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Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle by Hire Car


Dame Street, Dublin 2


+353 1 645 8813


There are many advantages to travelling through Ireland with car hire, including the ease and convenience of visiting the museums that are within the city and the archaeological and architectural sites that lie scattered across its countryside.

One of the most popular attractions in Dublin County is Dublin Castle, and it is easily visited by hire car from the city centre. This great medieval fortress was once seen as a symbol of the power and might of Ireland's royalty, and it was also the centre of administration. In its halls, the country’s most powerful men would discuss the fate of the people. The Lords Deputy and Lords Lieutenant made it their residence, while the State Councils, Parliament and Law frequently convened there.

Dublin Castle was built from 1204 to 1228 during the reign of King John. Its architecture is often compared to contemporary French castles such as Le Coudray Salbart. Its rectangular shape, accented by massive drum towers at each corner, is one of Europe’s best examples of a keepless castle. Up until this point, the keep ‾ a large fortified tower that was used as a last holdout should the castle fall ‾ was a traditional element of castle architecture. In the 13th century, Dublin Castle’s keepless design put it on the cutting edge of medieval architecture.

Visiting castles is an excellent way to experience Ireland’s history and culture. Tourists often end up booking commercial tours and heading out with a crowd of strangers. These tours can be rushed and uncomfortable. Worse yet, there is no guarantee that the castle you want to see is even going to be on the tour’s itinerary. But with a rental car from Dublin city centre, you can focus on the sites that interest you most, avoiding crowds and planning your own itinerary in the process.

Visitors will find convenient car hire depots in Dublin city centre. Associates at the pick up point can even help drivers put together an itinerary by supplying maps and tourist materials. In some cases, it is even possible to pick up your vehicle at one location and drop it off at another, which means Dublin Castle can be visited on a daytrip or while travelling to an onward destination in Ireland.

Opening Times:

Monday-Saturday: 9.45am - 4.45pm

Sunday & Public Holidays: 12.00pm - 4.45pm

Closed Good Friday, 25th - 27th December, 1st January.

Admission Prices:

Adults : €4.50

Senior Citizens & Students : €3.50

Children (under 12 years) : €2.00

Admission is by guided tour with a self guiding option also available.

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