Dublin Castle

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Dublin Castle

What you'll do

Visit the heart of historic Dublin and the site of the ancient pool "Dubh Linn" that gives the city its name.

Explore Dublin Castle with Go City®

  • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
  • See the magnificent State Apartments, the original Viking fortress, and the splendid castle gardens.
  • Upgrade your ticket to include a guided tour at a special rate.

Standing at a strategic site at the junction of the River Liffey and the Poddle, Dublin Castle is the heart of the historical city.

Constructed 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.

Explore part of the original Viking Fortress, remains of the 13th century Castle as well as the magnificent State Apartments that now serve as the venue for Presidential Inaugurations, State Functions, and Ireland's Presidencies of the European Union. 

A guided tour is an additional special rate of €3.00 per person (subject to availability).

What You Will See on The Dublin Castle Tour

The Dublin Castle Tour is a must-experience journey through Ireland's rich history, right in the heart of its vibrant capital. Your pass includeds admission, but the tour for only a few bucks more is definitely worth it. The Castle Tour takes you through stories of power, politics, and Irish heritage. Made for history enthusiasts and culture seekers, this guided tour takes you through luxurious state rooms, uncovers ancient Viking ruins, and even offers a tranquil stroll through the Dubh Linn Gardens. So, put on your walking shoes and get ready to explore a icon of Irish history with the Dublin Castle Tour.

Dublin Castle highlights

State Apartments
Built as the residential quarters of the viceregal court, explore the State Apartment's lavish and beautiful architecture that was the focus of fashionable society during the 18th Century. Today the Apartments are the venue of Ireland's Presidencies, inaugurations, and state functions.

Castle Gardens 
Situated on the site of the original 'Dubh Linn', or Black Pool, which gives the city of Dublin its name, the Castle Gardens's beautiful grounds house smaller memorial gardens, commissioned sculptures as well as stunning flora and landscaping. 

Viking Excavation (with guided tour upgrade)
Discover parts of Dublin's historical medieval castle and remains of the original defenses. Explore the Castle's medieval curtain wall, postern gate, and original moat that would have originally diverted water from the River Poddle.

Chapel Royal (with guided tour upgrade)
Designed by Francis Johnston and opened on 25 December 1814, the Chapel Royal boasts spectacular interiors in the Gothic Revival style.

Dublin Castle FAQS

Q. What's the historical significance of Dublin Castle?
A. Dublin Castle has been a symbol of power and governance in Ireland for over 800 years, serving as a royal residence, military fortress, and now a government complex.

Q. Are there any gardens to explore at Dublin Castle?
A. Yes! The Dubh Linn Gardens offer a lovely setting with beautiful landscaping, right in the heart of the grounds.

Q. Can you attend events at Dublin Castle?
A. Yes, Dublin Castle frequently hosts cultural events, exhibitions, and concerts, making it a vibrant hub of activity.

Q. Is Dublin Castle wheelchair accessible?
A. Good news, most areas of Dublin Castle, including the State Apartments and the Chapel Royal, are wheelchair accessible.

Q. Can you take photos inside Dublin Castle?
A. Yes, photography is generally allowed.

Please note: Dublin Castle can be closed at short notice due to government business. Please check their website for up-to-date information.

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Know before you go

Getting in: Show your pass at the admissions counter for entry. You may need to wait for the next available time slot to explore the castle.

For more information visit the Dublin Castle website.

Where you'll be

Operating hours

Monday - Sunday: 9.45AM - 5.45PM (last admission - 5.15PM)

Please check the official website for up-to-date opening times.

Closings & holidays

1 January

25 - 28 December

Dublin Castle

00353 1 6458813

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