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