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.

On a Pedestal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Sep 14 @ 9:45 am – Nov 4 @ 5:15 pm
On a Pedestal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
The exhibition brings together works from an international group of contemporary artists who explore the genre of the portrait bust in a variety of media: from wood to stone, from marble to ceramics, from stainless[...]
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Irish Sign Language Interpreted Tour of Dublin Castle @ Dublin Castle | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
On Sunday, 21st October a signed tour of the Castle is available to members of the deaf and hard of hearing community. This event is free of charge but booking is required. Please book your[...]
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bram Stoker Festival: The Horrors in the Black Church @ The Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
7:00 pm
Presented by Bram Stoker Festival, MORB and The Office of the Public Works. Enter the gothic Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, take your final resting place on the pews within and witness three of Irish[...]
Oct 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bram Stoker Festival: The Horrors in the Black Church @ The Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
7:00 pm
Presented by Bram Stoker Festival, MORB and The Office of the Public Works. Enter the gothic Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, take your final resting place on the pews within and witness three of Irish[...]
Bram Stoker Festival: Deborah Harkness in Conversation with Patrick Freyne @ The Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
2:00 pm
Presented by Bram Stoker Festival, MORB and The Office of the Public Works. Deborah Harkness, in conversation with television critic and features writer for The Irish Times, Patrick Freyne. Harkness is an American scholar, novelist[...]
Oct 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Family Activity: Storygami Bats @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
To celebrate Halloween and Dublin Castle’s links to Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, join us for this special writing and origami workshop. Suitable for families with children aged 8-12 years. This workshop is free but[...]
Oct 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bram Stoker Festival: The Horrors in the Black Church @ The Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
7:00 pm
Presented by Bram Stoker Festival, MORB and The Office of the Public Works. Enter the gothic Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, take your final resting place on the pews within and witness three of Irish[...]
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bram Stoker Festival: The Horrors in the Black Church @ The Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
7:00 pm
Presented by Bram Stoker Festival, MORB and The Office of the Public Works. Enter the gothic Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, take your final resting place on the pews within and witness three of Irish[...]
Special tour: The Presidents of Ireland @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Nov 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special tour: The Presidents of Ireland @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
In anticipation of the up and coming Presidential inauguration at Dublin Castle, this tour explores the history of these special events which have taken place in St Patrick’s Hall since 1938. Suitable for adults. This[...]
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A celebration of Jonathan Swift; A Modest Proposal & Words Upon the Window Pane @ Castle Hall, Dublin Castle | County Dublin | Ireland
7:00 pm
A Celebration of Jonathan Swift: A Modest Proposal and Words Upon the Window Pane Presented by Mouth on Fire in association with the Office of Public Works as part of the Jonathan Swift Festival A Modest[...]

The Castle Blog

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

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...

The Pope in Ireland, Then and Now

By Christiaan Feehan, Event Manager, Dublin Castle  I remember when I moved to Dublin in 2006 I would go running in the Phoenix Park and think to myself how strange that they had randomly erected a cross in its centre. It was only a few years later I found out about...

Understanding the Derek Hill Collection

By Adrian Kelly, Curator of ‘Derek Hill and the view from Donegal’ The Glebe Art Museum in Co. Donegal opened in 1984 and is a wonderful place to work. Curators have a strange old life, it’s quite vocational and we talk about ‘our’ collections as if we own them. As...

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