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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 a self-guiding visit of the State Apartments.

What’s On.

The Castle Blog

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

100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life: Objects in Focus

100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life: Objects in Focus

Countess de Markievicz’s Despatch Bag I had no idea that she belonged to “the Castle lot”. By Evelyn Suttle, Guide & Information Officer This despatch bag belonged to Countess de Markievicz (1868-1927), and is said to have been used during the 1916 Easter Rising...

The Clock Tower Building & The State Stables

The Clock Tower Building & The State Stables

By Dr Aidan O’Boyle, Guide & Information Officer The Clock Tower Building, now the Chester Beatty Library. The Clock Tower Building is located directly behind the State Apartments, it is bounded to the east by the Castle Gardens and to the west by the Ship Street...