The Dublin Castle Pub: A Cultural Icon in the Heart of Camden

The Dublin Castle Pub: A Cultural Icon in the Heart of Camden

The Dublin Castle Pub in Camden is a cultural icon that has played an important role in shaping the British music scene. This historic pub has welcomed countless artists and musicians over the years, and continues to be a popular destination for music lovers and history enthusiasts. 

A Rich and fascinating past

The Dublin Castle Pub has a rich and storied history that dates back to the 1800s. Originally, it served as a popular haunt for local workers, particularly those who were employed in the construction of the nearby railway. Interestingly, during the pub's early days, Camden had individual pubs for English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish workers in an attempt to avoid sectarian violence.

Despite this, the Dublin Castle Pub managed to transcend these divisions and become a place where people from all walks of life could come together to enjoy great music and lively conversation. 

Madness Band photo cropped
Madness were one of the first bands to play at The Dublin Castle 

Musical rise

Over time, the pub's intimate setting and supportive atmosphere attracted a new crowd - musicians and artists looking for a place to showcase their talents. After falsely presenting themselves as a respectable jazz band, the two-tone ska band Madness started performing at the Dublin Castle in 1979, and from there it quickly turned it into a popular destination for rising artists including Amy Winehouse and Blur. It continues to be an important venue for emerging musicians and bands today.

Dublin Castle painting by Laura Willis
Art print of The Dublin Castle by Laura Willis (Camberwell Designs) 

The Dublin Castle Pub Print

The Dublin Castle Pub has a welcoming atmosphere that encourages creativity and self-expression, and personally I can't resist a little trip to the Dublin Castle when i'm in town. It's such a great pub with a unique interior, just tucked out of the way enough so it's not packed out during the day. An ideal spot to bring a book and people watch while sipping a cold pint! 

My print of the Dublin Castle is now available at, so why not plan a visit to the Dublin Castle Pub and add a unique piece of art to your collection today? 

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.