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Heritage guidelines, reports and plans

Dublin City Heritage Office publishes a wide variety of guidelines, reports and plans about the history and character of our city.

If you are a planner, builder or heritage professional (e.g. archaeologist), use these documents to help protect the integrity of our city.

The Heritage Council part funds the network of 28 City/County Heritage Officers in Local Authorities across the country. The Heritage Council’s vision is that the value of our heritage is enjoyed, managed and protected for the vital contribution that it makes to our identity, well-being and future. For more information on the work of the Heritage Council, please visit www.heritagecouncil.ie

Read a heritage publication

Our publications are grouped into 4 categories:

Architectural Heritage

WIG/TUCK A Research Project on Historic Pointing Techniques and Façade Finishes in Dublin (Draft)

This is a study of the historic techniques used for pointing brickwork in Dublin. The aim of the study is to promote an evidence-based approach to façade renewal and the repair of brick buildings in Dublin. The report makes preliminary conclusions and recommendations based on evidence from academic research and fieldwork. The findings will be a practical resource for anyone planning, designing or assessing brick façade repair or renewal in Dublin. The research work underpinning the document is from historical research combined with the examination and recording of over 70 building façades. The building periods of particular interest that have been examined are 1714-1830 (Georgian) and the subsequent Victorian/ Edwardian period from 1830-1914. A final version of this report will replace this draft in due course.

Guide to the Sustainable Re-use of Buildings

Dublin contains many buildings which - though not protected - have architectural or historic merit. The retention, rehabilitation and reuse of these plays a pivotal role in the development of our city.

Henrietta Street Conservation Plan

Henrietta Street is one of the more important architectural and urban areas of the country. This plan establishes a long-term strategy for the conservation, rehabilitation and regeneration of the street.

Conservation of St. Luke’s Church in the Coombe

St. Luke’s Church was built between 1715 and 1716 and is now a protected structure.

The history of monuments in the O'Connell Street Area

This report traces the history of nine monuments in the O’Connell Street area. It identifies their national significance and concludes with a summary of their current condition.

Archaeological Heritage

Sources for Archaeologists in Dublin City

This document contains information for archaeologists who work in Dublin City.

Dublin City Walls Conservation Plan

Dublin City Walls are one of the most important, but poorly preserved and presented monuments in the city. This plan addresses concerns about the walls - both above and below ground.

Walks through Medieval Dublin

Use these maps to explore medieval Dublin.

Viking Age Dublin

A popular book on the archaeology of Ireland’s first town by Ruth Johnson.

Dublinia: The Story of Medieval Dublin

A popular book on the history of Dublin in the Middle Ages.

Newmarket & Weavers Square Booklet

Archaeological archive

The Archaeology Office maintains an archive of secondary historical material. This includes modern and historic maps, photographs, books, digital files and written records. These can be consulted by researchers upon appointment.

To arrange an appointment, contact the Archaeology Office at the following address.


Environmental Heritage


This survey explores the results of existing studies on the natural environment of Dublin City.

Bat Conservation

Bats are a vulnerable species. They are threatened by habitat loss, pesticides and human disturbance.

Hedgerow Conservation

Hedges are important heritage features. They vary in form and species and help to form the local and regional character of the landscape.

Natural Heritage Survey

This survey explores the results of existing studies on the natural environment of Dublin City.

General Heritage

Tales of Medieval Dublin

Tales of Medieval Dublin is a chance for modern day Dubliners to hear the exciting stories of the medieval men and women who walked the same footsteps as we do today. 

Passing through Dublin Castle or by the surviving city walls, only parts of the medieval city can be seen, but underneath the surface of the modern capital the colourful world of the medieval city emerges. From the Archdeacon who’s career ended in imprisonment and disgrace, to the Mason who repaired the great bridge of Dublin in 1372. 

From the Mother who gained the reputation as a jezebel, to the Peasant who overcame many problems in order to survive the 11th century, Tales of Medieval Dublin is a chance for modern day Dubliners to meet the remarkable citizens of this medieval city, and to hear their exciting stories. 


Medieval Dublin

Please click here to download the poster


Dublin City Heritage Plan 2002 – 2006

This plan outlines how we protected Dublin’s heritage over the period 2002 to 2006

For more information

Dublin City Council
Heritage Office
Block 3, Floor 3
Civic Offices
Dublin 8

Tel: (01) 222 2856/ 222 2094
Fax: (01) 222 2271
Email: heritage@dublincity.ie

Dublin City Council
Archaeology Office
Block 3, Floor 3
Civic Offices
Dublin 8 Tel: (01) 222 2094
Email: archaeology@dublincity