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.
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.
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.
Click here to book your tickets online for guided tours of Dublin Castle or for self-guiding.
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!
Christmas at Dublin Castle – download our 2018 Christmas Programme here.
The Castle Blog
Read the latest posts below, and click through to the full Castle Blog for all news updates.
By Antonella Guarracino, Guide & Information Officer This Christmas season, visitors to Dublin Castle will once again be able to see an eighteenth-century-style Neapolitan Crib in the peaceful surroundings of the Chapel Royal. In October I interviewed Bruno...
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...
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...