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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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Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin £80
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin

23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps away from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also within 10 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 9 minutes.

    Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin £84
    Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

    Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin

    Dean St, The Liberties, 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 Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green and Grafton Street are also within 15 minutes. St. Stephen's Green Station is 11 minutes by foot and Four Courts Station is 12 minutes.

      Hard Rock Hotel Dublin £171
      Hard Rock Hotel Dublin

      Hard Rock Hotel Dublin

      Lord Edward Street, Dublin
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps away from Dame Street, Dublin Castle and Olympia Theatre. Christ Church Cathedral and Trinity College are also within 10 minutes. Four Courts Station is 7 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 8 minutes.

        Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch £77
        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.

          Harding Hotel £89
          Harding Hotel

          Harding Hotel

          Copper Alley, Fishamble Street, Christchurch, Dublin, Dublin
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is steps away from Dublinia, Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College are also within 10 minutes. Four Courts Station is 7 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 9 minutes.

            The Fleet £83
            The Fleet

            The Fleet

            19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Abbey Street Station is only a 5-minute walk and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

              Temple Bar Hotel £89
              Temple Bar Hotel

              Temple Bar Hotel

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

                Located in Temple Bar, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Bank of Ireland, Trinity College and O'Connell Bridge. O'Connell Street and Grafton Street are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 7 minutes.

                Drury Court Hotel £71
                Drury Court Hotel

                Drury Court Hotel

                28-30 Lower Stephen Street, Dublin, Dublin
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gaiety Theatre and Grafton Street. St. Stephen's Green and Dublin Castle are also within 10 minutes. St. Stephen's Green Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 10 minutes.