18 Ormond Quay Upper is open every Thursday in May, June and July 2024. Take a self-guided tour of the upper floors of our restored 1840s merchant shop-house overlooking the River Liffey, and learn about the history of the building and its occupants in the associated shop exhibition. Staff will be on hand to explain all aspects of this Europa Nostra Award-winning conservation project that has demonstrated creative adaptation and restoration of residential living in an historic urban buiding. 

Opening Hours
Every Thursday until 1st August 2024 inclusive
11am - 7pm

€5 per person – children 5 and under free | No booking required | Self-guided

Additional donations welcome | All funds raised will be used to support the work of Dublin Civic Trust

Typical visit takes 30 minutes 

Group Tours
Group tours for 5-20 people can be arranged on Thursdays by appointment at €5 per person. Please contact our office to arrange a time:

Note: Wheelchair access is only possible to the ground floor. Access to the upper floors is by multiple flights of stairs. Visitors are welcome to rest on chairs provided in upper floor rooms.


This initiative is supported by the Heritage Organisations Support Fund 2024 operated by The Heritage Council



Conserve your Building

Dublin's historic buildings are a unique resource that shapes the identity of the city. 

Discover more about building conservation, origins of architectural styles and materials, and how to approach your own conservation project.



History, Repair and Cleaning of Historic Interior Plasterwork 

Half-day Seminar

In-Person Event at 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7

 Wednesday 24th July 2024    

Time: 10:00 – 13:00
(registration from 09:45 – seminar includes tea/coffee refreshments mid-morning. Lunch is not included)

Location: Dublin Civic Trust premises, 18 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7

Price: €90

Structured CPD Points: 3

Join us for this in-person seminar led by two leading experts, stuccodore Andrew Smith and conservation surveyor Frank Keohane, that includes practical demonstration and site inspection of historic plasterwork in 18 Ormond Quay Upper, central Dublin. 


2024 Building Conservation Grants


15th January 2024

If you own or occupy a Protected Structure or a building located in an Architectural Conservation Area, you are eligible to make an application for financial grant assistance for conservation and maintenance works under the Government's 2024 grant schemes.

Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage launched details of the Built Heritage Investment Scheme and the Historic Structures Fund for 2024. With €9 million in funding across both schemes, they represent a significant boost to the preservation of Ireland’s built heritage. It is expected the schemes will support hundreds of projects while also creating over 30,000 days of employment.

Both schemes have now closed for submissions through local authorities and will re-open for applications in November 2024.


View our current project


Our exciting new building restoration project at 68 Arran Street East is now underway. One of the most transformative initiatives of its kind in the city, we need your support to help it continue.


Dublin Civic Trust was delighted to host two in-person events which coincided with the opening of A Feast of Interiors, John Clarke's brilliant pop-up antiques and homewares shop which ran its third year at 18 Ormond Quay Upper during December 2023.

THE CONTEMPORARY COLLECTOR’ was a series of informative talks led by John, who is an antiques and interiors specialist with decades of experience.

The event consisted of an intimate discussion tour, guiding attendees through themes including the design and manufacture of traditional objects and furniture and their sustainability and reuse. John explored how to assess old furniture and objects and provided advice on assembling beautiful and comfortable rooms.

The event ran twice, as follows:
· Monday 11th December @ 10:00-11:30.
· Thursday 14th December @ 18:00-19:30.

Ticket proceeds supported the work of Dublin Civic Trust.

John's shop was open daily 10:30 – 18:00 until Saturday 23rd December 2023.

18 Ormond Quay Upper Wins European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2021

Dublin Civic Trust is delighted to receive Europe's most prestigious award for built heritage conservation - the European Heritage Award / Europa Nostra Award 2021 - for the restoration of 18 Ormond Quay Upper, an 1840s merchant buiding in the historic centre of Dublin.

18 Ormond Quay was restored by the Trust over a three-year period since 2017 as a demonstration project under its ‘revolving fund’ mechanism, showing how historic buildings in the centre of Dublin can be sensitively restored with a residential component.

We feel this award is for Dublin and all Dubliners who cherish their city and its built heritage.


A restoration project on Dublin’s quays has just been awarded the equivalent of a heritage Oscar

Sunday Independent

July 25 2021 02:30 AM

Conor Skehan

A modest restoration project has been awarded the equivalent of a heritage Oscar by Europa Nostra, which is Europe’s largest and oldest federation of heritage organisations.

Every year it celebrates and promotes significant heritage achievements across 40 countries.

This year, the Dublin Civic Trust won a European Heritage Award/Europa Nostra Award 2021 for their restoration of a simple 19th-century merchant’s building at 18 Ormond Quay Upper in the centre of Dublin.


Project 18Ormond Updates

Decoration of the upper floor rooms in 18 Ormond Quay is well advanced, the walls now dressed in authentic Irish wallpapers recreated by leading wallpaper expert and manufacturer, David Skinner. Take a chance to view the completed rooms for yourself...



Irish Period Houses - The Definitive Reference Manual

Dublin Civic Trust's flagship publication Irish Period Houses - A Conservation Guidance Manual is the must-have reference tool for building conservation in Ireland.

Newly rewritten and published for 2016 by the original author, chartered conservation surveyor Frank Keohane, Irish Period Houses provides invaluable information for the homeowner and building professional into the design of traditional houses, their construction materials and decorative elements, and expert guidance on how they can be repaired and enhanced with best conservation practice. It is the definitive reference guide for custodians of most period buildings in Ireland and for anyone considering taking on a building conservation project.


Project 18Ormond - The Story So Far 



The Identification and Reuse of Traditional 17th & 18th-Century Urban Buildings

One Day Symposium

6th December 2019



This one-day symposium organised by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, supported by the Creative Ireland Programme, showcases the diverse richness of Ireland's pre-Georgian and early Georgian built heritage in our towns and cities. A host of expert speakers will shine a light on all aspects of early building construction, from timber and masonry materials, to roof typologies and architectural joinery. The aim of the event is to involve more people and communities in recognition and preservation of early urban buildings in our historic cities and towns, raise levels of awareness, and seek innovative and creative schemes for contemporary living.


Extract from early 1700s perpective of College Green

Extract from early 1700s perpective of College Green