Dublin Castle

2 Palace St, Dublin
Closed until 10:00am (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 10:00 AM–4:45 PM
  • Sun
    • Noon–4:45 PM
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Built between 1208 and 1220, this complex represents some of the oldest surviving architecture in the city, and was the centre of English power in Ireland for over seven centuries until it was taken of by the Irish Free State in 1922.


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  • "... the castle for free on first wednesday of every month" (2 tips)
  • "... if you go on a guided tour. The wait is usually 30 minutes or so... if..." (9 tips)
  • "... get to one castle in Ireland make it Dublin Castle. ..." (3 tips)
  • Pia M.

    You can only see the inside of the castle if you go on a guided tour. The wait is usually 30 minutes or so... if you're not interested in the tour, I still suggest going to see the outside.

    Pia M. · June 24, 2011
  • Jaunt Maps

    The Gardens in the Grounds of Dublin Castle is a real sanctuary on a sunny day. Submitted by @typocity

    Jaunt Maps · September 22, 2011
  • Otel.com

    This is perhaps one of the most unique castles, you'll ever see. In this government complex, you'd have to pay to see the magnificent state rooms, but roaming around the castle will be enough.

    Otel.com · October 27, 2011
  • Fergal C.

    Check out the Chester Beatty Library, a hidden gem of Dubblin. Then excellent Middle Eastern themed food in the Silk Road Cafe Read more

    Fergal C. · November 4, 2009
  • TempleBar T.

    It's the heart of historic Dublin.In fact the city gets its name from the Black Pool -"Dubh Linn" which was on the site of the site of the present Castle garden.Built in the13th century.Don't miss it!

    TempleBar T. · March 7, 2011
  • Alan F.

    If you only get to one castle in Ireland make it Dublin Castle. (Dublin Visitors http://www.dublin1.webs.com)

    Alan F. · January 13, 2013
  • Cearúilín N.

    Was until 1922 the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland. Upon establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, it was ceremonially handed over to the newly formed Gov't led by Michael Collins.

    Cearúilín N. · December 1, 2011
  • Aldona

    First Wednesday of the month is free! get there early (first tour 10.15) and enjoy :)

    Aldona · June 6, 2012
  • thewandering1

    to be noted: lady liberty on the wall, with her back to the people and missing a blindfold.

    thewandering1 · November 30, 2009
  • Dai T.

    Closed until the end of June 2013 due to Ireland hosting the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Small, free exhibition open, worth a look.

    Dai T. · February 28, 2013
  • Sara C.

    Make sure to get the student rate! Cheapest tour in Ireland by far! Worth it too!

    Sara C. · January 6, 2012
  • ProductFul ..

    Great tours,especially the old city walls..

    ProductFul .. · July 16, 2011
  • Graham O.

    Nice tribute to Veronica Guerin in the Gardens (under the walkway)

    Graham O. · August 26, 2012
  • Orang O.

    Much better than the castles we have in New York.

    Orang O. · August 9, 2012
  • Jonathan G.

    Bring an air gun for the seagulls.

    Jonathan G. · August 17, 2011
  • Athanassios K.

    I recommend Dublin Castle

    Athanassios K. · October 27, 2013
  • Stephen H.

    Closed until the end of June 2013 due to Ireland hosting the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. :(

    Stephen H. · April 6, 2013
  • Claiton

    Free Access to Dublin Castle on First Wednesday of Every Month

    Claiton · November 21, 2012
  • Bren d.

    Doing the tour really worth it. Get there early and pick your time.

    Bren d. · May 20, 2012
  • Charles G.

    Superb tour

    Charles G. · May 2, 2012
  • Matt D.

    We skipped the tour due to the long wait, but the grounds are still worth seeing and are impressive.

    Matt D. · August 16, 2011
  • George T.

    If the tour is sold out go around back of castle and check out Garda museum and rh

    George T. · May 2, 2011
  • Niall F.

    I want to be Major of here :)

    Niall F. · December 11, 2009
  • Kristin P.

    First Wednesdays of the month are free admission

    Kristin P. · 2 weeks ago
  • Luke M.

    Go inside. Easily worth the 4.50

    Luke M. · 3 weeks ago
  • Rodrigo G.

    We can visit the castle for free on first wednesday of every month

    Rodrigo G. · February 24
  • Christian T.

    Not big deal... This castle doesn't show how was the real castle hundreds of years ago. Edinburgh's castle is much more impressive.

    Christian T. · February 16
  • Maya

    Wow. It was a great day.

    Maya · January 3
  • Maya

    Well, life is always changing.

    Maya · September 18, 2013
  • Chris S.

    Best public toilet facilities. Odd tip? Yes. But definitely good to know.

    Chris S. · September 14, 2013
  • Dee D.

    Lovely gardens to the rear if state apartment's to sit down abd relax

    Dee D. · August 18, 2013
  • Claiton

    There are a number of public car parks nearby.

    Claiton · November 21, 2012
  • Melissa R.

    NOT a must-see in Dublin- the rooms lacked furniture.

    Melissa R. · November 13, 2012
  • Vivian L.

    Sometimes if there is official business going on you won't be able to see certain parts so ask first. You'll also probably have to wait for available tour times some plan ahead.

    Vivian L. · September 29, 2012
  • Luis P.

    MUST. O antigo centro do poder inglés en Irlanda, recomendada a visita guiada. TIP: Madrugar para coller o ticket.

    Luis P. · January 7, 2012
  • Murilo M.

    Aqui vc nao paga entrada.. tem um jardim muito lindo na entrada.. o castelo e lindo tbm

    Murilo M. · February 8, 2013
  • Romain D.

    Le parc derriere l'entrée du chateau est sympa. Que des visites de groupe a 5€

    Romain D. · October 20, 2012

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