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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
$62.43 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fantastic
Neil's talk during the tour was fantastic, interesting and funny. I loved the morning, without Neil I wouldn’t have learned anything
Robyn_M, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

star-5
Brian made history lively!
Erin_V, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
What a wonderful treasure! Our only regret was not having more time absorbing the Book and the Library. The history of the Dublin Castle was appreciated but not as awe inspiring as the other two. Our guide Brian was an absolute delight and very informative. His lively presentation made the "history" lesson even more exciting. We cannot believe our good fortune to see the Library before closing for major renovations.
star-5
Well done by a very dedicated guide.
Gene_A, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
A variety. Neil was knowledgeable and made memorable connections. My companion asked about things she could read and he had suggestions at his fingertips. Loved his movie references too
star-5
Well with it!
Karen_O, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Interesting, knowledgeable, aware guide. Neil made the tour fun and inclusive. Group size not to big. Saw parts of Dublin I’d never knew existed!
star-5
Book of Kells
LAURIE_W, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Book of Kells tour with Antonio was great! Trinity College and Book of Kells details plus tidbits of history thru the city center to Dublin Castle a must. Two thumbs up.
star-5
Ask for Brian when you visit the Book of Kells
Jane_H, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Brian Malloy (descendant of Brian Boru?) was an excellent guide. He kept the group moving at a comfortable pace, stopping to give us facts and anecdotes. Although it rained most of the tour, he didn't let that stop him or us. The Book of Kells is definitely a highlight of a visit to Dublin and Brian Molloy is the guide to ask for.
star-5
A Great Tour
Lindsey_J, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Mr Malloy was an Excellent guide. It rained a bit but we did not mind and by the end it was sunshining !! Wonderful
star-5
Trinity College+Books of Kells and outer castle
Miriam_E, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Excellent tour guide and awesomely aesthetic place with a wonderful display. Enjoyed it immensely. Very informative and visually appealing.
star-5
Loved this!!!
Deidre_K, Apr 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
This was a great tour and our guide Antonio made it fantastic! He was so fun and gave us lots of secrets and inside info. His joyful personality made the tour so enjoyable and the Trinity College and Book of Kells as well as the Dublin Castle were just incredible.
star-5
Very informative tour
Mark_T, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Very informative guide John brought to life the Book of Kells. He provided a potted history of Trinity College and the Castle catering for a majority of US tourists while being sensitive to a couple of Brits in the group.
star-5
Book of Kells
Marty_L, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Frankie did a great job of explaining all the details of what we were seeing. We enjoyed the Book of Kells and Castle
star-5
Great Dublin Walk
Julia_T, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Frankie was great, you can tell he's a teacher. The tour is so much more than just the university and the book.
star-5
Must do trip
Freddie_P, May 2022
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
The weather was terrible and our tour guide John was upbeat and very informative. The rain didn’t dampen his mood!

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: