Until the end of 2021, entry to Dublin Castle is FREE for all visitors.

Prior to your visit, please find some important information here.

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 at the Castle’s visitor reception desk in the State Apartments (upper courtyard) or can be booked online by clicking here.

Friday 29th October: Dublin Castle is CLOSED all day

What’s On.

Have a look at upcoming events below and click here for full calendar of everything that’s happening

The Castle Blog

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

Look Who’s ‘Rumping’ Now

Look Who’s ‘Rumping’ Now

By Antonella Guarracino, Guide & Information Officer Dublin Castle houses a unique and varied art collection that often surprises its visitors. Most of the historic artworks are exhibited in the State Apartments, originally built as a residence for the British...

A Prisoner’s Christmas at Dublin Castle, 1920

A Prisoner’s Christmas at Dublin Castle, 1920

One hundred 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 behind it,...

21 November 1920 – Bloody Sunday

21 November 1920 – Bloody Sunday

By William Derham, Collections, Research & Interpretation It can be hard to gain a good picture of Dublin Castle sometimes. Metaphorically speaking, it looms large in the story of Ireland’s struggle for independence and yet relatively little has been written about...