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.

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

Dublin’s first festival celebrating the music of George Enescu!

Dublin Castle, Trinity College Dublin, the Romanian Cultural Institute in association with RTÉ LyricFM present the Enescu International Chamber Music Festival Dublin from 24 November – 2 December.

Curated by Adrian Mantu, the festival will introduce Dublin audiences to the works of Romanian composer George Enescu, who married the music of his native land with the finest European chamber music traditions. Embark on a journey of discovery and let yourself be transported by the unique mix of traditional, classical and Latino music within the sublime surroundings of Dublin Castle’s Chapel Royal.

Book soon to avoid disappointment!

30 November, 6pm – 7.15pm: 4, 5, 6/QUARTET PLUS
1 December, 6pm – 7.15pm: Romanian Rhapsody and Latino Connections
2 December, 6pm – 7.15pm: Child Prodigies

What’s On

In the Eye of the Beholder @ Wedgwood Room, State Apartments
Jun 23 @ 9:45 am – Dec 31 @ 5:45 pm
In the Eye of the Beholder @ Wedgwood Room, State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
This exhibition has now been extended! Wedgwood 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 members[...]
Making Majesty @ State Apartments
Sep 25 2017 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Making Majesty @ State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Making Majesty: Building and Borrowing the Regal Image at Dublin Castle 25 September 2017 – 28 April 2018 State Apartments’ Galleries This exhibition explores the shaping of the royal and viceregal image at Dublin Castle[...]
Beyond the Three Perfections @ Coach House (Dublin Castle Gardens)
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm
Beyond the Three Perfections @ Coach House (Dublin Castle Gardens) | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Beyond the Three Perfections 7 October 2017 – 8 December 2017 Coach House (Dublin Castle Gardens) The tradition of the ‘three perfections’, unifying poetry, painting and calligraphy in a single art work captured the cultural[...]
Whiskey Live 2017 @ Printworks, Dublin Castle
Nov 25 @ 1:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Whiskey Live 2017 @ Printworks, Dublin Castle
1:30 pm
Whiskey Live Dublin is Ireland’s premier whiskey tasting event, showcasing both the long established and new arrivals to the Irish whiskey scene. The event also offers wonderful food pairings and cocktails provided by some of[...]
Enescu International Chamber Music Festival - 4, 5, 6/Quartet Plus @ Chapel Royal | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
Dublin Castle is delighted to partner with Enescu Chamber Music Festival for a series of chamber music concerts in the 19th-century Chapel Royal. Join us for delightful evening entertainment with members of Ficino Ensemble and[...]
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
James White Lecture with Dr. Tristram Hunt (Director of the V&A) @ Printworks, Dublin Castle
6:00 pm
Join the Irish Museums Association and ICOM National Committee for Ireland at the James White lecture 2017: Embracing the Past, Preserving the Future, with guest speaker Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria & Albert[...]
Enescu International Chamber Music Festival - Romanian Rhapsody and Latino Connections @ Chapel Royal | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
Dublin Castle is delighted to partner with Enescu Chamber Music Festival for a series of chamber music concerts in the 19th-century Chapel Royal from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December with members[...]
Special Tour: The Law Courts in Dublin Castle @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: The Law Courts in Dublin Castle @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
3:00 pm
Between 1923 and 1931, Dublin Castle would act as the temporary home for both the Supreme and High Courts of the newly-established Irish Free State. Join Evan McGuigan to explore some of the State Apartment[...]
Enescu International Chamber Music Festival - Child Prodigies @ Chapel Royal | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
Dublin Castle is delighted to partner with Enescu Chamber Music Festival for a series of chamber music concerts in the 19th-century Chapel Royal from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December with members[...]
Christmas Origami @ State Apartments
Dec 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Christmas Origami @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Explore the art of paper folding and create your very own origami Christmas cards to take home! This workshop is suitable for teens and adults. It is free of charge, but booking is required. Please[...]
Nativity Story Stones @ State Apartments
Dec 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Nativity Story Stones @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Inspired by our Neapolitan crib in the Chapel Royal, create your own personal crib figures with beach stones. This workshop is suitable for families and free, but booking is required. Please email dublincastle@opw.ie to book.
Dec 11 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Carols, Cribs and Christmas Pies @ Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
6:30 pm
Join us for a very special evening of carols in the Chapel Royal, followed by wine and mince pies in the festive State Apartments.
Dec 12 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Carols, Cribs and Christmas Pies @ Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
6:30 pm
Join us for a very special evening of carols in the Chapel Royal, followed by wine and mince pies in the festive State Apartments.
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Christmas Unwrapped: The Stories behind the Traditions @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
4:00 pm
Take a very special guided tour of the State Apartments that will focus on the origin of Christmas traditions and symbols. This tour is suitable for adults and free, but booking is required. Please email[...]
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
How it Was Made: The Neapolitan Crib at the Chapel Royal @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 pm
Join Nieves Fernandez for this fascinating talk on the making of Neapolitan cribs, including a visit to our own hand-crafted crib in the Chapel Royal. This lecture is suitable for adults and is free. Please[...]
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal
Dec 17 @ 11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
11:45 am
Discover the story behind our beautiful Neapolitan crib by attending one of our short pop-up talks in the Chapel Royal. Suitable for all ages, no booking required.
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal
Dec 17 @ 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
2:45 pm
Discover the story behind our beautiful Neapolitan crib by attending one of our short pop-up talks in the Chapel Royal. Suitable for all ages, no booking required.
Create a Magic Sword! @ State Apartments
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Create a Magic Sword! @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Inspired by the Irish Sword of State, currently on loan from the Tower of London and on display as part of our Making Majesty exhibition, create a festive sword in this workshop and take it[...]
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal
Dec 17 @ 4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
4:45 pm
Discover the story behind our beautiful Neapolitan crib by attending one of our short pop-up talks in the Chapel Royal. Suitable for all ages, no booking required.
Christmas Guerrilla Tour @ State Apartments
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Guerrilla Tour @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
7:00 pm
Our now-legendary Guerrilla Tour has been reimagined: hear the alternative histories of Dublin Castle and of the Georgian and Victorian eras, this time with a Christmas twist! Free event. Suitable for adults. Booking required, please[...]

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Bram Stoker in Dublin Castle

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