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.

Christmas at Dublin Castle – download our 2018 Christmas Programme here.

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[...]
Women in Politics and Public Life, from 1918 to 2018 @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens
Dec 14 2018 @ 10:00 am – Feb 3 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Women in Politics and Public Life, from 1918 to 2018 @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Women in Politics and Public Life, from 1918 to 2018 – a Pop-Up Museum, explores 100 years of women’s participation in politics and public life. This exhibition shines a spotlight on the stories of very[...]
Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Curator's tour: Women in Politics and Public Life, from 1918 to 2018 @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens | County Dublin | Ireland
2:00 pm
Join Sinéad McCoole, historian and curator of Women in Politics and Public Life, from 1918 to 2018, for a free tour of the exhibition. All welcome on a first come, first served basis. Meet at the[...]
Tradfest 2019 @ Printworks, Dublin Castle
Jan 25 @ 8:30 pm – Jan 27 @ 9:30 pm
Tradfest 2019 @ Printworks, Dublin Castle
8:30 pm
Our festival started out in 2006 as a small niche traditional music festival, a first for Dublin. We wanted to create something special – a festival showcasing the cream of both Irish and international trad[...]
Chester Beatty Annual Lecture 2019 @ Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Chester Beatty Annual Lecture 2019 @ Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle
6:00 pm
The Architecture of Coexistence: The Shrines of the ` Alids in Medieval Syria Dr Stephennie Mulder Stephennie Mulder will speak on the theme of her award-winning book The Shrines of the ` Alids in Medieval[...]

The Castle Blog

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

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...

From Presentation to Pioneer – Averil Deverell and Dublin Castle

By Liz Goldthorpe Averil Katherine Statter Deverell (1893-1979) was the first woman to practise as a barrister in Ireland, but what was she doing in Dublin Castle? As the Anglo-Irish daughter of William Deverell, Clerk of the Crown and Peace for Co. Wicklow, it was to...

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