Central Bank of Ireland
Central Bank of Ireland
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Central Bank of Ireland Visitor Centre, situated in its headquarters in Dublin 1, offers a unique experience to visitors of all ages. Access is free. Individual visitors are can drop in at any time during opening hours (10:00-16:00 Monday to Friday with last entry at 15:30.)
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Seamus F
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Never open. Says on website open but when you go there it's closed. Staff at reception say they are not told when it's open .went there yesterday 3 Aug 2023.
Written 4 August 2023
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Clayton H
Conception Bay South, Canada19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Three days of meetings in excellent location. Very accommodating hosts who, although naturally security-conscious, were very friendly and provided a very nice venue.
Written 14 August 2018
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TSP2014
Colleyville, TX366 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Family
My family needed to burn sometime after lunch before our tour of the Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship, so we decided to head down the quay to see the Central Bank of Ireland museum. The museum is to the left after you enter the building. While, it is small (which is probably why it's a free museum) there is some great information on the displays about the history of the currency in Ireland. If you are in the area and need something to do I think this is at least work a look.
Written 27 December 2017
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Vincent D
Dún Laoghaire, Ireland1,222 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Friends
I met an architect friend there for a cup of coffee. Coffee shop is high tech- does not accept cash- but the coffee is ok if too hot.
The exhibition was modest in scale and badly laid out because there was not a logical route from beginning to end.
The best part was a display of the entries for the pre- Euro Irish coins.
Written 15 September 2017
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James O
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Solo
The Central Bank of Ireland moved from its old HQ in Dame Street, Dublin to a new premises in North Wall Quay earlier this year. One of the exciting features (for coin and banknote collectors) is their new Visitor Centre.

It has wheelchair ramps and it very family friendly, with plenty of room to amble through the various exhibits. There are currently two exhibitions in the space :-

Exhibit 1 – Pounds, Shillings & Independence

This exhibit tells the story of the development of Ireland’s currency following the establishment of Saorstát Éireann in 1922.

- There is a very informative audio-visual programme on a widescreen TV, narrating the design competition for the first Saorstat Eireann coins of 1927-28

- In addition, there is a wonderful display of the plaster casts of the various coin designs – including those rejected by the competition judges

- It celebrates the work of the Currency Commission, which was established in 1927 to design, issue, manage and control an entirely new and independent Irish currency.

This includes an exhibit of the first Irish banknotes
Currency Commission Banknotes
The Consolidated Banks “promissory” issues (a.k.a. Ploughman notes)
Central Bank of Ireland – A, B and C series

Exhibit 2 – European Central Bank’s ‘Euro Exhibition’

This exhibit takes visitors on a tour of euro currency, from its beginnings back in history, to the single currency we use today.

This includes a display of the “old” banknotes of the EuroZone countries

It is interesting to see the now obsolete currencies, the denominations and the national designs – featuring their most famous and/or important people of the past

The exhibition has several distinct elements, focusing on euro banknotes, euro coins, security features, the overall history of money and there is also a kids’ corner for the younger guests.

The Visitor Centre is open to the public from 10.00am to 4.00pm weekdays and is a pleasant walk down the quays from O’Connell Bridge. Overall, I think its a wonderful way to wile away an hour or so.

There are public car parking facilities at the Dublin Convention Centre nearby, and the 151 (Dublin Bus) stops outside the Central Bank. In addition, there are lots of places to eat nearby in the newest part of Dublin – the new Financial District !

Other tourist attractions in the immediate vicinity include :-

Jeanie Johnston Tall Ship and Famine Museum
EPIC (The Irish Emigration Museum)
The 3Arena (aka The Point)
Dublin Conference Centre
The Customs House
Written 5 September 2017
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RavenousReader
Lucan, Ireland116 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
Really interesting, well laid out, good audio visual, some hands-on. One half is all about the development of the Irish currency after gaining independance and the other half is all about the Euro. It's well put together and very engaging.
Written 1 August 2017
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StvC
Dublin, Ireland76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
If visiting EPIC or the Diving Bell, this is worth popping into also. Current exhibition is a fascinating history of the first Irish currency. Make sure to bring your ID
Written 21 July 2017
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StephenCross
Dublin, Ireland18,552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Business
Very well organised and really easy to navigate. Highly professional feeling to the set up. Make sure you bring photo ID and useful to do auto check in at reception desk.
Written 12 July 2017
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