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. Tickets are purchased on site at the Castle’s visitor reception desk in the State Apartments (upper courtyard).

What’s On

On a Pedestal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Sep 14 @ 9:45 am – Nov 4 @ 5:15 pm
On a Pedestal @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
9:45 am
The exhibition brings together works from an international group of contemporary artists who explore the genre of the portrait bust in a variety of media: from wood to stone, from marble to ceramics, from stainless[...]
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Culture Night at Dublin Castle @ Dublin Castle
6:00 pm
The voices of histories past will echo in the Great Courtyard of Dublin Castle this Culture Night. Hear the words and be struck by the ideas of historical figures associated with the Castle as they[...]
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: The Great Escape @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Join Laura Fitzachary for this special tour and hear about one of the most famous Dublin Castle stories – that of the Red Hugh O’Donnell’s escape from the castle prison in 1592. Suitable for adults.[...]
Special Tour: Power Portraits @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: Power Portraits @ Dublin Castle, State Apartments | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
Join Antonella Guarracino for this art history tour of the portraits of Dublin Castle, including those of viceroys, monarchs and many more. Suitable for adults. This event is free but booking is required.
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Special Tour: The Castle as a Government Building @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:00 pm
As a government building at the heart of the Republic, Dublin Castle is a venue for major State visits, public gatherings and other events. Find out more about the many functions of the modern-day castle.[...]
Dublin Festival of History @ Dublin Castle, Printworks
Oct 5 – Oct 7 all-day
Dublin Festival of History @ Dublin Castle, Printworks | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
12:00 am
The Big Weekend – Join us for free history events at City Hall & Printworks, Dublin Castle. All events are FREE, but some need to be booked. Please, see individual events for details. Festival programme[...]
Oct 7 @ 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Special Tour: From the Castle to the Cathedral @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
3:15 pm
Weaving the threads: From Swift-ly encounters to a knightly order, you will be brought through times and spaces that still haunt us today. Tour including both indoor and outdoor spaces in Dublin Castle and St Patrick’s[...]
Oct 13 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Special Tour: Behind the Scenes at the Castle @ Dublin Castle | Dublin | County Dublin | Ireland
11:00 am
In conjunction with Open House, we present this opportunity to look behind the scenes at some of the rooms and buildings not usually open to the public. Suitable for adults. This event is free but[...]

Dublin Castle

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