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The Casino at Marino, Dublin

The Casino, located in the gardens of Marino House was designed by Sir William Chambers for James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont. It is one of the finest 18th century neo-classical buildings in Europe. The Casino, meaning "small house", contains 16 finely decorated rooms, endlessly rich in subtlety and design. It is a remarkable building in terms of structure and history.

The name 'Casino' is the diminutive form of the Italian word 'Casa', meaning 'House', and so means 'Little House'.

Regarded as the most important Neo-Classical building in Ireland, the Casino is quite small, measuring only 50 feet square to the outer columns. Seen from the outside, the building has the appearance of a single roomed structure, with a large panelled door on the north side and a single large window on each of the other sides. However, the Casino contains 16 rooms on three floors.

Many other tricks are used throughout the construction in order to preserve the simplicity of the design. Four of the columns which surround the building are hollow and,with a length of chain dangling in each, allows rainwater to drain down. The Roman urns on the roof are used as chimneys.

The interior, includes a basement level with a kitchen and associated rooms, a main floor with reception rooms and a top storey with servants rooms and a State Bedroom. It contains some very fine plasterwork ceilings and some elaborate hardwood parquet floors.

Originally the Casino was linked to Marino House by a tunnel, although this has been blocked off due to building works in the area.

Opening Times

29th April- 27th October: open daily 10am - 5pm
Last admission 45 mins before closing.

Access is by guided tour only.
Duration: 45 mins.

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Ticket Prices

Adult: €3.00
Senior Citizens €2.00
Child/Student: €1.00
Family: €8.00
Group: €2.00

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Disabled Facilities

The interior is accessed by a stairway.

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More Information

Telephone: 00 353 (0) 1 8331619
Email: casinomarino@opw.ie

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Malahide Road,
Marino,
Dublin 3,
Dublin

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