Dublin Castle is a major Irish government complex and a major tourist attraction located in Dublin, Ireland. It was first founded as a defensive building mostly for the protection of the King and his treasure during the Norman invasion of Ireland that took place in the 12th century. The castle was of typical Norman design, with four towers at each corner of a central square surrounded by strong walls. Through the history, the wooden buildings were changed and alterations were made to the major complex. During the Anglo-Irish War the castle witnessed tortures and executions of the Irish Republican Army members. Right until 1922, Dublin Castle functioned as the administrative seat of British rule in Ireland. Since that time it has been used for state ceremonial and conference centre. Today it hosts EU Presidencies, Heads of State, leaders of industry and business. Visitors are welcome to reveal the history from the Norman Tower to the State Apartments.
I - VI: 09:45 - 16:45
VII and Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 16:45
Closed - 25th, 26th, 27th December, 1st January and Good Friday.