Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle off Dame Street, Dublin

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle on Dame Street in the heart of the city is a magnificent building standing at the junction of the River Liffey and its tributary The Poddle. The original fortification here is thought to have been an early Gaelic Ring Fort. Subsequently, a Viking Fortress stood on these grounds, and a part of this is still on view to visitors. Currently, Dublin Castle house the State Apartments which are used for State Functions and Presidential Inaugurations. There is a restaurant, craft centre and gift shop open to visitors at Dublin Castle. Opening hours are 1000-1645hrs Monday to Friday, 1400-1700hrs Saturdays and 1400-1645hrs on Sundays. Admission is E4.50 with a small reduction for students and senior citizens.

For a glimpse of medieval life in the city, check our Dublinia at St Michael's Hill, Christchurch, Dublin 8. This is an award-winning exhibition which allows visitors to really get a feel for life in the Middle Ages at close quarters. You can walk through the old streets and laneways of the city, visit a merchants house or board a ship a Wood Quay. Dublinia goes to extremes to get the detail correct in its recreation of Dublin of 800 years ago, and is a great place for the whole family to visit. Guided Tours are available, but must be booked in advance.

There are many hotels located close by to Dublin Castle. We recommend you visit our section on Hotels in Temple Bar for the nearest available hotels.