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

Jun 23 @ 9:45 am – Dec 31 @ 5:45 pm
In the Eye of the Beholder: An Exhibition on Beauty in the Eighteenth Century @ Wedgwood Room, State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
This exhibition has now been extended! Wedgwood 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 members[...]
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[...]
Sep 29 – Oct 1 all-day
Dublin Festival of History @ The Printworks | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 am
The fifth annual Dublin Festival of History will take place from 29th September to 1st October in Dublin Castle. With over 90 free history events across the city, this year’s programme is the biggest and[...]
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm
Concert to Celebrate the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU @ Portrait Gallery, State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
7:00 pm
  Join us for an intimate concert in the beautiful Portrait Gallery and enjoy music for piano and clarinet by Saint-Saëns, Chopin, Mägi, Rähni and Poulenc among others. This concert has been organised by the[...]
Beyond the Three Perfections @ Coach House (Dublin Castle Gardens)
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – Dec 8 @ 5:00 pm
Beyond the Three Perfections @ Coach House (Dublin Castle Gardens) | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Beyond the Three Perfections 7 October 2017 – 8 December 2017 Coach House (Dublin Castle Gardens) The tradition of the ‘three perfections’, unifying poetry, painting and calligraphy in a single art work captured the cultural[...]
Irish Aid Volunteering Fair @ Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Irish Aid Volunteering Fair @ Hibernia Conference Centre, Dublin Castle | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
An open and free event organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Comhlámh, the Irish association of returned international development volunteers. An opportunity, under one roof, to meet experienced international volunteers, development[...]

The Castle Blog

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

Work in Progress: The Medieval Tower

By William Derham, Research & Collections In recent weeks, a row of fencing has appeared in the south-west corner of the Lower Yard at Dublin Castle, announcing the beginning of what will be a two-year conservation project on one of the oldest parts of the Castle:...

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