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Even though I was looking for the entrance to Dublin Castle I walked right by the gate, luckily my wife stopped me. There are multiple entrances to the grounds of Dublin Castle; both of the entrances we used were set well back from the main cross street.

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Photo above - One of the entrances to the Grounds of Dublin Castle.

I was not quite mentally prepared for Dublin Castle, I am not certain what I expected but the sight that greeted me through the gate was definitely not what I had imagined. Our first impression was of walking through a parking lot; ..which we were.


Photo Above - The Church, built in 1803, buts up to the "Record Tower". The Tower is part of the red brick building to its right (which is part of a group of builings in a large square), all collectively known as Dublin Castle.
The Vikings established the first fort at this site some 1000 years ago. Two hundred years later the English built a strong Norman style Castle with four large towers; today, only the Record Tower still stands.

In the Undercroft - the stairway above belongs to the Anglo-Norman castle that was destroyed in 1684.
After a fire in 1684 Dublin Castle went through a complete rebuilding. The Record Tower now stands at the exterior corner of a massive red brick building network with a large interior courtyard (also used for parking). Today, the network of buildings known as Dublin Castle is used for governmental functions.

During our visit, Ireland was hosting the EU presidency and no tours were allowed of the Drawing Room or Throne Room. We were able to tour the Gothic Church and the Undercroft (Excavation of the old castle).


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Most of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland
This page last updated June 2008