Tomorrow more than 40 attractions in Ireland offer free admission
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If you want to visit some sites in Ireland and don´t want to spend money, you should go on the first Wednesday of every month. 43 attractions offer free admission. In Dublin, Casino Marino, Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol are the options.
Despite the name, this site has nothing to do with gambling. Casino is a Italian word for little house. Inside the building, the visitors can see 16 finely decorated rooms.
It is one of the finest 18th century neo-classical buildings in Europe. The building was designed by Sir William Chambers as a pleasure house for James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont. Surprisingly it contains 16 finely decorated rooms, endlessly rich in subtlety and design. It is a remarkable building – both in terms of structure and history.
The Casino is located in Marino, just off the Malahide Road and only three miles north of the centre of Dublin.
The building dates from the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings. It was 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 a place for State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. The State Apartments, Chapel Royal, Undercroft, Heritage Centre Craft Shop and Restaurant are open to visitors.
Dublin Castle is situated in the City Centre off Dame St., behind City Hall, 5 minutes walk from Trinity College.
One of the most famous attractions in Dublin, Kilmainham Gaol is an unoccupied jail. It was built in 1796, and covering important heroic and tragic events in Ireland’s emergence as a modern nation from 1780s to the 1920s. In 1916, the Irish Independence Leaders were executed in this prision.
Building works are being undertaken at Kilmainham Gaol, because of that certain areas are closed until the end of December 2015.
The guide tour takes one hour, and attractions include an exhibition detailing the political and penal history of the prison and its restoration. The tour of the prison includes an audio-visual show.
Kilmainham Gaol is situated 3.5km from centre of Dublin. It is a very famous attraction, so you should go early to guarantee your ticket.