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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  • You can tour the castle with a guide or guide yourself. The castle rooms are lovely and the history revealed is fascinating.  more »
  • We took the guided tour around Dublin Castle which lasted an hour. Well worth doing and we were all very impressed.  more »
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  • It’s completely worth the €13 for the guided tour, They take you everywhere and give you a brief but elucidating explanation on everything, and they are quite engaging and enthusiastic. You can easily spend at least 3 hours there if you also visit the external area that includes the garden, there’s a lot to see. Even the toilets look beautiful
  • Good stop to see, you can do a self guided tour with a very reasonable price. The rooms are full of well done paints and other art pieces. I found it very interesting all the dignitaries that have stayed here.
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