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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
$63.32 per adult
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Tooong winded off subject monopolized too much time talking
Loved the history and the tour. Guide was incredibly knowledgeable but had no respect for time we wanted to explore. Gave baf directions back to Arcade shipping center for sought after gifts. Too long for what it was but great to experience
Deborah_R, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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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
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.
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Tooong winded off subject monopolized too much time talking
Deborah_R, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Loved the history and the tour. Guide was incredibly knowledgeable but had no respect for time we wanted to explore. Gave baf directions back to Arcade shipping center for sought after gifts. Too long for what it was but great to experience
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.
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Antonio provided lots of...
Nancy_C, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Antonio provided lots of interesting historical notes and context for both the Book of Kells and the Library tours. Trinity had recently put new restrictions on tour guides but Antonio did a good job in overcoming those obstacles. The tour was exactly what I hoped for. After we left Trinity the tour of notable sites including Dublin Castle was worthwhile and, again, interesting anecdotes from our guide.
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Informative and fun
nancy_f, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Tour guide was excellent. Just a very informative, fun tour. It's great to get the history behind what you are seeing
star-4
Seeing the trinity libray...
kirkpavletic, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Seeing the trinity libray and learning the history. Great guide! Liked the tour afterward towards Dublin Castle.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Marion_S, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Our guide was so smart and well informed. He was a great sory teller! We highly recommend this tour.
star-5
A must see
Brenda_H, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Brian was a fantastic guide. I would recommend this tour to everyone. His knowledge and presentation made it.
star-4
Neil, our guide, was...
ranwillis, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Neil, our guide, was awesome. Book of Kells and Trinity library were awesome. The Dublin Castle was a joke. Once agaon, Neil was great!
star-5
Great tour!
Daniel_K, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Roger was an excellent tour guide, tons of history throughout we loved it! Quick and easy and skipped all the lines!
star-5
Avoid the queues with an excellent guided tour.
Fiona_S, Jun 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Brian was an excellent guide for this tour, friendly and knowledgable. Entertained us with the history of the book of Kells and on our walk to the Castle. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour. You can see that Brian loves his job! Would have liked a bit more time to take photos of Trinity College.
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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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