James Joyce Tower & Museum
James Joyce Tower & Museum
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Museum housed in a seaside tower that inspired the setting of the first chapter of Ulysses; features memorabilia and a fantastic view of the coast and the surrounding countryside.
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  • Sandy W
    Vancouver, Canada1,383 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very pleasant visit and tour of a lovely little museum
    We were greeted warmly upon arrival, and we were immediately given a tour of the three floors. Maria was an excellent tour guide. To access the museum, take the DART train. Turn left when you exit the DART terminal. There are not good signs, but you can ask. Go down to the first intersection, turn left and follow the shoreline up to the museum. This is a beautiful little town. Walk around and enjoy the warmth and pleasant surroundings. If you have the time, ask for directions to the National Maritime Museum, which is only 15 minutes away by walking, in the next little town. You can check out my review of that museum.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Dublin N
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour with friends
    We listened to the tour with a Russian-speaking guide, it was very interesting. The history of the construction of the towers and James Joyce’s stay in it is also interesting. Very beautiful view from the roof. I recommend the guide Yunona Dikareva, she really tells a fascinating story
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 21 November 2023
  • Tony McMahon
    London, United Kingdom352 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Strange tower connected to author James Joyce
    Chanced upon this by accident on a day trip with my partner out of Dublin. It's an early 19th century Martello tower built by the British to keep Napoleon out of Ireland that then became a hangout for early 20th century bohemians including - for just six nights - James Joyce. Even though he wasn't there for long, it inspired him to start writing Ulysses. A chatty lady gives you the whole story when you come in. Put it this way - it's very, very different. Your visit won't extend much beyond 30 minutes but worth doing to mess with your mind a bit.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 January 2024
  • Clashy10
    Wicklow, Ireland20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great way to spend an hour or two
    Great little museum amongst the stunning location of Sandycove. The staff are so helpful and informative and go out of their way to help in any way possible. The tower is fascinating, especially the view from the rooftop over Sandycove.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 March 2024
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Clashy10
Wicklow, Ireland20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Great little museum amongst the stunning location of Sandycove. The staff are so helpful and informative and go out of their way to help in any way possible. The tower is fascinating, especially the view from the rooftop over Sandycove.
Written 25 March 2024
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Tony McMahon
London, UK352 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Chanced upon this by accident on a day trip with my partner out of Dublin. It's an early 19th century Martello tower built by the British to keep Napoleon out of Ireland that then became a hangout for early 20th century bohemians including - for just six nights - James Joyce. Even though he wasn't there for long, it inspired him to start writing Ulysses. A chatty lady gives you the whole story when you come in. Put it this way - it's very, very different. Your visit won't extend much beyond 30 minutes but worth doing to mess with your mind a bit.
Written 1 January 2024
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Dublin N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We listened to the tour with a Russian-speaking guide, it was very interesting. The history of the construction of the towers and James Joyce’s stay in it is also interesting. Very beautiful view from the roof. I recommend the guide Yunona Dikareva, she really tells a fascinating story
Written 22 November 2023
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Fiona
Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
A very different experience as the structure is fascinating plus you get to go to the top of the tower
Written 16 June 2023
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Sandy W
Vancouver, Canada1,383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We were greeted warmly upon arrival, and we were immediately given a tour of the three floors. Maria was an excellent tour guide. To access the museum, take the DART train. Turn left when you exit the DART terminal. There are not good signs, but you can ask. Go down to the first intersection, turn left and follow the shoreline up to the museum. This is a beautiful little town. Walk around and enjoy the warmth and pleasant surroundings. If you have the time, ask for directions to the National Maritime Museum, which is only 15 minutes away by walking, in the next little town. You can check out my review of that museum.
Written 1 June 2023
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Duncan
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Definitely worth a vist, whether you're a fan of Ulysses or not. If you are a fan of Ulysses, you don't need to be persuaded to visit; if you haven't read it, the tower itself, the associated history, and the surrounding area is still reason to make the trip. Two very friendly guides gave me a tour when I visited.
Written 20 February 2023
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maryofmassachusetts
Plymouth, MA722 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A good take when in Dun Laoghaire, learning history and chatting with the energetic volunteers about the legacy of James Joyce.
Written 30 January 2023
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Evster
Galway, Ireland68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
We were strolling for a swim at the 40 foot which is adjacent to this Martello tower. When I seen it was open my interest peaked. The tower celebrates James Joyce and Ulysses which was based in Dublin. In fact, the tower itself features.

We were met by two fantastic volunteer guides who really made the experience. They were knowledgeable and passionate about Joyce. As a trio who had not every read Joyce, we learned so much in a short time. I would recommend this museum to anyone as it is the perfect place to learn a bit and climb Martello tower!
Written 9 July 2022
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Jon K
Doncaster, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We were really looking forward to visiting this place, both being familiar with the tower setting from Ulysses and the surrounding beaches and waters around Ssndycove. The museum is well organised and hugely informative with lots of interesting exhibits and artefacts. I was particularly fascinated by Joyce’s death mask, a macabre moment staring into the writer’s seemingly tranquil features. We were accompanied on our tour by Gerry, one of a number of friendly and well informed volunteers who assist in running the place. He served us well as we left enlightened and further emboldened to tackle the novel again after exploring the heart of one of its central iconic features. Thanks, Gerry and the rest of the team. We definitely feel like we deserve another visit one day. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of Joyce, worth a visit even if you’re not!
Written 16 May 2022
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Gordon W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Exceptional. The setting is tremendous and the content absorbing but what sets it apart is the passion of the volunteers, hat-tip to the man from Dunfanaghy.
Written 27 March 2022
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