Dublin Castle plays a prominent role in Irish history, contributing to the castle being a top tourist attraction when visiting Dublin. Dublin Castle was originally built in the 13th century but today is used for important Irish State events such as State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. Dublin Castle was built upon a site which was previously settled by the Vikings. Back then, the castle functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law, and the sear of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Having undergone renovations in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle has survived a long life of historical events.
A hugely popular attraction for both the Irish and foreign travellers, Dublin Castle has several areas open to its visitors. Including: The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre, and Restaurant. Unfortunately, there are occasions in which Dublin Castle closes for Government business, and very often these occasions can be with very little notice. Should you care to visit Dublin Castle, it is advised to contact the castle before arrival.