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Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle has served many functions since it was built by King John of England in 1230. Originally a defense center against Norman invaders and the seat of the English government, it has since also been the site of the Royal Mint and police headquarters. Today, the castle grounds attract visitors and function as a venue for Irish government functions and ceremonies, such as the President of Ireland's inauguration.

The Basics
Guided tours take visitors through the grounds, sharing the history and ever-changing purpose of each building. Most notable is the story behind the Record Tower, the only remaining building from the original medieval structure that has miraculously survived centuries worth of fires and warfare that ravaged the other buildings. Other noteworthy areas include the Chester Beatty Library and the Dubhlinn Gardens, which now grow over the spot where there was once a black pool (‘dubh linn’) from which the city of Dublin gets its name.
 
The long and rich history behind this complex is enough reason to tour Dublin Castle. Even those who are not history buffs will find something of interest within the vast castle grounds. Plan to spend about two hours at the castle learning about Irish history and exploring the lavishly decorated private quarters and entertaining halls of the State Apartments, the State Bedrooms, St. Patrick’s Hall, the State Drawing Room, the Chapel Royal, the Medieval Undercroft, and the Throne Room.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dublin Castle is open to the public unless a special event is taking place; be sure to check the castle’s schedule ahead of time.
  • Choose to travel with a tour guide for personal attention, or opt for a self-guided tour.
  • Dublin Castle is a stop on most city hop-on, hop-off tours.

How to Get to Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is located in central Dublin on Dame Street. The castle is accessed easily on foot, by taxi, or via public transportation. City Hall and Trinity College are about a five-minute walk from Dublin Castle and both are well worth a visit.

When to Get There
The castle is open from 9:45am to 4:45pm, with the exception of holidays and special events. Expect some crowds and lines in summer.
Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Hours: Mon–Fri: 10am–4:45pm, Sat & Sun: 2pm–4:45pm
Admission: Adults: €4.50
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Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour

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Explore Dublin at your own pace with Big Bus tour; your 24- to 72-hour ticket allows you to hop on and hop off whenever you like at more than 30 stops. Choose from two routes offered live or digital commentary that teaches you about Dublin's history and culture, and you also get access to a walking tour (with a 48-hour ticket) and included drinks at some bars and distilleries. Hop on and off as many times as you like to explore Dublin highlights at your leisure, such as St. Stephens Green, Croke Park, EPIC the Irish Emigration Museum, and others.
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Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 30 Attractions

Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 30 Attractions

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Design your own ideal (and cost-efficient) tour of Dublin’s top things to do and see with the Dublin Pass and see attractions such as Guinness Storehouse, Jameson Distillery Bow St., and Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. With your single- or multi-day ticket, visit brew houses, museums, castles, cathedrals and more. Explore the city at your leisure on a hop-on hop-off bus sightseeing tour. Enjoy skip-the-line access to popular sites and discounts at city restaurants and shops. With free entry to more than 25 attractions around town, the Dublin Pass offers something for the whole family. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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    Best Of Dublin Historical Walking Tour

    Best Of Dublin Historical Walking Tour

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    Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided, 2.5-hour, historical walking tour. See famous landmark locations like Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about the city’s medieval past. Also, receive a discount at the Church, a popular café, bar, restaurant, club and tourist attraction rolled into one, and Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland. A complimentary map of Dublin is included.
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    • 2 hours 30 minutes
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    See Dublin By Bike

    See Dublin By Bike

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    Explore Ireland’s buzzing capital on two wheels on this Dublin bike tour. Spin along Dublin’s stylish Fade Street with your guide. Take in top attractions and landmarks including College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Temple Bar. Explore the Georgian streets around Parnell Square and Merrion Square, and gain insight into Dublin’s rich history. Head off the tourist trail to hidden spots such as the Roe Distillery’s windmill and Blessington Street Basin, then delve into the Grand Canal Dock area.
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    • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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    Private Highlights & Hidden Gems Tour with Skip-the-Line at the Castle

    Private Highlights & Hidden Gems Tour with Skip-the-Line at the Castle

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    Experience Dublin like a local during this private tour which includes stops at Dublin highlights and hidden gems, as well as skip-the-line entry to Dublin Castle. The ideal introductory experience for those with limited time in the region, you won’t have to wait around for other travelers, you can go at your own pace, and you'll likely experience places that many travelers overlook.
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    • 3 hours 30 minutes
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    Withlocals City Kickstart: Dublin - Private 90 minutes Tour

