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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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Brazen Head - Oldest Pub in Ireland and Dublin Castle City TourAttraction Tickets

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Brazen Head - Oldest Pub in Ireland and Dublin Castle City Tour

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If you want a tour that combines the best of Irish history and pub culture then look no further. This 2.5 hours tour combines culture and great Irish “Craic” the Irish word for fun. Discover incredible insights of the Irish under the storytelling abilities of your expert Dublin guide, who will have you celebrating your Dublin stay, like a local.
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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin CastleAttraction Tickets

Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle

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Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour. Visit the Trinity College Library, home to the famous Book of Kells—widely considered among the most important of all Ireland’s ancient treasures. Listen as your guide brings medieval Ireland to life, shedding light on the Book of Kells’ profound historical significance. Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour around Dublin Castle’s mighty exterior. Visit the gardens and yards, and learn of the castle’s role as court, fortress, treasury, and jail.
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Dublin Pass with Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and Entry to Over 30 AttractionsCity Packages

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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      Dublin Dark Side Walking TourCity Packages

      Dublin Dark Side Walking Tour

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      See Dublin from a perspective often missed by visitors on a tour of the city’s dark side. In addition to navigating, your guide provides little-known stories about Dublin’s ghosts, hauntings, murders, and cults. The evening’s itinerary includes stops at the allegedly haunted Dublin Castle, St. Michan's Church, Olympia Theatre, and the infamous Hellfire Club.
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      (Nearly!) All of Dublin in 5 hoursHalf-day Tours

      (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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      Best Of Dublin Historical Walking TourCity Packages

      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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      Big Bus Dublin Open-top, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing TourBus Tours

      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 Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourMulti-day Tours

      Dublin Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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      When your cruise ship docks, hit the streets on this sightseeing shore excursion that's perfect for everyone. Experience the beauty, history and culture of Dublin during a popular hop-on, hop-off bus sighting tour. Discover the best of the Emerald Isle, including historic buildings, iconic sites, ancient landmarks and vibrant nightlife at your own pace. With 28 stops along the way--including the Old Jameson Distillery, the National Art Gallery, St Patrick's Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse--this popular option ensures you don't miss a thing!
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      See Dublin By Bike Mountain Bike Tours

      See Dublin By Bike

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      Electric Bike Tour in DublinMountain Bike Tours

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

      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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      Withlocals City Kickstart: Dublin - Private 90 minutes TourCity Packages

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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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      Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of Dublin PRIVATE TourHalf-day Tours

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

      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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      Private Couple Photoshoot Get a lifetime souvenir from DublinCity Packages

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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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      An alternative view of Temple BarHalf-day Tours

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      Cycle Tours DublinMountain Bike Tours

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      The Best Of Dublin Walking TourCity Packages

      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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      The Fantastic Walking Tour of DublinHalf-day Tours

      The Fantastic Walking Tour of Dublin

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      Learn about Dublin while you explore the city on foot with this private, three-hour-long walking tour. You'll learn about everything from Irish Independence to local literature with your local guide as you walk through the city with the option to customize your itinerary depending on your personal interests.
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      • 3 hours
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      Irish Music Tour In DublinHalf-day Tours

      Irish Music Tour In Dublin

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      Gangs of Dublin Walking TourCity Packages

      Gangs of Dublin Walking Tour

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      Irish Music Tour In DublinHalf-day Tours

      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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      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?
      A:
      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.
      Q:
      Should I book Dublin Castle tickets in advance?
      A:
      We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Dublin Castle can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 54 Dublin Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
      Q:
      How much does it cost to visit Dublin Castle 2020?
      A:
      Currently, an entrance ticket to Dublin Castle costs USD 33.38. Guided Dublin Castle tours start around USD 33.38 per person. See all 54 Dublin Castle tickets and tours on Viator.
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      What's the best way to experience Dublin Castle?