Dublin Castle

, Dublin 2

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About Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle is located at in Dublin 2.

Originally built on a site previously settled by the Vikings, Dublin Castle was first founded on the orders of King John of England in 1204, shortly after the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169. Largely complete by 1230, the castle was of typical Norman courtyard design, with a central square without a keep, bounded on all sides by tall defensive walls and protected at each corner by a circular tower. The castle was rebuilt from the 17th through to the 20th century and most of it now dates from the 18th century.

It functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury and the seat of English Administration in Ireland from the early 13th century through to 1922 years when it was ceremoniously handed over to the newly founded Provisional Government led by Michael Collins upon the establishment of the Irish Free State. From 1922 to 1932 it functioned as the Four Courts which were badly damaged during the Civil War (1922-1923) and is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations.

The castle is now a tourist attraction and, following major refurbishment, it is also used as a conference centre. The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and Restaurant are open to visitors. On occasions the castle can be closed at very short notice for Government business.

Access for visitors with disabilities to State Apartments, Chapel Royal and restaurant.

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