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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  • Arguably the best place to learn about Irish History. The guided tour covers from the early days of Dublin in 1100's and 1200's right through the the present day. The guide (I am so sorry I can't...  more »
  • We didn't take the full tour which would have included a guide, but nevertheless were able to get a good insight into the history. It doesn't look much like a castle, but the information that is...  more »
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  • Christmas are Dublin Castle. Festive market. Food and craft stalls. Nice to see The Saucy Cow 100% vegan food stall there. Tasty vegan burgers 😋💚🌱💪✌️
  • Interesting history surrounds this beautiful castle. It definitely is not a castle in the architectural style most think of as a castle. Everything in it is elegant and beautifully cared for, but its place in the history of the Republic of Ireland makes it a wonderful stop in appreciating Ireland and its courageous people.
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