Dublin Castle was the seat of the United Kingdom government’s administration in Ireland until 1922. The castle sits in the city center between Trinity College and Christ Church Cathedral. You may recognize the castle from The Tudors TV series; it has also been in several movies. The castle has been destroyed and rebuilt several times. It was targeted during the Easter Rising in 1916 and is where the Treaty for Independence was signed.
The Dubh Linn Garden is circular and acts as a helicopter pad. A Celtic symbol is inlaid with brick and visible from above. Bedford Tower is in the upper yard. The Crown Jewels were stolen from here in 1907 and were never found. Look to the right and notice Lady Justice with her back turned on the city. Dubliners view this as an appropriate symbol for British Justice.
Dublin Castle plays a huge role in Ireland’s history and a walk through of the grounds in time well spent. Today the castle is a government complex and tourist attraction. Stroll through the famous Chester Beatty Library if time permits. Guided tours of the State Apartments, Chapel Royal and St Patrick Hall are available. Dublin Castle Map
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