This is Part 18 of our Ireland Trip blog, and our walking history tour with Garvan. We call this blog: Leinster House and Garvan is the "Dublin Tour Guide" and you can find him at www.dublintourguide.ie/.
WHAT IS THE LEINSTER HOUSE? - Leinster House is the seat of the Oireachtas, the parliament of Ireland. Leinster House was originally the ducal palace of the Dukes of Leinster.
WHEN WAS IT BUILT? - According to oireachtas.ie, The house was originally known as Kildare House after James Fitzgerald, the Earl of Kildare, who commissioned it to be built between 1745-47: James Fitzgerald set out to create the stateliest of Dublin Georgian Mansions to reflect his eminent position in Irish society.
INTERESTING FACTOID - It has been claimed that it formed a model for the design of the White House,
TEA TIME! - The day of our walking tour with Garvan was a crazy, rainy, cold, windy day. So, after we finished walking around in the rain, we stopped for an elegant afternoon tea and scones in a very impressive hotel lobby. We can't remember the name of it, but we have picture of it!
NEXT: A TRAIN TRIP TO GALWAY
Although we didn't get in the Leinster House, we can give you a 4 minute tour of what's inside through this video:
|Tea time at this elegant hotel|