Dublin Castle is steeped in the rich history of Ireland. It was first built in the early thirteenth century by Normans after their invasion of Ireland. The original castle was completed around 1230. The design was typical of Norman fortifications -- four walls with towers in each corner. The buildings and the purpose of the castle changed throughout the years. It served as the house of Parliament, a banquet hall, and even the seat of the British government in Ireland.
When Ireland gained its independence in 1922, the castle no longer served as Ireland's administrative center. It has served as the venue for state functions, including funerals, presidential inaugurations, and state banquets. Today Dublin Castle is one of Dublin's signature landmarks. It's also a crucial part of the city's heritage.
The Record Tower on the south-east corner is the only surviving remain from the original castle, and the only medieval tower in Dublin. The State Apartments are used for state ceremonies. Saint Patrick's Hall dates back to the 1740s. The highlight are the ceiling panels that depict different events in Irish history, including Saint Patrick introducing Christianity. The state bedrooms, drawing room, and dining room are all ornately decorated with authentic period furniture and adornments.
The state apartments are only accessible via guided tour that depart every half hour. The guides are knowledgeable and the rooms you see are really interesting. The price is quite reasonable too. Remember that the schedule is subject to change based on any state events being held.
Location: Castle Street, Dublin West
Telephone: +353 01 677 7129
€2.00 Children 6-12
Free for children under 6.