Located just off of Dame Street on the south side of the river Liffey. Dublin Castle houses Government Buildings, State Apartments and museums such as the Chester Beatty Library and the Garda Museum.
This monumental building not only showcases Irish medieval architecture but it is also of huge cultural significance. Dublin Castle served as the seat of the ruling body of the country from as early as the 13th century. It was once the seat of the English and then British government in Ireland. It was not until 1922 that the position was officially handed over to the provisional Irish government after the war of independence. Then in 2015, it became the epicenter of the marriage equality referendum, as the results were broadcast from its courtyard. This building complex should be on the top of any traveler’s list of places to visit in Dublin, for its architecture, gardens and museums.
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The complex was renovated several times over the past few centuries. However, one architectural feature remained. The Norman Tower depicted in the accompanying photograph is the sole surviving tower of the medieval castle dating from c.1226. This tower was once used as a prison and recently housed the Garda Museum. The Garda Museum is currently closed pending relocation.