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.

What’s On.

Aug
12
Mon
Delivering Justice: The Law Courts in Dublin Castle @ Gothic Room, State Apartments
Aug 12 @ 9:45 am – Dec 31 @ 5:15 pm
Delivering Justice: The Law Courts in Dublin Castle @ Gothic Room, State Apartments

Between 1923 and 1931, Dublin Castle’s State Apartments were transformed into courtrooms and temporarily housed the first sittings of Ireland’s Supreme and High Courts. This exhibition – which includes some unique images of the Castle – shows how these rooms were and profiles some of the main judges who worked there at the time.

Located in the Gothic Room.

Sep
26
Thu
The Trial @ Wedgwood Room, State Apartments
Sep 26 @ 9:45 am – Dec 3 @ 5:15 pm

The Trial
by Sinéad McCann

The Trial is a multi-screen visual art installation by artist Sinéad McCann on the history of healthcare and human rights in the Irish criminal justice system, developed in collaboration with the School of History at UCD and the Bridge Project.

Supported by an Arts Council touring award, it is coming to Dublin Castle after its run in Spike Island and Lifford Old Courthouse. Access to see the artwork is free with the eventbrite registration, or by a paid ticketed visit to Dublin Castle.

Part of Dublin Arts & Human Rights festival

Oct
24
Thu
Ireland Glass Biennale 2019 @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens
Oct 24 2019 @ 10:00 am – Jan 7 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Ireland Glass Biennale 2019 @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens

The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) announces the Ireland Glass Biennale 2019; a juried exhibition of work from some of the world’s most innovative glass artists, designers and craft practitioners. Through showcasing the excellence of contemporary glass practice, the Irish Glass Biennale(IGB) aspires to further the public’s understanding of the creative potential of glass and to act as a catalyst for cultural activities which centre around glass.

Oct
25
Fri
Birds, Bugs and Butterflies: Lady Betty Cobbe’s ‘Peacock’ Worcester Porcelain @ State Apartments Galleries
Oct 25 2019 @ 9:45 am – Feb 16 2020 @ 5:15 pm
Birds, Bugs and Butterflies: Lady Betty Cobbe’s ‘Peacock’ Worcester Porcelain @ State Apartments Galleries

In 1763 Lady Betty Cobbe and her husband began a purchasing a splendid dessert and dinner service of Worcester porcelain for Newbridge House. At around 400 pieces, it would be one of the largest on record from an 18th-century British porcelain factory. Most unusually, it possessed sets of matching Worcester porcelain handles fitted with Dublin cutlery.

This exhibition, curated by Alec Cobbe, will showcase some of the most beautiful pieces of the Cobbe service at Dublin Castle for the first time.

Nov
22
Fri
Whiskey Live Dublin 2019 @ The Printworks
Nov 22 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 23 @ 10:00 pm
Whiskey Live Dublin 2019 @ The Printworks

Ireland’s premier whiskey tasting event, Whiskey Live Dublin is back once again! Showcasing both the long established and new arrivals to the Irish whiskey scene, sample the latest Irish whiskey releases as well as whiskies from across the globe including Scotland, Japan and the USA. Delicious whiskey and food pairings, informative masterclasses and whiskey cocktails from some of Dublin’s most esteemed bars and restaurants will all be present at this year’s Whiskey Live.

Nov
23
Sat
Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland Gala Concert @ The Printworks
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland celebrates harping in Ireland at a very special gala concert presented by the Office of Public Works in Dublin Castle (The Printworks) on Saturday 30th November 2019. Featuring some of Ireland’s finest musicians, this concert is the culmination of a wonderfully active year harping in Ireland and one that sees Ireland’s 1,000-year-old tradition continue to evolve and pass to a new generation of harp players.

Performing at the gala will be musicians of the highest calibre showcasing the wealth of harp practice in Ireland : Siobhán Armstrong (early Irish harp), Triona Marshal (Irish harp) with David Power (uilleann pipes), rising star Richard Allen (pedal harp), Laoise Kelly (Irish harp) and a specially curated group that includes Cormac De Barra (Irish harp), singer Sibéal Ní Chasaide, Éamonn de Barra (flute) and Odhrán Ó Casaide (fiddle). Also performing on the evening will be the Cruit Éireann, Harp Ireland harp ensemble, a 40-person strong group of of young harpers from all over Ireland, led by three soloists,Triona Marshall, Fiona Gryson and Claire O Donnell, who will perform the world premiere of a newly commissioned work ‘Cúige na gCruitirí’ by harper composer, Anne-Marie O’Farrell.

Programme

Siobhán Armstrong (early Irish harp)

Triona Marshall (Irish harp) and David Power (uilleann pipes)

Cruit Éireann Harp Ireland harp ensemble, performing ‘Cúige na gCruitirí’ by Anne-Marie O’Farrell (specially commissioned for the occasion)

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Richard Allen (pedal harp)

Laoise Kelly (Irish harp)

Sibéal Ní Chasaide (voice), Cormac de Barra (harp), Odhrán Ó Casaide (fiddle) and Éamonn de Barra (flute)

Harp Ireland Logo

Harp Ireland Logo

Nov
24
Sun
Family Tour @ State Apartments
Nov 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Tour @ State Apartments

Join us at 11am for a special tour designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers. Our aim is to make history fun and engaging for kids. Suitable for 6 years and over. This tour is free of charge but booking is essential. Please email: dublincastle@opw.ie

Jonathan Swift Festival: Georgian Lunch at Dublin Castle @ George's Hall, Dublin Castle
Nov 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jonathan Swift Festival: Georgian Lunch at Dublin Castle @ George's Hall, Dublin Castle | County Dublin | Ireland

This event is brought to you by the OPW and The Jonathan Swift Festival! 

Dine like a Georgian! Join us in George’s Hall, Dublin Castle for afternoon lunch. This 3 course meal will be accompanied by entertainment between courses and is inspired by the Georgian era.

Tickets are €55 and the menu will go live soon.

 

The Castle Blog

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

11 June 1924: Opening Ireland’s Law Courts

11 June 1924: Opening Ireland’s Law Courts

By Evan McGuigan, Guide & Information Officer When it comes to Dublin landmarks, none are more synonymous with the Irish judicial system than the Four Courts. Located on Inns Quay, it has housed Ireland’s law courts since 1802 and remains a key feature of the...

The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920 – 1960

The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920 – 1960

By David Britton, Curator of 'The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920 – 1960’ Isolated on the Western fringes of Europe it took time for the influence of early 20th century European developments in art to reach these shores. This exhibition explores the development...

Why does the Surface Matter?

Why does the Surface Matter?

By Liz Cooper Independent curator and Development Manager for Design-Nation Every two years the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland convenes an international panel of craft and design experts to select the best contemporary craft and design of Irish origin. In late...