A taste of medieval times in the middle of a modern downtown, Dublin Castle served as the seat of British rule in Ireland for over seven centuries. Although it remains part of a major government complex, the castle now mostly serves as a venue for ceremonial events, such as the inauguration of the country's president. Transformed over the ages from a medieval fortress to a Georgian palace, the castle complex contains an 800-year-old tower, the sole survivor of the original fortifications built on this spot in the early 13th century. Take a guided tour to see the gardens built over a site once occupied by a black pool, the "dubh inn" from which the city of Dublin got its name. To visit Dublin Castle and other attractions in Dublin, use our Dublin travel planner .
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  • You can tour the castle with a guide or guide yourself. The castle rooms are lovely and the history revealed is fascinating.  more »
  • We took the guided tour around Dublin Castle which lasted an hour. Well worth doing and we were all very impressed.  more »
  • Visited this morning. Because we were just too late for the guided tour we went on the receipt. Beautiful Christmas atmosphere inside. Comes to its entirety. Had a piece of history lessons from Ireland.
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  • It’s completely worth the €13 for the guided tour, They take you everywhere and give you a brief but elucidating explanation on everything, and they are quite engaging and enthusiastic. You can easily spend at least 3 hours there if you also visit the external area that includes the garden, there’s a lot to see. Even the toilets look beautiful
  • Good stop to see, you can do a self guided tour with a very reasonable price. The rooms are full of well done paints and other art pieces. I found it very interesting all the dignitaries that have stayed here.
  • It’s more mansion than castle, but it was interesting. Relatively small for the entry fee, but lots of interesting history. I did the self-guided tour, which was fine. I enjoyed being in a place that is still used for government functions like the presidential inauguration.
  • Stunningly beautiful and very worth the trip to see! The building has very interesting new additions juxtaposed with the ancient areas. The helicopter landing area/garden was very cool! We did not go inside - maybe next time - but very much enjoyed walking around outside of the castle. Check it out , if not for the whole experience, then for the architecture!
  • Not really a majestic castle or many things to see here, it's more for the architecture and things around it like the Viking history around (I don't recommend the Viking museum though, heard it isn't worth the money) and the huge library beside the central open space of the castle which only showcases 20% of their collection at a time due to its sheer size of its collection. My guide also said the library is more interesting than the Book of Kells in Trinity College so if you do not wish to pay a fee to squeeze/queue with others to see an old book, I guess you can consider this library instead.
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