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Join one of the Experienced Guides for a Fascinating Tour! Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government.
Dublin Castle is one of the most important buildings in Irish history. From 1204 until 1922 it was the seat of English, and later British rule in Ireland. During that time, it served principally as a residence for the British monarch’s Irish representative, the Viceroy of Ireland, and as a ceremonial and administrative centre. The Castle was originally developed as a medieval fortress under the orders of King John of England.
It had four corner towers linked by high curtain walls and was built around a large central enclosure. Constructed on elevated ground once occupied by an earlier Viking settlement, the old Castle stood approximately on the site of the present Upper Castle Yard. It remained largely intact until April 1684, when a major fire caused severe damage to much of the building. Despite the extent of the fire, parts of the medieval and Viking structures survived and can still be explored by visitors today.
About DUBLIN CASTLE
Dublin Castle The Castle Gardens The Site of the Original ‘Dubh Linn’. The Chapel Royal A Spectacular Gothic Revival Designed by Francis Johnston. The State Apartments. The Medieval Tower. One of the Oldest Parts of the City of Dublin. The Viking Excavation, Viking Dublin’s Original Defences.
The History of Dublin Castle. Occasionally the visiting British monarch, played host to a series of entertainments in the State Apartments. Known as the ‘season’, these festivities included state balls, banquets and regal ceremonies for members of the aristocracy. In the early nineteenth century the Castle was enhanced by the addition of the Chapel Royal in the Lower Castle Yard. This magnificent Gothic Revival structure, bristling with pinnacles on the outside and rich with ornamental features within, provided a place of worship for the viceregal household. It remains one of the architectural highlights of Georgian Dublin today.
Eircode: D02 TR63
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Visit DUBLIN CASTLE
Daily Guided Tours. Join one of our experienced guides for a fascinating tour that takes you from the excavation site of Viking and medieval Dublin to the Gothic Chapel Royal and finally to the splendour of the former vice regal State Apartments.
The ticket office in Dublin Castle is located in the State Apartments. Guided tours start here and take you first to the site of Viking Excavation, then to the Chapel Royal, and finally into the State Apartments. If you choose our self-guiding ticket option, you may proceed straight from the ticket office to visit the State Apartments.