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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.

Social Distancing at Dublin Castle, 1832

Social Distancing at Dublin Castle, 1832

By William Derham, Collections, Research & Interpretation In these times of Covid-19, with its restrictions and lockdowns, it can be easy, when searching for a word to describe the uncharted situation we find ourselves in, to reach for “unprecedented” – never...

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...