Perched at the top of Parliament St, this grand Georgian building, designed by reknowned architect Thomas Cooley, was originally the Royal Exchange and became the centre of municiple government in 1852. City Hall has one of the best views in Dublin and its atmospheric vaults now house a multimedia exhibition on the city's history - The Story of the Capital. The self-guided exhibition takes just one hour and tells the tale of this unique and ever-changing city using medieval manuscripts, archive newsreel footage and precious artefacts. A small café and shop are located at the entrance to top and tail your visit. Free guided tours are by prior arrangement, and audio guides and leaflets are available in French, German, Spanish, Italian, English and Irish.