Recent Searches
Clear

Travel update: We’re doing our best to help keep you safe and your plans flexible. Learn more.

Read More

Dublin Castle Tours

star-4
10 Reviews
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
Read More

54 Tours and Activities to Experience Dublin Castle

Filter
Select Dates
Today
Tomorrow




Free Cancellation:Get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance on most experiences.See Details
Sort by:Featured
Halloween in Ireland including 3 parties and the most haunted castles

Halloween in Ireland including 3 parties and the most haunted castles

Home to Halloween celebration and strong whiskey, Ireland invites you to embark the biggest adventure of all. Say yes to mysterious places, unforgettable events and incredible experiences. The 8 day Halloween tour is rich in inclusions. As the title says you have 3 parties: dinner party in Londonderry, a Medieval Banquet in an Irish castle and a festive Irish dinner with traditional music and dance.
More
  • 8 days
  • Taking safety measures
From
$3,341.36
Price varies by group size
From
$3,341.36
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Dublin city throug the ages full day private tour

Dublin city throug the ages full day private tour

We can definitely name Dublin as one of the top cities in the world to visit. Dublin is Ireland’s capital and largest city, offering an endless number of museums, attractions, and entertainment options. We have included in this tour all the main highlights of the city - so if you have only one day - we recommend to book this tour and enjoy this amazing city. Your guide will pick you up at the reception of your hotel or from your cruise ship. You will have a sightseeing tour both walking and driving with photo stops. The main attractions you will see are Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Brewery, Georgian Dublin, Trinity College. During the day you will have time to have a lunch – your guide will suggest you the best options. At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the place you are staying.
More
  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$2,267.00
From
$2,267.00
Taking safety measures

Secrets of Dublin private walking tour

Secrets of Dublin private walking tour

The best way to discover the charming city of Dublin is a guided walk through the best sights a friendly local expert. To stroll through the hidden streets, to see the things which are mot mentioned in the popular guide websites and could not be found in guidebooks. To listen to the history of the city, legends, and secrets, to drink a coffee in the oldest pub in the city. Are you expressed? We are! Your guide will pick you up in your hotel or from your cruise ship. You will start your tour from historic O Connell Street and explore all the city throughout the city both Northside and Southside stopping off at key locations along the way. During your way, you will have a coffee stop to have a little rest and listen to another amazing story. At the end of the tour, your guide will help you to call a taxi back or suggest the place to have the best dinner in the city and leave you at that place.
More
  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$400.00
From
$400.00
Taking safety measures

Lonely Planet Experience: Dublin Highlights & Hidden Gems with a Local

Lonely Planet Experience: Dublin Highlights & Hidden Gems with a Local

An up-and-coming cosmopolitan city with elegant Georgian architecture, along with a fascinating historical past. Get ready to experience Dublin the local way. Enjoy the city to the max and hear more about the origin, history, and culture of Dublin. Stroll past the oldest university in Ireland and visit the first purpose-built Parliament House in the world. See and touch Dublin’s history at the General Post Office, where the Irish fought for Home Rule in 1916. Explore the O’Connell Bridge area and its landmarks that reveal the Irish people’s love for ‘craic.’ Stroll through the commemorative Dubh Linn Garden with a Viking past. And step into the birthplace of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travel, and hear about his satire plan for solving poverty issues. Every Lonely Planet Experience also comes with six months' free access to Lonely Planet's Guides app, which includes over 8,000 destination guides, and unbeatable discounts in the Lonely Planet store.
More
  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$16.12
Price varies by group size
From
$16.12
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Virtual Dublin History, Culture & Craic Tour

Virtual Dublin History, Culture & Craic Tour

star-5
Using Zoom, you’ll join a small group of fellow travellers from all over the world with Missy (my Puppy) & Me, just as you would in real life and we will start our journey through Dublin Culture, History & Politics. During the experience, we will move around the city using 360-degree images and create the real magic through insights, stories and Myths & Legends you have come to associate with the emerald isle. We will see all of the popular sites, along with Dublin's hidden Gems, with stories and anecdotes that will have you on the edge of your sofa from start to finish. Ireland is more than leprechauns, Guinness & Green stuff - This experience will let you live it all. If want our undivided attention? Select "Book this entire experience for a private group" after selecting the date and we’ll pack the hour with personalized tips and you can throw us as many questions as you like!
More
  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
From
$13.13
From
$13.13

Dublin – Top 10 City Highlights Walking Tour

Dublin – Top 10 City Highlights Walking Tour

Visit Dublin city’s must-see top 10 highlights. Packed full of incredible insights and up-close historical visits including the 13th century Dublin Castle and the 10th century Christchurch, this interactive 2 ½ hour tour is the essential guide to Dublin city and Irelands fascinating history.
More
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
$29.84
From
$29.84
Taking safety measures