Abandoned Buildings in Ireland for Urbex

Irish history dates back centuries ago and the abandoned buildings still lying scattered around the country are a testament to the struggles and achievements endured since the 18th Century.

Urban explorers in Ireland should pay serious attention to “No Trespassing” and other hazard signs when urbexing in Ireland. Due to the lengthy history that is usually attached these decaying, heritage buildings, expect to find extreme levels of disrepair and structural instability.

Remember, safety is paramount so don’t forget to check out our 15 golden rules of urbex.


Where Can You Urbex in Ireland?

There are lots of great abandoned places in Dublin, Galway, Cork, Wicklow and other Irish counties, for those looking for a new urbex spot to photograph in Ireland. Feel free to click on one of the links below to view photo galleries, read historical research, and get inspiration for where to explore next.


Best Abandoned Buildings in Dublin for Urbex

The Abandoned Dun Laoghaire Baths, Dublin, Ireland

UPDATE 2021: The Dun Laoghaire Baths have been demolished and renovation is underway: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/d%C3%BAn-laoghaire-baths-being-redeveloped-after-20-years-out-of-use-1.2151632  The Dublin based Dun Laoghaire Baths, otherwise known as Rainbow Rapids, dated back to the 1790s and used to act as a public place to swim and

Abandoned Military Clancy Barracks, Dublin (Ireland)

The Clancy Barracks date from about 1857 and have had a long connection with artillery, cavalry, and ordnance. They have been associated with various military events including the Crimean War, the Boer War, World War 1, and the 1916 rising.

Abandoned Killiney Beach Tea Rooms, Dublin (Ireland)

This small building situated along the beautiful Killiney Beach is an eyesore. Covered in graffiti and home to endless piles of empty beer cans, this long-abandoned site is a popular attraction for ‘sessions’ (a gathering of people where copious amounts

Abandoned 1916 Boland’s Flour Mill, Dublin (Ireland)

I spent months trying to find a way into this historical building that played such an important part in Irish history, specifically 1916. It is where Eamon De Valera and his men hid out when things were getting heated in

Abandoned Portrane Mental Asylum, Co Dublin (Ireland)

This is one of the most challenging sites I have explored on my own. I knew security would be very high here, so I opted for a back entrance in. This meant using Google Maps to navigate through several overgrown

Abandoned Buildings in Cork for Urbex

The Abandoned Heatherside Hospital, Co. Cork, Ireland

The Abandoned Heatherside Hospital, Co. Dublin Ireland Built in 1909, the abandoned Heatherside Hospital in County Cork, Ireland, operated as a tuberculosis sanatorium until 1957. After that, it was used as a mental health and psychogeriatric facility by the HSE up until 2010, when it

Abandoned Buildings in Galway for Urbex

Abandoned St. Brigid’s Hospital Connaught Asylum in Galway, Ireland │Abandoned World Photography Urbex

St. Brigids Hospital Asylum, County Galway, Ireland

The Oldest Abandoned Asylum in Connaught, Ireland Throughout the early to mid-1800s, there was a rapid growth in the development of mental asylums worldwide, with Ireland leading the way. A total of 22 new Irish asylums sprung up between 1810 – 1870, one of which is the now derelict St. Brigid’s Hospital, formerly known as Connacht District Lunatic Asylum

Abandoned Buildings in Louth for Urbex

Abandoned Táin Holiday Village in Louth, Ireland │Abandoned World Photography Urbex

Abandoned Táin Village Holiday Park, County Louth, Ireland [VIDEO]

The Táin Village Holiday Park and Outdoor Centre is situated in one of Ireland’s most beautiful areas - Omeath, County Louth. In fact, the area surrounding the former holiday park site is renowned for its natural beauty, sparkling rivers, and rolling hills lush with greenery and wildflowers.

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