September 14, 2007
Dublin Castle was originally built in 13th century, commissioned by King John, and was a symbol of British rule for 700 years. In 1922, Dublin castle was handed over to the Irish Free State lead by Michael Collins. Most the parts of building are not original due to fire. Currently, the building is used by Irish government for ceremonies and meetings with foreign government officials.
You can walk around the buildings and the gardens by yourself. Inside the building is only open for guided tours. (fee) The inside is nicely decorated with many arts and crafts, but it’s not that impressive if you’ve seen some of the famous castles in France or Germany. Still, the underground part of the tour, where you can see a part of Medieval fortress, was interesting, and worth a visit.
At the end of the tour, you’ll go through a cafe (sit down and have an apple turnover and a cup of tea!) and – what else?- a gift shop. Yep. All tours ends at a gift shop.
From lower yard, go around the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, and pass the Record Tower. You’ll see the Octagonal Tower and a side of the building which is painted with “oddly” and unexpected colors. I wish I’d known this before the tour. I’d asked why it’s painted in those colors.
On the left hand side, you’ll see a small gardens with some flowers and grass trimmed to make it looks like two snakes are crawling on the ground.
Dublin Castle: http://www.dublincastle.ie