11 Sweet-Lookin' Spots You Need To Check Out As Part Of Open House Dublin This Weekend

It's that time of year again – your chance to have a snoop in the houses of the capital!

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Open House Dublin is Ireland's biggest architectural festival, and it's all taking place this weekend.

Along with the help of hundreds of professionals and cheery volunteers, it unlocks the doors to some of Dublin's finest, oldest and most beautiful buildings, all for you guys to explore the wonders of our handsome city.

All of these buildings are mentioned in great detail on their website along with deets about when and where one can view these little treasures – and while some of the places allocated viewings have already unfortunately been snapped up, here's our selection of 11 dream gafs that are ready and waiting for you to peer inside.

1. 53 Bachelor's Walk Apartments, Dublin 1

This remodelled flat boasts a perfect location with Ha'penny bridge being just a two-minute walk away. The trendy red ceilings offer a fully bright apartment during the day and mood lighting at night.

And if you really like what you see, you're in luck – this place is bookable on Airbnb.

Viewing: Sunday 12pm - 4:30pm.

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2. 23-27 College Green, Dublin 2

If you're going to gawk anywhere, you should definitely gawk here.

Some of the best living room views in Dublin. It's a first-come, first-serve basis, though... so be prepared to live by Mob Rules.

Viewing: Saturday 11am-4:30pm and Sunday 12pm-4:30pm

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3. 12 Mountjoy Parade, Dublin 1

This little Georgian number is just off the North Circular Road and was completely renovated in 1998. Boasting a courtyard, this is also first-come, first-serve – so get yourself to it.

Viewing: Saturday 11am-4:30pm or Sunday 12pm-4:30pm.

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4. Vernon Avenue Pumping Station, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3

Vernon Wastewater Pumping Station is an angular, copper-clad bunker which was redeveloped in 2005 to be potentially the best looking pump station in Ireland. A must-see for any surfers, sailors or anyone at one with the ocean.

Viewing: Saturday 17 October, 11.00am-4.30pm

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5. Belvedere House, Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1

Known as one of the best examples of Georgian architecture in Dublin, this ornate Georgian period home that was once owned by an Earl (so you know it's legit) and now belongs to Belvedere College boys' school.

Think highly elaborate walls and extremely lavish chandeliers. The dream.

Viewing: Saturday 17 October, 11.00am-4.30pm

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6. 33 Heytesbury Street, Dublin 8

A great house conserved and restored to its natural beauty while still being architecturally brilliant, with bucket loads of light. Sweet little garden too, so definitely worth a look.

Viewing: Saturday 11am-4:30pm, Sunday 2pm-4:30pm. First-come, first-served.

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7. Iveagh House, Department of Foreign Affairs, 80 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Designed in 1736 and still got it.

Be prepared to swoon in this luxury, LUXURY dream building. Don't forget to look all around you (incl. the ceilings) when you're in there, because you are going there, because look at it.

Viewing: Saturday 17 October, 11.00am-4.30pm

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8. Farmleigh House, Castleknock

Sure didn't only the Guinness family themselves shack up here at one stage, if you don't mind.

This beauty boasts a vast range of decorating styles – from Jacobean to Georgian and everything in between, and not to mention, three whopping storeys. Bravo Guinness family, bravo.

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9. No 1 Grand Canal Street Lower, Dublin 2

So this building is actually called The One. I know. Sure you'd be mad to miss out on The One!

Just fresh onto the market as it was only completed this September. Expect brand spanking new everything.

Viewing: 12pm - 2:30pm on Sunday the 18th. Get on down.

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10. 171 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

This beautifully rustic space is the one for those of you who are both Country Mice and City Mice. The Victorian Townhouse and Mews Garden Studio is located just opposite the stone walls of The Botanic Gardens, was restored in 2007 and is absolutely gorgeous.

Viewing: Saturday 17 October, 12.00am – 4.30pm

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11. 5 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2

Built in 1758, this stunning house has had everyone who's anyone stay within its walls – from politicians to interior designers. In 2002, it was even incorporated into the Millennium Wing of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Glam.

Viewing: Saturday 17 October, 11.00am – 4.30pm

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Kate Demolder

Kate is a contributing writer here at Lovin Dublin. You are as likely to see her indulging in some of Dublin’s finer establishments, as well as panic-exercising the day after.

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