The nerve centre of historical power in Ireland
09:45 – 17:45
Guided Tour (1 hour) (State Apartments, Medieval Undercroft, Chapel Royal and Exhibitions)
Self-Guide (30 minutes approx) (State Apartments and Exhibitions)
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.
Ar oscailt an bhliain ar fad
Dé Luain – Dé Domhnach agus Laethanta Saoire Bainc 09:45 – 17:45
Cead isteach deireanach 17:15pm
Meánfhad cuairte: 1 uair. Turas féin-threoraithe 30 nóiméad.
Cead isteach trí thuras treoraithe. Tá rogha féin-threorach ar fáil freisin.
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
01 645 8813
Situated in the City Centre off Dame Street, behind City Hall, 5 minutes walk from Trinity College en-route to Christchurch.
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- Wheelchair Accessible Toilet
Nearby sites to visit
St Audoen’s Church
A medieval chapel at the centre of city life
Approx. 0.4 km from Dublin Castle
St Stephen’s Green
A Victorian civic gem in Dublin’s greatest garden square
Approx. 0.6 km from Dublin Castle
Experience a sense of wonder in Dublin’s ‘secret garden’
Approx. 1.0 km from Dublin Castle
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