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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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Arran Quay - Ardcairn House - Campus Accommodation

Arran Quay - Ardcairn House - Campus Accommodation

8 Grangegorman Lower, Arran Quay, Dublin
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in City Centre Dublin, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Old Jameson Distillery, Phoenix Park and Four Courts. Vicar Street and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 1 mile (2 km). Smithfield Station is 7 minutes by foot and Four Courts Station is 10 minutes.

    The Hendrick Smithfield £112
    The Hendrick Smithfield

    The Hendrick Smithfield

    Hendrick Street, Dublin
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Jameson Distillery and Four Courts. Vicar Street and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. Smithfield Station is only a 4-minute walk and Museum Station is 5 minutes.

      Clayton Hotel Burlington Road £107
      Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

      Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

      Burlington Road, Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4, Dublin, Dublin
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of St. Stephen's Green, Aviva Stadium and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. St. Patrick's Cathedral and Dublin Castle are also within 2 mi (3 km). Charlemont Station is 10 minutes by foot and Harcourt Street Station is 13 minutes.

        Temple Bar Hotel £137
        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.

          Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin £166
          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. Garden of Remembrance and Parnell Square are also within 5 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 9 minutes.

            Jurys Inn Dublin Christchurch £134
            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.

              Ashling Hotel Dublin £139
              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.

                The Morgan Hotel £150
                The Morgan Hotel

                The Morgan Hotel

                10 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, Dublin
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. Christ Church Cathedral and National Gallery of Ireland at Merrion Square are also within 15 minutes. Abbey Street Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jervis Station is 6 minutes.