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Dublin Castle, Ireland

Dublin castle was originally built on the orders of King John of England in 1204 on a site previously settled by the Vikings. He ordered that a castle be built with strong walls and good ditches for the defence of the city, the administration of justice, and the protection of the King’s treasure.

The castle was of typical Norman courtyard design, with a central square, bounded on all sides by tall defensive walls and protected at each corner by a circular tower. The castle formed one corner of the outer city wall, using the Poddle river as a means of defence along two of its sides.

The building was damaged by fire in 1673, and was demolished soon after. The only remainder of medieval buildings above ground level today, is the great Record Tower (dating from about 1228-1230).

It was rebuilt in the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, Dublin Castle is now used for State receptions and Presidential Inaugurations.

During its lifetime Dublin Castle has been used as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland. The Bermingham Tower and its adjoining buildings served as the main cell and dungeon block.

The Irish Crown Jewels were stolen from the Castle in 1907.

Dublin Castle has appeared in a number of films including Barry Lyndon, Michael Collins, Becoming Jane and The Medallion. It was also used in the television series The Tudors, where it doubles as the Vatican in the pilot.

The State Apartments, Undercroft, Chapel Royal, Craft Shop, Heritage Centre and Restaurant are open to visitors.

Opening Times

Monday - Saturday: 10.00 - 16.45
Sunday and Bank Holidays: 14.00 - 16.45

Last admission at 16.45

Closed 24 - 28 and 31 December, 1 January and Good Friday.

Dublin Castle can be closed at short notice for Government Business.

The State Apartments may be closed occasionally for State functions.

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Ticket Prices

Adult: €4.50
Students & Senior Citizen: €3.50
Child (under 12): €2.00

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Disabled Facilities

Acess for visitors with disabilities to State Apartments, Chapel Royal and restaurant.

Toilet for visitors with disabilities.

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More Information

Telephone: 00 353 (0)1 645 8813
Email: dublincastle@opw.ie

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Dame Street,
Dublin 2,
Ireland

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