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. Tickets are purchased on site at the Castle’s visitor reception desk in the State Apartments (upper courtyard).

Book Online!

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


Please note the following changes to our opening hours on Friday, 22 September, due to Culture Night:

  • Last guided tour on 22 September will be at 4 pm.
  • Last entry for a self-guided visit on 22 September will be at 4.15 pm sharp.
  • The Chapel Royal will be closed from 12 noon on Thursday, 21 September, and will not be accessible on Friday, 22 September.

What’s On

Jun 23 @ 9:45 am – Sep 23 @ 5:45 pm
In the Eye of the Beholder: An Exhibition on Beauty in the Eighteenth Century @ Apollo Room, State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
20 June 2017 – 23 September 2017 Apollo Room, State Apartments This exhibition explores the reality of maintaining beauty standards at court in the eighteenth century. It introduces Dublin Castle as the stage on which[...]
Culture Night 2017 @ Dublin Castle
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Culture Night 2017 @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
7:00 pm
Presented by RTÉ, in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Creative Ireland, Dublin City Council and the Office of Public Works. Following the success of last year, Dublin Castle will once[...]
Sep 25 2017 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Making Majesty: Building and Borrowing the Regal Image at Dublin Castle @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
25 September 2017 – 28 April 2018 State Apartments’ Galleries This exhibition explores the shaping of the royal and viceregal image at Dublin Castle in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the later appropriation of[...]
Sep 29 – Oct 1 all-day
Dublin Festival of History @ The Printworks | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 am
The fifth annual Dublin Festival of History will take place from 29th September to 1st October in Dublin Castle. With over 90 free history events across the city, this year’s programme is the biggest and[...]
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm
Concert to Celebrate the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU @ Portrait Gallery, State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
7:00 pm
  Join us for an intimate concert in the beautiful Portrait Gallery and enjoy music for piano and clarinet by Saint-Saëns, Chopin, Mägi, Rähni and Poulenc among others. This concert has been organised by the[...]
Irish Aid Volunteering Fair @ Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Irish Aid Volunteering Fair @ Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
An open and free event organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Comhlámh, the Irish association of returned international development volunteers. An opportunity, under one roof, to meet experienced international volunteers, development[...]

Dublin Castle

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