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Dublin Castle, Dublin

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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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  • The Castle was very interesting I would recommend the tour as the self tour you miss out the church and the only area where you can see the River Poddle above ground.  more »
  • good tour very informative interesting to learn what happen to the castle before the palace was built. the state rooms are impressive  more »
  • we took the guided tour and it was really good thing to do. intersting place which still function as a formal site. piece of history that is intersting to explore.  more »
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  • I believe you can get enough of this the free way--outdoor walk around. You can go in for free on certain days too! It's really cool and a beautiful space. I recommend seeing it at night as well.
  • We took the guided tour of the Castle because the tour took you to certain areas of the Castle that you couldn't explore on your own. I am glad we did this because these areas were very interesting. The Castle had a lot of history and the tour guide did an excellent job describing the various areas and rooms. It wasn't my favourite attraction we visited in Ireland, but it was interesting, the staff was great, and they did an excellent job displaying the history of the Castle.
  • Very cool castle and government building. Take the guided tour! My favorite part was the underground portion which highlighted the castle ruins found under the existing structure.
  • This is a nice place to wander around. We originally were not going to go inside and we were just going to wander around the grounds - but they had a free entry day on a Wednesday that encouraged us to go in. There were not too many people in there on the day, which was nice as we could take our time and walk around at our own pace. There was plenty of information provided with leaflets should you be interested.
  • Great insight into the beginnings of Dublin. The tour group size was a little big, which made picture opportunities a bit difficult. Otherwise, it was very enjoyable and worth the money.