Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

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Name Dublin Castle County Dublin About

Dublin Castle off Dame Street, was until 1922 the fortified seat of British rule in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century, though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. 

Guided Tours of the State Apartments, Undercroft and Chapel Royal

Monday-Friday, 10.00hrs. - 16.45hrs.

Saturday, Sunday Public Holidays, 14.00hrs. - 16.45hrs.

Closed; Good Friday, 25th-26th December, 1st January

Tel: 00353 1 645 8813, Fax: 00353 1 679 7831 or tours@dublincastle.ie

On occasions the State Apartments only may be closed for State purposes.

Guided Tours Charges

The State Apartments dominate the south range of the Great Courtyard. They were built as the residential and public quarters of the Viceregal Court. They were the seat of the executive and focus of fashionable and extravagant social life. An account of Viceregal Court life is given in Chapter 15 of the Dublin Castle History.

Today the Apartments are the venue for Ireland's Presidencies of the European Union, Presidential inaugurations and prestigious functions.

The Drawing Room
The Drawing Room, State Apartments

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The Chapel Royal is a gothic revival building designed by Francis Johnston. It is famous for its vaulting, its particularly fine plaster decoration and carved oaks and galleries. Of particular interest are the coats of arms of the Justiciars, Lord Deputies and Lord Lieutenants from the first, St Hugh de Lacy (1172), which was two years after the Norman invasion, to the last, FitzAlan (1922), which, remarkably, occupies the last available space.

The Chapel Royal
The Chapel Royal

  The Undercroft is sited at lower ground floor level in the Lower Castle Yard, immediately beside The Castle Vaults Bistro and Castle Gift Shop.

The city walls join the Castle at this point. Here, the archway allowed small feeder boats to land provisions at the postern gate, from larger boats moored on the Liffey. The double archway and postern gate are still visible. Also on view here is the Viking defence bank, within the butt of the Norman Powder Tower. The original Tower was five stories high - the top storey being occupied by the Lord Deputy.

The Undercroft
The Undercroft


The Garda (Police) Museum

Open to visitors daily from 09.30hrs. – 16.30hrs. and on weekends by appointment only
Admission: Free of charge. Tel: 00353 1 666 9998/9, Fax 666 9992, E-mail: gatower@iol.ie.

The Garda (Police) Museum is situated in the 13th century Norman 'Record Tower'. This is the last intact tower not only of the Castle but also of medieval Dublin itself.

In 1813, the Architect Francis Johnston rebuilt the upper section and added the battlements to match the adjoining Chapel Royal, then under construction. The Viceroy had access from the State Apartments to his gallery in the Chapel Royal, through the, first floor, connecting external Gothic passageway, which can be seen in the accompanying photograph.

The Record Tower
The 13th. Century
Norman ' Record Tower'

Chester Beatty Library Opening Times Tuesday - Friday, 10.00hrs. - 17.00hrs. Sunday 13.00hrs. - 17.00hrs. Saturday, 11.00hrs. - 17.00hrs. May - September, Monday - Friday, 10.00hrs. - 17.00hrs. Closed; Bank Holidays, Good Friday, 24th-26th December, 1st January The Chester Beatty Library exhibits open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Their rich collection include manuscripts, prints, icons, miniature paintings, early printed books and objects d'art from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

The Silk Road Café is situated at Ground Floor level.

Admission :Free of charge
Tel: 00353 1 407 0750
Fax: 00353 1407 0760


The Chester Beatty Library
Chester Beatty Library Exhibit


Revenue Museum Opening Times: Monday – Friday, 10.00hrs – 16.00hrs. Special groups by request. The Revenue Museum, which is situated in the Crypt of the Chapel Royal, offers interesting, often amusing , insights into the long history of collecting taxes and duties in Ireland. Exhibits include inter-active smuggling games, video footage of alcohol duty assessment, and examples of counterfeit goods and stamping equipment.

Revenue Museum

  Gift Shop and Restaurants

Dublin Castle Gift Shop
Tel:  00353 1 677 7270
Fax: 00353 1 6759826


email: info@dublincastlegiftshop.ie

Dublin Castle Café is situated beside the Dublin Castle Gift Shop in the Lower Castle Yard.
Tel:  00353 1 677 0678

Fax: 00353 1 635 9826
email: info@dublincastlegiftshop.ie
web: www.dublincastlegiftshop.ie

The Silk Road Café is located in the Chester Beatty Library.

Tel:  00353 1 407 0770
Fax: 00353 1 407 0788
email: silkroadcafe@hotmail.com
web: www.silkroadcafe.ie

The Vault Restaurants