Become king or queen of a castle
Well, not literally, but you can mill about all regal-like in some of Dublin’s most sturdy and historical constructions as you visit the excellent castles that still make their presence felt to this day. Take a living history tour at Dalkey Castle where professional actors bring the past to brilliant life with a theatre performance as part of the guided tour. The site also boasts a state of the art heritage centre (with information in 12 languages) and a writer’s gallery featuring the work of 45 writers and creative artists.
On the northside of the city and also on the DART line, you’ll find Malahide Castle which dates back to the 12th century. Today it stands tall as the jewel in the crown of the picturesque seaside town of Malahide. A number of fun tours are available, including the castle itself and a stroll through the Secret Walled gardens while the park is open to the public. Meanwhile in the city centre, the magnificent Dublin Castle has its own stories to tell. Its striking Wardrobe Tower was finished in 1203 and is the city’s last intact medieval tower, so-called because it was originally used to house visiting monarchs’ royal robes. In later years, the tower served primarily as a prison and today, in something of an ironic twist, it is part of the Garda Síochána – Irish Police – Museum and Archives.