A Brief History of Dublin Castle

Jan 4, 2018

Dublin gets its name from a site on the Castle grounds, so it’s only natural that this 13th century landmark is one of the city’s most popular spots. Here’s a brief history of Dublin Castle:

“Dublin” comes from the Irish “Dubh Linn”, the name of the Black Pool that was once located on the grounds of the Castle Garden.

Formerly the site of the UK government’s administration in Ireland, this corner of boisterous Dublin has been spotted with fortifications since the 13th century.

Nowadays the Castle is less about defending this stretch of river and is instead one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions.

It is still a working governmental building too, being used for the inauguration of Irish Presidents.

Dublin Castle

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Originally fashioned by order of King John in 1204, the castle has had plenty of usage over the years, ranging from Norman fort to royal residence.

Following the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, the Castle was handed over to Irish hands and was later used for state ceremonies.

A tradition that continues to this day. Head to the grand state apartments for a look at the opulent rooms often used for the Presidents’ inauguration.

The grandest of these is Saint Patrick’s Hall. A former ballroom, the 18th century room contains one of the most important paintings in Irish history.

From there, be sure to peak in at the Throne Room, originally built for King George IV’s visit to Ireland in 1821.

Must See:

The ceiling paintings in Saint Patrick’s Hall are amongst the most revered in the nation.

The three panels depict Saint Patrick introducing Christianity to Ireland, the coronation of King George III, and the Irish chieftains submitting to King Henry II.

Fox’s Fact:

The Castle is a popular filming location, having appeared in the likes of The Tudors and Barry Lyndon.

Admission Cost:

Dublin Castle is open daily from 9.45am to 5.45pm. Public holidays may affect these hours.

Click here for more information on ticket prices.

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