Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and Restaurant are open to visitors. (On occasions Dublin Castle can be closed at very short notice for Government business). Access for visitors with disabilities to State Apartments, Chapel Royal and restaurant.
Location: Situated in the City Centre off Dame St., behind City Hall, 5 minutes walk from Trinity College en-route to Christchurch.
Bus Routes: 54 (Burgh Quay), 50, 50A, 56A, 77, 77A, 77B (Aston Quay)
Leaflet/Guide Booklet: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
Restaurant/Tearooms: Coffee Shop and Restaurant.
Seating Capacity: 90
Additional Information: Due to the nature of the site and its use for Government business visiting arrangements are subject to cancellation on short or no notice.