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.

Proclaiming a President @ State Corridor, State Apartments
Nov 12 2018 @ 9:45 am – Mar 31 2019 @ 5:15 pm
Proclaiming a President @ State Corridor, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
In June 1938, Douglas Hyde was sworn in as the first President of Ireland in St Patrick’s Hall at Dublin Castle. In November 2018, the Hall will once again be the setting for the presidential[...]
Rudolf Heltzel: In Precious Metal @ State Apartments Galleries
Nov 24 2018 @ 9:45 am – Mar 24 2019 @ 5:15 pm
Rudolf Heltzel: In Precious Metal @ State Apartments Galleries | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
Office of Public Works presents a stunning exhibition of sculptural pendants and rings by master-goldsmith Rudolf Heltzel, at the State Apartments, Dublin Castle – on tour from the National Design & Craft Gallery and Design[...]
Feb 21 @ 9:00 am – Feb 22 @ 5:30 pm
New Horizons for Nature: The National Biodiversity Conference @ Printworks
9:00 am
We are losing global biodiversity at a rate unprecedented in human history. In Ireland, many of our protected habitats are in poor condition and 14% of assessed species are thought to be endangered. The number[...]
Feb 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
BBC The Conversation in Dublin @ Bedford Hall
1:30 pm
The BBC World Service’s women’s Programme The Conversation, is staging a series of debates to explore the complexities, joys and hardships of being a woman in different parts of the world. On February 26th we[...]
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 9:00 pm
Gin Experience Dublin 2019 @ Printworks
6:00 pm
Sip & sample gins of every kind with bespoke serves, explore food pairings that are unique with gin, attend a masterclass or foraging lesson with Ireland’s leading ambassadors or try a gin cocktail from some[...]

The Castle Blog

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

A Look Back at 2018 – A Busy Year at Dublin Castle

By Aisling Gaffney, Event Manager, Dublin Castle 2018 was one of the busiest years we have had to date, with over 431,000 visitors, 8 exhibitions and 300 + events taking place throughout the Dublin Castle complex. Before we plunge in to 2019 – this blog entry will...

Presidential Inaugurations at Dublin Castle

By Evan McGuigan, Guide & Information Officer Next month, Ireland’s 14th presidential inauguration will take place in Dublin Castle, with the victor of the forthcoming election due to be officially sworn into office in St Patrick’s Hall. This venue has been used...

Dublin Castle

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