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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. To visit Dublin Castle and other attractions in Dublin, use our Dublin travel planner.
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  • Lovely state apartments that are decorated and maintained in the original time period. Beautiful halls, dining areas and drawing rooms to see how the royalty lived. The large hall is still used for... 
    Lovely state apartments that are decorated and maintained in the original time period. Beautiful halls, dining areas and drawing rooms to see how the royalty lived. The large hall is still used for...  more »
  • An architecturally stunning area, also incredibly popular with tour tour groups, definitely worth a visit, however, come early or later. 
    An architecturally stunning area, also incredibly popular with tour tour groups, definitely worth a visit, however, come early or later.  more »
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  • A bit disappointed with this castle 🏰 I've been to so many that this one looks bland in comparison. The price is quite expensive for a self guided tour for such a small castle. There is close to no sign explaining the paintings, we don't know who painted them, when it was painted and where it is from. Moreover the lighting could use some serious work, you cannot even take a proper look at a lot of those painting because the light is blasting onto them. The rooms explanations are a bit short. I don't feel like I learn a lot during the visit. The staff wasn't nice at all compared to the other places I've visited in Dublin so far. On the bright side, the buffet hall looks incredible! I really liked it. I also enjoyed one of the last room with the sculptures looking alike paintings! If you have spare time, spare money, and it's raining outside go check it out. Otherwise I wouldn't bother putting it on my bucket list. Go the Chester Library instead, the staff is great there and the collection is pretty damn cool 😜
  • It was beautiful! It was everything I expected a real castle to look like. It's amazing to stand in history. I loved the details posted about the rooms. It was very informative. I highly suggest going there and experiencing Ireland, and what its been through as a country.

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