Heritage Ireland

Dublin Castle

The nerve centre of historical power in Ireland

09:45 – 17:45

See all opening times

Dublin Castle

The nerve centre of historical power in Ireland

09:45 – 17:45

See all opening times

Limited Access

State Apartments - Self Guiding only .
Grounds and garden open.


Guided Tour (1 hour) (State Apartments, Medieval Undercroft, Chapel Royal and Exhibitions)
Adult €12.00
Senior €10.00
Student €10.00
Child €6.00
Family €30.00

Self-Guide (30 minutes approx) (State Apartments and Exhibitions)
Adult €8.00
Senior €6.00
Student €6.00
Child €4.00
Family €20.00


Getting here

Dame Street
Dublin 2
D02 AK81

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Dublin Castle

Just a short walk from Trinity College, on the way to Christchurch, Dublin Castle is well situated for visiting on foot. The history of this city-centre site stretches back to the Viking Age and the castle itself was built in the thirteenth century.

The building served as a military fortress, a prison, a treasury and courts of law. For 700 years, from 1204 until independence, it was the seat of English (and then British) rule in Ireland.

Rebuilt as the castle we now know in the seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Dublin Castle is now a government complex and an arena of state ceremony.

The state apartments, undercroft, chapel royal, heritage centre and restaurant are now open to visitors.

Opening Times

Open all Year Round

Monday – Sunday and Public Holidays 09:45 – 17.45

Last admission at 17:15

Average Length of Visit: Guided Tour 1 hour. Self Guided Tour 30 minutes.

Admission is by guided tour with a self guiding option also available.


Advanced booking is required for both Guided and Self-Guided Groups.

Please note that as Dublin Castle is a working Government building, security, access to rooms and opening arrangements may be subject to change at short notice. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Closed 25 – 27 December and 1 January


Dame Street
Dublin 2
D02 AK81

01 645 8813

Getting Here

Situated in the City Centre off Dame Street, behind City Hall, 5 minutes walk from Trinity College en-route to Christchurch.

Click the relevant icon below to open Maps directions


  • Brochure
  • Cafe
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilet


Social Guide

Download, print and read our social guide (PDF) about visiting Dublin Castle. This will help first-time visitors, families and people with developmental and learning disabilities to prepare for a visit to Dublin Castle.

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