Dublin Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of British rule in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland (1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1922). Upon establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, the complex was ceremonially handed over to the newly formed Provisional Government led by Michael Collins.
Dublin castle was the headquarters of British rule in Ireland for over 700 years.
All the remains of the original structure, which was a viking fortress, is the modified record tower, which holds the Garda museum.
Following a fire in 1684, more stately accommodation was built.
In the ballroom or St Patricks hall, there is a ceiling fresco which is considered to be the most important painted ceiling in Ireland.
A neo-gothic chapel royal was added in 1807. This chapel contains carved stone likenesses of a 100 British dignitaries.
In 1990 during excavations an undercroft was discovered and can be visited on a tour where you will see part of the original viking fortress.
The general post office is situated in O'Connell street and was built in 1818.
This building was important during the history of irish independance.
Padraic Pearse (1879-1916) leader of Irish nationalism,proclaimed Ireland a republic and free from British rule.
The post office with the Padriaic and other volunteers resisted the british in a siege that lasted a week.
Heavy bombardment forced the rebels out and left the building severely ruined.
The building was restored and reopened in 1929 and is the headquarters of An post [ the irish postal service].
For centuries, this has been the centre of British oppression. Now, it is a remembrance of the past and a governmental building often used for ceremonial purposes. Unfortunately, most parts of the castle are rather new. Some very early structures survived anyway, including a Norman tower from the 13th century. The castle was the official see of the British government until 1922. My only impression from this castle were when I strolled by and saw a local politician giving an interview on St. Patrick’s Day. Another one was when Lorcan (the guy who runs the 1916 walking tour) brought us to the court of the castle and told us something about Ireland’s British past. Guided tours through the buildings are offered, for time reasons I didn’t take one. But from what I heard, they sell out rather quick during the high season. Turn up early, if you want a ticket!
Dublin Castle is a rather underrated tourist attraction. The inner gardens are even more difficult to find and are often used by people for nearby offices to spend their break.
Looking for a huge castle, dungeons, towers, a huge kitchen, and more? Not here. There is only a part of the old castle left and you can see it in a short time if you made the effort to walk in this direction.
If you are in Dublin for only a few days I would suggest to pass this up in favor of other things to do.
In 1.998 Dublin City Council embarked on an ambitious programme of restoration aimed at returning City Hall to its original Georgian configuration. The Rotunda has been opened up with the removal of 19 th century partitions, allowing visitors to appreciate for the first time since 1852 the proportions of the Cooley original and the wonderful natural light whiche plays around the internal columns. The Portland stone fafric of the building has been carefully cleaned and restored using stone from the same quarry in Dorset. The dome, was completely refusbished and embellished with gold leaf and the fine stone stairscases. The restored City Hall was re-opened to the public on 6 September 2000.
Was walking around Dublin Castle when i saw this beautiful day spa located just beside it.
I had a massage - It was the perfect treat after strolling around town!
The salon is French - so was happy to practice my small bit of French ;)
They also do packages and all other sps treatments.
I would definitely recommend it!
This majestic old lady was built between 1208 and 1220 and the complex represents some of the oldest surviving architecture in the city. It use to be the centre of English power in Ireland for over seven centuries until it was taken of by the Irish Free State in 1922. Today it is used as the focal point for government ceremonial functions, including the inauguration of Ireland's presidents. The newest developments for visitors are the Undercroft, and excavates site on the grounds where an early Viking fortress stood, and the treasury, built between 1712 and 1715, believed to be the oldest surviving purpose-built office building in Ireland. It also houses a new visitor centre in its vaulted basement.
The Dublin Castle is smack dab in the middle of everything and is easily found. I think it had tours inside but I could not for the life of me find how to do that. The castle has a gorgeous garden surrounding it that is worth the trouble all by itself. It is hidden in the back but if it's a pretty day, it is amazing. There is also a very sweet cafe that serves lunch and tea. It was reasonably priced.