    Withlocals City Kickstart: Dublin - Private 90 minutes Tour

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    Kickstart your visit to Dublin with this brief introductory tour led by a Dublin local, ideal for first-time visitors or those with limited time in the city. Visit some of the city’s best-known attractions, such as the Temple Bar district, listen to stories not all travelers get to hear, and get tailored recommendations from your private guide.
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    • 1 hour 30 minutes
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    Irish Food Trail - Taste Dublin Food Walking Tour

    Irish Food Trail - Taste Dublin Food Walking Tour

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    Each location has been chosen to reflect the current food scene, we like to bring traditional Irish food together with modern cuisine. Taste Irish food influenced by contemporary tastes with a focus on local Irish produce. We work with the best local guides who will help you discover the city through this eyes. Discover the history, culture and flavours of our beautiful city.
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    • 2 hours 30 minutes
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    Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Dublin Private Tour

    Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of Dublin Private Tour

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    Spend half a day exploring some of Dublin’s top attractions, such as Trinity College, as well as a selection of hidden gems you might otherwise overlook. Plus, gain a greater insight into each destination thanks to your local guide on this private tour, during which you can forget the busy group excursions and tackle the city’s sights at your own pace.
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    • 3 hours
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    Private Couple Photoshoot Get a lifetime souvenir from Dublin

    Private Couple Photoshoot Get a lifetime souvenir from Dublin

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    Perfect for engagement shoots, surprise proposals, or just souvenir portraits, this private photography session pairs you with a professional photographer to capture your best moments as a couple. Explore the history-packed city on foot, stopping at landmarks like Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Temple Bar. Strike a pose with your loved one, and receive up to 100 downloadable photographs after the tour.
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    • 1 hour
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    Private Driver Guided Tour of Dublin

    Private Driver Guided Tour of Dublin

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    Do Dublin your way with this customizable private tour of the city. There’s no need to waste time studying maps or waiting for public transport with a guide to drive you around. As a history graduate and genealogist, your guide can also share information on Dublin’s history and heritage, as well as its most interesting sights, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral to the Ha'penny Bridge.
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    • 8 hours
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    (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours

    (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hours

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    Short on time and want to see as much of Dublin as you can? This tour has you covered. In five hours, you'll see many of the city's top attractions, from Trinity College to Dublin Castle, along with a host of other important historical and cultural attractions along the way.
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    • 5 hours
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    Dublin: Self-Guided City Experience

    Dublin: Self-Guided City Experience

    The fear of missing out is real when you’re traveling – no tourist wants to run the risk of skipping landmarks or attractions just because they didn’t know where they were or how to get there. With the VoxCity app, save yourself the time and anxiety that comes with planning your own self-guided adventures. Take advantage of the app’s detailed offline maps to find highlights that you want to visit, and follow the app’s pre-planned routes to each destination – no puzzling over public transport maps and timetables.
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    • 1 hour to 1 day
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    Best of Dublin

    Best of Dublin

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    Discover the best of Dublin and enjoy the fascinating history and architecture to the Vikings and the medieval origins. You get a free city map of Dublin - illustrated by Pat Liddy himself! Make full use of your ticket and make use of great discounts with our partners. Visit our help page to find out more.
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    • 2 hours 20 minutes
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    Guinness Storehouse Fast-Track Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

    Guinness Storehouse Fast-Track Ticket and Big Bus Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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    Maximize a short stay in Dublin with easy and efficient hop-on hop-off bus transport and fast-track access to the Guinness Storehouse. See as much of the city as possible, and get familiar with key sights as you listen to live commentary on board the open-top bus, then avoid lines at one of the capital’s most popular, and therefore busy, attractions.
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    • 2 hours 25 minutes
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    90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

    90 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

    Flytographer 90 Minute Vacation Photoshoot Connect with a local professional photographer in Dublin and capture your most memorable moments during this private photoshoot. Get insider tips on the best things to do in Dublin, including where to eat and what to see from your vacation photographer.  Return from your trip with beautiful, high-quality, vacation photos. The best souvenir ever.
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    • 1 hour 30 minutes
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    120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

    120 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

    Capture your trip to Dublin with a private photography session. Meet a local professional photographer and set out on a walk through the city center including top landmarks such as St. Stephen's Green, Temple Bar, and the River Liffey. Choose a convenient meeting time and location and let your guide document your vacation with digital photographs. Receive high-resolution images within five days of the shoot.
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    • 2 hours
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    30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

    30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

    Guarantee that you come home from your Dublin travels with some frame-worthy photos by booking a private photo shoot. Spend 30 minutes with a local photographer visiting some of the most photogenic city sights for snaps of you and your party. You'll get to know the city while your photographer shoots great photos and walk away with some tips on where to eat and what to do in Dublin.
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    • 30 minutes
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    60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

    60 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Local Photographer in Dublin

