WELL WORTH A VISIT
Many tourists become somewhat disappointed when the see Dublin Castle because it is not is as they may have imagined it … John Cornforth described the Castle as “not even a work of architecture” but “a piece of English make-do and mend”.
The complex of buildings is usually open to the public, except during certain state functions. The crypt of the Chapel Royal is now used as an arts centre, and occasional concerts are held in the grounds of the Castle.
The castle complex also hosts the Chester Beatty Library, in a purpose-constructed facility, with a café, the Garda Museum, in the Treasury Building, and the Revenue Museum.
The former site of the “dark pool” on the Poddle was remodelled into a garden, with a water feature that commemorates fallen Gardaí, and a helipad.