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Dublin Castle

On Dame Street, south of the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin, stands the mighty architectural achievement that is Dublin Castle, parts of which date back to 1200. Over the centuries Dublin Castle has been a fortress and treasury, a royal palace and a prison. Prior to Irish independence in the 1920s, it was also the centre of British rule in Ireland. Today, Dublin Castle is a government building and significant historic emblem.

While most of the building dates to the 1800s, its ancient heritage is still evident in the ancient Record Tower. This sole surviving element of Dublin Castle’s medieval origins is a magnificent stone stalwart. It is the perfect complement to the adjoining 19th century Chapel Royal, built in the Gothic Revival style.

Today, the castle is primarily used for official Irish government engagements, but its opulent State Rooms are accessible to the general public via guided tour. Open all year round, including bank holidays (but not Christmas and New Year) the castle has a wonderful craft shop and heritage centre. It also has its own restaurant, meaning you can absorb the historic bustle of Dublin as you tuck in to some tasty local cuisine.

Surrounded by excellent eateries and a number of theatres, Dublin Castle is served by nearly a dozen bus services. As such, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t soak up the area’s eclectic heritage by visiting this gem at the heart of the Irish capital.


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Temple Bar Hotel

Temple Bar Hotel

13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, The Book of Kells and Trinity College. O'Connell Bridge and Ha' Penny Bridge are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

    Temple Bar Lane by the KeyCollections £64
    Temple Bar Lane by the KeyCollections

    Temple Bar Lane by the KeyCollections

    19 Temple Lane South, Dublin
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from Button Factory, Ha' Penny Bridge and Olympia Theatre. Dublin Tourism Centre and Dublin Castle are also within 5 minutes. Jervis Station is only a 4-minute walk and Abbey Street Station is 8 minutes.

      Ashling Hotel Dublin £133
      Ashling Hotel Dublin

      Ashling Hotel Dublin

      Parkgate Street, Dublin, Dublin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Guinness Storehouse, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College are also within 2 mi (3 km). Heuston Station and Museum Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Maldron Hotel Kevin Street £110
        Maldron Hotel Kevin Street

        Maldron Hotel Kevin Street

        Kevin Street Upper, Dublin, Dublin
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Christ Church Cathedral and St. Stephen's Green. Vicar Street and Dublin Castle are also within 15 minutes. St. Stephen's Green Station is 10 minutes by foot and Four Courts Station is 13 minutes.

          Handels Hotel Temple Bar by thekeycollections £114
          Handels Hotel Temple Bar by thekeycollections

          Handels Hotel Temple Bar by thekeycollections

          16-18 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from Dame Street, Dublin Castle and Christ Church Cathedral. Four Courts and Olympia Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Four Courts Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 8 minutes.

            The Central Hotel £119
            The Central Hotel

            The Central Hotel

            Exchequer Street, 1-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin, Dublin
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from Dame Street and Dublin Tourism Centre. Brown Thomas Flagship Store and Trinity College are also within 5 minutes. Jervis Station is 8 minutes by foot and St. Stephen's Green Station is 8 minutes.

              Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch £155
              Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch

              Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch

              Christchurch Place, Dublin, Dublin
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in City Centre Dublin, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral. Dublin Castle and Olympia Theatre are also within 5 minutes. Four Courts Station is 7 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 10 minutes.

                Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge £114
                Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

                Arlington Hotel O'Connell Bridge

                23-25 Bachelors Walk, Dublin, Dublin
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from The Spire, O'Connell Bridge and Ha' Penny Bridge. Abbey Theatre and General Post Office (GPO) are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is only a 3-minute walk and Jervis Station is 5 minutes.