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  • Address: Dame Street
  • Hours: Open Mon - Fri 10am - 4:45pm, Sat & Sun 2pm - 4:45pm
  • Admission: Adults: €4.50

Dublin Castle has served many functions since it was built by King John of England in 1230. At that time, the castle was meant to act as a defense center against the current invaders, the Normans, and serve as the seat of the English government. Since then, Dublin Castle has also been the site of the royal mint, the police headquarters and the residence of various British leaders. Today, the castle grounds are used for some governmental purposes but are mostly only used for ceremonial purposes, such as the Irish President's inauguration, and to host conferences, like those of the European Council.

When no such event is occurring, Dublin Castle is open to the public. Guided tours take visitors through the grounds, sharing the history and ever-changing purpose of each building. Most notable is the story behind the Record Tower, the only remaining building from the original medieval structure that has miraculously survived centuries' worth of fires and warfare that ravaged the other buildings. Other noteworthy parts of Dublin Castle’s grounds include the State Apartments, Chester Beatty Library, and the Dubhlinn Gardens, which now grow over the spot where there was once a black pool, or "dubh linn", from which the city of Dublin gets its name.

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The long and rich history behind this complex is enough reason to tour Dublin Castle. Even people who are not history buffs will find something of interest within the vast castle grounds. See the lavishly decorated private quarters and entertaining halls of the State Apartments, home to various Irish royalty and British leaders. Or visit the Chester Beatty Library, one of Dublin's best museums, which hosts an extensive collection of priceless artifacts from all over the world.

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Dublin Freedom Pass: Transport and Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Use the Dublin Freedom Pass to travel around the city and sightsee with ease. Valid for 72 hours from first use, the handy transport and sightseeing pass ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $36.83

City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 709 Reviews

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Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $21.21

The Dublin Pass

4 star rating: Recommended 82 Reviews

Enjoy free access to more than 30 top Dublin attractions for one great-value price with the Dublin Pass. Get complimentary entry to the famous Guinness ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Varies

From USD $68.08

Dublin Historical Walking Tour including Trinity College

4.5 star rating: Recommended 171 Reviews

Few cities wear history on its sleeve like Dublin does! The Historical Walking Tour has been acclaimed as a must-do tour for any visitor to Dublin and starts ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $13.39

Dublin Viking Duck Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Enjoy banter and history in equal measures on this 75-minute duck tour of Dublin, led by a friendly and knowledgeable local guide! Packed with entertaining ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $24.55

Dublin Historical Highlights Walking Tour

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See Dublin’s top sights on this 2.5-hour historical walking tour. With a professional guide, walk by famous landmarks, from Trinity College to Dublin Castle to ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $13.39

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