Heritage Hotspots around Dalkey, Dublin

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

@ Castle Street, Dalkey

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is a premier and unique tourist destination situated in the 14th Century Castle/Town House.
All year we have actors from Deilg Inis Living History Theatre Company to enlighten, entertain and engage you in a Live Theatre Performance every half hour. Closed on Tuesdays.

ADULT: € 7.95
CHILD: €5.95

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre,
Castle Street
Co. Dublin
t. (353 1) 285 8366
w. www.dalkeycastle.com
e. info@dalkeycastle.com


St. Begnet’s Church and Graveyard

@ Castle Street, Dalkey

st begnets church and graveyardSt Begnet’s Church dates back to at least the tenth century. The Belfry has twin bells which were struck by hand. The Chancel & Chancel Arch were added in 13th century. The Church was reported to be roofless by 1630.

The Graveyard may have been used since the thirteenth century but the early graves are not marked.

Names of those buried from the 1700s to 1900s can be found on the Map in the Heritage Centre.

Access via Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, Castle Street, Dalkey



James Joyce Towers

@ Fortyfoot, Sandycove

james joyce towerThe James Joyce Tower was one of a series of Martello towers built to withstand an invasion by Napoleon. It now holds a museum devoted to the life and works of James Joyce. The tower is the setting for the first chapter of his masterpiece, ‘Ulysses’.

Opening Times: Currently open all year. Enquire for details

Fortyfoot, Sandycove
T: +353 1 280 9265
F: +353 1 280 9265



Dalkey Island

@ Coliemore Harbour and Sorrento & Dillon’s Parks

Kayaking off Dalkey IslandDalkey Island (Irish: Deilg Inis meaning thorn island) is now inhabited by various forms of wildlife most notably a herd of feral goats.
You can see the ruin of the early Christian St Begnet’s Church and a Martello Tower.
It is home to a colony of seals and  Roseate Terns.  More recently bottlenose dolphins have taken up residence in the waters around Dalkey Island.

Coliemore, Dalkey


Sorrento Park

@Sorrento Road, Dalkey

sorrento parkEnjoy breathtaking views from Sorrento Park. The view has been likened to the Bay of Naples.
The coastline stretches as far as the eye can see from Wicklow and Howth and is an excellent viewing point for photographs. The Bandstand is the setting for Tony Award -winning playwright, Hugh Leonard’s play ‘ A Life’.

Sorrento Road, Dalkey





Archbold’s Castle

@ Castle Street

archibalds castleArchbold’s Castle is one of the 7 fortified town houses built by the merchants of Dublin in the 14th century to store the goods being unloaded in Dalkey Sound.
Though in ruins, it is one of the two castles still standing today. You can walk around it safely to examine close up the structure of fortified town houses.

Castle Street, Dalkey

Coliemore Harbour

@ Coliemore Road

coliemore harbourTake in the sea air at Coliemore Harbour where you can enjoy spectacular views of Dalkey island. In the 14th century this acted as the main port for Dublin. Merchant ships came from near and far. They dropped anchor in the deep waters of Dalkey Sound, bringing valuable goods that were stored in the seven fortified castles in Dalkey.

Coliemore Road, Dalkey





Bulloch Harbour

@ Harbour Road, Dalkey

bulloch harbourIf you fancy a bit of fishing then head out to Bulloch Harbour. The tiny fishing harbour is located halfway between Dalkey and Glasthule.
You can walk here from either DART station & car parking is available.

During the summer there are boats for hire here, weather permitting.

Boat hire will cost €20-€30 per hour.
For more information call the following number.

T: +353 (0)1 280 6517 / +353 (0)1 280 0915




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