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THE VISIT combines an exploration of the Early Christian Church, rare medieval Townhouse Castle and an exciting, contemporary, award-winning visitor experience. Actors from Deilg Inis Living History Theatre Company bring the history to colourful life. Climb to the battlements for magnificent views of sea and mountains.

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Browse in the Writers’ Gallery where you will be enthralled by the forty-five writers and creative artists from Joyce to Bono and Beckett to Maeve Binchy. Our guides delight in taking you through the scaled models and the interactive touchscreens which have historical information in twelve languages.

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Welcome Awaits You

THE VISIT combines an exploration of the Early Christian Church, rare medieval Townhouse Castle an exciting, contemporary, award-winning visitor experience. Actors from Deilg Inis Living History Theatre Company bring the history to colourful life. Climb to the battlements for magnificent views of sea and mountains.

Browse in the Writers’ Gallery where you will be enthralled by the forty-five writers and creative artists from Joyce to Bono and Beckett to Maeve Binchy. Our guides delight in taking you through the scaled models and the interactive touchscreens which have historical information in twelve languages.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Living History Experience

From atmospheric tenth-century Church grounds, through the original Townhouse Castle, costumed actors lead an exciting medieval Living History Experience.

The Archer demonstrates his Longbow prowess. Be amazed at all the expressions from archery still in use today. Cook shares medieval recipes, including her favourite, roast goose. Bet you don’t know the myriad of uses of the ancient goose, especially the paring of the quill for the writing? The Barber Surgeon, after his blood lettings and cures, uses the quill to write out his potions in calligraphy. Wouldn’t you like to see and hear how oak gal ink was made to write on goatskin parchment… our Barber Surgeon is the expert!

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Writers’ Gallery

Explore the area’s literary and creative connections in the Writers’ Gallery from James Joyce to Bono, Samuel Beckett to Maeve Binchy and forty more on portraits and interactive panels. Did you know that Episode Two of James Joyce’s Ulysses is set nearby on Dalkey Avenue or that “Maeve Binchy thought everyone came from a place like this, until she went…” to see the world, and discovered we were spoiled rotten”? There is an enlightening wall-mounted Writers’ Trail Map with site specific quotes from Samuel Beckett on Dún Laoghaire Pier; GB Shaw about Torca Cottage; Hugh Leonard in Sorrento Park and Flann O’Brien enlivens the Vico Road.

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The Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre has clear views of the battlements and a stunning vista of the Early Christian Church & Graveyard, dedicated to St Begnet. There are interactive touchscreens with historical information in twelve languages, a chronological timeline and scaled models. Delve deeper into Dalkey’s history from earliest settlers on the island, through Early Christian, Viking, Medieval and Victorian times, to the present day. There is a wealth of interesting historical, and sometimes anecdotal, information. Switch between the engineer’s drawings of Dalkey Town Hall and the Dalkey Gold Rush to the Pathé news footage of the crowning of the King of Dalkey.

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St. Begnet’s Church & Graveyard

St. Begnet’s Church & Graveyard, on site here, is dedicated to a local saint. The earliest part of the stone church, dates from the tenth century. Archaeologists believe that there was a wooden Early Christian Church on the site from the sixth century. There were various additions which include: the Twin Bell Tower, the Chancel and Chancel Arch. The area around the church was thought to have been used as a burial ground from the thirteenth century. The earliest named gravestone is of someone called Cornelius in 1738. The most recent is Kavanagh in 1930. It is now closed as a place of burial.

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Group Tours at Dalkey Castle

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Group Tours

Dalkey Castle warmly welcomes group visits. After a revealing introductory video and with all Covid protocols in place, your group will begin their exploration of this ancient, yet ultra-modern site.

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Schools

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.

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Language Schools

The highly visual and entertaining Language School Tours with costumed Living History actors run all year. They are devised to suit students learning English. Active participation is encouraged.

Seasonal Experiences at Dalkey Castle

THE VISIT - Halloween

Halloween

The Witches take over the Castle and are cackling from the battlements. Help the Wizard to gain entry. Dash underneath the Murder Hole and dodge through the terrible things that descend upon your head. The Bad Witch is making gruesome dishes including her speciality, Witches’ Pie.

THE VISIT - Castle Christmas

Christmas Experience with Santa

The Castle Christmas Experience with Santa is full of fun, stories, singing and games. Get into the Christmas spirit by practicing Santa’s favourite song with Jingle. See what food the reindeers eat and the tiny treats for the elves. Tell Twinkle what goodies you will leave out for Santa and the reindeers.

Guided Walks at Dalkey Castle

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Literary Walks

From Beckett to Bono and 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. Among the readings, landmarks and anecdotes, discover where characters in Flann O’Brien’s The Dalkey Archive drank Hurley’s tonic wine;

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Historical Walk

Take the fresh sea air on a guided historical walk around the picturesque coastal heritage town of Dalkey. At Coliemore Harbour, hear about the Viking slave trade on Dalkey Island, how Dalkey got its name and why large ships anchored in Dalkey Sound.

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Please be assured that HSE Guidelines will be implemented at the time of your visit to keep all staff and visitors safe.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the transport options to Dalkey?

