Welcome to Dublin Castle

Constructed 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.


Please click here for our calendar of events.

Opening Times

Open all Year Round

Monday – Sunday and Public Holidays 09:45 – 17.45

Last admission at 17:15

Closed 25 – 27 December and 1 January

Average Length of Visit: Guided Tour 1 hour. Self Guided Tour 30 minutes.

Admission is by guided tour with a self guiding option also available.

The Castle Blog

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

Imogen Stuart Exhibition

The Coach House Gallery, Dubhlinn Gardens, Dublin Castle 3rd November 2023 - 18th February 2024 The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delighted to host the exhibition IMOGEN, a celebration of Imogen Stuart’s long career spanning more than 7 decades. Born in Germany in...

The Objects of Love Exhibition

State Apartment Galleries, Dublin Castle 29th September 2022 – 29th January 2023 The Office of Public Works in association with Holocaust Awareness Ireland presents The Objects of Love by Oliver Sears. This poignant exhibition tells the fate of individual lives torn...