A selection of the other top tourist attractions in Dublin.

Like Dalkey Castle, they consistently receive independently verified, positive reviews from visitors on tours, and therefore come recommended. They frequently feature on people’s lists of ‘things to do in Dublin’.

Dublin Bay Cruises

Sea view of Dalkey, Dublin, Ireland

Dublin City to Dún Laoghaire

Escape the hustle and bustle of Dublin City. Sail on a majestic 60 – 70 minute cruise south of Dublin Bay by Dalkey to beautiful Dún Laoghaire Harbour. You can pick up a Teddy’s icecream and cycle or stroll along the Dublin Coastal Trail past Sandycove to Dalkey.

Dún Laoghaire -Dalkey Island Return

A scenic roundtrip from Dun Laoghaire heading south past the famous Forty Foot Baths, James Joyce Tower in Sandycove, Bullock Harbour, Dalkey Castle, Dalkey Island, Coliemore Harbour, Sorrento Point, Vico Baths, Killiney Hill to Killiney Bay.

Hop On Hop Off Bus

Dublin Hop On Hop Off Bus. Top tourist attraction in Dublin alongside Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

No.1 Hop-on Hop-off tour of Dublin for over 30 years.

A useful way to get your bearings in the City before exploring.

They also provide tickets for Dublin’s Top Visitor Attractions, Day Tours around Ireland and Airport Transfers

EPIC Museum

EPIC Museum, top rated tourist attraction in Dublin alongside Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Explore the emigration history of Ireland at the world’s first fully digital museum in Dublin. See the winner of recent, consecutive, ‘Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ at the World Travel Awards. Learn how 10 million people have left the island over the centuries through the amazing exhibitions at EPIC Irish Emigration Museum.

Trinity College Dublin's Long Room & The Book of Kells

Book of Kells and Trinity College Dublin library. Top tourist attraction in Dublin alongside Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC BY-SA 3.0

Aside from Dalkey Castle, another of Ireland’s cultural treasures is Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room & the Book of Kells.

Explore the exhibition, where you will learn about the 1,200-year-old Book of Kells and the rich symbolism and artistry behind it. Next, get a close-up look at the precious manuscript.

Afterwards, step into one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, the breathtaking Long Room. Home to 200,000 of Trinity’s most ancient books, The Long Room has been a working library since 1732.

Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol, top tourist attraction in Dublin alongside Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Kilmainham was once a prison for Irish revolutionaries. The museum is now, similarly to Dalkey Castle, a National Monument, offering guided tours and a look into Ireland’s historic political past.

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle, top tourist attraction in Dublin alongside Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre with the best reviews

Dublin Castle was the nerve centre of historical power 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 with self-guided audio tours available.

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse, top tourist attraction in Dublin alongside Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre with the best reviews

Join the many others looking to see “the home of the black stuff”. Iconic Guinness brewery tour telling the tale of Ireland’s famous beer, with tastings and a rooftop bar.

Experience Glasnevin

Glasnevin cemetery, top tourist attraction in Dublin alongside Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Glasnevin Cemetery has been at the heart of some of the key moments and events in modern Irish history.

See where many of the iconic figures from that history are buried: Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Eamon de Valera, and Countess Markievicz to name just a few.

Glasnevin Cemetery holds a special place for Joyceans and a link with Dalkey, in that a chapter of Ulysses, was set there. Similarly therefore, Bloomsday is celebrated there as it is here in Dalkey Castle.

Glasnevin is now a significant destination for visitors, tourists and scholars who wish to learn more of the people and events which shaped the Ireland of today. It is a place of extraordinary social, cultural and historical significance that has earned it the title ‘Ireland’s National Cemetery’.

Christ Church Cathedral & Dublinia

Christ Church Cathedral & Dublinia, top rated tourist attraction in Dublin alongside Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. Both sites offer an insight into Ireland's Viking past

Christ Church Cathedral was originally a Viking church. It has been welcoming pilgrims and visitors for almost 1,000 years.

