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.

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

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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Opening Hours during the Papal Visit to Ireland

Monday August 20th, Tuesday August 21st and Wednesday August 22nd – Normal Opening Hours: 9.45am to 5.45pm (last entry 5.15pm) with some restrictions

Thursday August 23rd, Friday August 24th, Saturday August 25th and Sunday August 26thCLOSED

Monday, August 27th – Open as normal 9.45am – 5.45pm (last entry 5.15pm)

*During this period we will not be operating online bookings – All tickets will be sold from our ticket desk during opening hours

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

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 1950s until his death in 2000. He left his home and collection to the people of Ireland which is now known as the Glebe[...]
Georgian National Costume Exhibition @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
May 31 @ 9:45 am – Aug 31 @ 5:15 pm
Georgian National Costume Exhibition @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
The exhibition Georgian National Costume commemorates the centenary of the establishment of the First Democratic Republic of Georgia. Georgian national costume vividly reflects the history of Georgia, the values and cultural diversity of its people.[...]
Touring exhibition – Lucienne Day: Living Design @ Dublin Castle, Coach House Gallery
Jul 20 @ 9:45 am – Sep 15 @ 5:15 pm
Touring exhibition – Lucienne Day: Living Design @ Dublin Castle, Coach House Gallery | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
A text + work touring exhibition, TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth. Curated by Professor Emma Hunt and Professor Paula Day. This exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of most influential designers of the post-war[...]
Aug 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Curator’s Tour: Derek Hill and the View from Donegal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Bringing together the work of major Irish and international artists such as Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry and Pablo Picasso, this exhibition explores the life and legacy of the artist and collector Derek Hill. Hill[...]
Emergency Services Day @ Dublin Castle, Upper Courtyard
Sep 1 all-day
Emergency Services Day @ Dublin Castle, Upper Courtyard | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 am
Dublin Castle is proud to host this year’s Emergency Services Day Exhibition in the Upper Courtyard. This outdoor exhibition will showcase vehicles and equipment used by the Emergency Services nationwide.
Sep 14 – Sep 16 all-day
Dublin Fringe Festival: The Lightkeepers' Last Stand @ Dubh Linn Garden | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 am
Performed by Loosysmokes A stunning new outdoor aerial acrobatic show for all ages. Performed in and around a gigantic and otherworldly lighthouse, the story unfolds as the lightkeepers strive to maintain order in their absurd,[...]
On a Pedestal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Sep 14 @ 9:45 am – Nov 4 @ 5:15 pm
On a Pedestal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
The exhibition brings together works from an international group of contemporary artists who explore the genre of the portrait bust in a variety of media: from wood to stone, from marble to ceramics, from stainless[...]
Pathways to the Cosmos @ Hibernia Conference Centre
Sep 15 all-day
Pathways to the Cosmos @ Hibernia Conference Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 am
Pathways to the Cosmos — the alignment of megalithic tombs in Ireland and Atlantic Europe This one-day conference is organised by Archaeology Ireland on behalf of the National Monuments Service at the Department of Culture,[...]
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: The Great Escape @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Join Laura Fitzachary for this special tour and hear about one of the most famous Dublin Castle stories – that of the Red Hugh O’Donnell’s escape from the castle prison in 1592. Suitable for adults.[...]
Special Tour: Power Portraits @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: Power Portraits @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Join Antonella Guarracino for this art history tour of the portraits of Dublin Castle, including those of viceroys, monarchs and many more. Suitable for adults. This event is free but booking is required.
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: The Castle as a Government Building @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
As a government building at the heart of the Republic, Dublin Castle is a venue for major State visits, public gatherings and other events. Find out more about the many functions of the modern-day castle.[...]
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Special Tour: Behind the Scenes at the Castle @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
In conjunction with Open House, we present this opportunity to look behind the scenes at some of the rooms and buildings not usually open to the public. Suitable for adults. This event is free but[...]

The Castle Blog

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

Understanding the Derek Hill Collection

By Adrian Kelly, Curator of ‘Derek Hill and the view from Donegal’ The Glebe Art Museum in Co. Donegal opened in 1984 and is a wonderful place to work. Curators have a strange old life, it’s quite vocational and we talk about ‘our’ collections as if we own them. As...

The Theft of the Irish Crown Jewels

By Jennifer Duffy, Guide & Information Officer The Irish Crown Jewels consist of a star (decorated with Brazilian diamonds, its centre featuring an emerald trefoil and ruby cross on a blue enamel background), a diamond badge and five gold jewel-encrusted collars. The...

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