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Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

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5,511 Reviews
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
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$58.45 per adult
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Fantastic Guide
Frankie was fantastic. So knowledgeable and personable. He engaged everyone in the group and made sure all our questions were answered. All without notes.
James_K, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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Best way to see Book of Kells.
Scott_F, Sep 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Our guide Frankie was fantastic. The walking tour along the streets around Dublin Castle was very informative. Book of Kelly’s was very interesting and the library fantastic. Highly recommend.
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history with humor
hillary_l, Sep 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
engaging and informative, sprinkled with humor and personality, plus a touch of macabre, the tour with Frankie was a great introduction to the “Black Pool” (aka Dublin)
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Very Satisfying Tour
Mary_C, Sep 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
I really enjoyed the tour with John. He was extremely knowledgeable and you could tell he enjoyed sharing the information with the tour. I had studied up on the Book of Kells and Irish history in general before my very short trip to Ireland, so the walk around Dublin Castle and then seeing the Book and library brought that history to life.
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Great tour
David_S, Sep 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
The Trinity College library was awesome. However what I will remember most will be the stories about Irish history and culture provided by our wonderful tour guide, Neil. He vastly enhanced my experience with his anecdotes. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
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Fabulous guide
Anne_P, Sep 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Our guide, John, was absolutely excellent. He tailored the talk around our interests and was entertaining, knowledgeable and helpful.
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Interesting
susan_b, Sep 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
I loved Kell’s and Trinity library. John was very knowledgeable and accommodating. They go out of their way to make you happy. Great experience
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Informative tour
Neil_D, Sep 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Neil was a good tour guide. There were only 3 in our group so he was able to receive our full attention. Neil had a great wealth of knowledge.
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Well done
William_C, Sep 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Frank was very knowledgeable of Irish history and gave us several tips to make our trip more enjoyable
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An awesome afternoon in Dublin
Heather_R, Sep 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
This tour was terrific and Neil, our guide was awesome. He was friendly, knowledgeable and had great stories and offered tips for enjoying Dublin once the tour was over. I wouldn’t have experienced Book of Kells this way without the tour and Neil’s expertise.
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Dublin comes alive with this great tour
marcel_g, Aug 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
our guide John did a great job, made us enthousiastic about the history of Dublin in 1500. With his stories, also about the current hotspots, we had a great start for a few days Dublin. He has the quality to adjust the tour to your specific situation and needs. very professional.
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Book of Kells
Paul_K, Aug 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
The Book of Kells has been high on my bucket list for 35 years. We finally did it. Thank you, John. It was remarkable!
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Informative and entertaining tour
Susan_F, Aug 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Brilliant trip! Neil was informative, entertaining and fun. We saw so much in a three-hour span, from the Book of Kells to Trinity College to the castle in a tour packed with both history and funny stories. Highly recommended.

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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