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View of restored Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

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Visit one of Dublin’s key buildings and learn all about the history of this iconic site


Located in Dublin on the site of an old Viking fort, Dublin castle was initially built by the English in 1204 as a symbol of their power over Ireland. It served mainly as an administrative centre up until it was handed over to Michael Collins in 1922 following Ireland’s new independence. Today it is a government building and is used for hosting head of States and official ceremonies like the investiture of the Irish president.


Why take my group for a guided tour of Dublin castle and what we will see?

  • This is one of Dublin’s most important buildings, and you’ll get to learn a lot about Irish history from the early days all the way to present times.
  • The tour guides are very knowledgeable and full of anecdotes and stories about the castle.
  • Experience the Medieval Undercroft Excavation, the Chapel Royal and the State Apartments with their magnificent rooms.
  • In 1684, an extensive fire ravaged the castle, and much of it was destroyed. The only part that was spared was the Record Tower which can still be seen from outside today but cannot be visited in an effort of conservation.


Did you know?

Hidden in the heart of the castle’s picturesque garden, is the Viking site which led to the city’s name being born. Search for the sea serpents within the garden, and you will have found the home to the original “Dubh Linn” site in which the Vikings harboured their ships. This site eventually led to “Dublin” becoming the city’s name, a name now famous worldwide.


If you are interested in learning more about Viking Dublin, we recommend combining this visit with a Viking & Medieval Dublin themed guided walking tour, where your group will get a complete insight into this period of Irish History.

Photo Gallery
View of Dublin Castle from the park behind.
Major Landmark Medieval History
Entrance Gallery with the Castle Tower
View of the Castle from Castle's Gardens
Sculpture on the Courtyard of the Castle
Useful Information
Opening Hours

7 days a week from 9:45 to 17:45 (last admission at 17:15)

Duration of Visit

The tour takes approximately 70 minutes and includes the State Apartments, the Viking Excavation and the Chapel Royal.

Notes for Group Leaders

Dublin Castle can be closed at short notice for government business. The State apartments may be closed occasionally for state functions. As a result availability can be limited, hence we always recommend booking well in advance.


Dame Street, Dublin 2

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