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).

Please note that Dublin Castle will be closed to visitors on Friday 4th February 2022


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

What Colour Is Metal?

13 October 2021 – 31 January 2022

State Apartments Galleries

Famous Faces

6 January – 22 February 2022

St. Patrick’s Hall

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...