Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle
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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.
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Neighborhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • Jervis • 7 min walk
  • St. Stephen's Green • 8 min walk
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  • TigerTina301
    New Orleans, Louisiana1,747 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Ceilings/Decor & Informative
    We did a self-guided tour with limited time so we spent about a half hour here. If you have about an hour to 90 minutes, I suggest the guided tour because there was a lot of information on things in different rooms. It was very well done and the rooms are well maintained. The ceilings are beautiful! There are portraits of many people with information about them that takes time to read. I wish we had had more time. The castle asks you to put your purse/bag into a locker before beginning the tour (which is nice so you don't have to carry anything).
    Hello Tina and thanks for your feedback! We're delighted that you appreciated the ceilings of the State Apartments. They really are stunning especially the stuccowork of the Apollo Room! Thanks for the review.
    Written July 4, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 30, 2023
  • Audrey N
    Spartanburg, South Carolina10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of History
    The self guided tour is the perfect length! We went earlier in the day and got to skip the line because we bought our tickets ahead of time. They provide you with a pamphlet to guide you through the castle. We learned a lot about Irish history we didn't previously know!
    We're delighted that you enjoyed your self-guided tour through the State Apartments and that you found the information brochure helpful. Thanks for the feeback!
    Written July 17, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 6, 2023
  • SteveS1970
    Coventry, United Kingdom8,874 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Book a tour
    We came here one afternoon and were told ask the tours were booked up and we should try and arrive earlier, so we made it for 10am one morning and managed to book. Very interesting history of the castle mostly being ruled by the English. I didn’t get our guides name but he had a very dry sense of humour making the tour even more interesting. Defiantly worth a visit.
    Hello. We're delighted that you enjoyed your tour with one of our Tour Guides! Thanks for the feedback.
    Written July 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Nicholas P
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get the guided tour
    The guided tour was excellent. Our tour guide was a true professional, and extremely knowledgeable about the castle and was more than able to answer all the questions that the group threw at him. Highly recommend the guided tour to see under the castle
    We're delighted that you enjoyed your Guided Tour with one of our superb Tour Guides. Thanks for the lovely feedback!
    Written July 26, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited April 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
  • Joan
    Westhill, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fasinating attraction
    Had an excellent guide who really made the visit for us. Passionate about his job and really interesting to listen to. Lots of other areas to visit on our own too. Plenty information to read in the exhibits and a great trip though history from before the vikings to modern times. Really fasinating to hear the origins of the city and to see some of the original foundations.
    Hello. We're delighted you enjoyed your tour with us! Thanks for the feedback!
    Written July 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Lita L
    101 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    English Pomp & its Benefits
    Definitely worth a visit. If you're able take a guided tour first, to have an overview of the many different rooms as well as areas not open to the self-guided tour. After the guided tour, revisit the areas of interest and try to envision being in the different rooms during that time period. The English rule brought luxury for the leaders at the expense of the Irish people. Great for history buffs.
    Hello. We're delighted that you enjoyed your visit at Dublin Castle and that you found it worthwhile. Thanks for the feedback!
    Written July 31, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Chewiesmom2
    Buffalo, New York235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and Interesting
    We had three tour guides as two young girls were asking so many questions and volunteering what they knew from school our tour guide very skillfully engaged them in helping her. The castle was beautiful and interesting. Perfect for a rainy afternoon activity. FYI it rains every day in Ireland.
    We're delighted that you enjoyed your experience at Dublin Castle. Thanks for your review.
    Written September 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Nuria E
    23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and interesting
    Very enjoyable visit. The brochure provides lots of information but it is an easy read. Lots of historical facts and small details highlighted which made the visit very interesting. Friendly staff. We didn't use them but they have activities for children which seemed well prepared to keep them engaged.
    We're delighted that you found the brochure helpful and informative in the context of your visit. We also appreciate your positive remarks on the topic of our wonderful team of staff!
    Written September 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2023
  • Matthew J
    Warrington, United Kingdom361 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand!
    We visited Dublin Castle whilst in the City Centre and I have to admit, this exceeded my expectations! When we arrived, we bought tickets for four adults at the desk. The guy serving was friendly and helpful and worked through the short queue of customers nice and quickly. This castle itself is very grand and it's lovely to walk around the various different rooms. When you look at it from the outside, it doesn't look like a castle in a traditional sense, but the interior is truly magnificent. You can also read about the castle's history and artefacts in each of the different rooms as there is information on the walls. I also liked that some of the rooms have seating areas so you can take a seat if you have mobility problems. The whole place is VERY well-kept and the gent's toilets were spotless. The only thing I would raise is that the entrance fee is not the cheapest in the world. We paid 8€ per person, so for us that was 32€ spent before we entered, which was a bit steep considering there's not a lot to the inside. You can easily see the full place in an hour. Also, The Wedgwood Room features a couple of male sculptures that display parts of the human anatomy that you might not want to see, if you know what I mean! This is not a criticism - it's just something you might want to bear in mind! Having said that, I would still recommend a visit here as it is still cheaper than some other attractions in the area. Would recommend!
    Hello Matthew. We're delighted that you found our team of staff helpful and our toilets 'spotless'! Thanks for your review of the site.
    Written September 11, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 27, 2023
  • jnash84
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom485 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok, tickets seemed available each day, nothing special
    Didn’t quite look how I thought when I think of a castle, and built up modern around it. Not a great deal to see, very similar inside to many national trust houses except for the large stately meeting/ball room. Nice info booklet to support self guided tour, ok for a visit but wouldn’t have felt I missed out had I not seen it (although couldn’t have that opinion without seeing it first! 🙃) not too expensive at least. Pre-booked but tickets were available on the day and each day of our stay.
    We're glad that you found the booklet helpful on your self-guided visit through the State Apartments.
    Written October 1, 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 17, 2023
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Maja I
Osijek, Croatia241 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This was also a location we visited with our Dublin Pass, so we got off cheap, otherwise the ticket price is too high for what they offer. With a self-guided tour you only get to see the State Apartments, which are a bit underwhelming, and you don't get to see the Medieval Section and Chapel Royal. Also, most of the "castle" actually consists of modern age buildings, and the Medieval Tower is closed off to public. When we were there in December 2019 there was an exhibit of Lady Betty Cobbe's porcelain which had some really beautiful pieces, but other than that we just wandered around the vast and almost empty space. This location for me was one of the most disappointing places in Dublin we saw.
Written January 20, 2020
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bigwawao
New York City, NY10,149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Small castle- don't think it is huge. Not as big as Windsor in my opinion but still very stately.

