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.
The Dubhlinn Tearooms situated in the State Apartments are open Monday to Sunday.
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Everyone has their own bucket list – from pouring the perfect pint, to touring Temple Bar and visiting the historic Trinity College.
If you have one, two or three days allocated to tourism in Dublin, and know you plan to take the Hop-on/Hop-off bus, to visit the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery, the DublinPass is your best buy.
It includes admission to the Hop-on/Hop-off bus, Guinness, Jameson and a number of other attractions; it all depends how many places you want to visit in one-to-three days. And this is will give you extra time to visit Dublin Castle.
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