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Dublin Castle

Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
01 645 8813
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Ranked #65 of 281 attractions in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Castles, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Dublin Castle was for 700 years the seat of British power in Ireland. Today you can still view the remains of the 13th century structure as part of... more » Owner description: Dublin Castle was for 700 years the seat of British power in Ireland. Today you can still view the remains of the 13th century structure as part of the guided tour. The present Dublin Castle dates from the mid 1700's and today is used by the Irish Governemnt for state events such as the inauguration of the Irish President and state banquets for visiting dignatories. Amongst the highlights are the Ladies Drawing Room, the Throne Room and St. Patricks Hall. « less
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

As a native born Dubliner, the Castle has always been part of the background scenery. I have attended various functions in the castle from time to time but never regarded it as much more than a very pleasant venue. I recently called in as a solo tourist and was agreeably surprised by the experience. There has been a castle on... More

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Turin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

After the disappointment with the Book of Kells, a visit to the castle cheered us up. Ross, the guide, was efficient, knowledgeable and friendly and we really enjoyed learning more about Irish history. The tickets were good value at 6 euros, so really worth seeing. And the bonus is that as you come out of the castle, you have the... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Whilst bringing my American friends around Dublin, after visiting the environs of Christ Church I took them the short distance to Dublin Castle. Whilst walking down Lord Edward Street, I brought my friends into City Hall, which is the seat of the meetings for the Dublin City Council, entry is free of charge and it is a worthwhile bot on... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Dublin Castle is hardly a castle. It's just another large building in the city. It's pretty enough but nothing spectacular. I'd only spend a few minutes to look.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

I honestly did not know what to expect when I decided to visit Dublin Castle. It was a spur of the moment decision, because it was close to my hotel. However, I was glad I visited the Castle. If you can, you HAVE to do the guided tour. It is worth the cost and is certainly a better, more informative... More

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McKinney, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

We kind of accidentally stumbled over this event and when we saw that it was FREE admission on Wednesdays, we went ahead and went in. There were two separate sections - one is the area that was built circa the 18th century and is furnished gorgeously. These areas are still used for the current Dublin government. The other tour was... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

Jennifer was our tour guide. Really thorough knowledge, excellent presentation and made it very interesting. Humorous too and fielded questions really well. Underground part is really cool, from 10th century onwards, River Poddle; Viking; Anglo Norman settlements..origins of the castle, built 1204. State apartments top class, regal splendour OTT in British way. Favourite part was The James Connolly Room (was... More

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Uxbridge, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

While this was castle at some point there is very little left of the original structure. One piece of wall and some underground pieces of the original fortifications. It is mostly Georgian style brick and mortar but impressive in terms of the state rooms that are well preserved. We chose to take the guided tour which we would recommend. The... More

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Ottawa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Wonderful "old" castle, with lots of history. Some places can only be seen on the "Official Guided Tour", but even the self-guided tour has a lot to offer. A must see in Dublin

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Dalby Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We went to see Dublin Castle mid week and, while the grounds were interesting, we didn't time it very well and hd to wait a while for the next guided tour. I'm sure the guided tour would have been much better as it included the underground section. The activities that they had in their brochure also sounded excellent, but we... More

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