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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  Extremely enjoyable Living History tour perfectly pitched fir adults and children. Outstanding team.

    meadowmgt
    July 19, 2022

    star rating  Everything in this visit is great. I went with my two teenage sons and they had a wonderful time. The best part, the actors-guides, with a wonderful sense of humour.... read more

    Elenagil72
    July 16, 2022

    star rating  This was an absolute must do! We happened upon it, jumped on the tour, and were so pleased we did! We learnt many interesting historical facts of years gone by,... read more

    Roving31691099401
    July 16, 2022
  • star rating  EXCELLENT living history experience for myself and my boys, ages 16, 9 and 9. We loved the interactive actors, the history we learned, the walking around and exploring -... read more

    crayolabird
    July 11, 2022

    star rating  It was very interesting and informative. I went with a 7 year old who was fascinated by it, as was I.

    Trek569746
    July 7, 2022

    star rating  Great experience done the heritage tour was very good
    The welcome was great and friendly and the actors were very funny also was very interesting would definately recommend as... read more

    70beckyboo
    June 26, 2022
  • 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

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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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