Dublin Castle

Contact Details

Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2.

Telephone No: +353 1 645 8813
Fax No: +353 1 679 7831
E-mail: dublincastle@opw.ie  - for bookings and queries

Website: www.dublincastle.ie

Opening Hours

Open all Year Round:

Easter Closures: Good Friday 25th April all Day, Saturday 26th from 3.45pm and Easter Sunday 27th closed all day.

Mon - Sat: 09.45am - 4.45pm
Sun and Bank Holidays: 12.00pm - 4.45pm
Closed - 25th, 26th, 27th December, 1st January and Good Friday.

Last admission at 16.45

Average Length of Visit: 1 hour.

Admission is by guided tour with a self guiding option also available.  Information is available in 13 languages.

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

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

Admission Fees

Guided Tour (1hr 05min) (State Apartments, Medieval Undercroft and Chapel Royal)
Adult €8:50, Senior (60+) €6.50, Student (photo ID required) €6.50, Children €3

Self-Guide (State Apartments and Exhibitions)
Adult €6.50, Senior (60+) €5.50, Student (photo ID required) €5.50, Children €3


Tea Rooms, Gift Shop, Toilets, Toilets for Visitors with disabilities.



Dublin Castle: Originally built in the 13th century on a site previously settled by the Vikings it functioned as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for important State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations. The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and Restaurant are open to visitors. (On occasions Dublin Castle can be closed at very short notice for Government business). Access for visitors with disabilities to State Apartments, Chapel Royal and restaurant.

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

Buses: 13, 27, 40, 49, 54A, 56A, 77A, 123, 150 and 747 Airlink. All bus stops are situated on Dame Street or Lord Edward Street

Guided Tours: Access by guided tour only.
Max. No: 40
Duration: 45 mins.
Advance booking for groups IS REQUIRED.

Leaflet/Guide Booklet: English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish.

James Joyce's 'Dubliners'  and Dublin Castle  One City One Book

Restaurant/Tearooms: Coffee Shop and Restaurant.
Seating Capacity: 90

Additional Information: Due to the nature of the site and its use for Government business visiting arrangements are subject to cancellation on short or no notice.


'Talking Walls & Talking Objects' is a series of participatory activities offered to local community youth groups and youth projects.

To enquire and arrange a visit, a session or a series of sessions, e-mail: DublinCastle@opw.ie or telephone: (01) 645 8812.


For information on the above, please click on the following link:

Architectural Family Activity Tour of Dublin Castle

For more activity suggestions, please check http://www.dublincastle.ie/HistoryEducation/EducationalResources/ Resources.


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