The Ireland of 1853 was considerably different to the place that Victoria visited in 1849. No longer in the grips of famine, the country was beginning to get back on its feet. In 1853 the British monarh visited Ireland to attend the Exhibition of Art and Art Industry at the Leinster Lawn in Dublin. The exhibition was in response to Prince Albert's great exhibition at Crystal Palace in London. It was visited by the royal couple on the 29th of August 1853. This was to be a short visit for Victoria, but she would return again in 1861 for a longer stay.