Welcome to Dublin Castle

Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction. We hope you enjoy your visit.

Open Daily

We’re open seven days a week from 9:45 to 17:45 (last admission at 17:15). Tickets can be purchased on site at the Castle’s visitor reception desk in the State Apartments (upper courtyard) or can be booked online by clicking here.

Book Online!

Click here to book your tickets online for guided tours of Dublin Castle or for self-guiding.

Discover Ireland’s Iconic Heritage Sites with the Office of Public Works

2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, so what better time to explore our national built heritage? From our Unesco World Heritage site Newgrange in Ireland’s Ancient East to Skellig Michael on the Wild Atlantic Way, from Dublin Castle to the Swiss Cottage, from Céide Fields to the Phoenix Park – whatever your fancy or destination, be sure to plan your visit with us here. We would love to welcome you!

What’s On.

On a Pedestal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Sep 14 @ 9:45 am – Nov 4 @ 5:15 pm
On a Pedestal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
The exhibition brings together works from an international group of contemporary artists who explore the genre of the portrait bust in a variety of media: from wood to stone, from marble to ceramics, from stainless[...]
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Culture Night at Dublin Castle @ Dublin Castle
6:00 pm
The voices of histories past will echo in the Great Courtyard of Dublin Castle this Culture Night. Hear the words and be struck by the ideas of historical figures such as Michael Collins, Constance Markievicz[...]
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: The Great Escape @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Join Laura Fitzachary for this special tour and hear about one of the most famous Dublin Castle stories – that of the Red Hugh O’Donnell’s escape from the castle prison in 1592. Suitable for adults.[...]
Special Tour: Power Portraits @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: Power Portraits @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Join Antonella Guarracino for this art history tour of the portraits of Dublin Castle, including those of viceroys, monarchs and many more. Suitable for adults. This event is free but booking is required.
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: The Castle as a Government Building @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
As a government building at the heart of the Republic, Dublin Castle is a venue for major State visits, public gatherings and other events. Find out more about the many functions of the modern-day castle.[...]
Dublin Festival of History @ Dublin Castle, Printworks
Oct 5 – Oct 7 all-day
Dublin Festival of History @ Dublin Castle, Printworks | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 am
The Big Weekend – Join us for free history events at City Hall & Printworks, Dublin Castle. All events are FREE, but some need to be booked. Please, see individual events for details. Festival programme[...]
Oct 7 @ 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Special Tour: From the Castle to the Cathedral @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:15 pm
Weaving the threads: From Swift-ly encounters to a knightly order, you will be brought through times and spaces that still haunt us today. Tour including both indoor and outdoor spaces in Dublin Castle and St Patrick’s[...]
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Special Tour: Behind the Scenes at the Castle @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
In conjunction with Open House, we present this opportunity to look behind the scenes at some of the rooms and buildings not usually open to the public. Suitable for adults. This event is free but[...]

The Castle Blog

Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Castle Blog for all news updates.

From Presentation to Pioneer – Averil Deverell and Dublin Castle

By Liz Goldthorpe Averil Katherine Statter Deverell (1893-1979) was the first woman to practise as a barrister in Ireland, but what was she doing in Dublin Castle? As the Anglo Irish daughter of William Deverell, Clerk of the Crown and Peace for Co. Wicklow, it was to...

The Pope in Ireland, Then and Now

By Christiaan Feehan, Event Manager, Dublin Castle  I remember when I moved to Dublin in 2006 I would go running in the Phoenix Park and think to myself how strange that they had randomly erected a cross in its centre. It was only a few years later I found out about...

Understanding the Derek Hill Collection

By Adrian Kelly, Curator of ‘Derek Hill and the view from Donegal’ The Glebe Art Museum in Co. Donegal opened in 1984 and is a wonderful place to work. Curators have a strange old life, it’s quite vocational and we talk about ‘our’ collections as if we own them. As...

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