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Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle has served many functions since it was built by King John of England in 1230. Originally a defense center against Norman invaders and the seat of the English government, it has since also been the site of the Royal Mint and police headquarters. Today, the castle grounds attract visitors and function as a venue for Irish government functions and ceremonies, such as the President of Ireland's inauguration.

The Basics
Guided tours take visitors through the grounds, sharing the history and ever-changing purpose of each building. Most notable is the story behind the Record Tower, the only remaining building from the original medieval structure that has miraculously survived centuries worth of fires and warfare that ravaged the other buildings. Other noteworthy areas include the Chester Beatty Library and the Dubhlinn Gardens, which now grow over the spot where there was once a black pool (‘dubh linn’) from which the city of Dublin gets its name.
 
The long and rich history behind this complex is enough reason to tour Dublin Castle. Even those who are not history buffs will find something of interest within the vast castle grounds. Plan to spend about two hours at the castle learning about Irish history and exploring the lavishly decorated private quarters and entertaining halls of the State Apartments, the State Bedrooms, St. Patrick’s Hall, the State Drawing Room, the Chapel Royal, the Medieval Undercroft, and the Throne Room.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dublin Castle is open to the public unless a special event is taking place; be sure to check the castle’s schedule ahead of time.
  • Choose to travel with a tour guide for personal attention, or opt for a self-guided tour.
  • Dublin Castle is a stop on most city hop-on, hop-off tours.

How to Get to Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is located in central Dublin on Dame Street. The castle is accessed easily on foot, by taxi, or via public transportation. City Hall and Trinity College are about a five-minute walk from Dublin Castle and both are well worth a visit.

When to Get There
The castle is open from 9:45am to 4:45pm, with the exception of holidays and special events. Expect some crowds and lines in summer.
Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Hours: Mon–Fri: 10am–4:45pm, Sat & Sun: 2pm–4:45pm
Admission: Adults: €4.50
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A History of Ireland: St.Patrick to the Celtic Tiger

A History of Ireland: St.Patrick to the Celtic Tiger

From the Vikings to the Normans, English royals to national independence, the story of Ireland is a tumultuous tale dating back hundreds of years. History enthusiasts can uncover the rich Irish story on this guided tour to several of the city's top landmarks, like Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin Castle, and Trinity College. Along the way, learn about important figures in Irish history, and even sip a pint of local beer in an historic pub—included in the tour.
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Silent Adventures Silent Disco Tour

Silent Adventures Silent Disco Tour

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Explore Dublin in a fun and unique way during this silent disco tour that takes you around the city’s famous landmarks. Don your hi-tech headsets and listen to funky music while you walk and dance through the streets with your group. Groove past landmarks like Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, and Trinity College during your journey of song and dance.
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Private Driver Guided Tour of Dublin

Private Driver Guided Tour of Dublin

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Do Dublin your way with this customizable private tour of the city. There’s no need to waste time studying maps or waiting for public transport with a guide to drive you around. As a history graduate and genealogist, your guide can also share information on Dublin’s history and heritage, as well as its most interesting sights, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the Ha'penny Bridge.
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Cycle Tours in Dublin

Cycle Tours in Dublin

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Explore Dublin by bike with our experienced and friendly guides. Enjoy a unique eco-friendly tour of our amazing city. Our tour is a great way to find your way around Dublin at a nice relaxed pace, while at the same time covering a lot of ground! Discover Viking & Norman Dublin. See where the Lords & Ladies lived in Georgian Dublin. Hear about the many rebellions that took place and the heroes that led them. Discover where famous writers like James Joyce and Jonathan Swift lived and wrote. Find out where St. Valentine's heart is and where Dracula was written. Hear about Dublin's famous musicians such as U2, The Dubliners, Sinead O'Connor and much, much more The tour is around 2.5 hours long and suitable for cyclists of all ages and experience. We will supply you with helmets and reflective belts. Dress for the weather!
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Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Maximize your time in Ireland’s vibrant capital with a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus ticket. Discover Dublin’s spectacular sights and listen to entertaining commentary as you cruise around the capital. Whenever a landmark captures your attention, simply disembark to explore further; see attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, and St. Stephen’s Green and then simply rejoin your bus tour at a time and stop that suits your schedule. Entry to the Little Museum and a Dublin walking tour are included with the bus ticket.
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Senza Meta / Out & About, certificate Dublin walking tour guide

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I'm a certificate Failte Ireland national guide, I love this country its history, folklore, heritage and culture. In two hours and half we will visit the most iconic touristic venues and we will walk through the locals areas where we will meet those locals you won't meet in the city centre enjoying a good cake and local stories
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The Dublin Saunter Tour

The Dublin Saunter Tour

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Singing Dublin Walking Tour

Singing Dublin Walking Tour

Would you like to feel like in the musical? We offer a unique experience to explore Dublin in a cheerful way. Professional singer - the local guide will tell the story of Dublin in songs. You will learn some of Dublin’s most famous old-time songs. The tour will depart in the gardens of Christ Church. You will go down to Dame Street. You will visit Dublin Castle. Do you know what song represents Ireland’s struggle for Independence? We will then continue along Dame Street meet Dublin’s most notorious daughter. Do you have a clue could she be? She will teach you a world-famous song. You will visit Ireland’s most famous musical theatre, the Olympia Theatre. Do you know what is one of Dublin’s most renowned musical theatre ballads? There is a song, dedicated to Emigration to the New World. And there is a perfect place to talk and sing about it. Can you guess where? You will end up in the heart of Viking and Medieval Dublin. What happened to Dublin when the "Black Death" reached it?!
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Ultimate Day in Dublin

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Ultimate Day in Dublin

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Insta worthy Private Photoshoot in Dublin

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Fun family photoshoot in iconic city of Dublin

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Into to Dublin Tour – 3 Hour Private Tour

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Private Spooky Dublin Night Tour: Ghosts, Myths & Legends with a Local

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120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

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90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

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Dublin Old City - From Viking origins to modern times

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Discover the best of Dublin and enjoy the fascinating history and architecture to the Vikings and the medieval origins. You get a free city map of Dublin - illustrated by Pat Liddy himself! Make full use of your ticket and make use of great discounts with our partners. Visit our help page to find out more.
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Walking Tour Dublin South Side (Dublin's Highlights)

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Dublin Small Group Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide

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