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Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction.


What is Dublin Castle? What kinds of objects are in it? What can objects, excavations and buildings tell us about the people of the past? Dublin Castle offers a variety of educational tours and workshops for primary school students.

Students can encounter highlights from the diverse collection at Dublin Castle in a fun and accessible way. Pupils will explore elements of the history of Dublin, from the Vikings to 1916 and Revolutionary Ireland to life inside the State Apartments. Activities can complement the curriculum, inspire the class and increase their understanding of the past.

Under the terms of the Free Educational Visits for Schools Scheme, certain qualifying school/educational visits are permitted free of charge provided certain conditions are met. These conditions are set out on the Heritage Ireland website. 

For more information and to arrange a visit go to Dublin Castle.

Text and images courtesy of Dublin Castle.