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Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

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5,352 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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$59.20 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Book of Kells and Dublin Tour
Brian was very knowledgable and very personable. Just myself and my partner were there so we got the full experience to ourselves! Very enjoyable and worth every penny for what we learned and saw. Some great history. I would highly recommend - request Brian if you can!
Melissa_I, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

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Book of Kells!!!!
Tom_G, Jul 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Seeing the Book of Kells was one the Dublin highlights. Frankie, our tour guide had an incredible depth of knowledge but kept the tour moving and fun. Don’t miss this part of Irish history!
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Super Tour Guide with great historical knowledge.
ThomasR_S, Jul 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Tour guide Brian Harte gave an excellent overview of Irish history and relayed to the various points of the tour. A great history teacher.would highly recommend.
star-5
Wonderful experience!
Alice_G, Jul 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Our guide, Neil McCourt was incredibly nice and well informed. We enjoyed the information and all the sights he shared with us.
star-5
Can’t miss this tour!
David_B, Jul 2021
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
This is a great tour. No one visiting Dublin for the first time should miss this one. Hearing the history behind the places we were going was an unexpected surprise. Our guid, Neil, was knowledgeable, entertaining and enjoyable to talk to.
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COVID-19 be Damned! A Tour of Dublin with your mates
Joseph_G, Mar 2020
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
In spite of the chaos surrounding COVID-19 and all the closures, Neil took the time to meet us anyway, having missed the notification that Trinity College had been completely closed to tourists. Our first day in Dublin was saved! We got a private tour filled with laughs and education on the city and history of Dublin, including Dublin Castle. As our host said, it felt as though it were a walk on the town with your mates. We had a great experience! Thank you Neil!!
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A great time seeing the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle
Luther_O, Mar 2020
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
We had a very nice time on our tour of the Book of Kells and the exterior of Dublin Castle. Our tour guide, Brian, was very knowledgable and full of passion and enthusiasm. We enjoyed all of the history Brian was able to share and appreciated the stories he told along the way. This was our second walking tour of our week-long trip to Ireland, and would recommend it for adult travelers.
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Perfect for those wanting to learn the history of Dublin
DCUNNINGHAM2090, Feb 2020
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Neil was an excellent tour guide. He shared his wonderful insights and anecdotes about the history of Dublin and Ireland in addition to his vast knowledge of the Book of Kells and Dublin Castle
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Educational
Sheri_S, Jun 2020
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
My guide was awesome! I know this review is really late, but I am so glad that they waited for me, my flight was delayed in the US and by the time I got there, I was running, but so glad that I made it. Great info.
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Wonderful Experience
Erin, Feb 2020
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
This tour was fantastic! Our guide was Neil and he had so much information to share with us through the tour, so many fascinating stories. I recommend this to anyone. You won’t be disappointed.
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Knowledgeable and Entertaining Guide - Easy & Flexible Booking System
marthanelson55, Feb 2020
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Our guide Neil was very knowledgeable and entertaining - I learned so much and especially enjoyed the easy visit to the library. I also would use Viator again; it was my first time (recommended by a friend) and although I had to change my dates and had several questions by email, their staff were quick to respond and helpful -- important when you're traveling in a strange place.
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Kells
applehorse, Feb 2020
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Very much enjoyed the people in the group as well as our guide. The insights to the place and history was new and novel. Great job. Peter Mc Philadelphia
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Dublin trip
rita, Feb 2020
Fast-track Easy Access Book of Kells Tour with Dublin Castle
Wonderful place. Excellent guide. Most informative and good company. We loved it and learnt lots. Thank you.

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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