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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  • Dublin Castle is still used for national and international functions such as the inauguration of a new President of Eire. You can wander by yourself or take the organised tour, we wandered the inside ...  more »
  • Good value tour seeing old medieval walls, chapel, state apartments. Guide was informative and interesting. Well worth a visit to get a feel of history and changes in Ireland set in the wider context ...  more »
  • Interesting place. Loads of history. Definitely do the guided tours as you see more. Tours last approximately 75 minutes.  more »
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  • This is more like visiting a stately home than a castle so f you're looking for arms and war stories you'll be disappointed. The state apartments and chapel are beautiful with lots of associated history. The guided tour was very interesting and definitely worth doing. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, although she spoke quickly with a strong accent so may have been difficult to understand for anyone whose English was rusty / not their first language. There's a temporary exhibition about the famine which wasn't comfortable viewing but worthwhile reflecting on, especially if you're English.
  • We were fortunate to be here on a very quiet day where we could really stop and look at everything with almost no one else around. I can't speak for what it's like when it's busy, but having all the space to ourselves to look around was really fun. A few areas were decorated for Christmas, and it was quite beautiful. The architecture both inside and out is gorgeous. There is a good amount to look at even without the guided tour, which we opted not to take. I would definitely go back if we're in Ireland again, and I would try out the guided tour next time myself to see some of the areas where you cannot go if you're not guided. I also wanted to mention the lovely garden on the grounds just near the castle. It's a stunning place, which was quiet and relaxing on the sunny but chilly winter morning that we visited. Overall it was a fantastic experience and I would recommend a visit!
  • We did he self guided tour. It was pretty easy to guide ourselves and read the information around the castle. We went through the tour in about 30 min and cost 7€ each. Took lots of pictures and was interesting in some spots. There were some great rooms like the throne room and St. Patrick's hall. Could have been more interesting.
  • It's so odd seeing a castle in the middle of a city but it's really cool. The tour was very informational and it was interesting to see how the castle is still used today for many social events. And they walk you through the history while explaining how modern day society still benefits from using the castle.
  • A nice stop while walking around the city. Took a self guided tour around the castle and grounds. The guided tour obviously goes into more detail and is rather charming. There are lockers for storing your stuff as they don't allow backpacks.
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