|Temple Bar - Dublin Castle||Castles||0.1km|
The original medieval castle was built on this site in the first half or the 13th century. The present buildings come from the 18th through 19th century as the old Dublin Castle had been destroyed by a fire. The only original part is the Record Tower (13th century) . At present, the Dublin Castle is the residence of the Irish government offices, and the premises are used at various special occassions, such as inauguration of Irish president, etc.
The most attractive parts of the castle are the rooms ocated on the first floor of the South Wing, the St. Patrick's Hall, the Throne Hall with the throne provided by William of Orange (1740) , and the Bermingham Tower (richly decorated banquet hall) .
The Statue of Justice is best visible from the inner court. It is interesting that - contrary to other statues of justice, this lady is not blinded, and looks down on her sword. Another remarkable detail is that she is looking in the castle court, her back turned to the city, which, according to the Dubliners´opinion, is rather offensive.
There are various cultural and special events in the Dublin Castle, for example, the well-known music festival called the Heineken Green Energy that attracts over 50,000 visitors every year.
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00 to 16.45, Sunday and bank holidays from 14.00 to 16.45. It closes 24-28 December, on 31st December, 1 January and Good Friday. Admission: Adult € 4.50, Student / Senior € 3.50, Children aged under 12 € 2.00. Allow an hour for the tour around the castle. A restaurant and a gift shop.