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Dublin Castle

Experience 800 years of history through the patchwork architecture and fascinating secrets of one of Ireland’s top landmarks.

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Dublin Castle: Our most recommended tours and activities

Dublin Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tours

1. Dublin Big Bus Open-Top Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Tours

Hop off and explore the beauty of Nassau Street, then plan a visit to the National Art Gallery. Discover Merrion Square, where you can stroll around the Georgian-style gardens, then grab a bite to eat in Temple Bar. Visit two of the most well-known cathedrals in Ireland, The Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick's. If you really want to experience the Dublin lifestyle, quench your thirst with a nice, cold pint of Guinness, freshly made from the Guinness Storehouse. Begin your journey on the Red Line at the first bus stop, located on Upper O'Connell Street. The Red Line has 25 stops, so your journey will be packed full of Irish fun! You can hop on and off the bus at any designated Big Bus stops, as many times as you wish within your ticket validity. With buses passing through every 30 minutes, simply rejoin the tour when you’re ready. Tour the streets of Dublin on this hop-on-hop-off, hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Explore Dublin with the freedom to explore where you want, when you want.

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Dublin: The Dublin Pass with Entry to Over 35 Attractions

2. Dublin: The Dublin Pass with Entry to Over 35 Attractions

With the digital Dublin Pass, enjoy unlimited access to more than 35 sites attractions and sites including the Guinness Storehouse, Chester Beatty Library, Christchurch Cathedral, and many more. Explore all there is to do in Dublin at your own pace. Pay nothing at the gate; simply show your QR-coded pass on your phone and you're in. Your pass includes free entry to over 35 attractions, including: Airfield Estate Aquazone @ the National Aquatic Centre Castletown House and Parklands Christ Church Cathedral Dublin City Hall Dublinia Dublin Zoo Glasnevin Museum Guinness Storehouse James Joyce Centre Jeanie Johnston Tallship and Famine Museum Little Museum of Dublin Malahide Castle & Gardens National Wax Museum PLUS Old Jameson Distillery Rainforest Adventure Golf Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Skerries Mills Croke Park Stadium Tour & GAA Museum Farmleigh House & Estate Newbridge House & Farm Dublin Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour EPIC The Irish Immigration Museum Irish Rock 'n Roll Museum Experience National Botanic Gardens Teelings Whiskey Distillery Tour Walking Food Tours - Beer on Foot Walking Food Tours - Food on Foot Casino Model Railway Museum additionally, receive a special offer gift at Dublin attractions where public entry is free: Chester Beatty Library Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Irish Museum of Modern Art National Gallery of Ireland National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History National Museum of Ireland – Natural History

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Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

3. Fast-Track Access Book of Kells and Dublin Castle Tour

Discover the “most precious object in the western world,” according to the 1007 Chronicles of Ulster, on a cultural fast-track easy access tour of the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin. Meet your local Dublin guide at the main entrance to Trinity College and marvel at the rich ornamentation and dense symbolism of the 8th century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Get up close and admire one of the finest examples of medieval illumination. On the second part of this fascinating tour visit the 12th century Dublin Castle built by King John where your professional local English-speaking guide will show you all the exterior highlights including the Castle gardens, affording you one of the best tour experiences in Ireland. An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous Castle.

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Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

4. Dublin Walking Tour: The Dark Side

Make your way through church graveyards and down narrow back alleys to discover a side of Dublin that you won't find on any postcards. Hear gruesome stories of brothels run by serial killers, cannibals with a taste for young children, and the notorious Hellfire Club, said to be made up of Devil worshippers! Journey through the folklore of Ireland and get introduced to fairies, banshees, and leprechauns. Hear how Halloween originated from the Gaelic harvest festival of Samhain when, according to legend, beings from the spiritual world could cross dimensions more easily. Admire the stunning architecture of ancient buildings such as Dublin Castle, said to be haunted with the souls of beheaded invaders. Learn about the young boy who is said to stroll around the Olympia Theatre, and get a closer look at the spooky mummies on display at St Michan's Church.

