The Valuation Office holds the Valuation Office Revision Books. These are updated versions of Griffith’s Valuation which date from the 1850s to the 1970s for residential property in Ireland. The Valuation Office is also home to copies of the Griffith’s Valuation maps and the later Union Maps.
The Valuation Office Location & Opening Hours
The Valuation Office is located in the Irish Life Centre on Lower Abbey Street in Dublin 1. If you approach the Centre from Lower Abbey Street, the entrance to the Valuation Office can be found on the right hand side of the large fountain. When you enter the building go to the Public Office located to your left. You must sign in when you enter this office.
The Office opens at 9.15am and closes at 4.30pm. It is open throughout lunchtime.
Fees and Ordering
You can order a Revision Book from a member of staff. You will need to give them the name of the county and the townland that you wish to research. It is also helpful to know the name of the civil parish or electoral division in which your townland is located as you can sometimes find a number of townlands with the same name in one county. You can consult records for multiple townlands and it is a good idea to order them all at once. There is no longer any fee for consulting the Revision Books.
How to use the Revision Books
Once you have placed your order the staff will deliver the relevant books to your table. The Revision Books are bound copies of the original individual notebooks used by the valuators. The earliest book can be found at the back of the bound volume with the most recent notebook at the front. The first page of each notebook will record the name and page number of each townland or street in the notebook. You can sometimes also find a page which lists the date of each revision and the coloured ink used on that date. For more information about the Revision Books read our Blog Post.
The Revision Books for Dublin City and County and counties Kerry, Mayo and Tipperary have been digitised and can be accessed on terminals in the Public Office. They are not available on the internet.
Visitors can freely photograph the Revision Books and there is also a facility to make colour or black and white photocopies of the books or prints from the digitised versions. The cost of photocopying or printing copies of the Revision Books is €1 per page.
The Valuation Office also hold digitial copies of the Griffith’s Maps, the maps that accompany Griffith’s Valuation, as well as the later revised Union Maps from the 1890s and early 20th century. If requested the maps will be delivered to your table where you can photograph them or make colour or black and white photocopies. Copies of maps cost between €1 (Griffith’s Map A4/A3) €3 (Union Map A4/A3) and €15 (Griffith’s Map full A0).