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. To visit Dublin Castle and other attractions in Dublin, use our Dublin travel planner .
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  • Worth visiting it, is on the back of the Parliament and excels its Tower and its clock. There are parts of the wall that surrounded it and the front door. Very beautiful square which is located at the site.
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  • I did a self tour and loved wandering through the beautiful rooms. I wished that I had time for the tour but glad to be accommodated with a half price admission and I bought the booklet that explained...  more »
  • I have lived here in Dublin and it's the first time I went into the castle. It was one of the best tours I have had of a castle and I would definitely recommend a visit!  more »
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  • Stopped by the Castle because we were walking by. Fairly affordable admission fee, but only one level of the castle was open for touring. Would have liked to see more. The information available was good, but only spent about 40minutes here. Seemed too small of an area for such a short tour around. The grounds were beautiful and free to explore, as well as the library attached to the lawn. Made for gorgeous photos though.
  • What can I say, this castle is beautiful outside but essentially inside, The state rooms alone are breath taking to say the least. If you visit Dublin this castle is a must. The history alone is fascinating dating back many centuries which includes King John, too many subjects too mention. Although a tourist attraction. Do check when the castle is open. I visited in winter. I think it was only open on a Tuesday?
  • Interesting. I’d suggest you buy a tour guide ticket in order to understand what’s going on. The tour is about 60 minutes and the tour guide will leave you after that to roam around and have a look on your own anyway so.. prices are very affordable.
  • Really enjoyed the castle and the rooms were beautiful. Each room had information about it's history and also some history of the time around it's use. The app to download and use whilst walking round was a bit confusing when we visited because a few of the rooms described in the talk were closed when we were there but I can see it would have been good if all the rooms were available for the tour. The app did give a lot of extra information.
  • A great place to spend a quiet few hours. Don't miss the Chester Beaty Library that is also at the back of the castle. You will see some lovely old Chinese / Japanese art scrolls and exhibitions.

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Where to stay in Dublin

Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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