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.

Early Closure Notice

On Thursday, February 20th last entry to Dublin Castle is at 2:30pm sharp. The Coach House Gallery closes at 5:00pm.

What’s On.

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 OfficerWhen 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...

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...