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

Click here to discover our exciting programme of lectures, workshops and events around Making Majesty!

Making Majesty @ State Apartments
Sep 25 2017 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Making Majesty @ State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Making Majesty: Building and Borrowing the Regal Image at Dublin Castle 25 September 2017 – 28 April 2018 State Apartments’ Galleries This exhibition explores the shaping of the royal and viceregal image at Dublin Castle[...]
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. No booking required. 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[...]
Specialised tour: Dublin Castle and the Great Hunger @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens
May 5 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Specialised tour: Dublin Castle and the Great Hunger @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 pm
An insight into what life was like in Dublin Castle at the time of the Great Famine, and an exploration of the famine-related art in our temporary exhibition “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger”.[...]
May 12 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Specialised Tour: James Connolly and the State Apartments @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
2:00 pm
What did the wounded James Connolly experience during his final days at Dublin Castle, where he was taken following the Irish rebels’ surrender on April 29th, 1916? On the anniversary of his execution at Kilmainham[...]

The Castle Blog

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

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...

St Patrick’s Day 1789: The ‘Fancy Ball’ at Dublin Castle

By Dr Myles Campbell, Collections, Research & Interpretation As darkness fell over Dublin on 17 March 1789, the inhabitants of the city were getting ready for a spectacle. According to reports, it would be a night they would never forget. The mastermind behind this...

Dublin Castle

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