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Places (POIs) visited during this tour

Place #1
Distance: 0.12mi
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8PVM+46 Dublin 8, Ireland
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Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is a historic castle complex located in the heart of Dublin, Ireland. It was originally built in the 13th century on the site of a Viking settlement, and has since been used as a fortress, a royal palace, a government building, and a center for the administration of justice.

The castle was built under the orders of King John of England in 1204 to reinforce the Anglo-Norman control over Dublin. It was originally a simple fortification made of timber and earthworks, but it was replaced by a stone castle in the 13th century.

Over the centuries, Dublin Castle has played a significant role in the history of Ireland. It was the site of the inauguration of English viceroys, who governed Ireland on behalf of the English monarchy from the 16th to the early 20th century. It was also used as a military garrison, a treasury, and a center of administration.

During the Irish War of Independence in the early 20th century, Dublin Castle was the headquarters of the British administration in Ireland. However, in 1922, the castle was handed over to the Irish Free State government and was used as the seat of government until the opening of the modern Government Buildings complex in the 1930s.

Today, Dublin Castle is a popular tourist attraction and a venue for state functions. Visitors can explore the castle's many interesting features, including the State Apartments, which are decorated with lavish furnishings and works of art, and the Chapel Royal, which features beautiful stained glass windows and intricate carvings. The castle also houses the Chester Beatty Library, which has an impressive collection of manuscripts, rare books, and art from around the world.

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Place #2
Distance: 0.59mi
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8 Bride Road, Dublin, Ireland
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St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in Ireland and is named after the patron saint of the country.

The cathedral was built in 1191 on the site of an earlier church that was believed to have been founded by St. Patrick himself.

St. Patrick's Cathedral has a long and fascinating history dating back to the 5th century when St. Patrick is believed to have founded a church on the site. However, the current building was constructed much later, in 1191, under the patronage of the Anglo-Norman knight, Strongbow.

Over the centuries, the cathedral has been rebuilt and expanded multiple times, with various additions and renovations carried out by different patrons and architects. In the 14th century, the cathedral was extensively remodeled, with the addition of the spire and many of the windows that still exist today.

In the 16th century, the cathedral underwent further changes, including the construction of the Lady Chapel and the removal of many of the original medieval features.

During the Reformation in the 16th century, St. Patrick's Cathedral became a Protestant church and was used for Anglican worship.

In the 17th century, it became the center of the Church of Ireland and continued to play an important role in Irish religious and political life.

Throughout its history, St. Patrick's Cathedral has been the site of many significant events. It was the location of coronations and royal weddings, and has hosted many famous figures, including Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver's Travels, who served as the Dean of the Cathedral from 1713 to 1745. During World War I, the cathedral was used as a hospital and during the Easter Rising of 1916, it was briefly occupied by rebels.

Today, St. Patrick's Cathedral is still an active place of worship and is open to visitors who can explore its rich history, stunning architecture, and beautiful interior.

Over the centuries, St. Patrick's Cathedral has played an important role in Irish history.

It was the location of coronations and other important ceremonies for centuries and was also used as a hospital during times of war.

The cathedral has also seen its fair share of famous visitors, including Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver's Travels, who was once the Dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Today, visitors can explore the beautiful architecture and interior of the cathedral, including its stunning stained glass windows, impressive organ, and historic monuments.

One of the most famous features of the cathedral is the "Door of Reconciliation", which was created as a symbol of the peace process in Northern Ireland. Visitors can also attend services and concerts at the cathedral throughout the year.

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Tour itinerary stops | Additional places you'll see on this self-guided tour

Map Pin Place 1 Dublin Castle
Map Pin Place 2 St. Patrick's Cathedral
Map Pin Place 3 Saint Stephen's Green
Map Pin Place 4 The Little Museum of Dublin
Map Pin Place 5 Trinity College
Map Pin Place 6 O'Connell Bridge
Map Pin Place 7 Spire of Dublin
Map Pin Place 8 Jameson Distillery Bow St.
Map Pin Place 9 Temple Bar
Map Pin Place 10 The Irish Houses of Parliament
Map Pin Place 11 Temple Bar (continued)
Map Pin Place 12 The Ha'penny Bridge
Map Pin Place 13 Grafton Street

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