Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. In fact the city gets its name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle garden.
The Castle stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort.
Later a Viking Fortress stood on this site - a portion of which is on view to visitors in the ' Mediaeval Undercroft' which also includes the remains of the original 13th century Castle.
The south range houses the magnificent State Apartments that were built as the residential quarters of the Viceregal court. They are now the venue for Presidential Inaugurations, State Functions and Ireland's Presidencies of the European Union.
The State Apartments, Medieval Undercroft and Chapel Royal are open to visitors. On occasions, the State Apartments may be closed for State Purposes.
Monday-Saturday: 9.45am - 4.45pm
Sunday & Public Holidays: 12.00pm - 4.45pm
Closed Good Friday, 25th,26th , 27th December, 1st January.
Senior Citizens & Students (with I.D.): €3.50
Children (under 12 years): €2.00
Admission is by guided tour with a self guiding option also available.
Information is available in 14 languages
Group Admission Prices:
Leader free with groups of 20+.
The Dubhlinn Tearooms situated in the State Apartments are open Monday to Sunday.
How to Get There:
5 minute walk from TRINITY COLLEGE en route to CHRIST CHURCH.
Buses: 13, 27, 40, 49, 54A, 56A, 77A, 123,150 and 747 Airlink. All bus stops are situated on Dame Street or Lord Edward Street
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