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. Tickets are purchased on site at the Castle’s visitor reception desk in the State Apartments (upper courtyard).

Book Online!

Click here to book your tickets online for guided tours or self-guiding.

What’s On

Burning Books @ State Apartment Galleries
Apr 3 @ 10:00 am – Sep 1 @ 5:00 pm
Burning Books @ State Apartment Galleries | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
BURNING BOOKS, JUNE 1922: THE DESTRUCTION AND RECREATION OF THE IRISH PARLIAMENTARY BOOKBINDINGS In the last decade of the nineteenth century, the book collector and amateur book binder Sir Edward Sullivan was shown a collection[...]
Jun 23 @ 9:45 am – Sep 23 @ 5:45 pm
In the Eye of the Beholder: An Exhibition on Beauty in the Eighteenth Century @ Apollo Room, State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
20 June 2017 – 23 September 2017 Apollo Room, State Apartments This exhibition explores the reality of maintaining beauty standards at court in the eighteenth century. It introduces Dublin Castle as the stage on which[...]
Silent Testimony by Colin Davidson @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm
Silent Testimony by Colin Davidson @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Silent Testimony, an exhibition of portrait paintings by Colin Davidson, reveals the stories of eighteen people who are connected by their individual experiences of loss through the Troubles – a turbulent 30-year period in Northern[...]
Jul 24 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm
Newbury Music Centre Concert Band @ Upper Courtyard | County Dublin | Ireland
4:00 pm
Join the Newbury Music Centre Concert band for some outdoor music in the Upper Yard. The band will perform fanfares, show tunes and movie blockbusters – stop by to hear them play!
Aug 12 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Rediscovering Irish State Musick @ St. Patrick's Hall | County Dublin | Ireland
7:30 pm
Join us for an evening of celebratory music and readings in the glorious surroundings of St. Patrick’s Hall as we rediscover music written for the Irish State Musick; the band of virtuoso musicians based at[...]
Sep 25 2017 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Making Majesty: Building and Borrowing the Regal Image at Dublin Castle @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
25 September 2017 – 28 April 2018 State Apartments’ Galleries This exhibition explores the shaping of the royal and viceregal image at Dublin Castle in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and the later appropriation of[...]

Dublin Castle

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