Local Attractions #16: Dublin Castle

Built in the 13th Century, Dublin Castle is situated at the heart of Dublin City. Steeped in history, Dublin Castle was the seat of English and British rule in Ireland until 1922, when the last ever Viceroy of Ireland handed Dublin Castle over to the new Irish State following the War of Independence. Since that historic moment, Dublin Castle has continued to host important national events, such as state dinners and commemorations.

Dublin Castle features both the Garda and Revenue museums, Government Buildings, State Apartments, Chester Beatty Library and the Chapel Royal. A number of exhibitions and events take place in the castle each year, so make sure to check out the official website to find out what's on during your visit. 

Dublin CastleGuided Tours of the castle are available daily, with experienced guides giving the complete walkthrough of Dublin Castle. Guided Tours include a visit down to the Viking Excavation, allowing you to explore parts of the original castle structure and its defensive walls built by the Vikings in the 12th century.


Self-Guided Tours Admission
Adult: €8.00 (£7.06 or $8.81)
Student/Senior: €6.00 (£5.30 or $6.61)
Child: €4.00 (£3.53 or $4.40)
Special package prices for families available.
*Currency conversions correct as on 27.04.2023.

Distance from The West County Hotel
Dublin Castle is located just 7km from The West County Hotel, or a 20 minute drive. Take Bus 26 from outside the hotel and get off at Stop 406 (Nassau). Dublin Castle is located a 7 minute walk from this bus stop.

Contact Details for Dublin Castle
Address: Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01 645 8813.
Email: dublincastle@opw.ie.
Website: www.dublincastle.ie.

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