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.

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.

Proclaiming a President @ State Corridor, State Apartments
Nov 12 2018 @ 9:45 am – Mar 31 2019 @ 5:15 pm
Proclaiming a President @ State Corridor, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

In June 1938, Douglas Hyde was sworn in as the first President of Ireland in St Patrick’s Hall at Dublin Castle. In November 2018, the Hall will once again be the setting for the presidential inauguration. To celebrate this event and to mark its eightieth anniversary, this exhibition looks back at the inauguration of all nine Irish presidents at Dublin Castle over the past eight decades.

Rudolf Heltzel: In Precious Metal @ State Apartments Galleries
Nov 24 2018 @ 9:45 am – Mar 24 2019 @ 5:15 pm
Rudolf Heltzel: In Precious Metal @ State Apartments Galleries | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Office of Public Works presents a stunning exhibition of sculptural pendants and rings by master-goldsmith Rudolf Heltzel, at the State Apartments, Dublin Castle – on tour from the National Design & Craft Gallery and Design & Crafts Council of Ireland. An icon of Irish craft and design, Rudolf Heltzel has gained an international reputation for the originality, quality and timeless aesthetic of his craftsmanship with each piece created meticulously by hand using some of the world’s oldest jewellery techniques. This exhibition will showcase many of his most ambitious and technically complex designs, presenting pieces selected from his personal archive alongside new work in three of his sculptural pendant collections – Rock Crystal, Tourmaline Butterfly and Druzy. A series of spectacular gem rings designed by Heltzel will also be presented in the exhibition.

Surface Matters @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – May 19 @ 5:00 pm
Surface Matters @ Coach House Gallery, Dublin Castle Gardens

Surface Matters, an exhibition of works from the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s PORTFOLIO: Critical Selection 2019-20, features 24 makers selected by an independent expert panel for demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, design quality and technical skill by international standards.

Follow the Clues – Seek & Find @ State Apartments
Mar 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Follow the Clues - Seek & Find @ State Apartments

Join tour guide Patricia Irvine for a family treasure hunt for our national symbols in the State Apartments of Dublin Castle. Suitable for 6-year olds and above.

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


Special Tour: Presidents at the Castle @ State Apartments
Mar 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: Presidents at the Castle @ State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Discover the role of the Presidents in Dublin Castle’s history, from inaugurations to commemorations. Join tour guide Evan McGuigan as he leads you through the history of the most important office in the land. Suitable for adults.

This special tour is free but booking is required. Please email dublincastle@opw.ie

Special Tour: The Castle on the Silver Screen @ Dublin Castle
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: The Castle on the Silver Screen @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Did you know Dublin Castle has been used as a filming location for many films from Michael Collins to Leap Year? Join tour guide Daragh Hughes to explore the relationship between Dublin Castle and the silver screen. Suitable for adults.

This special tour is free but booking is required. Please email dublincastle@opw.ie

Franco Irish Literary Festival 2019 @ Castle Hall, Bedford Tower
Apr 6 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Now a significant date in Dublin’s annual literary calendar, The Franco-Irish Literary Festival is continuing the tradition that led to Dublin’s nomination as a UNESCO City of Literature.
The event will take place in the Alliance Française and in the prestigious Dublin Castle/Castle Hall next April 2019 The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France, and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers from the wider French-speaking world. In doing so it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French-speaking writers for the Irish public. This event also encourages and stimulates Irish and Francophone literature around the world in all its forms, including poetry, plays, novels, short stories, essays, and diaries, and creates opportunities to develop links between writers and publishers from both countries. This is how new partnerships have been created in the past.

Franco Irish Literary Festival 2019

Gin Experience Dublin 2019 @ Printworks
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 13 @ 9:00 pm

Sip & sample gins of every kind with bespoke serves, explore food pairings that are unique with gin, attend a masterclass or foraging lesson with Ireland’s leading ambassadors or try a gin cocktail from some of Irelands most esteemed bars and restaurants

The iconic Printworks at Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 will host Gin Experience Dublin, immerse yourself in the flavours of botanicals sourced both locally and abroad

DATE: Friday 12th April & Saturday 13th April 2019
TIMES: Friday 6.00pm-9.30pm | Saturday 1.00pm-4.30pm | Saturday 5.30pm-9.00pm
VENUE: Printworks, Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin

TICKET PRICE: €40.00, plus booking fee. Must be purchased in advance.
A minimum of €10 per ticket will be donated to Debra Ireland

Strictly over 18’s. I.D required. Visit www.drinkaware.ie

Gin Experience Dublin 2019

The Secret Garden @ Dublin Castle Gardens
Jul 30 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Secret Garden @ Dublin Castle Gardens | County Dublin | Ireland

Where is the secret garden? Mary Lennox must find the key…

This summer, join young Mary on a journey of discovery as she is sent to her uncle’s house in the countryside, where mysteries and secrets lurk round every corner…

As she makes new friends and encounters magical creatures, Mary has one burning question: where is the location of her uncle’s secret garden, and where has he hidden the key? This enchanting story, loved by children and adults alike, is presented in Dublin city centre’s very own secret garden at Dublin Castle. Relive this classic tale of secrecy and curiosity in what will be one of the highlights of our summer programme.

This is an outdoor event. Guests should bring their own seating/blankets if required as chairs will not be provided. Picnics will be permitted at this event.


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A Look Back at 2018 – A Busy Year at Dublin Castle

By Aisling Gaffney, Event Manager, Dublin Castle 2018 was one of the busiest years we have had to date, with over 431,000 visitors, 8 exhibitions and 300 + events taking place throughout the Dublin Castle complex. Before we plunge in to 2019 – this blog entry will...

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