lasts for an hour and 15 minutes.  Start times are as follow:

10.15am - 11.30am

11.30am - 12.45pm

12.45pm - 2.00pm

2.00pm - 3.15pm

3.15pm - 4.30pm

There will be no tours of Aras an Uachtarain on 23rd December 2017,  30th December 2017 and 6th January  2018.

Admission Fees

Free admission tickets are issued at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre only on the day, on a first-come, first-served basis. Group visits and/or advance bookings are not permitted.


Restaurant / Tearooms: Restaurant in the grounds of the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

Now the Residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, started as a modest brick house for the Phoenix Park Chief Ranger in 1751. It was subsequently acquired as an "occasional residence" for the Lords Lieutenants and gradually evolved to a large mansion. After Ireland gained independence, it was occupied by three Governors General between 1922 and 1937, prior to the first president Dr Douglas Hyde taking up residence there.

19th century architects Francis Johnston, Jacob Owen and Decimus Burton, and more recently, Raymond McGrath, as well as stuccodores Michael Stapleton and Bartholomew Cramillion contributed to its gradual expansion, gardens and interiors.

Location: In the Phoenix Park, signposted from the Phoenix Monument 4km from centre of Dublin.

Bus Route(s): Bus No. 37, 38 (from Lr. Abbey Street), 39 (from Middle Abbey Street) to the Ashtown Gate walk approximately 190 metres to the T-junction and turn left, walk for about 10 minutes until you reach the building on your left, the pathway on the right-hand side leads you towards the trees and the back gate of Ashtown Castle. Bus No. 10 (from O'Connell Street) to North Circular Road Gate (30 minute walk from Gate).
Guided Tours:  
28 visitors maximum.
Duration: 30 minutes.
10.15 - 16:30 Summer.
10.15 - 15:30 Winter.

Guided Tours Meeting Point:
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre,
Phoenix Park,
Dublin 8.
Tel +353 1 6770095.
Fax +353 1 6726454.

Additional Information: Please note that, as with all Government buildings visiting arrangements are subject to cancellation on short notice. Telephone ahead to avoid disappointment.