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

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Dublin Castle

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 Highlights Tour Including Skip-the-Line St Patrick's Cathedral Visit, Dublin, null
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Dublin Highlights Tour Including Skip-the-Line St Patrick's Cathedral Visit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

This tour offers unique access to two of Ireland’s must see top attractions: St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin's Medieval Quarter. This tour is ...  Read more

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

From USD $44.49
Early Access: Book of Kells Including Exterior Tour of Dublin Castle, Dublin, Walking Tours
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Early Access: Book of Kells Including Exterior Tour of Dublin Castle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 150 Reviews

Discover one of the most important highlights of Irish heritage on this early access fully guided tour. You will explore the Book of Kells' rich ornamentation, ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.19
Temple Bar Highlights Tour with Guinness and Whiskey Tasting from Dublin, Dublin, Walking Tours
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Temple Bar Highlights Tour with Guinness and Whiskey Tasting from Dublin

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This one of a kind fully guided tour of Temple Bar area to discover its many cultural and historical highlights combined with fast-track entrance to both the ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.56
City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Dublin, Walking Tours
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City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Discover the best of the Emerald Isle’s ancient capital on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour of Dublin. Opt for a 1- or 2-day ticket and ...  Read more

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

From USD $21.67
Dublin Freedom Pass: Transport and Sightseeing, Dublin, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Dublin Freedom Pass: Transport and Sightseeing

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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 $37.64
Dublin Historical Walking Tour including Trinity College, Dublin, Sightseeing & City Passes
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Dublin Historical Walking Tour including Trinity College

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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 $14.83
Dublin Viking Duck Tour, Dublin, Walking Tours
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Dublin Viking Duck Tour

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

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

From USD $25.10
Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour, Dublin, Duck Tours
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Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour

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Do you want to find out what happened to the lost souls of medieval, plague-ravaged Dublin? This bus tour is your chance to do just that! Visit eerie yet ...  Read more

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

From USD $28.52
Dublin Historical Highlights Walking Tour, Dublin, Ghost & Vampire Tours
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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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $13.69
Dublin City Highlights Bike Tour, Dublin, Walking Tours
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Dublin City Highlights Bike Tour

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Discover the rich history, the folklore, the great buildings, the unique atmosphere of Dublin, with a guided bike tour. Get a sense of the city’s energy, its ...  Read more

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

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