|13th century Norman tower|
In continuous occupation since its establishment in 1204 AD, Dublin Castle has played a prominent role in Ireland's history. And not just Irish history.
For a six month period, ending in June, Ireland holds the rotating presidency of the EU. The Castle will host many of the meetings relating to the presidency, and as a result the State Apartments and Upper Courtyard of the Castle will remain closed to the public until June 30th.
There is still quite a lot to see and do as the complex also contains the Chapel Royal, The Garda Museum, The Chester Beatty Library (and the Silk Road Restaurant), the Revenue Museum, along with a gift shop and restaurants.
To see all the various parts before you go, why not check out this excellent inter-active model on the website here.