Dublin Castle (Erse: Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath) is a major Erse govrenment complex, conference centre, and tourist attraction. It is locatit off Dame Street in Dublin, Ireland.

Dublin Castle
Caisleán Bhaile Átha Cliath
The Dubhlinn Gardens Dublin Castle 01.JPG
The Dubhlinn Gairdens, which were completit in 1680, are locatit adjacent tae Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is locatit in Central Dublin
Dublin Castle
Location within Central Dublin
General information
AddressDame Street
Toun or ceetyDublin
Coordinates53°20′34″N 6°16′03″W / 53.3429°N 6.2675°W / 53.3429; -6.2675Coordinates: 53°20′34″N 6°16′03″W / 53.3429°N 6.2675°W / 53.3429; -6.2675
Elevation9 metres (30 ft)
Opened1204; 816 years ago (1204)
AinerGovrenment o Ireland
Grunds44,000 square metres (11 acres)
Dublin Castle, seen frae the park tae the sooth, ootside the walls

Until 1922 it wis the seat of the Breetish govrenment's admeenistration in Ireland. Maist of the current construction dates frae the 18th century, though a castle haes stuid on the steid since the days of King John, the first Lord o Ireland. The Castle served as the seat o Inglis, then later Breetish, govrenment o Ireland unner the Lordship o Ireland (1171–1541), the Kinrick o Ireland (1541–1800), and the Unitit Kinrick o Great Breetain an Ireland (1800–1922).

After the signing of the Anglo-Erse Treaty in Dezember 1921, the complex wis ceremonially haundit ower tae the newly formed Proveesional Govrenment led by Michael Collins.[1] It nou hosts the inauguration o each preses of Ireland, and various State receptions.

The castle wis biggit bi the daurk pool ("Dubh Linn") which gaeve Dublin its name. This pool lies on the lower coorse of the River Poddle afore its confluence with the River Liffey; when the castle wis biggit, the Liffey wis much wider, and the castle wis effectively defendit bi baith rivers. The Poddle today runs unner the complex.


  1. Costello, Peter (1999). Dublin Castle, in the life of the Irish nation. Dublin: Wolfhound Press. ISBN 0-86327-610-5.

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