Heritage & Culture Itinerary Dublin
Breakfast in hotel/accommodation – Why not stay in the four star beautiful Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel
Start your day with a visit to Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. Enjoy the contrast between 15th century living history with the actors in period costume and the interactives of 21st century technology (available in twelve languages). Travel back in time and be enthralled by the extraordinary work of the Archer, the Cook and the traveling Barber-Surgeon. Afterwards you can climb to the battlements for panoramic views of sea and mountains. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of the 10th century Church and Graveyard. Follow the interactive time line from early Christian through Viking, Medieval, Victorian and modern times in Dalkey. Explore the area’s literary and creative connections in the Writers’ Gallery.
Why not visit the James Joyce Tower? Just a short stroll from Dalkey and one of a series of Martello Towers built to withstand an invasion by Napoleon. It is now a museum devoted to the life and works of James Joyce. He made the Tower the setting for the first chapter of his masterpiece, ‘Ulysses’.
The Tower is located a short distance from Dalkey on the coast road at Sandycove.
Stroll back to Dalkey and enjoy lunch in one of the variety of restaurants, cafés or bars to suit all tastes and pockets. The family run Café and the Courtyard in Idlewilde offers a relaxing continental feel to your morning coffee or lunch. You can sit on a tram in the Tramyard Café and imagine you are on the last tram to Dalkey in 1949. If the weather is agreeable you could picnic at the top of Sorrento Park taking in the magnificent views across to Dalkey Island. (Pick up your picnic at Country Bake, the friendly family run local bakery which has been in business for 25 years).
Guided Historical and Literary walks are available all year round and can be booked through Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre. Explore the area in the company of a local guide and learn about Dalkey’s historical and literary gems and some nuggets of local information not available in any guide book!
Back in Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre you can ‘Discover Dalkey’s Literary Gems’ on the writers with connections to Dalkey whom you heard about on your walking tour. Enquire for details firstname.lastname@example.org
Wander around Dalkey and soak up the ‘village’ atmosphere in the pubs, cafés, craft shops and artisan food stores. Relax a while and read a book in the Maeve Binchy Garden at Dalkey Library or pick up a healthy smoothie from Select Stores and relax with a book at Writers Corner.
Dine in one of Dalkey’s many restaurants. (See Eat/Drink for details)
Walk or taxi to Killiney Castle Hotel and finish off your evening with some live jazz music in Fitzpatrick’s Castle Dungeon Bar.
- Dalkey Book Festival – 14th -16th June 2013 .
- Bloomsday Events – Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre on 16th June annually
- Lobster, Crab & all that Jazz Festival
- Guided Literary & Historical Walks
- Bird Watching – Terns on Dalkey Island – Telescope at Coliemore Harbour
- Live Music – Enjoy live music in the Tramyard, The Club Bar and The Magpie Inn every weekend.
- Set Dancing – in Cuala GAA Club on Sunday evenings.
- Visit DLR Events for more information on what is taking place in and around Dalkey during the summer months.
- DLR Mountains to Sea Book Festival – September annually