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.

What’s On.

Apr
12
Fri
The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art @ State Apartments Galleries
Apr 12 @ 9:45 am – Sep 22 @ 5:15 pm
The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art @ State Apartments Galleries

This exhibition explores the development of modernism in Ireland beginning in 1920, a period of political turmoil in this country and ends in the modern Ireland of 1960. It will contrast the traditional ‘Irish School of painting’ of the male dominated RHA favoured by de Valera and the new Irish Government to that of the European influenced art that was being championed by women artists such as Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone and Norah McGuinness amongst others through the Dublin Painters Society and the IELA exhibitions.

Aug
4
Sun
Clay/works Ceramics Ireland Annual Members Exhibition @ The Printworks, Dublin Castle
Aug 4 @ 10:00 am – Aug 31 @ 5:00 pm
Clay/works Ceramics Ireland Annual Members Exhibition @ The Printworks, Dublin Castle | County Dublin | Ireland

Clay/works will feature the work of over 100 makers from the four corners of Ireland. A diverse range of ceramic work will be on show including functional, decorative, wall panels and sculptural forms. Free Admission.

Aug
12
Mon
Delivering Justice: The Law Courts in Dublin Castle @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Aug 12 @ 9:45 am – Dec 31 @ 5:15 pm
Delivering Justice: The Law Courts in Dublin Castle @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments

Between 1923 and 1931, Dublin Castle’s State Apartments were transformed into courtrooms and temporarily housed the first sittings of Ireland’s Supreme and High Courts. This exhibition – which includes some unique images of the Castle – shows how these rooms were and profiles some of the main judges who worked there at the time.

Aug
25
Sun
Family Tour @ State Apartments
Aug 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Family Tour @ State Apartments

Join us at 11am for a special tour designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers. Our aim is to make history fun and engaging for kids. Suitable for 6 years and over. This tour is free of charge but booking is essential. Please email: dublincastle@opw.ie

Sep
1
Sun
Special Tour: What is a Castle? @ Dublin Castle
Sep 1 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: What is a Castle? @ Dublin Castle

Join historian Laura Fitzachary on a tour of the medieval roots of Dublin Castle and discover features of medieval architecture found on site. Follow the development of this landmark and its importance as a building in the centre of Dublin. This tour is free of charge but booking is essential. Please email: dublincastle@opw.ie

Sep
7
Sat
Emergency Services Day @ Dublin Castle, Upper Courtyard
Sep 7 all-day
Emergency Services Day @ Dublin Castle, Upper Courtyard | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland

Dublin Castle is proud to host this year’s Emergency Services Day Exhibition in the Upper Courtyard. This outdoor exhibition will showcase vehicles and equipment used by the Emergency Services nationwide.

Dublin Fringe Festival – Rainbow in a Box @ Dublin Castle, Courtyard
Sep 7 @ 9:45 am – 5:15 pm
Dublin Fringe Festival - Rainbow in a Box @ Dublin Castle, Courtyard

Have you ever chased a rainbow? Or wondered what it would be like to stand in one?

This interactive art installation invites you to take a walk inside a rainbow. Using prismatic light, you will experience the way the light shines through to create a canvas of colour. Pop on your white coat and step inside this magical space, where you can feel and touch the colours of the sky.

Duration: 20mins

Dublin Fringe Festival – Mother of God @ The Chapel Royal
Sep 7 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dublin Fringe Festival - Mother of God @ The Chapel Royal

It’s 2001, the world has changed irreparably and somewhere in the middle of Ireland a girl fights for the meaty role of Mary of Nazareth in the school nativity. This is a show about righting a wrong and looking like you want it enough. Pull up a pew, light a candle and listen to someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about for an hour.

The Castle Blog

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

11 June 1924: Opening Ireland’s Law Courts

11 June 1924: Opening Ireland’s Law Courts

By Evan McGuigan, Guide & Information Officer When it comes to Dublin landmarks, none are more synonymous with the Irish judicial system than the Four Courts. Located on Inns Quay, it has housed Ireland’s law courts since 1802 and remains a key feature of the...

The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920 – 1960

The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920 – 1960

By David Britton, Curator of 'The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920 – 1960’ Isolated on the Western fringes of Europe it took time for the influence of early 20th century European developments in art to reach these shores. This exhibition explores the development...

Why does the Surface Matter?

Why does the Surface Matter?

By Liz Cooper Independent curator and Development Manager for Design-Nation Every two years the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland convenes an international panel of craft and design experts to select the best contemporary craft and design of Irish origin. In late...