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.
Tours & Tickets
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
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)