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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...more
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Entered as part of Dublin Pass. Not necessary and frankly little to see and even less information without a tour (which is extra). I honestly wouldn't bother going in; however, I'd highly recommend a walk to the rear and through the garden. The castle is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

When arriving at Dublin castle we was confused when looking at the building itself as we thought it looked similar to a royal palace or state rooms. We then went inside, their was no signs as to what to do but we thought as we...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Apart from the castle representing an interesting bit of Irish history and it's British occupation it is not much as compared to the great castles of mainland Europe. Paying to have a look inside isn't worth your money but a free visit to the castle...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ErwinvdM
Reviewed 4 days ago

The castle has many things to do and see, both inside and out. We took a tour that allowed us to see inside the base of the castle and that was quite amazing.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank melfriedo
Reviewed 4 days ago

There is a guided tour portion that takes you to an original part of the castle wall and the chapel that is very cool. The guide was great and gave lots of information on the history of Dublin's early days. Then you're free to wander...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Again on of the best tours in the city ,the guide we had was working here on a part time basis. she was stundying History in Trinity college and this was part of her study From the moment we started right through to the finish...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank davidconnell63
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not much here to be fair. You need to have the tour option otherwise you won't have a clue what you are looking at. The guide's are very good. There is an section going back to the time of the original castle, although...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Barbara S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed the tour with the tour guide especially seeing the excavations of the old walled city

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kelyork
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Me and my wife took the guided tour and we were not disappointed. The things you get to see and learn can only be done on the guided tour. I’d done some research before our trip and it really didn’t prepare me for what we...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kahumpton
Reviewed 1 week ago

I found the castle an interesting place. This is particularly as my grandfather was one of the original members of the RIC. Unfortunately, the Garda Museum is not open at the weekend so will have to visit another day!! As a piece of history this...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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December 29, 2018|
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Response from DublinCastle_OPW | Property representative |
Hi there, from January 1st 2018 our prices will increase, so if your chosen date is in the new year you will be paying the new price.
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Dublin Castle has lockers for backpacks, but we cannot accommodate anything that will not fit - small cabin-sized suitcases are usuall okay.
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Suggestions for Dublin (8 Replies)
Thank you in advance for any help you can provide. My husband and I will be arriving in Dublin in early Sept to begin a 2 week "bucket list" Ireland vacation. Right now we only have flights. Having web search overload on best airport transportation & lodgings. Any ideas appreciated. We arrive midweek around 9 am, Have looked at both Airlink & Aircoach transport but on line opinions differ. We are looking into securing a phone for the trip as ours won't have service. If we have service is...More
February 05, 2018|
Response fromMrsGiroud|
We arrive midweek around 9 am, Have looked at both Airlink & Aircoach transport but on line opinions differ >>>> Once you have chosen your hotel, you can decide on which bus to take as these go to diff parts of town. We are looking into securing a phone for the trip as ours won't have service>>>>>> Can you not arrange for service in advance with your current provider? If not you would have to buy a SIM, will that work in your existing phone? Can you just rely on wifi spots? If we have...More
backpacking for 7 days (5 Replies)
Hello everyone I will be heading to Europe in a few week for a 3 month backpacking journey. This will be my second trip, but first time in Ireland, so I was hoping for some feedback on my itinerary. Just so you know I will be a female traveling alone, and I am in my early 20s. I am more of an adventure seeker, I love the outdoors and would much prefer seeing historical sights and natural beauties than museums. I also tend to do more than most people in a day - which is why I'm sure some...More
June 10, 2007|
Response fromirish_eyes1000|
Do the hop on hop off bus tour in Dublin. If you are short on time you will get a good quick overview of the city and will see a few places that might interest you to visit. You should visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells exhibition there, the old library is very impressive. Also it is much nicer to stroll around Grafton Street and St. Stephens Green Park as opposed to O'Connell Street and Parnell Square. Parnell Square isn't that interesting, although there is the Garden of...More
How much time? (10 Replies)
I am working on a tentative itinerary for our trip to Dublin in June, but I'm not sure how much time to allow for some of the places we are visiting. How much time would you allow for each of these places? St. Patrick's Cathedral Christ Church Kilmainham Gaol Guinness Storehouse Trinity College (mainly just Book of Kells) Dublin Castle (and Chester Beatty Library) St. Michan
April 12, 2009|
Response fromPaula C|
We spent about 2 hours in the Guiness Storehouse, not including the free drink time. We saw everything on your list except St Michan. To be honest, we found that it wasn't so much a case of how long to spend at each attraction, but more how long you have to queue to get in or wait for the next tour to start. When we arrived at Dublin Castle, the next 2 tours were sold out so we bought a ticket for the next available one and went off to have some lunch. I did a very detailed...More