Guided Literary Walks


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Guided Literary Walk

From Samuel Beckett to Bono, George Bernard Shaw, Hugh Leonard, James Joyce to Maeve Binchy and Emma Donoghue, some of Ireland’s most famous writers share a connection to our charming heritage town of Dalkey.

The guided literary walk combines a guided walk of Dalkey and its scenic surrounds with snippets and extracts from works by the authors.

Among the readings, landmarks and anecdotes, discover where characters in Flann O’Brien’s The Dalkey Archive drank Hurley’s tonic wine; the train tunnel that Joyce recalls in Portrait and where Chapter Two of Ulysses is set. Look out over the coastline dubbed ‘Ireland’s Amalfi Coast’ that George Bernard Shaw and Henry Cardinal Newman so admired and of which Hugh Leonard said in his play ‘Da’, “there’s a view, that if you were rich enough, you couldn’t buy it”

The walk will finish in the Maeve Binchy Memorial Garden in Dalkey Library where there’s a mosaic to Maeve’s memory.

We offer luxury experiences for those looking for something even more exclusive.

These walks must be pre-booked and a minimum group number of 6 is required.

Tickets €15 per person (6 x €15, total €90) +Booking Fees.

Tour Duration

60 Minutes

Age Restriction



16 People


Coach Parking Nearby

What our Visitors say...

  • star rating  I visited on a quiet Monday afternoon in September. The actors scattered throughout the castle and who popped up on cue were absolutely brilliant!

    They cleverly mixed details... read more

    Cathal K
    September 4, 2023

    star rating  This is the absolute best time I've had at a medieval castle and... I've been around.
    The place is awesome and the live actors are extremely entertaining, informative as well... read more

    September 1, 2023

    star rating  Brilliant - Excellent presentation by actors dressed in the clothing of the time. Brilliant interaction with children which made it great fun. . Angie was very informative on the background information which... read more

    August 29, 2023
  • star rating  History came to life in Dalkey Castle - History came to life in Dalkey Castle. While the friendly staff explains the strategic importance of Dalkey and the castle in history, it is also possible to experience it with... read more

    Beyza Y
    August 23, 2023

    star rating  We live locally and made an unplanned visit here today after passing by. We were initially skeptical that it would be worth the expense with two 7-year-old boys, who tend... read more

    August 19, 2023

    star rating  Fun and Informative! - Visiting Dalkey and had the opportunity to visit this amazing place. The museum was small, but filled with interesting historical details, in many different languages! Photos, models, a short video,... read more

    August 18, 2023
  • star rating  Myself and my friend had a brilliant time visiting dalkey castle. Our tour group was small, and we were first shown an informational video about the history of the castle.... read more

    Rex F
    August 10, 2023

    star rating  Great  - I was impressed with the experience. Everything from the time I was greeted by reception to the guide and reenactors who go above and beyond. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience... read more

    Derek K
    August 6, 2023

    star rating  Living history tour is brilliant! - We visited the heritage centre whilst we stayed in Dalkey. We did the living history tour and it was a very entertaining way to spend an hour! The actors were... read more

    Alex J
    August 6, 2023

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Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin,
Ireland, A96 DE61

[email protected]

+353 1 285 8366

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