Dublin Castle (Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath), just off Dame Street, dates back to the 18th century, but a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John. It was a fortress since Viking times.
Covering an area of over 44,000 m² (11 acres), the castle is a quiet oasis in the heart of the city and is home to 2 museums, 2 cafés, an international conference centre, gardens, Government Buildings and the State Apartments.
The grounds are free to explore, as is the Chester Beatty Library and the Revenue Museum. Access to the State Apartments is by guided tour only and tickets may be purchased in Upper Castle Yard on the day.
The Dubhlinn Garden
The Dubhlinn Garden contains a memorial to the Irish police force as well as a beautifully manicured lawn covered in Celtic symbolism which is lovely to look out over on a sunny day. Take a few minutes to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Getting to Dublin Castle
The frequent 145 or 37 buses from outside the hotel will bring you to Essex Quay, only a short walk from the castle. If you are happy to go by foot, it is a beautiful walk through the heart of Georgian Dublin to the castle.