Dublin Castle, Dublin

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Government Building · Architectural Building
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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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  • A walk through the seat of power in Ireland, has both historical and current meaning. The building is stunning. Go early to avoid crowds 
    A walk through the seat of power in Ireland, has both historical and current meaning. The building is stunning. Go early to avoid crowds  more »
  • Not worth the time….not sure I would call it a castle. Some of the artwork was from 2020. One grand room was nice but overall it was pretty bad 
    Not worth the time….not sure I would call it a castle. Some of the artwork was from 2020. One grand room was nice but overall it was pretty bad  more »
  • Enjoyed the tour; self guided which is nice. Lots of beautiful rooms and paintings of the Viceroys & other royalty. Lockers for your backpacks and friendly staff. 
    Enjoyed the tour; self guided which is nice. Lots of beautiful rooms and paintings of the Viceroys & other royalty. Lockers for your backpacks and friendly staff.  more »
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  • It was beautiful! It was everything I expected a real castle to look like. It's amazing to stand in history. I loved the details posted about the rooms. It was very informative. I highly suggest going there and experiencing Ireland, and what its been through as a country.
  • It is one of the best parks in the city center. There are no problems with anti-social behavior, which is a great advantage, especially if you live in the city and have a baby. It would be great if the securities could make sure that pensioners don't feed the seagulls and pigeons all the time.
  • This is a great place to visit and an important site that tells the history of Dublin and of Ireland. The rooms are well set out and are still used for state occasions. I do strongly recommend a visit as it gives a real feel of the past and provides an understand of Ireland route to its place in the world today.
  • Staff is helpful and kind. I appreciate the free entrance fee. Unfortunately when we visited there was a limitation on exhibit access. What we did see was brilliant, beautiful, and well organized.
  • The Castle is nice, and there is an audio tour that you can download on to your phone bit at the moment they have a part closed of for visitors. With only a small part being open to the public, I was through with my tour after 30 minutes and for such a short visit I think 8€ is a bit much, but I would still recommend it, since it is beautiful and rich of history.

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