Discover hidden treasures: world famous bells, Strongbow’s final resting place, the heart of St. Laurence O’Toole, and a rare copy of the Magna Carta.

Travel back to Viking times at Dublinia. See what life was like onboard a Viking warship, learn the skills of being a Viking warrior. Visit a smoky and cramped Viking house and learn about the myths and mysteries surrounding the Vikings and their legacy.

Little Museum of Dublin

Little Museum of Dublin, top rated tourist attraction in Dublin alongside Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Discover the amazing story of Dublin in this quirky museum on St Stephen’s Green. The 29-minute guided tours are a celebration of great Irish storytelling.

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick's Cathedral. Top tourist attraction in Dublin alongside Dalkey Castle

St. Patrick’s is a magnificient cathedral. Listen to their world famous choir, established in 1432, which still performs daily during school term.

Similar to Dalkey Castle, they also have a Rathdown slab, a kind of Viking gravestone. In their case it is built into their walls.

The Cathedral also shares literary connections with us, housing as it does the remains of Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels.

MOLI - Museum of Literature

Museum of Literature in Dublin. Like Dalkey Castle, MOLI runs literary tours

Discover Ireland’s rich literary heritage from past to present at the Museum of Literature. It is located in the historic UCD Newman House in the heart of Dublin.

Along with your all-day ticket, enjoy a downloadable audio guide to enrich your visit. Similar to Dalkey Castle, The Museum of Literature, Ireland, is a new home for the world’s greatest storytellers. They share our love of literature. Experience immersive exhibitions, view treasures from the National Library of Ireland, and relax amid the birdsong in the tranquil gardens.

Temple Bar

Temple Bar. Top tourist attraction in Dublin

Temple Bar is a busy riverside neighbourhood, spread over cobbled pedestrian lanes.

Crowded pubs host live trad/folk music and DJ sets, and diners pack restaurants.

Quirky boutiques stock clothes and crafts by local designers.

The National Photographic Archive highlights Ireland’s past, while the Project Arts Centre and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios shows contemporary art.

While there are certainly cheaper sections of the City, a short stop in Temple Bar to experience the hustle and bustle is usually top of many visitors’ lists.

Go Sailing

Yacht at Dalkey, Dublin, Ireland

See Dublin & the Dublin Coastal Trail from a completely new perspective by experiencing real sailing. See Dalkey & Killiney Hill close up, maybe even sail around Dalkey Island, if time permits. Feel the sea salty air on your face. Sense the power of the wind and sea as you learn how yachts are helmed and enjoy a thrilling few hours on Dublin Bay!

map of ireland with dalkey location as map marker

Directions & Transport

Dalkey is on some of the most stunning coastline, with a mountainous backdrop, just south of Dublin City Centre, en route to Co. Wicklow.

Aside from by car, the quickest way to reach the Castle is by DART. The DART journey is a relaxing experience travelling along the beautiful coastline with magnificent sea views. Dalkey is approx. 30 minutes from Dublin's Connolly, Tara or Pearse stations (travelling south). Turn right on exiting Dalkey train station.

Dalkey is on the Aircoach route to/from Dublin Airport. From Dublin City Centre, a number of local bus options are also available. Paid parking and coach parking are available nearby.

Dalkey Castle postcode for Google Maps is A96 DE61.

Actor on Living History Tour, Dalkey Castle, Dublin, Ireland

Opening Times

We are open six days a week, all year round.
Closed every Tuesday.

January - May & September - December

Monday to Friday: 10.00 - 17.30
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 11.00 - 17.30

June, July & August

Monday to Friday: 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 11.00 - 18.00

Tickets & Info

Tickets for Living History Tour encompass fully guided tour of 14th Century Townhouse Castle, 10th Century Early Christian Church & Graveyard, Modern Writers' Gallery & Heritage Centre with interactive screens & scale models. Dalkey Castle, where costumed actors bring history to life.



CHILD (4-12 YEARS) €10.50

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