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Dublin Castle

2 Palace Street | Dublin | Official website
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  • Type: Castles/Palaces
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.0)
Value: 4.5 (4.5)
Facilities: 3.5 (3.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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If you've ever watched Showtime's The Tudors, you'll definitely recognize Dublin Castle. This massive structure -- which acted as a stronghold of British power for about 700 years -- looms over central Dublin. However, travel writers agree the castle better represents royal lavishness than impenetrable intimidation, a characteristic easily noticed as you stroll through the lavish State Apartments (formerly home to British viceroys) and the Gothic-style Chapel Royal. One of the only parts of the castle to scream "fortress" is the 13th-century Record Tower, the only section that remains of the original Norman structure. Today, Dublin Castle acts mainly as a tourist attraction, although you should note it's sometimes closed for state receptions and presidential inaugurations.

You can wander the grounds for free, or you can hop on a guided tour of the castle's interior. One recent visitor tells TripAdvisor: "We paid for the guided tour and it was well worth it. Our tour guide packed it full of historical facts, explanations of everything we walked through, and current events. It was very informative and the castle was beautiful."

Dublin Castle is located just a few blocks west of Trinity College and is open to the public every Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. You won't have to pay to explore the grounds, but if you want to go inside, admission is about $6 USD (€4) for adults and $3 USD (€2) for children. For more information, visit the castle's website.

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