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Dublin Castle

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Dublin Castle in Dublin


Located in the heart of historic Dublin, the castle stands on the highest ground in the locality where it once defended the harbour, originally as a Gaelic Ringfort. Today, fully restored and integrated into Irish society, it plays host to EU Presidents, heads of state, and leaders of business, industry and government.


Dublin Castle is also a major tourist attraction containing unique historic layers throughout the complex — from the medieval tower to the Chester Beatty Library to the Viking defence bank to the state apartments.



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View of Dublin Castle from the park behind.
Major Landmark Medieval History
Useful Information
Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday & Bank Holidays: 9.45 – 17.45 hrs (last admission 17.15 hrs)

Closed: 25th, 26th & 27th December, and 1st January


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

Duration of Visit

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



Dame Street, Dublin 2

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