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.

Book Online!

Click here to book your tickets online for guided tours of Dublin Castle or for self-guiding.

What’s On

In the Eye of the Beholder @ Wedgwood Room, State Apartments
Jun 23 @ 9:45 am – Dec 31 @ 5:45 pm
In the Eye of the Beholder @ 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[...]
Making Majesty @ State Apartments
Sep 25 2017 @ 10:00 am – Apr 28 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Making Majesty @ State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
10:00 am
Making Majesty: Building and Borrowing the Regal Image at Dublin Castle 25 September 2017 – 28 April 2018 State Apartments’ Galleries This exhibition explores the shaping of the royal and viceregal image at Dublin Castle[...]
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[...]
Whiskey Live 2017 @ Printworks, Dublin Castle
Nov 25 @ 1:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Whiskey Live 2017 @ Printworks, Dublin Castle
1:30 pm
Whiskey Live Dublin is Ireland’s premier whiskey tasting event, showcasing both the long established and new arrivals to the Irish whiskey scene. The event also offers wonderful food pairings and cocktails provided by some of[...]
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Enescu International Chamber Music Festival 4, 5, 6/Quartet Plus @ Chapel Royal | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
Dublin Castle is delighted to partner with Enescu Chamber Music Festival for a series of chamber music concerts in the 19th-century Chapel Royal. Join us for delightful evening entertainment with members of Ficino Ensemble and[...]
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
James White Lecture with Dr. Tristram Hunt (Director of the V&A) @ Printworks, Dublin Castle
6:00 pm
Join the Irish Museums Association and ICOM National Committee for Ireland at the James White lecture 2017: Embracing the Past, Preserving the Future, with guest speaker Dr Tristram Hunt, director of the Victoria & Albert[...]
Enescu International Chamber Music Festival - Romanian Rhapsody and Latino Connections @ Chapel Royal | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
Dublin Castle is delighted to partner with Enescu Chamber Music Festival for a series of chamber music concerts in the 19th-century Chapel Royal from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December with members[...]
Enescu International Chamber Music Festival - Child Prodigies @ Chapel Royal | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
Dublin Castle is delighted to partner with Enescu Chamber Music Festival for a series of chamber music concerts in the 19th-century Chapel Royal from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December with members[...]

The Castle Blog

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

Bram Stoker in Dublin Castle

By Caoimhe Creed, Guide & Information Officer With Halloween just around the corner and the Bram Stoker Festival in full swing, what better time to remember one of Dublin Castle's most famous ex-employees? Abraham 'Bram' Stoker's haunting magnum opus, Dracula, is one...

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: the...

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