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.
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.
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!
The Castle Blog
Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Castle Blog for all news updates.
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...
By William Derham, Collections, Research & Interpretation The Irish Sword of State that we know today is a remarkable object, both as a work of craftsmanship and as a tantalising witness to history. As representations of power, derived from military ability, swords as...
By Dr Myles Campbell, Collections, Research & Interpretation As darkness fell over Dublin on 17 March 1789, the inhabitants of the city were getting ready for a spectacle. According to reports, it would be a night they would never forget. The mastermind behind this...