Every year buildings of cultural importance open their doors to the public for one night free of charge. On Friday the 20th of September you will have the chance to explore and understand what exactly goes on behind the scenes with guided tours and employees available to answer whatever questions you may have. Here are three places you’ve got to get too. Why only three? Because with the whole city out and about you’ll only have time for three…

Block T

Smithfield Chambers, Dublin 7

Perhaps the largest artist space in the city centre, the guys in Block T have made a huge dent on the Irish culture scene over the last three years. Having moved space from the old textile factory they once called home to a disused office block around the corner Block T is the creative home to dozens of the cities upcoming artists ranging from media to fine art.

Dublin Castle

The State Apartments, Dublin 2

Dublin castle occupies a huge space in the city centre and had been at the heart of British Rule in Ireland for centuries. At times it was the seat of the Kings representative in Ireland before evolving into a barracks that housed British soldiers.  Since gaining independence Dublin castle has been used for a number of state orientated events from the inauguration of the president to the visit of the Queen. A great place to walk around and marvel at the spacious banquet rooms and relics from British rule.

Freemasons Hall

17 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

Arguably the most popular destination on culture night the centre of Freemasonary in Ireland aims to put to bed whatever shady rumours you may have had about the groups role in society. With detailed tours on every floor and a spectacular number of artifacts from the orders history there is little wonder why ques develop past the passport office come six o’clock.

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