Richmond Asylum, Dublin – November 2008

“Richmond Asylum is located in Grangegorman in the north inner city, just over 1km from the city centre. It has a long history in serving the people of Dublin since the establishment of the Houses of Industry for the poor in the 1770’s.  In 1810 the Governors of the House decided to build a separate institution to house mentally ill patients. The Richmond Asylum was opened to patients in 1814 and was designed by Francis Johnston, the foremost architect of the day. This building, now known as the Lower House, was built as a large quadrangle but only its southern range remains standing today.” (History taken from

Interestingly, this building was also used as the GPO in the set of the popular film “Michael Collins”:

Today, this last remaining block of the asylum is in a fairly bad condition. Fires have gutted some of the rooms on the ground floor and some serious decay means that the upper floors are very unstable and most are just about ready to collapse. Luckily the basement is still in quite a good condition, maintaining a few interesting pieces including the old latrines, which were basically holes sawed out of a long wooden bench! Several other interesting features survive around the building despite all the damage which has been caused by the fires and the natural decay, making this a pretty interesting explore.

01 Richmond Asylum

02 Richmond Asylum

03 3 Floors

04 BMX

05 Asylum Corridor

06 Blocked Light

07 Fallen Floorboards

08 Reception Area

09 Dazzling Light

10 Desolate Corridor

11 Three

12 2nd Floor

13 Collapsed Corridor

14 Down the Stairs

15 3rd Floor Corridor

16 3rd Floor View

17 Into the Darkness

18 Dusty Staircase

19 Right This Way

20 Peeling Paint

21To the basement

22 Basement Corridor

23 Store Room


25 Smashed Up

26 Rusting Boiler

27 Golden Trail


3 thoughts on “Richmond Asylum, Dublin – November 2008

  1. This building is currently (summer 2015) undergoing the first stages of renovation. The structure is being cleaned out, stabilised, propped, some repointing and a new roof on the center section to prevent any further deterioration,

    • Hi Paul, that’s good news. I’m glad that the building is trying to be saved. It has deteriorated quite badly since it’s closure and the rate of its decay was increasing quite fast. So, its great to hear that something is finally being done about it 🙂

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