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Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Mon–Fri: 10am–4:45pm, Sat & Sun: 2pm–4:45pm
Dame Street, Dublin, 2

The Basics

Guided Dublin Castle tours take visitors through the grounds, sharing the history and ever-changing purpose of each building, including the Record Tower, Chester Beatty Library, and more. Other highlights include the 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. Hop-on hop-off buses, bike tours, and combo Book of Kells experiences are also great ways to visit Dublin Castle.

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Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
star-4.5
$61.57 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Definitely a must
Patrick was amazing and knowledgeable! I enjoyed Trinity college, learning about the history of the school, Dublin, and the castle.
Kimberly_M, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

star-4
Great way to learn about Dublin
Jenny_J, Jul 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Had a great tour with Jerry. He was very knowledgeable and patient. The Trinity College tour, including the Long Hall & the Book of Kells were excellent. Also enjoyed the details about Dublin history, including Dublin Castle.
star-5
Great Tour!
Amanda_S, Jul 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
We did the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle tour with Brian. It was excellent. Brian provided so much great history and information! Highly recommend!
star-5
Great tour and guide!
Terry_S, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Jerry did a fabulous job guiding us, answering questions and giving such rich history and insight. His history as a teacher were evident. Also gave tips of things to see and safety advice during our time in Dublin.
star-5
Best way to see the book of Kells
MaryKatherine_P, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Jacqui was an excellent guide. She used visual aids that she carried with her to explain details that truly enhanced my experience. The gardens at Dublin Castle were a highlight.
star-5
Book of Kells.
Bilinda_M, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
I skipped the Dublin Castle part because I had been there before. The Trinity Library and Book of Kells was a terrific exhibit and the guide was very knowledgeable
star-5
Definitely a must
Kimberly_M, Jul 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Patrick was amazing and knowledgeable! I enjoyed Trinity college, learning about the history of the school, Dublin, and the castle.
star-4
Lovely walking tour
Louise_L, Jul 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Lovely walking tour to learn a little of the history and get your bearings in downtown Dublin Would recommend
star-5
Wonderful Book of Kells Walking Tour!
MichelleK_L, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Neil was an awesome guide, and the walking tour was amazing! Loved seeing the Book of Kells, the Old Library, Molly Malone statue, and Dublin Castle. Recommend to do the early tour to get a jump on crowds.
star-5
Patrick was a great tour...
Jennifer_M, Jul 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Patrick was a great tour guide. We appreciated hearing the history and some fun facts. Fast tracking through Book of Kells was great.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Jasmine_S, Jul 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
This was a wonderful afternoon tour. Our guide Patrick was wonderful and really brought everything to life.
star-4
Book of Kells was amazing!
Teri, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
The Book of Kells was amazing but the walk to Dublin Castle was a lot. It was beautiful. We are glad we did this tour.
star-5
Great tour!
Janice_K, Jul 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Neil McCourt was our guide. He was knowledgeable, friendly and funny! Definitely recommend this tour.
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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.

  • Plan to spend about two hours at the castle learning about Irish history and exploring the highlights.

  • City Hall and Trinity College are about a five-minute walk from Dublin Castle and both are well worth a visit.

  • Travel with a tour guide to learn more about the castle and grounds, or visit independently.

  • Dublin Castle is a stop on most city hop-on hop-off tours.

  • Dublin Castle is mostly accessible for wheelchair users; only the Viking Excavation and parts of the Chapel Royal are inaccessible.

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How to Get There

Dublin Castle is located in central Dublin on Dame Street. The castle is accessed easily on foot, by taxi, or via public transportation. There is no on-site parking at Dublin Castle.

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When to Get There

The castle is typically open from 9:45am to 4:45pm, with the exception of holidays and special events. Expect some crowds and lines in summer. Otherwise, this is a great spot to visit year-round.

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Other Irish Castles

Ireland is a country of castles, plenty of which you can visit from Dublin and beyond. Don't miss Blarney Castle, site of the famed Blarney Stone which is said to grant those who kiss it the gift of the gab. Then there's the regal Cahir Castle in Tipperary; Kilkenny Castle with it ornamental gardens; and Trim Castle, which you might have seen in Braveheart.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Dublin Castle?
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What else should I know about attractions in Dublin?
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As well as visiting the Dublin Castle, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: