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.

Christmas at Dublin Castle

Join us at Dublin Castle throughout the month of December and partake in our Christmas events.

Come and be inspired by our beautifully decorated State Apartments and experience our Neapolitan Baroque crib in the Chapel Royal which will be illuminated for the festive season. This year the crib will be extended to include the wonderfully detailed Tavern scene. The ornate crib, figures and silk-robed angels are handmade by skilled artists from Naples.

Discover the full programme of concerts, workshops, talks, and special tours at the link below.

What’s On

Dublin Castle’s Christmas Programme is now available!

Download our programme here or browse the individual listings in the calendar below.

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 2017 @ 10:00 am – Jan 5 2018 @ 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 – 5 January 2018 Coach House (Dublin Castle Gardens) Extended until January! The tradition of the ‘three perfections’, unifying poetry, painting and calligraphy in a single art work[...]
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Christmas Unwrapped: The Stories behind the Traditions @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
4:00 pm
Take a very special guided tour of the State Apartments that will focus on the origin of Christmas traditions and symbols. This tour is suitable for adults and free, but booking is required. Please email[...]
Dec 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
How it Was Made: The Neapolitan Crib at the Chapel Royal @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 pm
Join Nieves Fernandez for this fascinating talk on the making of Neapolitan cribs, including a visit to our own hand-crafted crib in the Chapel Royal. This lecture is suitable for adults and is free. Please[...]
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal
Dec 17 @ 11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
11:45 am
Discover the story behind our beautiful Neapolitan crib by attending one of our short pop-up talks in the Chapel Royal. Suitable for all ages, no booking required.
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal
Dec 17 @ 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
2:45 pm
Discover the story behind our beautiful Neapolitan crib by attending one of our short pop-up talks in the Chapel Royal. Suitable for all ages, no booking required.
Create a Magic Sword! @ State Apartments
Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Create a Magic Sword! @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Inspired by the Irish Sword of State, currently on loan from the Tower of London and on display as part of our Making Majesty exhibition, create a festive sword in this workshop and take it[...]
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal
Dec 17 @ 4:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Pop-up Crib Talk @ Chapel Royal | County Dublin | Ireland
4:45 pm
Discover the story behind our beautiful Neapolitan crib by attending one of our short pop-up talks in the Chapel Royal. Suitable for all ages, no booking required.
Dec 17 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Christmas at the Castle – Carols from Ireland and afar @ Castle Hall | County Dublin | Ireland
6:00 pm
An evening performance of carols in Castle Hall with Cantairí Óga Átha Cliath Directed by Bernie Sherlock & Brian Dungan Accompanied by Mairéad Hurley on Piano Cost €15 for Adults, €7 for Students
Christmas Guerrilla Tour @ State Apartments
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Christmas Guerrilla Tour @ State Apartments | County Dublin | Ireland
7:00 pm
Our now-legendary Guerrilla Tour has been reimagined: hear the alternative histories of Dublin Castle and of the Georgian and Victorian eras, this time with a Christmas twist! Free event. Suitable for adults. Booking required, please[...]

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...

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