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Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

52 reviews
Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Historic Site, Monument, Landmark, Park
Ranked #6 in Dublin things to do
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Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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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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Roscrea

Dublin Castle off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, is a major Irish government complex, conference centre, and tourist attraction. It was until 1922 the seat of the British government's administration in Ireland. Most of the current construction dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland (1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1922).

After the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921, the complex was ceremonially handed over to the newly formed Provisional Government led by Michael Collins.[1] It now hosts the inauguration of each President of Ireland, and various State receptions.

The Castle was built by the dark pool ("Dubh Linn") which gave Dublin its name. This pool lies on the lower course of the River Poddle before its confluence with the River Liffey; when the castle was built, the Liffey was much wider, and the castle was effectively defended by both rivers. The Poddle today runs under the complex.

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Austin

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

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

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

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

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

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Enniskerry

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

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

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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Palo Alto

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

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Puerto Vallarta

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

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

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

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Thetford

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

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Shanghai

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

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

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
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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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San Francisco
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So, why isn't the castle garden just another part of the castle? The city of Dublin was founded around and named after this very spot, actually. Dubh Linn (meaning "black pool") was the name of the lake that once occupied the spot of the castle gardens, back before the city grew into the metropolis it is today.

Today, the gardens are a small grassy area, infrequently found by tourists, used as a helicopter pad for royalty in the UK. The grass is cut into sections by stone snakes, winding and weaving themselves into a Celtic knot.

The gardens offer a quiet respite from the hectic city outside its walls and a really neat look into Dublin's distant and medieval past (In fact, the southern border-wall was built in order to hide the slums of the city from the Queen.).

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