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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 and police headquarters. Today, the castle grounds are a tourist attraction in addition to function as a venue for some Irish government functions and ceremonies, such as the President of Ireland's inauguration, and for conferences, including those of the European Council.

The Basics
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 areas include the Chester Beatty Library and the Dubhlinn Gardens, which now grow over the spot where there was once a black pool (‘dubh linn’) from which the city of Dublin gets its name.
 
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. Plan to spend about two hours at the castle learning about Irish history and exploring the lavishly decorated private quarters and entertaining halls of the State Apartments, the State Bedrooms, St. Patrick’s Hall, the State Drawing Room, the Chapel Royal, the Medieval Undercroft, and the Throne Room.
  • Dublin Castle is open to the public unless a special event is taking place; be sure to check the castle’s schedule ahead of time.
  • Choose to travel with a tour guide for personal attention, or opt for a self-guided tour.
  • Dublin Castle is a stop on most city hop-on, hop-off tours.

How to Get to Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is located in central Dublin on Dame Street. The castle is accessed easily on foot, by taxi, or via public transportation. City Hall and Trinity College are about a five-minute walk from Dublin Castle and both are well worth a visit.

When to Get There
The castle is open from 9:45am to 4:45pm, with the exception of holidays and special events. Expect some crowds and lines in summer.
Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Hours: Mon–Fri: 10am–4:45pm, Sat & Sun: 2pm–4:45pm
Admission: Adults: €4.50
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Brazen Head - Oldest Pub in Ireland and Dublin Castle City Tour

If you want a tour that combines the best of Irish history and pub culture then look no further. This 2.5 hours tour combines culture and great Irish “Craic” the Irish word for fun. Discover incredible insights of the Irish under the storytelling abilities of your expert Dublin guide, who will have you celebrating your Dublin stay, like a local.
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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Dublin and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Dublin, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

Guarantee that you come home from your Dublin travels with some frame-worthy photos by booking a private photo shoot. Spend 30 minutes with a local photographer visiting some of the most photogenic city sights for snaps of you and your party. You'll get to know the city while your photographer shoots great photos and walk away with some tips on where to eat and what to do in Dublin.
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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

Capture your trip to Dublin with a private photography session. Meet a local professional photographer and set out on a walk through the city center including top landmarks such as St. Stephen's Green, Temple Bar, and the River Liffey. Choose a convenient meeting time and location and let your guide document your vacation with digital photographs. Receive high-resolution images within five days of the shoot.
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60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

Flytographer 60 Minute Vacation PhotoshootConnect with a local professional photographer in Dublin and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Dublin, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos.The best souvenir ever.
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Irish Music Tour In Dublin

A professional local guide and a musician will accompany you on a fun and educational tour through the hip yet historic district. You will visit famous classic pubs and bars. You will become a witness to the local drinking culture!Temple bar- it is Dublin's cultural quarter and must see no. 1. Do you know who was Sir William Temple? What did the Vikings do in this bar? What world famous events happened there? What World Guinness Record was made there?You will experience the vibrancy of Dublin’s traditional drink and Irish music scene. You not just gonna hear the stories but will feel the atmosphere and rich musical culture.
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Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle

Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour. Visit the Trinity College Library, home to the famous Book of Kells—widely considered among the most important of all Ireland’s ancient treasures. Listen as your guide brings medieval Ireland to life, shedding light on the Book of Kells’ profound historical significance. Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour around Dublin Castle’s mighty exterior. Visit the gardens and yards, and learn of the castle’s role as court, fortress, treasury and jail.
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Dublin Freedom Pass: Unlimited Transport and Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing

Explore the vibrant city of Dublin with ease using a Dublin Freedom Pass, a convenient and cost-effective pass that includes unlimited transport, airport transfers and a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Valid for 72 hours, the Dublin Freedom Pass allows you to discover the city at your own pace and includes a ticket for a sightseeing bus tour. Discover popular attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the famous Jameson Distillery at Bow St while listening to informative and insightful commentary. Receive discounted entry to a top Dublin attractions and enjoy the convenience of unlimited travel between the airport and Dublin city center.
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Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 30 Attractions

Design your own ideal (and cost-efficient!) tour of Dublin’s top things to do and see with the Dublin Pass and see attractions such as Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery Bow St. and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. With your single- or multi-day ticket, visit brew houses, museums, castles, cathedrals and more. Explore the city at your leisure with a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Enjoy skip-the-line access to popular sites and discounts at city restaurants and shops. With free entry to more than 30 attractions around town, the Dublin Pass offers something for the whole family.
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Dublin Historical Walking Tour

Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided, 2-hour, historical walking tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then see famous landmark locations beginning with Trinity College and moving on to Dublin Castle, Old Irish Parliament, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about Dublin’s medieval past. Also, gain entry to some of the city’s top buildings and courtyards.
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Dublin City Highlights Bike Tour

Explore Ireland’s buzzing capital on two wheels on this Dublin bike tour. Spin along Dublin’s stylish Fade Street with your guide. Take in top attractions and landmarks including College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Temple Bar. Explore the Georgian streets around Parnell Square and Merrion Square, and gain insight into Dublin’s rich history. Head off the tourist trail to hidden spots such as the Roe Distillery’s windmill and Blessington Street Basin, then delve into the Grand Canal Dock area.
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A History of Ireland: St.Patrick to the Celtic Tiger

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Dublin Luxury Small-Group Tour including St Patrick's Cathedral

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'A Terrible Beauty': The Irish Revolution Tour

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Dublin Dark Side Tour

See Dublin from a perspective often missed by visitors on a tour of the city’s dark side. In addition to navigating, your guide provides little-known stories about Dublin’s ghosts, hauntings, murders, and cults. The evening’s itinerary includes stops at the allegedly haunted Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Olympia Theater, and the infamous Hellfire Club.
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The Fantastic Walking Tour of Dublin

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Essential Private Dublin walking tour for up to 5 people

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Private Luxury Day Tour of Dublin City - 8 hours with driver guide

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