Built in the 13th century on a site originally settled by the Vikings, Dublin Castle has endured many a twist and turn in Irish history.
Over the last 700 years, the castle has functioned as a military fortress, a prison, a treasury, courts of law, the seat of English Administration in Ireland and is now used for important state receptions and presidential inaugurations. It was in the grand courtyard of Dublin Castle that the last British Lord Lieutenant of Ireland handed power to rebel leader Michael Collins and so ended the Irish War of Independence in 1922. Book a private tour and discover the opulent State Apartments, Undercroft and Chapel Royal, before exploring the remarkable Chester Beatty Library with its ancient manuscripts, miniature paintings, books, bindings, calligraphies and the western world’s most stunning collection of Qur’ans. A must for history buffs and bibliophiles.