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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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  • Great to see a castle that has been kept up. The guided tour is good and the guides are very informative. You see more of the castle than you would on the self guided tour. The furnishings, the rooms ...  more »
  • In fact the Dublin Castle is not a traditional Castle and Yes, a large Fort built by the anglo-Normans in the 13th century. The Castle has already served numerous purposes since its construction: it was a military fort, prison, housed the national treasure, was justice Tribune and by 700 years worked as an English administration building on Ireland. Currently the castle is divided into "State Apartments" where guided tours. Every first Wednesday of the month visits are free!
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  • Gardens are cool, and have a couple of exhibitions. A peculiar is of items confiscated by smuggling. The castle in if, carries several reforms / extensions, and it make little sexy
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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.