Wrapped up in this medieval stone fortification is the story of Dublin and its centuries of English colonial rule. As castles go, it's not exactly an in-your-face affair, but step inside and you will be greeted by magnificent rooms, elegant courtyard exteriors and a stylishly landscaped garden. Before it became the castle you see today, it was once the site of a 930s Danish Viking Fortress, then a 12th Century Norman Fort. The newer, stronger Dublin Castle was created by England's King John and completed in 1230 as a city defence, Royal Treasury and administration of justice. The courtyard featured a central square, defensive walls and four round towers, only one of which - the Record Tower - survives to this day. The castle acted as the English, then British, seat of Government until 1922 when it was ceremonially handed over to the newly-formed Provisional Government and its leader Michael Collins. Coats of arms of royal chief representatives still adorn the Chapel Royal's carved oak galleries and stained glass windows - harking back to a time when Anglo-Irish pomp and extravagance continued undiminshed, even through the Great Famine. Much of the medieval castle burnt down in the Great Fire of 1684, and the rebuilt structure attained a Georgian style. Many of the rooms you see today, including the magnificent State Apartments, hark back to this period. Today the Castle hosts many state visits, conferences and Presidential inaugurations.
Mon-Sat: 10:00 - 16:45, Sun & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 16:45. Dublin Castle can be closed at short notice for Government business. The State Apartments close occasionally for State functions. Last admission 16:45. Closed Good Friday, 24-28 & 31 Dec & 1 Jan.
Adult €4.50, Student/Senior Citizen €3.50, Under 12s €2