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Dublin Castle

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Dublin Castle is located in a strategic location just south of the River Liffey. Through history there have been Celtic and Danish fortifications, before King John of England built his own castle.

From then, it was the seat of English administration in Ireland for 700 years, all the way to the creation of the Free State in 1921.

Hardly any of these original structures remain. Today, most of the buildings that encompass Dublin Castle date back to the 18th and 19th centuries.

The Chapel Royal is a neo-Gothic building dating back to the early 19th century. The chapel’s design has a peculiar exterior, made up of over a hundred carved limestone heads of famous Irishmen.

The castle is open daily and it is free to roam around the grounds.

To visit inside, there are two kinds of tickets available. You can go on a self-guided tour of the State Apartments and exhibitions, or join a guided tour. The latter additionally includes entrance to the Medieval section of the castle and the Chapel Royal.

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