Originally built way back in 1204AD, for 700 years this landmark functioned as the seat of British rule in Ireland. Nowadays it's one of the most popular attractions for groups in Dublin.
Nowadays, spanning over 11 acres, it’s mostly used for grand State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations.
When you come to the Castle, you’ll find a figure of justice standing over the main entrance, dating back from the time of British rule (who, ironically stands with her back to the city). This is the spot where the Last Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, FitzAlan, symbolically handed over the castle to Michael Collins in 1922. FitzAlan had been annoyed with Collins as he’d kept him waiting 7 minutes. When he complained, Collins replied with the famous line; “We’ve been waiting over 700 years, you can have the extra 7 minutes.”
The Castle grounds also hold the Chapel Royal, the Garda and Revenue Museums, and the Chester Beatty Libaray, former European Museum of the year. These sites are all free for visitors to explore, but the State Apartments and Medieval Undercroft can only be viewed through paid guided tours.
Groups are more than welcome to Dublin Castle and for the tour group rates are available on request. Bear in mind though that if there’s more than 10 people, the tour must be booked in advance.