Monday 19th May 2014 â Optional Tour of Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle: Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and Restaurant are open to visitors.
The State Apartments
The State Apartments dominate the south range of the Great Courtyard. They were built as the residential and public quarters of the Viceregal Court and were the seat of the executive and focus of fashionable and extravagant social life. Today the Apartments are the venue for Ireland's Presidencies of the European Union, Presidential inaugurations and prestigious functions, amongst the highlights are the Ladies Drawing Room, the Throne Room and St. Patricks Hall
The Undercroft is sited at lower ground floor level in the Lower Castle Yard, opposite the Chapel Royal. The city walls join the Castle at this point. Here, the archway allowed small feeder boats to land provisions at the postern gate, from larger boats moored on the Liffey. The double archway and postern gate are still visible. Also on view here is the Viking defence bank, within the butt of the Norman Powder Tower. The original Tower was five stories high - the top storey being occupied by the Lord Deputy during the 16th century.
Monday 19th May 2014 â Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony - Venue Mansion House
EBAN 2014 Congress & Awards Ceremony
The EBAN 2014 Congress & Awards Ceremony will take place in the Round Room at Dublinâs Mansion House. The Round Room was built in 1821 for the much-anticipated visit of King George IV. For nearly 200 years the Round Room has continued making history and has been the venue of choice for historic events in Irish History â such as the proclamation of The Irish Declaration of Independence. On this night delegates will be treated to a welcome reception followed by a sumptuous meal and the awards ceremony which will prove to be a memorable experience for all.
Dublin City Hop on Hop Off Tour - âŹ18
With 28 stops at the Top Visitor Attractions in Dublin, there is no better way to see Ireland's cosmopolitan capital city. Enjoy an entertaining live English guide commentary with bags of Irish personality or audio commentary in your own language. Tour runs daily.
Viking Splash Tour
Established in 1999, Viking Splash Tours is one of Irelandâs premier tour companies. Combining authentic World War II amphibious vehicles â the DUKWs â with an imaginative and exciting Viking-themed tour, the Viking Splash experience is unrivalled in Dublin City. This exciting Dublin tours depart from Stephenâs Green North close to Grafton Street. Keep an eye out for the Viking Splash Tours bus stop on Stephenâs Green North located just behind the taxi rank and water fountain.
The fun-filled, sightseeing tour of Dublin lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes. All passengers must be at the departure point 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time for boarding so please allow for this when planning.
Tour runs daily
If you would like to register for our next EBAN Congress in Dublin 2014
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