schools/national schools

School Tours

The perfect venue for memorable school tours. With a wealth of history, explore the national monument site on a guided tour designed especially for students at Schools/National Schools. The visit combines an exploration of the Early Christian Church, rare medieval Townhouse Castle and an exciting, contemporary, award-winning visitor experience.

Among the highlights are the Costumed Actors who interact with the students. Among the scenes recreated are: a slave escaping from Vikings on Dalkey Island, activation of the Murder Hole, trying out the Longbow and minting a Viking coin. The Cook boasts of culinary creations and medieval toilet facilities.

Archers ready for Action

the visit


Stocks and pillories were used as punishments in Medieval Times.

A replica is on site for educational and entertainment purposes.


the visit

Murder Hole

The Murder Hole was a defensive feature in castles during medieval times. If attackers managed to get past the Machicolation and through the entrance door, they found themselves in a small, dark room. Above their heads, there was an opening in the ceiling called a murder hole. The opening was positioned close to the fireplace in the Living Quarters above.  The occupants, upstairs, could throw down lighted firewood, boiling water, or rocks, on intruders below.

Tour Duration

70-75 Minutes

Age Restriction

3rd Class Upwards


10-28 People


Coach Parking Nearby

What our Visitors say...

  • star rating  This was the most delightful tour we have been on in years! What fun to get to interact with “real” people who lived in the castle 100s of years ago!... read more

    avatar thumb katiebug_56
    November 27, 2023

    star rating  A great experience  - They did such an amazing job! A really fun tour that went into detail regarding the history of the castle, but the area of Dalkey itself. Fun with friends and... read more

    avatar thumb Devin M
    November 23, 2023

    star rating  Worth your time - Very welcoming and knowledgeable. Actors did a great job and were very interactive. Definitely not stop by if you have the time. It is very easy to travel to Dalkey... read more

    avatar thumb Gus L
    November 23, 2023
  • star rating  Small but really worthy! Actors and sceneries are well adapted and are really funny. You will have a nice experience with this tour!

    avatar thumb Mariana B
    November 20, 2023

    star rating  Castle tour  - Great tour for all ages, with fantastic interactions with the historical characters. The views from the rooftop was stunning.

    avatar thumb ann t
    November 13, 2023

    star rating  Absolutely wonderful - Fantastic experience! Well worth it, easy train ride from Dublin. History and humor. Great tour guide at the castle, wonderful medieval actors in character describing life in the castle.

    avatar thumb Steven L
    November 11, 2023
  • star rating  Well worth the visit - I brought a group of students to visit the castle. I was very impressed by the friendly professional staff.
    They love what they do and took the time to... read more

    avatar thumb carolanne r
    November 8, 2023

    star rating  Definitely worth a visit  - We have lived in the area for a few years now but didn't have a strong reason to go to the Dalkey Castle until a friend recommended it for Christmas.... read more

    avatar thumb Kelsey K
    November 2, 2023

    star rating  Halloween tour 2024 - Fabulous Halloween tour. Lots of fun for the whole family. We'll be back next year for sure. Highly recommend this fantastic event.

    avatar thumb edel k
    October 30, 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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