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.

Book Online!

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.

Closing Announcement

Please note that Dublin Castle will be closed Sunday, 24 June 2018, due to government business.

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

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm
Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Open daily, 10am – 5pm. Admission FREE. School visits: To book a school visit, please email DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie, indicating your preferred time, date and number of students in your class. Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger –[...]
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.[...]
Family Activity: Palace Life @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Jun 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Activity: Palace Life @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Join Laura Fitzachary and discover the fashion, food, and other aspects of palace life in Georgian times. Free admission, booking required. Suitable for families with children of all ages.
Special Tour: Leaving Ireland in Art @ Dublin Castle, Coach House Gallery
Jun 23 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Special Tour: Leaving Ireland in Art @ Dublin Castle, Coach House Gallery | Co. Dublin | Ireland
3:30 pm
This tour of the temporary exhibition “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger” will focus on the portrayal of emigration through art. Join Maud Gallagher for this special tour. Free, booking required. Suitable for adults.
Jun 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Coming Home: Famine Reflections - Christine Kinealy @ Dublin Castle, President's Room | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Christine Kinealy will give a lecture entitled “Frederick Douglass and Ireland — a transatlantic view of poverty and oppression” as part of the Famine Reflections speaker series. Christine Kinealy is an Irish historian, author, and[...]
Jun 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Banter Discussion: The Art of Darkness @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 pm
As the hugely popular Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger exhibition comes to the end of its time at Dublin Castle, this Banter discussion looks at art around tragedies and disaster. How does art[...]
Jul 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Special Tour: James Connolly and the State Apartments @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
2:00 pm
Due to the high demand for our last James Connolly tour, Dr James Curry will now be repeating the event on 1st July. What did the wounded James Connolly experience during his final days at[...]
Jul 7 @ 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[...]
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[...]
Jul 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: The Castle on the Big Screen @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Did you know Dublin Castle has been used as a filming location for Barry Lyndon, Michael Collins, Penny Dreadful and many more movies and TV shows? Find out more and explore each location on this[...]
Jul 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A Celebration of the Irish Harp - Céiliúradh na Cruite @ The Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
Talk and Recital The Irish harp, in various shapes and sizes, surmounted by a crown, set against a blue or green background, etched on the brass buttons of military uniforms or sometimes linked with other[...]
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A Celebration of the Irish Harp - Céiliúradh na Cruite @ The Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
Talk and Recital The Irish harp, in various shapes and sizes, surmounted by a crown, set against a blue or green background, etched on the brass buttons of military uniforms or sometimes linked with other[...]
Jul 14 @ 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 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Family Activity: What is a Castle? @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
2:00 pm
What makes Dublin Castle a ‘castle’? Discover the ideas behind castles and palaces and decide for yourself on this family tour and workshop with Dervilia Roche. This event is free, but booking is required. Suitable[...]
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
Talk and Recital The Irish harp, in various shapes and sizes, surmounted by a crown, set against a blue or green background, etched on the brass buttons of military uniforms or sometimes linked with other[...]
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
Talk and Recital The Irish harp, in various shapes and sizes, surmounted by a crown, set against a blue or green background, etched on the brass buttons of military uniforms or sometimes linked with other[...]
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
Talk and Recital The Irish harp, in various shapes and sizes, surmounted by a crown, set against a blue or green background, etched on the brass buttons of military uniforms or sometimes linked with other[...]
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[...]
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 29 @ 4:30 pm
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes @ Dublin Castle Gardens | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
4:30 pm
Chapterhouse Theatre presents in association with OPW, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Deep in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside, a terrifying mystery and a legendary nemesis await the arrival of the world’s greatest detective. When the[...]
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.

Dublin Castle and the Great Hunger

By Dervilia Roche, Guide and 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...

The Irish Sword of State

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...

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