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School Tours

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.

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the visit

Machicolation

The Machicolation was a defensive feature on the outside of castles in medieval times.  It was a small stone chamber with three sides, built on corbel stones over the original entrance door. It resembled a small balcony that had holes in the floor. Those defending the castle could throw objects, like rocks, down through the holes on intruders below. It could also accommodate a lookout archer, who used the crossbow to ward off attackers.

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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.

THE VISIT
Tour Duration

70-75 Minutes

Age Restriction

3rd Class Upwards

Capacity

10-28 People

Parking

Coach Parking Nearby

What our Visitors say...

  • star rating  I took my 6th class on the tour of the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. From start to finish it was very well organised, I would recommend this trip for... read more

    325aliziag
    April 13, 2022

    star rating  Top class tour. Excellent re-enactors. Well worth the time to enjoy the Castle and ramble the old town.

    Sunshine782182
    April 12, 2022

    star rating  The guides were so informative and really pleasant. The actors were incredibly realistic and funny. I learned so much in an entertaining way. Highly recommend

    jennybelmont
    April 4, 2022
  • star rating  The Castle itself is beautiful and the history behind it very interesting, however what made it special for me and my partner was the people who work there. They organized... read more

    fippolito92
    March 15, 2022

    star rating  Go in there with as little information about what this experience will be like and just be enthralled.

    I don’t want to spoil what you see by telling you.... read more

    neilsM4286MI
    December 13, 2021

    star rating  Wonderful. I went in, thinking it was just a small walk thru museum with a few diagrams you read. It ended up being a guided tour with re-enactors showing what... read more

    artemistheartist
    November 29, 2021
  • star rating  Was really impressed with this tour and would highly recommend it. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and the actors really added to it, bringing history to life and making... read more

    Journey825429
    September 23, 2021

    star rating  Dalkey castle is only a small castle but it was a wonderful visit. The staff are very friendly and host an efficient tour of the castle. One guide speaks giving... read more

    ArnieMawbs
    September 15, 2021

    star rating  This is an excellent piece of history captured in the castle in Dalkey. I believe the staff are mostly if not all volunteers. Excellent.

    StephenCr0ss
    September 5, 2021

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

[email protected]

+353 (0)1 285 8366

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