Welcome to Dublin Castle

Constructed 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 are open seven days a week including Bank Holidays from 09.45am to 5.45pm (last admission at 5.15pm).

Tickets for a self guided visit to the State Apartments are available to purchase online (please see below).

Tickets for a visit by guided tour to the State Apartments, Medieval Section and / or the Chapel Royal are available to purchase from our ticket desk on the day of your visit.


**Please note Dublin Castle will be closed to all visitors on Saturday August 27th**


We are delighted to announce that we are now running Guided Tours on a daily basis

Tickets are available to purchase on the day of your visit from our ticket desk



The Patrick Reel Retrospective ‘A Life in Paint’

The Patrick Reel Retrospective ‘A Life in Paint’ Exhibition

The State Apartments Galleries

Friday 11th March – Monday 1st August 2022

Admission €3.00


For the Love of the Master, 25 artists fascinated by Piranesi

18 June – 18 September 2022

Coach House Gallery

The Castle Blog

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

The Final Handover

The Final Handover

In a year full of commemorative centenary events, 17 August is not one date that stands out immediately. However, it was significant in the life of Dublin Castle and for Ireland as a whole. On that day, 100 years ago, the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) finally...

Johann Sigismond Cousser: a Hungarian Musician in Ireland

Johann Sigismond Cousser: a Hungarian Musician in Ireland

'Sing an English aria from time to time. This pleases them very much’- Johann Sigismond Cousser: a Hungarian Musician in Ireland by Peter Whelan, Artistic Director, Irish Baroque Orchestra Although almost entirely unknown today, Johann Sigismond Cousser was probably...