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Dublin Castle

Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
01 645 8813
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Ranked #69 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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Washington, DC
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201 reviews 201 reviews
152 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The outside of the castle and chapel is much better than the interior of the castle, I would have rated the interior 2-3 stars. Make sure you walk around the outside and in the upper courtyard - the Bedford Tower is pretty nice at Night and less crowds in the courtyard, The backside of the castle has pretty cool colors... More

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Duisburg, Germany
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Taking a guided tour of Dublin Castle gives you a first-hand insight into Dublin's long history. You begin with a short walk around the Viking architectural finesses - staircases that are too narrow to give intruders a chance to fight their way into the castle and water systems that made the castle independent. The present castle built on the site... More

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Springfield, Illinois
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I have twice been on the Dublin Castle tour - the guide makes or breaks the tour. Our guide in August 2014 was great. (To be fair - the guide on Christmas Eve 2011 was informative but it was obvious he was ready to go home for the holiday.) The August guide knew his history and shared stories that were... More

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Keizer, Oregon
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135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Dublin Castle was founded in 1204 and has grown from its original size to spanning over 11 acres! There are museums, cafés, gardens, state apartments, government buildings, etc. There is also the Chapel Royal. There is a fee to visit the State Apartments and can only be done with a tour guide. I recommend as one of the many sights... More

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Alford, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

It took me ages to find, should have really read the city map :-) Tucked away in the heart of the city centre the place is full of history and nostalgia.

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

My fiancée proposed to me here on St. Patrick's Day (which is also my birthday), so I think Dublin Castle holds a special place in my heart. However, the grounds and buildings are quite beautiful, both during the day and at night, and the history (some of it dating back as far as the Normans in 12th century) is very... More

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Halifax, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here almost as an afterthought towards the end of our stay in Dublin, and we're glad we did. It was a relatively quick self-guided tour, full of history and very informative. The church is small but impressive, with a beautiful set of organ pipes.

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Small castle in the heart of town but well worth the visit, great for families and children and good walking distance from most area attractions.

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Nice, France
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Great tour by a well informed guide. Anticipated 1 hour but ended up spending 4 hours there! Worth the visit and guided tour.

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I visited the castle with high expectations and felt let down. Firstly I costs quite a lot to enter and secondly there is very little to see inside. I would pass on this.

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