Dalkey is on the coast, just south of Dublin City Centre. The DART journey is a relaxing experience travelling along the beautiful coast line with magnificent sea views. Dalkey is approx. 30-35 minutes from Connolly, Tara or Pearse stations (travelling south). Dalkey Castle postcode for Google Maps is A96 DE61.

Dart/Train to Dalkey: 30 minutes from City Centre.

DART: Timetables

By Car:

Dublin City Centre Dalkey is 12.8km south on N31 or N11.

M50 Motorway Exit 16 (Cherrywood) Follow Signs for Killiney/Dalkey.

Paid Parking Available Nearby.

Coach Parking:
Coach parking is available at the Bus Stop on Hyde Road. Drivers can drop their groups at the designated bus stop on Ulverton Road (100 metres approx. from Dalkey Castle). Proceed to the parking space around the corner at Hyde Road.

Aircoach: Aircoach directly to Dalkey. Routes & Timetables

What are your Opening Hours?

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

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

June, July & August: Monday - Friday: 10.00 -18.00, Saturday, Sunday & Public. Holidays: 11.00 - 18.00.

Do I have to go on a guided tour?

Standard admission is fully guided. Book your ticket now by clicking here.  See The Visit for more details.

How long is a tour?

Seventy minutes approx.

What changes can we expect because of Covid-19?

All visitors must wear a face covering and bring proof of your vaccination. Tour numbers are reduced to allow for social distancing.

Is the tour suitable for children?

Yes! Children love the tour.

Do children need to be accompanied by an adult?

Yes. Children under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. One adult for every four children.

Does the Castle have audio guides?

No. There are interactive screens with historical information in twelve languages.

How much does it cost to visit?

Adult €13.95, Concession €12.95, Child (under12) €10.50 Families (two adults and up to two children, under 12) €38. Booking Fees apply.

For tickets, click here. 

Can I change my tour time or date?

If you cannot attend at the time booked, please contact us by email to  [email protected] and we will do our best to facilitate you on an alternative slot.

What if I’m running late?

If you are running late for your visit, please ring reception on 01 285 8366 and we will do our best to accommodate you on a later tour.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

The Ground Floor, the Heritage Centre and the Writers’ Gallery are fully accessible.  

How can I get to the Castle?

Area Code A96 DE61. Dalkey is easily accessible by road or public transport (DART). It is situated on the coast about 12 km from Dublin city heading south. We are within a five-minute walk of Dalkey DART station. There are bus options too. 

Is there parking?

Yes. Pay and Display car parking is available across the street at the Church Car Park.

Are there discounts for large groups?

Yes! Group bookings can be made by phoning 01 2858366 or email [email protected]

Is there a coach parking available?

Coach Parking is available on Hyde Road less than five minutes away.

Is there a cafe in the Castle?

No but there are lots of cafes and coffee shops close by.

Can I take photos inside and outside the Castle?

Yes, photos are permitted but no video or filming is allowed.

What our Visitors say...

  • star rating  Our boys aged 9-11 loved this tour, more than any other we took on the trip. The living history re enactments were educational and entertaining, especially the archerwho both made... read more

    159terrat
    June 25, 2022

    star rating  Fab day of celebrations at Bloomsday ! Enactment of Ulysses schoolroom scene chapter in wonderful setting of castle and glorious walk around famous spots in novel eloquently described by... read more

    CULTURALMEL
    June 19, 2022

    star rating  This tour should not be missed! The Heritage Center at Dalkey Castle has been really well done and is informative and educational. The tour included a DVD presentation,... read more

    Marjorie621
    May 28, 2022
  • star rating  Highly recommend going. I went with my sister and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It was entertaining and informative at the same time. There were live actors that... read more

    A7036ARbarbarap
    May 25, 2022

    star rating  We do like the lovely authentic characters of the Castle, their stories and performances. Beware of the barber, he could suggest you to do a bloodletting. (It's a joke.)

    E8525FA_
    May 23, 2022

    star rating  The story of the tower and Dalkey through history was told in an interesting and lighted hearted way. A very friendly place to visit. There is something here for people... read more

    Curious410807
    April 30, 2022
  • star rating  The whole experience was great. We took the living history tour. Lots of great information, fun and the views from the top are beautiful.

    VirtuallyIrish
    April 28, 2022

    star rating  A most remarkable surviving example of a typical Late Medieval Tower House. This fortified townhouse served as a residence for a notable local family and was dually employed as a... read more

    NebulousAfterglow
    April 28, 2022

    star rating  excellent place to visit

    very useful and learnt a lot about the irish history and heritage

    guide and actors did an impressive job

    very professional
    ... read more

    anirudh103
    April 26, 2022
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Directions & Transport

Dalkey is on the coast, just south of Dublin City Centre. The DART journey is a relaxing experience travelling along the beautiful coast line with magnificent sea views.

Dalkey is approx. 30-35 minutes from Connolly, Tara or Pearse stations (travelling south).

Dalkey Castle postcode for Google Maps is A96 DE61.

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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

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ADULTS €13.95*

CONCESSION / STUDENT €12.95*

CHILD (4-12 YEARS) €10.50*

FAMILY (2 ADULTS & 2 CHILDREN) €38.00*

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