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Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Castle St, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Ireland

The Basics

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre can be visited as part of a 40-minute guided tour led by costumed actors. Tours run every 30 minutes, and provide access to the castle, the early Christian church of St. Begnet’s, and the Writers’ Gallery, which features works from artists including Samuel Beckett and Bono.

The castle is a common stop-off on organized day tours from Dublin city center. These tours typically include other nearby sights, such as Killiney Hill, which offers spectacular views of Dublin Bay, and Johnnie Fox’s, a traditional pub in the Dublin Mountains. Entrance to Dalkey Castle is also included with some Dublin sightseeing passes. Dalkey Castle also offers seasonal tours themed around Christmas and Halloween, as well as guided walks around Dalkey town.

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Dalkey Castle, Killiney Hill Tour, Avoca And Johnnie Fox's Pub
Dalkey Castle, Killiney Hill Tour, Avoca And Johnnie Fox's Pub
$41.01 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Loved it.
My husband and I enjoyed the tour. Our driver was very knowledgeable. Found out that there's a lot you thought you may have known, but really do not know. I would recommend this tour to my friends and family as we enjoyed it that much. Worth every cent.
Heather_M, Aug 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Dublin

star-4
Charming tour
Janet_G, Apr 2019
Dalkey Castle, Killiney Hill Tour, Avoca And Johnnie Fox's Pub
This tour was fun and informative, interesting characters that were educational as well entertaining.
star-5
Appreciate Dublin
Safari733572, Apr 2019
Dalkey Castle, Killiney Hill Tour, Avoca And Johnnie Fox's Pub
Amazing day. Driver (Adrian) knew more about Dublin than we ever did. Dalkey Castle very interesting. (actors good fun too). Advertise more. People we tell about it are very surprised.
star-5
Kelly C.
Brian_C, Apr 2019
Dalkey Castle, Killiney Hill Tour, Avoca And Johnnie Fox's Pub
This was a great tour. The tour guide was excellent, kind, and very informative. There was plenty of time to tour all of the sites. Dalkey Castle was fun. The views of the sea from Killiney are amazing. There was a stop at Avoca where you could shop and eat. We personally would have rather skipped the Avoca stop and had more time at the Johnny Fox's pub so you could eat there. The restaurant, pub, and music were charming and the food they served looked amazing, but there was only enough time to order a drink. Overall, it was a great tour and our family thoroughly enjoyed it. We highly recommend it.
star-5
Excellent, quick get-away from Dublin City
Carolyn L, Nov 2018
Dalkey Castle, Killiney Hill Tour, Avoca And Johnnie Fox's Pub
I was visiting Dublin with my extended family (including 2 teenagers) for 3 days. After touring many city sites, it was a nice change to see the green landscape and ocean for which Ireland is so well-known. We were picked up right on time at a convenient location and boarded a comfortable, small tour bus. Our driver and guide, Adrian, did a fantastic job explaining the history and stories of Dublin, Wicklow, and Killiney. The tour of the castle was informative and entertaining. The views from Killeney Hill were spectacular. We were back in Dublin City Center by 5:00PM. We all loved that we got into the country side without spending all day on the bus. The timing of the stops perfectly broke up the travel time. I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in a quick trip from Dublin city-center into the country.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Dalkey Castle is a must for history buffs and families.

  • There is no café on-site, but plenty can be found nearby within the town itself.

  • The castle is partially wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is situated in Dalkey, a seaside suburb of Dublin. To get here from the city center, take the southbound Dart train from Connolly, Pearse, or Tara stations. The journey will take about 30 minutes. The castle is just 5 minutes from Dalkey station on foot.

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When to Get There

Dalkey Castle is open year-round. The castle is quietest midweek. The best time to visit is during summer, as warm, dry weather means visitors can take advantage of the beautiful coastal walks nearby.

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Dalkey’s Literary and Musical Connections

The Writers’ Gallery at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre celebrates the town’s literary and artistic connections. Samuel Beckett was born here in Dalkey, James Joyce lived in neighboring Sandycove, while scores of other well-known Irish writers, such as Maeve Binchy, George Bernard Shaw, and Joseph O’Connor, have lived in the Dalkey area. Ireland’s musicians are also well-represented among Dalkey’s local population, with Bono of U2 fame and Enya both choosing to call Dalkey home.

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