I suggest you do the tour as it includes the basement excavation where they found viking artifacts that are currently on display at the National Museum Archeology. The guide also gave depth and meaning to the different rooms we visited and gave a short history of Dublin as it related to the castle. Also with a guide you get access to the Medieval section and to the Chapel Royal - something you cannot do on your own.

The castle now is less of a traditional historical castle but more of a place for state functions and has State apartments (which are the only places you can visit on your own).

There was question of whether to buy the tickets in advance or on the day. For some reason, I did not buy it in advance ( as a rule I do) as I did not want to be tied to a specific day and time. I was ready to skip the castle but was thankful I did not. Anyway, I was able to buy the ticket right there and then and was able to get a guided tour slot. The slots do go a bit fast though. I was not able to get the first available slot to me but the next after it. I guess those slots were sold out online.

Highly suggested to visit the Castle.

They have free lockers to use. Restrooms also available.

As a tip, the Chester Beatty museum is within spitting distance. You can visit it before or after the Castle.
Written February 20, 2020
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Thanks for visiting and leaving us a review! We are so glad you enjoyed your guided tour!
Written February 24, 2020
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Tim C
Milborne Port, UK162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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hanna718
NOVA678 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Bought my ticket ahead of time online, but only option (maybe still due to COVID restrictions) was the self-guided tour. Was able to upgrade at check in, though had to wait about 1.5 hours until the next available. This was a weekend, so on a weekday you might be able to get in sooner to your time. I was glad I paid the extra 4(?) Euro to do so, The self-guided ticket only gets you into the state apartments, which are interesting and full of art, but pretty limited. With the guided tour we also got to see the viking excavation and the chapel. The Tower itself remains closed. Worth seeing, but do not go in expecting castle. It was blown up, and then renovated much through the years, it is now used for official government events.
Written July 9, 2022
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Scott B
Wantagh, NY685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We paid for the tour and that was two parts, a tour of the unground castle ruins and the nearby Abbey, and then the self guided tour that is in the other portions of the building which hosts large national events, dignitaries, swearing in of officials (and presidents). This is a very fancy decorated building with artwork throughout, and some extremely large rooms for official functions.

