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.
Over the centuries, those entertained at Dublin Castle have included Benjamin Franklin (1771), the Duke of Wellington (1807), Daniel O’Connell (1841), Queen Victoria (1849, 1853, 1861 & 1900), Charles Dickens (1864), Countess Markievicz (1905), Princess Grace of Monaco (1961), John F. Kennedy (1963), Charles de Gaulle (1969), Nelson Mandela (1990) and Queen Elizabeth II (2011). Among the famous figures associated with the Castle was Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, who worked here from 1866 to 1878.
Since 1938, each one of Ireland’s presidents has been inaugurated in St Patrick’s Hall.
Access to the State Buildings are by guided tour only, however all other facilites are free to explore.
Open seven days a week from 9:45 to 17:45 (last admission at 17:15). Tickets can be purchased on site at the Castle’s visitor reception desk in the State Apartments (upper courtyard). Visit the website for admission rates. Visitors must purchase tickets to visit the State Apartments, Chapel Royal and Medieval Undercroft. The Dubh Linn Gardens are free of charge.
Monday to Sunday & Bank Holidays
09.45 to 17.45
(Last admission 17.15)
Closed Dec 25, 26, 27 & Jan 01
Admission Prices 2020:
Senior (aged 65+): €10.00
Student (with valid ID): €10.00
Child ( Aged 12–17 yrs): €6.00
Family (2 Adults + up to 5 Children) €30.00
Senior (aged 65+): €6.00
Student (with valid ID): €6.00
Child ( Aged 12–17 yrs): €4.00
Family (2 Adults + up to 5 Children) €20.00
The ticket office is located in the State Apartments.
Access to the State Buildings by guided tour only, however all other facilites are free to explore.
No parking on-site. Public car-parks at Q-Park Christchurch & Park Rite Drury St.
Located just off Dame Street
Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
‘Your Daily Adventure’ is loved by visitors. There is so much to enjoy, we’ve had to create six regional editions to cover every part of Ireland.
Each FREE edition is packed with up-to-date information on all there is to do, see and enjoy around Ireland. Watch out for them in your travels, or ask for them by name ‘Your Daily Adventure’. They are stocked in most places visitors’ frequent – particularly visitor-friendly accommodation!
It is always advisable to check the opening dates and times of any attraction or business you intend to visit. Check their website or give them a call.