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

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm
Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Open daily, 10am – 5pm. Admission FREE. School visits: To book a school visit, please email DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie, indicating your preferred time, date and number of students in your class. Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger –[...]
Derek Hill and the view from Donegal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
May 28 @ 9:45 am – Aug 20 @ 5:15 pm
Derek Hill and the view from Donegal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
The portrait painter Derek Hill lived in Donegal from the early 1950’s until his death in 2000. He left his home and collection to the people of Ireland which is now known as the Glebe[...]
Jun 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Specialised tour: Famine Portrayals in Contemporary Art @ Dublin Castle, Coach House Gallery | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 pm
This tour of the temporary exhibition “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger” will focus on contemporary pieces, including those by Dorothy Cross, John Behan, and many more. Join Jennifer Duffy for this special tour.[...]
Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Family Activity: Painted Places @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 pm
Inspired by the temporary exhibition “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger”, discover the many ways in which artists have portrayed the west of Ireland and create your own Irish landscape artwork to take home.[...]
Specialised Tour: Leaving Ireland in Art @ Dublin Castle, Coach House Gallery
Jun 23 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Specialised Tour: Leaving Ireland in Art @ Dublin Castle, Coach House Gallery | Co. Dublin | Ireland
3:30 pm
This tour of the temporary exhibition “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger” will focus on the portrayal of emigration through art. Join Maud Gallagher for this special tour. Free, booking required. Suitable for adults.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes @ Dublin Castle Gardens
Jul 29 @ 4:30 pm
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes @ Dublin Castle Gardens | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
4:30 pm
Chapterhouse Theatre presents in association with OPW, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside, a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the[...]

The Castle Blog

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

What Did James Connolly Have in his Pockets after the Easter Rising?

By Dr James Curry, Guide & Information Officer   The James Connolly Room at Dublin Castle’s State Apartments, March 2018 (Photograph by James Curry)   Dedicated as it is to the life and death of one of the leaders of the Easter Rising, the James Connolly Room at...

The Irish Sword of State

By William Derham, Collections, Research & Interpretation The Irish Sword of State that we know today is a remarkable object, both as a work of craftsmanship and as a tantalising witness to history. As representations of power, derived from military ability, swords as...

St Patrick’s Day 1789: The ‘Fancy Ball’ at Dublin Castle

By Dr Myles Campbell, Collections, Research & Interpretation As darkness fell over Dublin on 17 March 1789, the inhabitants of the city were getting ready for a spectacle. According to reports, it would be a night they would never forget. The mastermind behind this...

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