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 – Nov 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
15
Tue
Art as Therapy @ Dublin Castle
Oct 15 @ 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm
Art as Therapy @ Dublin Castle

Art as Therapy in Dublin Castle. Limited participant numbers by booking only. To book a place please e-mail: DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie

Oct
18
Fri
Dublin Festival of History 2019 @ Dublin Castle
Oct 18 – Oct 20 all-day
Dublin Festival of History 2019 @ Dublin Castle

Join us for free history events at the Printworks, Dublin Castle. All events are FREE, but some need to be booked. Please, see individual events for details. Festival programme and list of talks are available here.

Oct
20
Sun
Special Tour: Revolutionary Ireland @ Dublin Castle
Oct 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: Revolutionary Ireland @ Dublin Castle

Join tour guide Evan McGuigan to explore Dublin Castle’s role in the Revolutionary period, in particular the 1916 Easter Rising and War of Independence.

This tour is free of charge but booking is essential. Please email: dublincastle@opw.ie

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.

Oct
26
Sat
Bram Stoker Festival 2019 – Abe’s Story @ The Chapel Royal
Oct 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Bram Stoker Festival 2019 - Abe’s Story @ The Chapel Royal

The suitably gothic and opulent Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle, Bram Stoker’s workplace for over a decade, will play host to an exclusive screening of the award-winning animated film Abe’s Story by award winning animator and director Adam H. Stewart.

Suitable for ages 12+ (under 18’s to be accompanied by an adult). Some blood and flashes of light (but not strobing) in the animated film.

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...