Aras An Uachtaráin
Aras An Uachtaráin (Aras an Uachtaráin, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8) – originally built during the mid-1700s, and used by the British Lord Lieutenant of Ireland during the 1870s, this is the current residence of the President of Ireland. This residence (which resembles the White House in Washington, D.C.), is often used to receive foreign heads of state and other dignitaries (such as U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton and Obama – who all have some Irish decent), Pope John Paul II, Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia, Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco, among others.
Aras an Uachtaráin is open to the public only on Saturdays. Free admission tickets are issued at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on the day. Group and/or advance booking is not permitted. Hours: 10.15am – 4 pm (Summer/Saturday only), 10:30 am – 3:30 pm (Winter/Saturday only).