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All aboard Luas for free guided tours of city's architectural gems

Kevin Keane

Published 25/08/2011 | 05:00

ALL aboard the tour bus with a difference.

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The capital's light rail system will be transformed this autumn as it ferries people between some of the city's architectural gems for the annual Open House Dublin festival.

As well as being a mode of transport, the city's two tram lines will also be one of the central attractions for the weekend celebration of architecture.

Guides will travel on specific Luas services during the October 7-9 event, providing free tours of the architecture and landscaping involved in creating the hugely popular light rail system.

According to the director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, Nathalie Weadick, the Luas system has opened up an alternative perspective of Dublin's built environment.

"It offers a new experience about how we use our city, she said.

The list of buildings hasn't yet been finalised for the Open House 2011 -- but favourites from previous years include the Criminal Courts, Liberty Hall and Busaras.

And one attraction bound to draw considerable interest is the French Ambassador's grand 11-bedroom residence on Ailesbury Road in upmarket Dublin 4.

Irish Independent

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