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The Castle

What’s important?

Dublin Castle, situated to the southeast corner of the Medieval City, comprises a hugely significant complex of buildings developed from the early 13th century to the 19th century. Enclosed by the medieval city plan, the Castle contains the State Apartments, the archaeological remains of the Powder Tower and the Chapel Royal. The entrance at Palace Street takes visitors into the Lower Courtyard. To the east the Castle precinct is marked by Castle Steps and the gate at Ship Street leading to the Chester Beatty Library and the Castle Gardens. A further entrance to the Castle is located at Castle Street. Situated at the top of Parliament Street and standing beside the Castle is the City Hall, the former Royal Exchange and hub of Dublin’s civic administration since 1842 until the move to Wood Quay in 1995. Straddling the space between Palace Street and the entrance to the City Hall sits Barnardo Square. A venue for cultural activities, a meeting place, a station for dublinbikes, it occupies a strategically important point of orientation along the route.

‘Often, public places offer free, open forums for people to encounter art, to enjoy performances and to participate in other cultural activities. From festivals to street theatre … good places foster and enhance a city’s cultural life.’I

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