Dublin CastleApprox. Time: 1 hours
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Dublin Castle is the heart of historic Dublin. In fact, the city gets it name from the Black Pool - 'Dubh Linn' which was on the site of the present Castle Garden. The Castle stands on the ridge on a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary the Poddle, where the original fortification may have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort. Later a Viking Fortress stood on this site - a portion of which is on view to Visitors at the Undercroft. The largest visible fragment of the original 13th century Norman Castle is the Record Tower. Beside it is the early 19th century Gothic revival Chapel Royal which was recently restored and features particularly fine plaster decoration and carved oak gallery fronts and fittings. The Great Courtyard contains the principal buildings of the post medieval Castle which formerly housed the viceragal administration. The south range houses the magnificent State Apartments which were built as the residential quarters of the viceregal court.