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.
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.
Christmas at Dublin Castle
Come and be inspired by our beautifully decorated State Apartments and experience our Neapolitan Baroque crib in the Chapel Royal which will be illuminated for the festive season. This year the crib will be extended to include the wonderfully detailed Tavern scene. The ornate crib, figures and silk-robed angels are handmade by skilled artists from Naples.
The Castle Blog
Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Castle Blog for all news updates.
By Dorothea Depner Our last blog post explored the connections between the creator of Dracula - Bram Stoker - and Dublin Castle. This time, we want to share with you a not-to-be-missed opportunity to experience an amazing mix of classical and traditional music from...
By Caoimhe Creed, Guide & Information Officer With Halloween just around the corner and the Bram Stoker Festival in full swing, what better time to remember one of Dublin Castle's most famous ex-employees? Abraham 'Bram' Stoker's haunting magnum opus, Dracula, is one...
By Dorothea Depner One week ago, on the morning of the launch of our new exhibition in the State Apartments, Making Majesty, I met up with the two curators Myles Campbell and William Derham to find out a bit more about the project they had been working on for almost...