14 Henrietta Street
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14 Henrietta Street is a must-see for anyone with an interest in the history of Dublin City. See the house, hear its stories and discover the layers of Dublin history within its walls.
The stories of the house and street mirror the story of Dublin and its citizens. When entering 14 Henrietta Street, guests will experience over 300 years of city life, a journey from its grand Georgian beginnings to the tenement dwellings of its later years.
Dublin City Council has saved the history of this house by stabilising, restoring and conserving the building. 14 Henrietta Street runs hourly guided tours offering an insight into the history and conservation of the building.
A tour of Henrietta Street is an intimate journey that connects to the personal stories of many of the house's former residents, revealing the building’s hidden histories. The stories are recreated with immersive rooms, audio and film.
Henrietta Street is the most intact collection of early to mid 18th century houses in Ireland. Work began on the street in the 1720s. From Georgian townhouse to tenement dwellings, 14 Henrietta Street tells the story of the lives of the people who lived there, and how social change impacted on them over time.
Dublin City Council acquired the house in 2000 and the idea for a museum telling the story of tenement life came into being. Work began to peel back the layers and find out who had been there before. It is possible to think that those who lived here had no voice, are long gone and forgotten. The work to establish the museum has given an important platform to those stories, now and into the future.
Number 14, like many of the houses on Henrietta Street, follow a room layout that separated its various public, private and domestic functions. The house is built over five floors, with a railed in basement, brick vaulted cellars under the street to the front, a garden and mews to the rear and a coach house and stable yard beyond.
14 Henrietta Street is only accessible by guided tour. Pre-booking is advised.