Dublin Castle - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Originally an Anglo-Norman castle, the oldest remaining part of which is the record tower, dating from 1258.
Dublin Castle - FURTHER INFORMATION
Dublin Castle - Dublin visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Dublin Castle' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from County Dublin.
Past, present and future meet in this castle, an important governmental building to the city of Dublin and the Irish People. Even today, as this image was added, Dublin Castle was in the news as being the venue where Ireland delivered their vote on a major European Union treaty. Its present day functions include being the venue for State ceremonial occasions including those regarding the Irish Presidency of the European Union. In the past, this castle was home to those officiating the British rule over the country of Ireland up until 1922.
Built as an Anglo-Normal fortress, it was held as the seat of power from 1171 and through various stages of English rule until handed over to the Irish Free State and their Provisional Government led by Michael Collins. Today it remains a busy working government building but it is also a museum and visitor attraction in its own right.
Guided tours are available of the State Apartments around the South Courtyard and exhibits such as the throne of King William of Orange and a selection of banners owned by the now-disbanded Knights of St Patrick. The Chapel Royal, the Crypt Theatre, the Chester Beatty Museum, the 13th century Record Tower, St Patrick's Hall, the Undercroft and the Garda Police Museum are all attractions well worth seeing. Dublin Castle has excellent visitor facilities including a cafe, bistro and gift shop.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Near Dame Street