Dublin is one of the European cities which can say of having a castle in the city center. Dublin Castle. Dublin Castle is located on the southern coast of the River Liffey, dipped in the historical center and adjacent to Temple Bar. In short, it’s a must on the itinerary of every tourist who decides to visit Dublin.
How to get to Dublin Castle
Once in the city center, you can not go wrong. Practically at every intersection, every street corner, there is at least a sign with directions to Dublin Castle. At one point, while you are running a small hill, you will notice a small and very low stone arch and then you will arrive at the entrance of the castle. The street where is located the Castle is Dame Street.
Dublin Castle is not towering, then don’t look for tall towers of 50 meters.
The Dublin Castle History
Dublin Castle was built in 1200 and was for centuries the symbol of authority English. At the beginning the castle was made up of four towers, a moat and a drawbridge. However, in the middle of 1600 a fire destroyed the castle. Today we can see only one of four towers that marked the perimeter. Initially, Dublin Castle was used as a fortress, court palace, prison, home to the British government in Ireland. Since 1922 (the birth of the Irish Free State), Dublin Castle is a symbol of the Irish State and the seat of the Presidency of the Republic.
What to see in Dublin Castle
The guided tour of the castle takes about an hour, and to be honest it’s very interesting. Between the interior of the Dublin Castle you can see the State Apartments stand out the eighteenth century, once home of the British lieutenants. The State Apartments are a series of rooms, decorated in a very sumptuous way with stucco, antique furniture, tapestries and rugs.
During the tour you will discover the old dance hall, called the Hall of St. Patrick’s, decorated with banners of the Knights of St Patrick. The ceiling of the room is painted with a very important painting for the history of Ireland, the coronation of King George III and the spread of Christianity in Ireland by St. Patrick.
Moreover, it is interesting to see the Picture Gallery where there are 12 paintings depicting English lords.
To conclude the tour of Dublin Castle, a visit to the crypt where you can see the foundations of the Powder Tower of the medieval castle and some sections of the walls and the moat of Viking Dublin.
Schedules and prices of visits to Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is practically open daily from 10:00 to 16:45, but on Sundays and public holidays the opening is at 12:00. The ticket price is 4.50 Euros with reductions for students and seniors. The castle, however, is closed during the days of 24-28 and 31 December, 1 January and Good Friday. Free admission with the Dublin Pass.
Now you have all the information to go to visit him.