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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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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  We had a fantastic time during the history tour. The actors are so entertaining and passionate about what they do - they made the experience a true pleasure. The history... read more

    avatar thumb justpeachy11
    October 15, 2022

    star rating  Do it! - Alot more entertaining than I expected. The actors were funny while giving an authentic presentation of life in medieval Dalky.

    I1707ERsandrak
    October 9, 2022

    star rating  Dalkey Castle is an interesting place to visit with a permanent local history exhibition and theatre performances and other events throughout the year. ECHOES in October, celebrating local author, the... read more

    Caroline M
    October 2, 2022
  • star rating  Visiting the castle is well worth it. They make the most of the place with actors in costumes telling you about the life in the castle. Also, there's a short... read more

    EtelkaBuday
    September 29, 2022

    star rating  Went on a Saturday and there was about 20 people altogether for the tour. Was brilliant from start to finish, the actors really make the experience.

    whacker01
    September 11, 2022

    star rating  Thought this might be the usual mundane castle tour but we were pleasantly surprised, very informative tour, NOT boring, learnt a lot, and they used actors to portray historical characters... read more

    laura g
    September 11, 2022
  • star rating  The guides were highly knowledgeable and willing to answer all the questions I had. As a historian, that made me happy.
    The actors did a fine job, and used... read more

    Paulkoontz
    September 7, 2022

    star rating  The Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is amazing. I really enjoyed the living history tour. This makes the guided tour to be much more exciting. It is an unforgettable experience.... read more

    35katalind
    August 22, 2022

    star rating  Really enjoyable tour. The guide was lovely and the actors brought the castle to life at the same time as being very amusing. Very well pitched for... read more

    Pauline S
    August 15, 2022

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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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