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 collected on site, but it’s recommended to book online to avoid disappointment.

Until the end of 2021, entry to Dublin Castle is FREE for all visitors. Prior to your visit, please find some important information here.


The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives

7 December – 27 March 2022

Coach House Gallery

In Our Own Image: Photography in Ireland, 1839 to the Present

29 November 2021–6 February 2022

The Printworks, Dublin Castle

Famous Faces at Dublin Castle

9 October 2021 – 25 December 2021

St. Patrick’s Hall

What Colour Is Metal?

13 October 2021 – 31 January 2022

State Apartments Galleries

The Castle Blog

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

A Prisoner’s Christmas at Dublin Castle, 1920

A Prisoner’s Christmas at Dublin Castle, 1920

One hundred and one years ago this month, as the War of Independence continued to unfold across the island of Ireland, Christmas approached. It may seem strange to consider Christmas during a time of conflict, not least an historic one that has left such bitterness...

The Forgotten Visit

The Forgotten Visit

by Bronagh Dempsey, Curator of 'Famous Faces' For centuries now, Dublin Castle has played host to many visitors from around the world. These visitors included royalty, presidents, prime ministers, poets, writers, athletes and other key figures. The exhibition ‘Famous...

What Colour Is Metal?

What Colour Is Metal?

What Colour is Metal? exhibition captures a vital time in studio metalsmithing and patination. Long-time leaders who have wholly altered the terrain continue to push boundaries of their materials, as the mid-career metalsmiths whom they trained forge new directions, and new generations of makers bring fresh approaches to the conversation.