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Dublin Castle: At the very heart of Irish history

Dublin Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of British rule in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland (1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland (1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1922). Upon establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, the complex was ceremonially handed over to the newly formed Provisional Government led by Michael Collins.” (excerpt from Wikipedia)

I took a wander around the grounds of Dublin Castle recently. You’d be amazed at its fascinating history. Would you believe it has been in continuous occupation since its establishment in 1204AD? It has hosted such events as the inauguration of every Irish President, visits from heads of state of other countries, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011. For full historical details take a look at the Dublin Castle history pages on their website. They give a great breakdown of Dublin Castle and the surrounding area throughout the ages. They cover events from Prehistoric Dublin to the Viking ages, all the way through to modern day, with 800 years of history in between.

I suggest taking a stroll around the castle if you’re in the area. It’s not far from well known Dublin City Center attractions such as Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green and the Guinness Storehouse. Here’s a sample of some of the pictures I took, and what you might expect to see while you’re there.

Dublin Castle Pedestiran Entrance

Dublin Castle Canon

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle Round Tower

Dublin Castle Clock Tower

Dublin Castle Government Builiding

Dublin Castle Window

Dublin Castle Window Closeup

Dublin Castle From Rear

From Rear Closeup

Just 5 minutes walk from Dublin Castle is the one thousand year old Christ Church Cathedral.


  1. Hi Liam, Next time in Dublin I’ll have to checkout the castle, can’t believe I haven’t toured it yet as you say the castle is very close to other attractions, It’s funny though sometimes the sites that are the easiest to checkout never make the list. Thanks again,

    • Brian
      You know I didn’t actually intend to go there myself. I was staying very close by, and I had some time to spare so I just took a walk with my son and we sort of stumbled upon it. It’s easy to miss a few things in Dublin – there’s so much to do.