Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle
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Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Castles • Government Buildings
9:45 AM - 5:15 PM
Monday
9:45 AM - 5:15 PM
Tuesday
9:45 AM - 5:15 PM
Wednesday
9:45 AM - 5:15 PM
Thursday
9:45 AM - 5:15 PM
Friday
9:45 AM - 5:15 PM
Saturday
9:45 AM - 5:15 PM
Sunday
9:45 AM - 5:15 PM
About
Dublin Castle was for 700 years the seat of British power in Ireland. Today you can still view the remains of the 13th century structure as part of the guided tour. The present Dublin Castle dates from the mid 1700's and today is used by the Irish Governemnt for state events such as the inauguration of the Irish President and state banquets for visiting dignatories. Amongst the highlights are the Ladies Drawing Room, the Throne Room and St. Patricks Hall.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • Jervis • 7 min walk
  • St. Stephen's Green • 8 min walk
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4.0
5,131 reviews
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1,754
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1,918
Average
1,147
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235
Terrible
77

Katherine N
Killarney, Ireland12 contributions
Ok cuz it's free
Dec 2021 • Couples
It was nice but lacked a bit of context. Since it's a bit restricted due to covid wouldn't hurt to have a guided tour. I understand it's free and theres the audio you can download but that is not as exciting. The art inside was really nice
Written December 5, 2021
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Wilson L
Coquitlam, Canada2,904 contributions
Great Visit
Nov 2021
Very cool experience checking this amazing castle out. Very central, easy to walk in and check out. Definitely recommend checking it out, and easy to get to whether walking or by the hop on hop off bus!
Written November 27, 2021
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Giusi
Paris, France8 contributions
Little but particular
Nov 2021 • Couples
Very nice castle. They gave you a map with all the important information. Definitely recommend. 30 minutes of visit more or less!
Written November 24, 2021
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l0ve2travel93
London, UK193 contributions
Free at the moment but not everything is open
Nov 2021 • Couples
This is free at the moment but you only get to visit the apartments. Half of them have art exhibitions in them which wasn’t really what we were expecting and was a bit boring, the rest a more like how the house would have been.

Overall it’s a pretty small proportion of the house and only took 45mins to go round but can’t argue with it being free! Would take up some time for a rainy day activity.

You need to pre-book a ticket in advance but it is possible to get them on the door if it’s not busy.
Written November 23, 2021
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Alim U
London, UK595 contributions
Worth visiting!
Oct 2021 • Family
This is definitely worth visiting if you are interested in Irish history. Chester Beatty Museum is adjacent to it so its very easy to visit both in one trip.
Written November 9, 2021
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Leslie W
60 contributions
Not really a castle, but cool
Sep 2021
The ticket is for the state rooms, which were beautiful. Entry to the grounds is free, and they were pretty. The castle isn’t a castle, just a set of government buildings that are pretty splendid. The tour of the rooms of state can be by downloaded tour – pieces appear in Spotify. ( Follow the signs, and play each piece when you’re in that room, or let them run in order and keep pace walking.) The audio clips were well-done.
Written November 8, 2021
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Thanks for visiting and leaving us a review! We're delighted you enjoyed the audio guide!
Written November 17, 2021
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IDoLoveFood
Belgium658 contributions
A bit disappointing
Oct 2021
I imagine a guided tour might be the best way to learn about this castle's history and its present use. What bothered me somewhat was the modern building facing the castle, that was totally not in line with the historic value of the castle itself.
Written November 4, 2021
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Thanks for visiting and leaving us feedback, we will have guided tours up and running as soon as it is safe to do so.
Written November 17, 2021
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jebuc
Wombourne, UK342 contributions
Enjoyable
Nov 2021 • Couples
The free visit is for the state apartments only . An interesting visit. There is a free audio tour , but we kept losing connection. Worth a visit.
Written November 3, 2021
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Thanks for visiting and leaving us a review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit!
Written November 7, 2021
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twopedals
53 contributions
Facts with a smile. A great way to absorb info about the castle
Oct 2021 • Couples
Our tour guide with Laura. Her energy was infectious and you couldn't have wished for more humour, insight and dedication. The info per min rating was excellent and the pitch/tone spot on for the group. Fab stuff
Written October 31, 2021
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Thanks for visiting and leaving us a review! We will pass on your compliments to Laura.
Written November 2, 2021
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Tim C
Milborne Port, UK157 contributions
Main Rooms Only
Oct 2021
This is the free bit of Dublin Castle and it is very good within the confines of what is accessible.

All clean, with proper security on Covid - people actively check whether you have a mask and you are shepherded around a fixed route with limited stuff to touch.

Great that everyone can see, for free, the location where the ceremonial components of Irish national life take place. That said, they could do with putting a bit more information onto what the various paintings/sculptures/furniture were, and where they had actually put some explanatory note, this was very short and uninformative. There was limited opportunity to slide off into an alcove and be more informed.

Nonetheless, free and interesting, well laid out and a hint at what the castle must have been like a century and a bit ago.
Written October 31, 2021
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