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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  • I couldn’t believe how cheap the ticket was for what we got, especially compared to the other castles and royal residences I visited in Edinburgh and London. This was probably one of my favorite...  more »
  • Our guide took as along the buildings and in the meantime you get a beautiful and prettyg detailed insight in the history of Dublin Castel, Dublin (or Dubh Linn) and Ireland. Absolutely recommend as.....  more »
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  • Christmas at the Castle was just fabulous. Great for families and something for everybody. I loved the Neapolitan Crib in the Chapel Royal. The State Rooms are spectacular. When it was getting dark the Court yard and stalls were amazing. The vibe was brilliant.
  • I visited the Christmas Market at Dublin Castle, I loved the whole experience, it was evening time so the lights were on and the Choir were singing, the atmosphere was great and the State Rooms of the Castle were open to the public for free after 6pm. The State Rooms were fabulous and all decorated for Christmas. I would highly recommend a visit.

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