Our Building

Dublinia is lucky enough to be housed in a spectacular landmark building in the centre of Dublin called the Synod Hall. The Synod Hall is a nineteenth century building designed by George Edmund Street, the same architect who led the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral in the 1870s. The building contains a two-story hall surrounded by many passages and lobbies which are now our exhibition spaces.

The architecture is a robust First Pointed style, with simple buttresses, circular turrets and plate tracery, an element of stonemasonry that supports the glass in a Gothic window.

There is a Great Hall on the second floor which is accessed via a contouring stone stairway that would have welcomed Church of Ireland clergy to annual General Synods. An imposing multi-arched wooden roof still exist on the upper level where the words ‘Aye’ and ‘Nae’ can be seen carved over two double doors to facilitate mass voting. There is a fully integrated stone bridge, leading to Christchurch Cathedral, and where our visitors exit the exhibition experience.

The old tower of the medieval St Michael’s church was also incorporated into the design of the Synod Hall.  Remnants of the tower’s medieval past can be seen in the footprint of the nineteenth century building. It is now part of the Dublinia visit and visitors can now climb 96 steps to the top, where you can see spectacular views of the city.