Dublin Castle is a mish mash of buildings in different architectural style, some of them quite old but most dating to after the fire in 1684 that destroyed a good portion of it.
You can go on a guided tour of the state apartments and undercroft, the website also says the chapel royal but I don't recall going in there on our tour, it's possible that it's open for self touring and I just missed it. Go early if it's the height of tourist season, the tours do sell out for the day, I was able to get on the last tour of the day. The guide we had was quite good, full of information and not on auto pilot like some we had during the course of our trip.
I had read some mixed reviews on Dublin Castle before going, but I very, very much enjoyed my visit. To begin with, our tour guide was excellent - very knowledgeable and quite funny! What I liked the most about the tour is that it touched upon every important event that marked the country's history. Located near the original Viking settlement that gave birth to the city of Dublin, the castle was first built as a fortress shortly after the Norman invasion of 1169. Though not much remains of the original building, the tour includes a visit of the undercroft, which reveals the castle's fascinating past. The building was modified and expanded over the years, and though most of the castle is now comprised of government offices, it is still possible to visit the beautiful State Appartments where the British lords ruling over Ireland used to reside until the Irish government took over Dublin Castle in 1922. Presidential inaugurations still take place in St. Patrick's Hall today. A really nice introduction to the city and its history!
Dublin Castle is open from 10:00 am to 4:45 pm on weekdays, and from 2:00 pm to 4:45 pm on the weekend. Visits are by guided tours only, so you may have to wait a while between the time you get your ticket and the time of your actual visit - if such is the case, you can always go for a nice little walk around the castle's gardens :o)
This castle is definitely not your typical European castle. While it was the Royal Residence and home of the British rulers, it also has served various functions at different times in history. It has been parliament, courts, a military garrison, and government offices, as well as hosting present day inaugarations. At one time, it was also the site of a 9th century Danish fortress. It has plenty of stories, like the theft of the Irish crown jewels. It was built on the orders of King John in the early 13th century. It is a great place to start your visit of Dublin, as it kind of baselines the local history.
I love castles and was very excited that I was finally getting to see this catle, but after visiting the interior I was quite disappointed.
The castle provides guided tours and after you have paid the entrance fee you are given a time when the next tour is to take place. There are more than 30 people at each tour which can get quite crowded and noisy especially if there are "students" on the tour.
The tour takes you through the State Apartments (it was all that we were allowed to see) and the guide gives a quick description of each room. During the tour he indicates that there is one room where photography is not allowed, and honestly I am not sure why. During my visit, the students made it quite impossible to appreciate the little that was interesting and the guide constantly asked that they be quite and stay with the group.
The guide indicated to us that many of the rooms are still used for State affairs and is a functioning "castle"
While some of the rooms where quite stunning, I was surprised to find out that very little is left of any of the authentic furnishings.
Check out my travelogue of Dublin Castle for pictures of the State Apartments.
Our next stop was Dublin Castle, not as large as others we had seen from the outside, however the interior was remarkable and was decorated beautifully for visiting dignitaries. During excavation they found water seeping into the bottom castle floor and they found more subterranean castle which the Irish historians have determined had once been a waterway to the River Liffey. We were fortunate to have toured this dark and damp underground excavation with complete commentary.
This castle was built in 1204 by King John, its history tells of many impaled Irish who hung from its walls. The British Administration has been housed here since 1922. The State Apartments as well as the Undercroft and Chapel Royal are open for visits with regular guided tours.
For more information and 360 degree panoramas of this castle see website address below.
The official name is Church of the Most Holy Trinity and it's the church of Dublin castle. It's not terribly old (it was built around the 1700's in gothic style) but it's quite interesting - at least outside. Once you intend to visit Dublin Castle you'll discover that the most interesting building of the entire complex, is this large chapel.
The tower that you can see at the back, I believe, is the only remaining tower of the original castle fortifications. Parts of another one can be seen when you visit the (underground) foundations of the castle.