    Get vacation photographs you’re proud to share with the help of a professional photographer during a private shoot. Choose well-known Dublin settings, such as St. Stephen’s Green, the River Liffey, the Guinness Storehouse, or Temple Bar, or pick your own locations. Receive your high-res digital images within five days of the photography session.
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    • 1 hour
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    Walking Tour Dublin South Side

    Walking Tour Dublin South Side

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    Maximize time in Dublin with a walking tour of the south side of the River Liffey. Cover top city landmarks including the O’Connell Street Bridge, Trinity College, Temple Bar, and Dublin Castle. Learn about the history of attractions such as Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Choose a departure time that is convenient for your schedule. A coffee break is included.
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    • 2 to 3 hours
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    Dublin Small Group Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide

    Dublin Small Group Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide

    There are millions of reasons to visit this beautiful city, indeed Dublin answers all your expecta-tions: is a metropolis and a village, has chaotic streets and peaceful corners, is trendy and old sty-le, is polyglot and gaelic. Joining our small group tour you will to get in touch with the city and learn its history, strolling the city with our local guide for 2.5 hour will allow you to visit all the most famous highlights; starting from O’Connell;the Spire of Dublin; the General Post Office; the City Hall and the Castle. You will see the iconic Temple Bar district and finallu the Trinity College. Please be aware that in Dublin we can truly experience four seasons in one day, be sure to bring an umbrella and sunglasses. Don’t miss the chance to join the best tour in town!
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    • 2 hours 30 minutes
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    Stories of Dublin: An audio tour from St Patrick's Cathedral to Merrion Square

    Stories of Dublin: An audio tour from St Patrick's Cathedral to Merrion Square

    This self-guided audio walking tour is a trip back in time to explore some of Dublin's most iconic landmarks. We’ll take in some of Georgian Dublin along with city parks, traditional bars, cathedrals and many other famous sites on a stroll across this charm-laden city. You’ll also hear fun facts and tales about its history, culture and people – like rock band U2 and the rebellious Daniel O'Connell as well more ordinary folk. While we walk you’ll notice how lively Dublin is with some 751 pubs. A lot of them are beautifully decorated, but O'Neill's opposite the Molly Malone statue is one of the best on our route. The food is excellent too. Dublin also has an abundance of museums. There are 45 in all and most of them are free to visit. Two of the best are the National History Museum and the Little Museum of Dublin. I’ll guide you to both of them, and I highly recommend popping into them either before, after or during our tour.
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    Irish Music Tour In Dublin

    Irish Music Tour In Dublin

    A professional local guide and a musician will accompany you on a fun and educational tour through the hip yet historic district. You will visit famous classic pubs and bars. You will become a witness to the local drinking culture! Temple bar- it is Dublin's cultural quarter and must see no. 1. Do you know who was Sir William Temple? What did the Vikings do in this bar? What world famous events happened there? What World Guinness Record was made there? You will experience the vibrancy of Dublin’s traditional drink and Irish music scene. You not just gonna hear the stories but will feel the atmosphere and rich musical culture.
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    • 3 hours
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    The Best Of Dublin Walking Tour

    The Best Of Dublin Walking Tour

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    Instead of burying your nose in a guidebook or trying to spot what the guide’s talking about from inside a crowded tour bus, don’t miss a thing as you discover Dublin by foot on this compact center-city walking tour. With a private guide by your side, discover the history of the city through its landmarks, from the age of Vikings to the present day. Visit historic and cultural landmarks like Trinity College, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and much more.
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    • 2 hours 20 minutes
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    Singing Dublin Walking Tour

    Singing Dublin Walking Tour

    Would you like to feel like in the musical? We offer a unique experience to explore Dublin in a cheerful way. Professional singer - the local guide will tell the story of Dublin in songs. You will learn some of Dublin’s most famous old-time songs. The tour will depart in the gardens of Christ Church. You will go down to Dame Street. You will visit Dublin Castle. Do you know what song represents Ireland’s struggle for Independence? We will then continue along Dame Street meet Dublin’s most notorious daughter. Do you have a clue could she be? She will teach you a world-famous song. You will visit Ireland’s most famous musical theatre, the Olympia Theatre. Do you know what is one of Dublin’s most renowned musical theatre ballads? There is a song, dedicated to Emigration to the New World. And there is a perfect place to talk and sing about it. Can you guess where? You will end up in the heart of Viking and Medieval Dublin. What happened to Dublin when the "Black Death" reached it?!
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    • 2 hours
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What are Dublin Castle hours of operation?
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    Dublin Castle hours of operation: Mon–Fri: 10am–4:45pm, Sat & Sun: 2pm–4:45pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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