Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Contact Details


Dame Street,
Dublin 2,
D02 V240

Tel: +353 (1) 645 8813
Fax: +353 (1) 679 7831

Email: dublincastle@opw.ie 

Website: www.dublincastle.ie




Opening Hours


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 and 10 minutes.
Self Guided Tour 30 minutes.  

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 10min) (State Apartments, Medieval Undercroft ,Chapel Royal and Exhibitions)
Adult €10.00
Senior (60+) €8.00
Student (photo ID required) €8.00
Child €4.00
Family (Two adults, max five children) €24.00

Self-Guide (30 minutes approx) (State Apartments and Exhibitions)
Adult €7.00
Senior (60+) €6.00
Student (photo ID required) €6.00
Child €3.00
Family (Two adults, max five children) €17.00


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 Street, 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 or self guided tour only.
Max. No: 40
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


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.

Educational Resources:

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Informal Education in Dublin Castle

'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, email: dublincastle@opw.ie or telephone +353 (1) 645 8812.

Family Activity by Denise Doorly

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For more activity suggestions, please click here.