The tour of the undergrounds was interesting where you see the ruins of the old castle and even water seeping in from the nearby river. The tour of the church explains why it is no longer used, since they want to keep state and church separate. But it is still very decorative and they said over the holiday season in December they deck it out fully and admission is free to the church only.
Written September 15, 2022
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Thank you for visiting and leaving us a review, we are glad you enjoyed your guided tour!
Written October 12, 2022
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Matthew J
Warrington, UK361 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We visited Dublin Castle whilst in the City Centre and I have to admit, this exceeded my expectations!

When we arrived, we bought tickets for four adults at the desk. The guy serving was friendly and helpful and worked through the short queue of customers nice and quickly.

This castle itself is very grand and it's lovely to walk around the various different rooms. When you look at it from the outside, it doesn't look like a castle in a traditional sense, but the interior is truly magnificent. You can also read about the castle's history and artefacts in each of the different rooms as there is information on the walls.

I also liked that some of the rooms have seating areas so you can take a seat if you have mobility problems.

The whole place is VERY well-kept and the gent's toilets were spotless.

The only thing I would raise is that the entrance fee is not the cheapest in the world. We paid 8€ per person, so for us that was 32€ spent before we entered, which was a bit steep considering there's not a lot to the inside. You can easily see the full place in an hour. Also, The Wedgwood Room features a couple of male sculptures that display parts of the human anatomy that you might not want to see, if you know what I mean! This is not a criticism - it's just something you might want to bear in mind!

Having said that, I would still recommend a visit here as it is still cheaper than some other attractions in the area. Would recommend!
Written August 27, 2023
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Hello Matthew. We're delighted that you found our team of staff helpful and our toilets 'spotless'! Thanks for your review of the site.
Written September 11, 2023
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Luce
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
A great, well-maintained and historical building with a modern twist. The self guided tour was easy to follow with the information booklet and tickets were fairly priced. I opted for the additional guided tour of the medieval remains and chapel and would highly recommend if you are short on time during your visit.

Our guide Darragh was very informative and engaging, and provided lots of historical facts about the medieval engineering of the ruins. The chapel was also stunning. The tour was well timed to an hour and all staff were very friendly and helpful.
Written April 6, 2023
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Hi Lucy. Thanks for your positive feedback. We'll be sure to pass on your lovely comments to our Tour Guide Darragh and the rest of our wonderful guiding team. Thanks again.
Written May 3, 2023
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Minnie0108
Zagreb, Croatia134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Definitely worth a visit!
It might not take a long time for you to take a tour around the castle (30-45 minutes), but it is a very interesting and important building for Dublin and Ireland.

We saw some beautiful paintings and pieces of furniture and read some incredible stories about certain rooms in the castle.

The tickets are also quite inexpensive so if you are in Dublin, I think you should visit the castle.
Written April 18, 2022
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Thanks for visiting and leaving us a review! We're glad you enjoyed your experience here in Dublin Castle.
Written May 29, 2022
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Gaetano A
Malton, UK704 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This Castle was once the royal residence of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Until 1922 it was a seat of the British Government's administration in Ireland. Nowadays, it is a major Irish government complex, a conference centre and a tourist attraction. You can go around the Castle for free but to admire the marvelous and richly decorated buildings inside you have to join a guided tour at a price.
Written January 6, 2020
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Ju W
Fort Lauderdale, FL71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Might be worth shelling out the extra cash for a guided tour. We did the self guided. You can tell that the small castle is mostly used for diplomatic meetings and state visits. Very strong British presence with British portraits hung throughout and the English primrose displayed almost everywhere.
Written February 28, 2020
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