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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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Oliver St John Gogarty Hostel & Penthouse Apartments

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Located in City Centre Dublin, this hostel is steps from Irish Stock Exchange, Ha' Penny Bridge, and The Book of Kells. Trinity College and O'Connell Bridge are also within 5 minutes.

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The Holyhead Hostel

42 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin
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Located in City Centre Dublin, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Peacock Theatre, Abbey Theatre, and Custom House. General Post Office and O'Connell Bridge are also within 10 minutes.

Temple Bar Hotel

Temple Bar Hotel

13-17 Fleet St Temple Bar, Dublin
of 5, from 683 reviews
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Steps from the River Liffey and 3 minutes' walk from Ha'penny Bridge, Temple Bar Hotel is right in the middle of Dublin's pedestrianized cultural center. Tara Street Station is a 6-minute walk, while Trinity College is 2 minutes away, and The Gaiety and Olympic Theatre are both a 5-minute walk.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

Golden Ln and Chancery Ln, Dublin
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Opened in August 2007 and set in the centre of Dublin, this ultra-modern seven-storey hotel is set 200 metres from Dublin Castle and St Patrick's Cathedral, and one kilometre from Temple Bar.

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Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch

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In the heart of Dublin, this hotel is within a 2-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and Dublin Castle. St Stephen's Green and Trinity College, home to The Book of Kells, are 0.7 km (0.5 mi) away.