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Dublin 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

5. Dublin 2.5-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Discover the sights, sounds, history and architecture of Dublin on a 2.5-hour guided bike tour and see more of the city than you would on a walking tour. Experience the fun personality and personalities of Ireland's capital. The tour encompasses the rich history and folklore of the city, passing great buildings, such as College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery and St Patrick's Cathedral. Cycle through legendary neighborhoods, such as the nightlife center of Temple Bar, the Italian Quarter, Parnell Square and the fashionable southside. See the Georgian buildings of the northside, and the Oscar Wilde Memorial. En route, your guides will talk about Dublin's literary and rock'n'roll traditions and events, as well as historic personalities and how they helped shaped the city's character. You will learn which famous Dublin writer, fond of a drink, said "I'm a drinker with writing problems." Discover what school U2 frontman Bono got expelled from, why Nigerians get a shock when they drink Guinness brewed in Ireland, and what W.B. Yeats asked when he was awarded the Nobel Prize.

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Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

6. Dublin: City Highlights Walking Tour

Embark on a walking tour that’ll show you the real Dublin by visiting well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Whether you’ve visited the city before or are a total newbie to Irish soil, this tour will give you a taste of what life is like here. Learn the history of Dublin through its unique architectural landscape as well as getting a feel of its current atmosphere as you wander through the city. From theaters, cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and pubs you’ll see it all. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll.

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Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

7. Historical 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour of Dublin

Get to grips with the turbulent and fascinating history of Dublin in just 2 hours. This tour is led by history graduates of Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin and aims to inform and entertain you all at once. Visit sites and hear stories detailing the complex history of Ireland. Learn about the influence of the American and French revolutions, the Potato Famine, the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Visit sites such as the Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, the City Hall and the Medieval City. Delve into modern history and explore the effects of the Northern Ireland Peace Process. Take a walk around the city and experience modern day Dublin. This award-winning tour scores top marks for educational, entertainment all at once, with its guides possessing that natural Irish flair of combining history with wit to an extraordinary effect.

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Dublin: Brazen Head and Castle City Tour

8. Dublin: Brazen Head and Castle City Tour

On this fascinating tour, you will visit the 12th century Dublin Castle built by King John. There, your professional local English-speaking guide will show you all the exterior highlights, including the castle gardens, granting you one of the best tour experiences in Ireland. An expert local guide will show and explain all of the history and stories connected to Dublin's famous castle. The second part of this tour will bring you back to the year 1198, the year the Brazen Head opened its doors for the first time. This is Ireland's oldest pub, where you will experience an extraordinary sense of history within the pub's walls. If you are looking for a tour that includes some history and a unique Irish pub atmosphere, this tour is a must. With small groups of only 25 guests or fewer, this tour will be personal and unhurried, with a passionate and friendly guide. You can walk over history while discovering the story of a small island that has made a big impact on the world, and whose people created the most famous watering hole of them all “The Irish Pub”.

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Dublin: Top 10 City Highlights Walking Tour

9. Dublin: Top 10 City Highlights Walking Tour

Meet your guide in the city center and journey through the many centuries of Dublin's history as you visit the city’s must-see highlights. Visit both well-known sites and hidden gems on an engaging and interactive tour experience peppered with great stories and world-renowned Irish humor. Visit historic Dublin Castle and Trinity College. Stroll through the cultural quarter of Temple Bar. Discover the medieval history of the area surrounding 10th-century Christchurch Cathedral. Learn more about the Irish War of Independence and the Easter Rising of 1916. Take unique memorable photos as you explore the colorful streets of Dublin. This tour will also finish in the perfect location close to all the best Irish pubs and restaurants as well as great shopping.

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Dublin: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

10. Dublin: Private Walking Tour with Pickup

After pickup from your hotel, embark on a walking tour that’ll show you the real Dublin by visiting well-known sites and some hidden gems and surprises often missed by visitors. Whether you’ve visited the city before or are a total newbie to Irish soil, this tour will give you a taste of what life is like here. Learn the history of Dublin through its unique architectural landscape as well as getting a feel of its current atmosphere as you wander through the city. From theaters, cultural institutions, restaurants, parks, and pubs you’ll see it all. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you might have to help enhance your visit to Dublin. You will also have a chance to take memorable and unique photos as you stroll.

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What people are saying about Dublin Castle

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,947 reviews

If I could take this tour again, I would in a heartbeat. John was absolutely amazing and made the entire tour very engaging and so much fun. I would recommend this tour to anyone who likes history or anything even remotely spooky

Great choice, with the Dublin Pass you enjoy a variety of attractions that would be much more expensive if you purchased each one individually. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting Dublin.

The pass helps you a lot to optimize your resources and allows you to visit the main attractions !!!!

Excellent, knowledgeable driver wuth sense of humour.

High recommended tour, super guide. Thanks Frankie