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.

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Saturday, 15 December 2018

We will have limited access in the State Apartments. Guided Tours of the Medieval Undercroft and State Apartments will be offered to all visitors, however there is no self-guiding option available. Guided tour tickets will be sold on a first come – first serve basis. Free admission to the Chapel Royal; check the Chapel’s opening hours here.

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.

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Christmas & New Year Opening Hours 2018/2019

  • Sunday, 23 December: 09.45 – 17.15
  • Monday, 24 December, Christmas Eve: 09.45 – 13.00 (Last entry: 12.30)
  • Tuesday, 25 December, Christmas Day: Closed
  • Wednesday, 26 December, St. Stephen’s Day: Closed
  • Thursday, 27 December: Closed
  • Friday, 28 December: 09.45 – 17.15
  • Saturday, 29 December: 09.45 – 17.15
  • Sunday, 30 December: 09.45 – 17.15
  • Monday, 31 December: 09.45 – 16.30 (Last entry: 16.00)
  • Tuesday, 1 January, New Year’s Day: Closed
  • Wednesday, 2 January: 09.45 – 17.15

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.

Christmas at Dublin Castle – download our 2018 Christmas Programme here.

Proclaiming a President @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Nov 12 2018 @ 9:45 am – Jan 20 2019 @ 5:15 pm
Proclaiming a President @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
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[...]
Rudolf Heltzel: In Precious Metal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Nov 24 2018 @ 9:45 am – Mar 24 2019 @ 5:15 pm
Rudolf Heltzel: In Precious Metal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
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[...]
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2
Dec 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2 | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
6:30 pm
Our much loved Christmas evenings return this year. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a choral performance in the Chapel Royal followed by an opportunity to view the Neopolitan Crib and[...]
Neapolitan Christmas Crib @ Dublin Castle, Chapel Royal
Dec 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Neapolitan Christmas Crib @ Dublin Castle, Chapel Royal | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Experience our Neapolitan Crib in Francis Johnston’s Chapel Royal which has been illuminated for the festive season. Opening hours: 10am – 10.45am 11.30am – 1.15pm 2.15pm – 3.15pm 4pm – 5pm
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
SOLD OUT: A Christmas Adventure at the Castle @ Dublin Castle | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
Calling all children under 10! Dublin Castle’s Christmas fairy has arrived to take you on a magical adventure through the State Apartments. The Castle elves have told us Santa might even turn up! The Christmas[...]
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
A Ceremony of Carols & other Christmas Favourites @ Castle Hall | County Dublin | Ireland
4:00 pm
Join this award-winning choir and their musical directors Bernie Sherlock and Brian Dungan for a celebration of some of the finest festive choral music from around the globe in the beautiful surrounds of Dublin Castle.[...]
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2
Dec 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2 | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
6:30 pm
Our much loved Christmas evenings return this year. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a choral performance in the Chapel Royal followed by an opportunity to view the Neopolitan Crib and[...]
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2
Dec 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Evenings at the Castle @ Dublin Castle, Dame St, Dublin 2 | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
6:30 pm
Our much loved Christmas evenings return this year. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre for a choral performance in the Chapel Royal followed by an opportunity to view the Neopolitan Crib and[...]

The Castle Blog

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

Presidential Inaugurations at Dublin Castle

By Evan McGuigan, Guide & Information Officer Next month, Ireland’s 14th presidential inauguration will take place in Dublin Castle, with the victor of the forthcoming election due to be officially sworn into office in St Patrick’s Hall. This venue has been used...

From Presentation to Pioneer – Averil Deverell and Dublin Castle

By Liz Goldthorpe Averil Katherine Statter Deverell (1893-1979) was the first woman to practise as a barrister in Ireland, but what was she doing in Dublin Castle? As the Anglo-Irish daughter of William Deverell, Clerk of the Crown and Peace for Co. Wicklow, it was to...

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