Dublin Castle (Irish: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) off Dame Street became the most important fortification in Irish history. It functions as the seat of the United Kingdom government’s administration from 1204 until 1922. Today, it is a major government complex, conference center, and tourist attraction.
Early Occupants of Dublin Castle
The castle serves as a residence of the Viceroy of Ireland. This was when Ireland was under the British monarchy. It was constructed on an elevated ground once occupied by an earlier Viking settlement and stood approximately on the site of the present Upper Castle Yard. It remained largely intact until April 1684, when a major fire caused severe damage to much of the building. The fire nearly destroyed the whole structure. However, parts of the medieval and Viking structures survived and can still be explored by visitors today.
A House of Nobility
The foursquare Great Churchyard of Dublin Castle catered to different activities. These include splendid festivities of state balls, banquets and regal ceremonies for members of the aristocracy back in the day. This medieval fortress witnessed an era steeped in history of Vikings and a concourse of nobility and gentry. Dublin Castle is reminiscent of one of my all-time favorite films Ever After. That time when there were fancy balls, Elizabethan costumes and Shakespearean poetry set in the Renaissance-era.
When You Visit Dublin Castle
Wander around on your own or can go for a guided tour. It will cost you €7 and €10 respectively if the prices didn’t change. We didn’t have a tour ourselves, but a lot of people would recommend for a guided tour because the guides are knowledgeable and fun. They have so much to share about the history of Dublin castle, and they have side comments to crack up the visitors. If you have time, you can have a quiet tea time at the cafe away from the noisy surrounding of the city.