|Dame Street, Dublin 2. (Map l49o51 - M50)
Phone: 6777129 Fax: 6797831
Opening hours: Mon - Fri 10.00 - 17.00, Sat, sun & Bank Hols 14.00 - 17.00.
How to get there: On foot: on the edge of Temple Bar, Dublin Castle is halfway between Trinity College and Christ Church.
Although there's an admission fee of £3.00 (convession £2.00, child £1.00), you can usually avoid payment if you just want to walk through the courtyards and have a look at the buildings.
The ‘Undercroft' is part of the original Viking fortress, and the ‘Record Tower' is part of the later 13th century Norman Castle.
Dublin Castle has a long history as the seat of English rule in Ireland for seven centuries, and if you do pay the admission, you can visit the 19th century Chapel Royal and the State Apartments, now used for State functions.
The Chester Beatty library, with its superb collection of 22,000 manuscripts from cultures all over the world, has moved to a purpose-built gallery, in the Clock Tower building.
Facilities: restaurant, heritage centre, craft shop.