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    The British couldn't take it with them

    by Nexus7 Written Jul 15, 2008

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    Dublin Castle

    Dublin Castle was used as a administrative headquarters for the British during occupation, now the Irish use it for official state visits. It's quite nice and tours are held regularly ever couple of hours; however I suggest finding out if there is s state visit on the day you want to see it as they close the whole place, and there are no tours when some one important visits.

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    Excellent Tour, Tourguide and Castle itself

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 9, 2008

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    The good thing about small cities like Dublin is that you become a processed Tourist through the assembly line feeling like what happens when you become recycled in the Vatican tours for example. The tour was quite extensive fully explaining the basic uses of the rooms, down to the devil of the details. Quite a number of rooms as well, even heading to the courtyard and underground passages! The tour guide, of course in classic irish accent, tells a mighty tale of Feudal lords somehow coming together to form a nation, and becoming an identity from Britain.

    Photo1: Guide giving eloquent background of eye-catching beautiful table from mahogony, oak, and finest quality.
    Photo2: Coat of arms, where i think the unicorn repreesents Irland, and the lion on the right represents England.

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    Another calm oasis!

    by iaint Updated Apr 8, 2008

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    Like Trinity College, coming in here is a transition from the bustle of the city.

    The state apartments were closed when we went, so we made do with seeing the exterior. Still well worth the visit.

    We particularly liked the mix of architectural styles, and the garden at the back with its celtic design cut into the grass. We were entranced by a mallard which appeared in the fountain at lunchtime, watching out for bits of sandwich!

    Also watch out for the memorial to Veronica Guerin (a journalist murdered by the local gangsters) and the Chester Beatty Library.

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    Dublin Castle

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Oct 10, 2007

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    Dublin Castle, which dates back to Norman times, was for a long time the seat of the British administration in Ireland. An impressive medieval remnant within the city centre - the state rooms can be visited.

    Close to the interesting Chester Beatty library.

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    Tour around Dublin Castle

    by LittleDee Written Aug 21, 2007

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    We went on a guided tour around which was really interesting and information and really good value for money at approx. Euro 5.

    We were taken through the numerous State Rooms and Saint Patrick's Hall which is one of the oldest rooms in the castle and is now used for presidential inaugurations. We were also show the Undercroft which is where the old city walls join the castle.

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    by doug48 Updated Jul 7, 2007

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    dublin castle is symbol of english rule in ireland ever since the anglo-normans built a fortress here in the 13th century. the castle was destroyed in a fire in 1684 and the only norman structure that remains today is the record tower built in 1226. after the fire sir william robinson designed a new castle which is more like a palace than a castle. as a result dublin castle now is a combination of architectural styles from the 13th to the 19th century. an interesting place to visit when in dublin.

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    Dublin Castle

    by Pieter11 Written Jul 6, 2007

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    Also at the south bank of the Liffey you can find one of the oldest buildings in Dublin: Dublin Castle. It is situated on top of a hill and it plays an important role in the history of Ireland. For more than 700 years, the country was ruled from here by the English government.

    The Castle was built spread over several centuries, with the most remarkable part, the tower, as oldest part, dating from the 13th century. This tower is called Record Tower and looks very rough from outside, made from rough granite. The rest of the Castle looks friendlier and very classy, with styles from all different eras. At the back of the Castle, you will find a nice, round garden with an artistic geometrical figure in the grass. This part of the Castle looks completely different again with bright colours all over.

    Today the Irish government for official meetings and dinners uses the Dublin Castle, but the area around the Castle still is free to visit. It is also possible to get a guided tour through some parts of the Castle.

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    Norman Record Tower

    by Sininen Written Jul 4, 2007

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    The oldest still remaining part of the castle is Record Tower (1258), which you see when you leave the upper yard. It is also the oldest part of Medieval Dublin. The upper section was rebuilt in 1813. Today the Record Tower hosts the Garda Museum.

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    Symbol of Justice

    by Sininen Written Jul 4, 2007

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    On the main gate of the castle stands sculpture of Goddess of Justice, who has turned her back to the city. Dubliners thought it symbolised well the British power. The goddess doesn't have bandage around her head either, which is said to be naivety of the sculptor. Pure coincidence is that when it rains water runs from the goddess head down her arm to one of the metallic scales disturbing the balance!

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    Some old, some new

    by Sininen Written Jul 4, 2007

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    We walked to Dublin Castle, which is an odd complex of buildings from different eras. Hardly anything is left from its oldest parts which are from 1204. We walked in its yards and admired the buildings, but decided against the guided tour, which was the only possibility to see inside the castle. Later at home I regretted it after having read some praising comments about it. But at the time we were sick of other tourists and didn't want to follow a guide like a herd of cows.

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    by MalenaN Written Apr 13, 2007

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    Dublin Castle is open to visitors only when they join a guided tour (the tours take about 50 minutes). I don’t think you will have to wait too long. I waited 15 minutes for the next tour in English. But Dublin Castle is a building in use so at some occasions the State Apartments are closed because of official use.

    Most of what you see of today’s castle is from the 18th century and so are the state apartments, which we walked through during the tour. Then we went out into the Upper Yard. From Bedford Tower, standing there, the Irish Crown Jewels were stolen in 1907 and they have never been found. The tour ended under the Powder Tower where there is a 10th century foundation made by the Vikings. The tour did not include Chapel Royal this day.

    I think the entrance fee was 4,5 Euro (February2007).
    The castle is open 10-17 on Monday - Friday and 14 - 17 on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

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    Dublin Castle

    by ZiOOlek Updated Jan 27, 2007

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    The Dublin Castle is the centre of historic Dublin. The city has received its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle garden. The original fortification of the castle could have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort. Later on there was a Viking Fortress on this place.

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    Dublin Castle

    by alfredop Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    The building is beautiful and the undercroft is a fascinating look at medieval Dublin. Unfortunately, the tour is simply too long leading to sore feet and backs. 30 minutes of history lectures could have easily been left out without being missed. Besides, if you don't know anything about Irish history, you'll get lost after the first 5 minutes of lecture. I ran away as soon as I could.

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    Fascinating look into Ireland's Past

    by john&eduarda Written Jan 1, 2007

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    For anyone who truly wants to understand Ireland's relatively turbulent history in the early parts of the twentieth century, then you should visit Dublin Castle. This Castle was the centre of British Rule in Ireland until the Treaty of 1920 and today you can see the Castle in all its magnificance. The Castle is maintained by the Irish State who use it as their centre for large international gatherings, such as meetings of the EU Council during Ireland's various 6-month Presidencies of the EU. The Castle is also used as a conference centre and is also the location for the inauguration of the President of Ireland.

    This site is easy to locate and well worth a visit. Guided Tours are provided.

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    DUBLIN CASTLE

    by hevbell Updated Nov 26, 2006

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    Originally built on the orders of King John there is only the Record Tower that remains of the original Norman castle. For a castle its pretty brightly painted but thats typical of Dublin! You can take a guided tour around the castle for a few Euros [free with Dublin Pass] which is pretty interesting. You get to see the state rooms where kings and queens slept and world leaders held discussions. You also get to go down below the main building to see the remains of the norman castle and city wall that were found during a flood in the 80s. Be aware however that tours can sometimes be rescheduled or cancelled depending on government business or conferences going on in the castle so its advisable to phone in advance if you only have a short time frame in which to visit.

    This picture was taken from the Dubh Linn gardens at the back of the castle. Dubh Linn is Irish for black pool and gave the city its name

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