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.
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.
Monday August 20th, Tuesday August 21st and Wednesday August 22nd – Normal Opening Hours: 9.45am to 5.45pm (last entry 5.15pm) with some restrictions
Thursday August 23rd, Friday August 24th and Saturday August 25th – CLOSED
Sunday August 25th – Open from 12noon to 5.45pm (last entry 5.15pm) – Access to the State Apartments only via Cork Hill Gate
Monday, August 26th – Open as normal 9.45am – 5.45pm (last entry 5.15pm)
*During this period we will not be operating online bookings – All tickets will be sold from our ticket desk during opening hours
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!
The Castle Blog
Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Castle Blog for all news updates.
By Adrian Kelly, Curator of ‘Derek Hill and the view from Donegal’ The Glebe Art Museum in Co. Donegal opened in 1984 and is a wonderful place to work. Curators have a strange old life, it’s quite vocational and we talk about ‘our’ collections as if we own them. As...
By Dr James Curry, Guide & Information Officer Photograph of Lillie Connolly with four of her daughters featured on a display in the James Connolly Room at Dublin Castle’s State Apartments, which was formerly part of the 2016 In the Shadow of the Castle: Dublin Castle...
By Jennifer Duffy, Guide & Information Officer The Irish Crown Jewels consist of a star (decorated with Brazilian diamonds, its centre featuring an emerald trefoil and ruby cross on a blue enamel background), a diamond badge and five gold jewel-encrusted collars. The...