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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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  • If you've seen lots of palaces and castles, the ceremonial rooms in Dublin Castle may not be a highlight. But there are two additional attractions on the grounds that make the guided tour worthwhile: ...  more »
  • This is a must if you visit Dublin, it's amazing when you're walking in City centre and you find the Dublin Castle, you can go inside the property, walk into the garden, go to the library, without pay...  more »
  • I went with the self guided because I was pressed for time, but I DEFINITELY regretted it once I heard the guides and saw the groups. I eavesdropped a little bit, but hurried along. It was only a few ...  more »
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  • Good for a quick break. They do not allow strollers upstairs, but they let you park them by the front desk. Also a cafe inside, if you want a quick bite. The revenue museum is around the back of the castle.
  • A beautiful Castle and great attraction to visit. Some really interesting things to see here and a good place to learn of our history. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Definitely worth a visit. I normally avoid guided tours but I thoroughly enjoyed our tour here. Our guide was knowledgeable about the castle and Irish history in general.
  • Once the centre of the city, the castle is oddly mixed with more recent buildings that honestly don't really match the ancient style of the castle. However the gardens on the side are a lovely place where to enjoy some sun light and have a quiet moment to rest on the several benches around the green round.
  • Pretty Chapel, but the free access to the Georgian house would be your best bet as the tour was just OK.