Located in the heart of the city, Dublin Castle can easily be passed up. Hidden amongst a row of fish and chip shops and bars is a giant hidden treasure.
I was surprised to learn that general admission does not give you access to certain areas of the castle. We opted for waiting on a guided tour in order to see some of the restricted areas. Built in the 12th century (although a fortress stood at the same location hundreds of year previously) Dublin Castle has played a prominent role in Irish politics up until this day.
The castle has a serious of structures built in different centuries. Each building served it's own purpose, ranging from state apartments to religious sanctuaries. With it's location in the heart of the city, the castle has played an important role in Irish history and politics for over a thousand years. The current President of Ireland was inaugurated within the grounds in 2011.
What are some of your favorite castles around the world?