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Dublin Castle, Dublin

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Tourist Spots
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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. Make Dublin Castle a centerpiece of your Dublin vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Dublin vacation planner.
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  • Not what you'd expect of a traditional castle, but the tour guide explains how the castle has evolved into its present form. For 2 euro extra, the guided tour takes you to several places that you can'...  read more »
  • I arrived on the first wednesday of the month, unaware that was the "free" day, but no tours are conducted then, so you don't get access to the Chapel or underneath. So I did a quick round of the Stat...  read more »
  • Unfortunately no tours available (all fully booked) which meant no access to the chapel. Good information available for self-guided tour around state apartments. Interesting mix of buildings and histo...  read more »
  • If you want to learn more about dublin's historical values and progress through out the years, forget the internet. Why not head on directly to the castle and get the chance to acquire more insider information. The local tour guides are so great at doing this. For instance the international renowned band the script had their rehearsal once at the castle's chapel royale as they call it. The castle does not exude so much glamour on the outside which make it less typical. What will actually surprise you is its interior. Dont forget to drop by the store to get some nice souvenirs before you exit.
  • One of the best ways to learn about the history of the City of Dublin (Baile Atha Cliath). I would highly recommend paying a little extra to get the guided tour since you get to learn a lot about the history (I was actually making notes during the tour!) and you also get to see the royal state rooms of the British monarchy. Probably the #1 thing to do while in Dublin.
  • Multiple museums and gardens make this a nice place to visit; it's slightly quieter than the area surrounding it, so you can go there to relax a bit. I'd say it's definitely worth at least passing by if visiting Dublin.
  • Beautiful place. Be sure also to visit park behind the castle, which has special area dedicated to Garda servicemen. There is also Chester Beatty Library near the park which is a must see.
  • Impressive castle with much history. Our guide highlighted the statue of Justice, which interestingly isn't blindfolded, and has the sword drawn. He said that originally, the scales would unbalance with rainwater, until someone drilled some holes to allow the water the drain.
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