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Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

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Sights and Museums,Outdoors,Historic Site,Monument,Landmark,Park
Ranked #6 in Dublin things to do
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Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
+ 353 (0) 1 454 0000
http://www.dublincastle.ie/
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A fortified castle has stood on this site since at least 930, and it's easy to see why: it stands on the highest ridge in the vicinity, at the junction of the River Liffey and the now-underground ... Read more
River Poddle, so it was a strategic place to defend. And indeed, occupants of the site had to defend it frequently: The Danish Vikings that occupied a fortress here in the 900s were defeated by the Irish the next century. By the 1100s the Irish were defeated by the Normans. The next century the English set up shop here. And so on. Thanks to all these ransackings and a few disastrous fires, little remains from those early times. Most of the current castle dates to the 1700s. Today, the 44,000 square meter castle complex contains two museums, two cafes, two gardens, government buildings, a conference center and state apartments.

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Des Moines, Iowa, USA

It’s not terribly exciting. It is seeped in history, so if you have a tour guide it is more interesting. But it just looks more or less like a typical governmental building. On the other hand, the attached church is fascinating!

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Austin, Texas, USA

Absolutely beautiful castle conveniently in the middle of the city of Dublin. Even if you can't go on a tour or go inside, there is a wealth of information on plaques outside that tell you all about the history.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

A really nice tour through the past and the present, the state apartments are beautiful and worth t. I did the self guided tour (students bring ID for discount) and felt satisfied, there is good signage and brochures in many languages. Happy I did it.

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Wicklow, Ireland

what great tour. We paid extra for the private tour which was great as we got to go down under the castle and see the moat. Very informative and well kept. Highly recommend

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Brno, Czech Republic

I was traveling also around Ireland country side and I saw so many more beautiful castles that the Dublin one is. Anyway is a nice place to walk and see the beautiful architecture and sense the history.

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Local from Dublin City, Ireland

Dublin Castle was the seat of government in Ireland during the period of British rule.

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Enniskerry, Ireland

Dublin Castle: Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and Restaurant are open to visitors. (On occasions Dublin Castle can be closed at very short notice for Government business). Access for visitors with disabilities to State Apartments, Chapel Royal and restaurant.

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New Delhi, India

now an Irish government complex, Dublin castle originated from the 18th century. the grounds are worth wandering but I wouldn't pay for the tour.

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An intersting central location . A nice area to walk and take photos with a rich history

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Walked around it during a tour. It's very cool. I didn't know there were castles in Dublin. The green space around it is gorgeous.

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Local from Dublin, Ireland

It's great place who love historic building. The tour is only 5 euros. The location is the middle of the city. It's easy access.

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Palo Alto, California

Fantastic place for a tour - learned so much and neat to see the old castle walls

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A CASTLE! Very cool! And you can go inside the central courtyard free of charge. It's not incredbily ornate castle but pretty cool to see a castle in a city! They have placards around with historical information about the castle, the history and twhich parts are original and which are restored.

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

There isn't a lot here and it is right next to a vacant parking lot. Feels a little odd to say I didn't like it. It is okay. A reasonable stop to make on an extended walking tour of the city.

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London, UK

On all the bus and walking tours, but nothing much to see except the Garda Museum.

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Thetford, UK

I learned that Bram Stoker used to work here before he wrote Dracula. Interesting! ✌

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Shanghai, China

pretty cool. i notice the guides are all professionals with several concerning degrees. just love to hear its stories from them.

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Local from Dublin, Ireland

Dublin Castle here since 1204 AD, and available for guided tours. The Chester Beatty Library is located on the grounds, and is also a must see.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Dublin Castle is a small castle that's not that impressive except for its role in history. Michael Collins set up the Provisional Government here.

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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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Beautiful to see for the historical value, but there are more interesting castles outside of town away from the traffic and noise.

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