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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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Dame St | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely loved visiting here. So much history involved in the place from the past to present day. Did a Self Guided tour, which was €8 & was lovely to see the history of the place in each of the rooms. Highly recommended

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank anniedwyer84
Reviewed 3 days ago

Lucky for us, the Dublin Castle is one of the stops on the Hop On Hop Off bus tour. So, easy to get to. We spent about an hour and a half wandering through the rooms, seeing paintings, furniture and reading about the history. I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ConnieatBamff
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you are looking for historical places, you need visit Dublin Castle. Tickets cost arroud €8 to €12, but you can have access to the most important roons.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 233brunof
Reviewed 1 week ago

Me and my partner visited the castle last weekend, the castle is a short walk from the city center. it cost us 7 euro each to go inside, that was for a self tour not a guided tour. The castle is absolutely breathtaking inside, the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank serahwright
DublinCastle_OPW, Guide at Dublin Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for visiting and leaving us a review! We are so glad you enjoyed your self guided tour!

Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm really glad we took the guided tour here, I don't think we would have gotten much out of our visit if we only took the self guided one. We had a great guide, who told us some interesting things. When we arrived at the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Olga C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a stop on our city tour that we enjoyed. Seeing the furnished rooms and decor was interesting and the over all experience was good. They do ask that you leave your bag in a locker upon arrival.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RCIT
DublinCastle_OPW, Guide at Dublin Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for visiting and leaving us a review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It wasn't that easy to actually find the castle from the shopping streets but once there we had to queue up to exchange our online pre-booked tickets for real tickets - thought that was a bit frustrating as although we were in time for our...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank galaxy148
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this isn't the best of tours. the self guided tour isn't really amazing. its beautiful but not breathtaking like many other castles and palaces.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank brianstrumwasser
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think the entry fee for this site is pretty high, especially considering how short the limited tour is. It is also disappointing that much of the castle isn't really traditional looking anymore. When you see pictures you think it will be a great medieval...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank effyes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The castle tour was interesting and a welcome out of the cold activity. The anecdotes about royalty was a nice touch by the tour guide but the bonus was the recording of Christmas Eve carols for TV when we were there so magical! Café and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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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...More
February 05, 2018|
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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...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