Dublin Castle Tours

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Dublin Castle has served many functions since it was built by King John of England in 1230. At that time, the castle was meant to act as a defense center against the current invaders, the Normans, and serve as the seat of the English government. Since then, Dublin Castle has also been the site of the Royal Mint and police headquarters. Today, the castle grounds are a tourist attraction in addition to function as a venue for some Irish government functions and ceremonies, such as the President of Ireland's inauguration, and for conferences, including those of the European Council.

The Basics
Guided tours take visitors through the grounds, sharing the history and ever-changing purpose of each building. Most notable is the story behind the Record Tower, the only remaining building from the original medieval structure that has miraculously survived centuries worth of fires and warfare that ravaged the other buildings. Other noteworthy areas include the Chester Beatty Library and the Dubhlinn Gardens, which now grow over the spot where there was once a black pool (‘dubh linn’) from which the city of Dublin gets its name.
 
The long and rich history behind this complex is enough reason to tour Dublin Castle. Even people who are not history buffs will find something of interest within the vast castle grounds. Plan to spend about two hours at the castle learning about Irish history and exploring the lavishly decorated private quarters and 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.
  • 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.
  • Choose to travel with a tour guide for personal attention, or opt for a self-guided tour.
  • Dublin Castle is a stop on most city hop-on, hop-off tours.

How to Get to Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle is located in central Dublin on Dame Street. The castle is accessed easily on foot, by taxi, or via public transportation. City Hall and Trinity College are about a five-minute walk from Dublin Castle and both are well worth a visit.

When to Get There
The castle is open from 9:45am to 4:45pm, with the exception of holidays and special events. Expect some crowds and lines in summer.
Location
Address: Dame Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Hours: Mon–Fri: 10am–4:45pm, Sat & Sun: 2pm–4:45pm
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Admission: Adults: €4.50
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Book of Kells Early Access Tour with Dublin Castle

Avoid the crowds and explore Irish history in peace on this 2.5-hour Book of Kells and Dublin Castle exterior tour. Visit the Trinity College Library, home to the famous Book of Kells — widely considered among the most important of all Ireland’s ancient treasures. Listen as your guide brings medieval Ireland to life, shedding light on the Book of Kells’ profound historical significance. Afterward, enjoy a guided walking tour around Dublin Castle’s mighty exterior. Visit the gardens and yards, and learn of the castle’s role as court, fortress, treasury and jail.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$56.67 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$56.67 USD

City Sightseeing Dublin Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Experience the beauty, history and culture of Dublin during this popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. Choose from one or two day tickets and select one of two popular routes that highlight the best of the Emerald Isle. Discover historic buildings, iconic sites, ancient landmarks and vibrant nightlife at your own pace and enjoy free extras. With 28 stops along the way - including the Guinness Storehouse, the National Art Gallery, St Patrick's Cathedral and Old Jameson Distillery - this popular option ensures you don't miss a thing!
  • Duration: 24 to 48 hrs
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$23.13 USD
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  • Duration: 24 to 48 hrs
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$23.13 USD

Dublin Freedom Pass: Unlimited Transport and Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing

Explore the vibrant city of Dublin with ease using a Dublin Freedom Pass, a convenient and cost-effective pass that includes unlimited transport, airport transfers and a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Valid for 72 hours, the Dublin Freedom Pass allows you to discover the city at your own pace and includes a ticket for a sightseeing bus tour. Discover popular attractions like the Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College and the famous Jameson Distillery at Bow St while listening to informative and insightful commentary. Receive discounted entry to a top Dublin attractions and enjoy the convenience of unlimited travel between the airport and Dublin city center.
  • Duration: 3 days
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$40.48 USD
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  • Duration: 3 days
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Fast-Track Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey Experience Tour in Dublin

Skip the line at the Guinness Storehouse and Jameson Distillery Bow St. and sample the beer and whiskey for which Ireland is famous on this 4-hour tour in Dublin. Listen as your guide explains the ingredients used, and learn of the complex brewing and distilling processes. Afterward, explore the medieval streets of Dublin and discover top city attractions including Dublin Castle.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$91.37 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour

Delve into the darker recesses of Dublin’s haunted history on this evening gravedigger ghost tour. With your (slightly spooky) local guide, learn about the devastating human effect of the medieval plague, visit eerie local sites such as Dublin castle and Kilmainham Jail, and hear how opportunist gravediggers made a killing (so to speak) on body snatching. Cap it off with a ‘ghoulish brew’ at Gravediggers Pub.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$28.92 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Dublin Historical Walking Tour

Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided, 2-hour, historical walking tour. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure, then see famous landmark locations beginning with Trinity College and moving on to Dublin Castle, Old Irish Parliament, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about Dublin’s medieval past. Also, gain entry to some of the city’s top buildings and courtyards.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$15.04 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Dublin Viking Duck Tour

Discover Dublin on a 75-minute tour of the vibrant Irish capital by amphibious vehicle. With a guide, see top attractions like St Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin Castle while listening to entertaining commentary. Feel your adrenaline surge as your restored World War II vehicle transforms into a boat and takes to the water for an alternative sightseeing experience of Dublin. Cruise the waters of the Grand Canal Dock while wearing a comical Viking hat and laughing along with your host.
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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$28.92 USD
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  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
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Best Of Dublin Historical Walking Tour

Visit Dublin’s top sites on this guided, 2.5-hour, historical walking tour. See famous landmark locations like Dublin Castle, Trinity College, Temple Bar and many more. Stroll along the cobbled alleyways and learn about the city’s medieval past. Also, receive a discount at the Church, a popular café, bar, restaurant, club and tourist attraction rolled into one, and Abbey Theatre, also known as the National Theatre of Ireland. A complimentary map of Dublin is included.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$16.19 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Dublin City Highlights Bike Tour

Explore Ireland’s buzzing capital on two wheels on this 3-hour Dublin bike tour. Spin along Dublin’s stylish Fade Street with your guide. Take in top attractions and landmarks including College Green, Dublin Castle, the Guinness Brewery, St Patrick’s Cathedral and Temple Bar. Explore the Georgian streets around Parnell Square and Merrion Square, and gain insight into Dublin’s rich history. Head off the tourist trail to hidden spots such as the Roe Distillery’s windmill and Blessington Street Basin, then delve into the Grand Canal Dock area.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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$31.81 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Dublin Luxury Small-Group Tour including St Patrick's Cathedral

Maximize time in Dublin with this small-group driving tour, covering both the north and south sides of the River Liffey. Learn about Ireland’s history from a local guide as you see Dublin landmarks including Trinity College, the General Post Office, and Merrion Square. Entrance to St. Patrick’s Cathedral is included in the tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$77.49 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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