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.

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.[...]
Clay/works Ceramics Ireland Annual Members Exhibition @ Printworks Conference and Exhbition Centre
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – Jul 29 @ 5:00 pm
Clay/works Ceramics Ireland Annual Members Exhibition @ Printworks Conference and Exhbition Centre | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Clay/works will feature the work of over 100 makers from the four corners of Ireland. A diverse range of ceramic work will be on show including functional, decorative, wall panels and sculptural forms. This open[...]
Viking Summer Camp @ Dublin Castle
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – Jul 19 @ 1:00 pm
Viking Summer Camp @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
This exciting four-day summer camp is for children aged 8-12 years. Each day the group will explore a different aspect of Viking life through games, art, and other activities. It will include a visit to[...]
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A Celebration of the Irish Harp - Céiliúradh na Cruite @ The Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
The O’Donnell sisters trace the history of the Irish harp, its music and its use as a symbol in this unique talk and musical recital which provides a wonderful insight into the instrument that has formed part of Irish[...]
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A Celebration of the Irish Harp - Céiliúradh na Cruite @ The Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
The O’Donnell sisters trace the history of the Irish harp, its music and its use as a symbol in this unique talk and musical recital which provides a wonderful insight into the instrument that has formed part of Irish[...]
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[...]
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A Celebration of the Irish Harp - Céiliúradh na Cruite @ The Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
The O’Donnell sisters trace the history of the Irish harp, its music and its use as a symbol in this unique talk and musical recital which provides a wonderful insight into the instrument that has formed part of Irish[...]
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Friendly Guided Tours @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Family friendly guided tours of Dublin Castle including the Medieval Undercroft, Chapel Royal end State Apartments will be available each Saturday in July. Free admission. Tickets allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Suitable for families[...]
Family Activity: Selfies! @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Jul 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Family Activity: Selfies! @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Port Orange | Florida | United States
3:00 pm
Inspired by the portraits in our exhibition Derek Hill and the View from Donegal, join us for this family workshop and create your own portrait using lots of different materials and fun techniques. Suitable for[...]
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Friendly Guided Tours @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Family friendly guided tours of Dublin Castle including the Medieval Undercroft, Chapel Royal end State Apartments will be available each Saturday in July. Free admission. Tickets allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Suitable for families[...]
Jul 28 @ 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[...]
Jul 29 @ 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[...]
Jul 29 @ 4:30 pm
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes @ Dublin Castle Gardens | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
4:30 pm
Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside, a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the wife of Doctor Watson suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her[...]
Aug 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Turas as Gaeilge - Guided Tour in Irish @ Dublin Castle | Port Orange | Florida | United States
3:00 pm
Join Fionnuala Doherty for an informal, conversational guided tour in Irish of Dublin Castle. This is especially aimed at those learning Irish. Suitable for adults. This event is free but bookings is required.
Artist’s Talk: Peadar McDaid @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Artist’s Talk: Peadar McDaid @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 pm
We are delighted to welcome Peadar McDaid for a special artist’s talk. Peadar has been a visual artist for more than 30 years, and is the winner of the 2018 Derek Hill Foundation Prize. He[...]
A Stroll in the Dubh Linn Garden @ Dublin Castle Gardens
Aug 11 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
A Stroll in the Dubh Linn Garden @ Dublin Castle Gardens | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
We’ll be partnering with our colleagues at the National Botanic Gardens for this exploration of both the plants and sculptures in the Dubh Linn garden behind Dublin Castle. Suitable for adults. This event is free[...]
Family Activity: Garden Quest @ Dublin Castle Gardens
Aug 12 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Family Activity: Garden Quest @ Dublin Castle Gardens | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
An interactive tour of the Dubh Linn garden, discovering the sculptures and plants along the way. Suitable for families with children of all ages. This event is free but booking is required.
Aug 18 @ 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[...]
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[...]
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,[...]

The Castle Blog

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

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...

Dublin Castle and the Great Hunger

By Dervilia Roche, Guide & Education Officer Here at Dublin Castle, we have been delighted to host the Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger exhibition over the last few months, with visitors enjoying the exhibition in their hundreds every day. The collection, from...

What Did James Connolly Have in his Pockets after the Easter Rising?

By Dr James Curry, Guide & Information Officer   The James Connolly Room at Dublin Castle’s State Apartments, March 2018 (Photograph by James Curry)   Dedicated as it is to the life and death of one of the leaders of the Easter Rising, the James Connolly Room at...

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