The seat of British power in Ireland until 1922, Dublin Castle has a fascinating history stretching back well beyond the 18th Century to Celtic, Viking & Norman times and witnessed many dramatic & pivotol events in history, from invasions, rebellions & risings to lavish balls & historically significant dinners. Located off of Dame Street, the relatively small complex consists of a characteristc Georgian courtyard, the scene of the 1761 Irish crown Jewels hoist from the Bedford tower, a medieval records tower, royal chapel and an intimately sized yet peaceful public garden from which Dublin gets it's name. Dublin castle and the site on which it stands is fundamental to how Dublin has grown and been shaped and you can get a fantastic insight to this from friendly local guides on the Free Dublin tour recommended by freetour.com.

Learn more about Dublin Castle on one of these tours: Free Tour of Dublin, 1916 Rising Walking Tour, Dublin Free Tour