Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
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Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Travel south along the coast to the picturesque heritage town of Dalkey, 25 minutes from Dublin City. Some artefacts date inhabitation of Dalkey Island to 4,500 B.C. At historic Dalkey Castle (1390), Costumed Living History Actors bring the ancient history to colourful life with archery, barber surgery and a cook giving a masterclass on circular economy (nothing was wasted) in medieval times, as part of every guided tour. Tour also includes exploration of the atmospheric 10th Century St Begnet's church & graveyard connected with the site. The heritage centre is also included with interactive screens in different languages & scale models. A Writers’ Gallery features the work of 45 locally connected creative artists from James Joyce to Bono and Samuel Beckett to Maeve Binchy. Climb to the battlements for magnificent views of the surrounding stunning landscape view of the sea and mountains. If you are with a larger group, perhaps add on a guided walk. Tours every 90 minutes.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Alex J
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Living history tour is brilliant!
    We visited the heritage centre whilst we stayed in Dalkey. We did the living history tour and it was a very entertaining way to spend an hour! The actors were brilliant - we learnt loads and had lots of fun. Highly recommend!
    Hi Alex, Thank you for the 'highly recommended' review. We will pass on your comments to our actors.
    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Rex F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out for adults or kids, really fun!
    Myself and my friend had a brilliant time visiting dalkey castle. Our tour group was small, and we were first shown an informational video about the history of the castle. Then our tour guide brought us round the castle, where we heard from some actors in period costumes about their lives, some info from our guide, and some fun activities along the way! There were 2 kids in our tour group who also seemed to have a great time and the actors were brilliant with them. Really great fun with a lot of medieval and local history, great for kids and adults. Would highly recommend!
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience and for letting us know how much you enjoyed it. The actors are very good at responding to whatever combination of visitors arrives for each tour and taking note of children when they are there and so hopefully making the visit enjoyable for all the family.
    Written 23 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • StephenInWSeattle
    Seattle, Washington501 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and Informative!
    Visiting Dalkey and had the opportunity to visit this amazing place. The museum was small, but filled with interesting historical details, in many different languages! Photos, models, a short video, artifacts and tours, were all available to explore the rich history of Dalkey Castle. The tour was particularly interesting, as local actors play the part of historic individuals to see what it would have been like to live in the castle and or community hundreds of years ago. It was a great balance of history, theatre, information that was perfect for children and adults. This is a must when you visit Dalkey!
    Hi Stephen, It is great to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much that you recommend it as ‘a must’ visit in Dalkey. Good to know that it appealed to both adults and children as it can be tricky for families to find something that all will enjoy. Thank you for the review.
    Written 23 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Beyza Y
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History came to life in Dalkey Castle
    History came to life in Dalkey Castle. While the friendly staff explains the strategic importance of Dalkey and the castle in history, it is also possible to experience it with the amazing small plays by the actors. It is both an educative and fun experience. Highly recommended!
    Thank you for the review. Delighted to hear that you were entertained and enlightened by the tour.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Seunghee S
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience for family
    Great experience, The actors were amazing! It was entertaining as well as informative. Making the coin was the highlight of the journey, and our 7 year old love it. I feel the beginning of the trip was a bit dragging and boring, though. It would be nicer starting with the positive energy and fun. Also the there was no time for kids to look around properly or take a picture. Having a nice photo zone and giving some time to take a picture can be a bit of advertising.
    Delighted that you and your seven year old enjoyed the experience so much. It’s always a delight to see the joy on the young people’s faces. We try to find the balance between information and fun, hence the short introductory DVD to see Dalkey in context before heading out to ‘living in the past’ with the actors. We have had a busy summer and usually there’s lots of time to browse. We are sorry that you didn’t get that chance on the day you visited. If you are back in the area do let us know, in advance, and you can browse to your heart’s content. Most people take a quick photo on their camera phones nowadays. Hope to see you back for Halloween or Christmas when the programme changes.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Andrei-Go
    Timisoara, Romania38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing. Must see.
    This is the absolute best time I've had at a medieval castle and... I've been around. The place is awesome and the live actors are extremely entertaining, informative as well as passionate and knowledgeable about the time period.
    Hello Andrei, We do our absolute best to make the tour fun and amuse and inform at the same time. Great to hear that you felt we succeeded for your visit. Thank you for the review.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Cathal K
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a Surprise!
    I visited on a quiet Monday afternoon in September. The actors scattered throughout the castle and who popped up on cue were absolutely brilliant! They cleverly mixed details and fun, so you came away remembering quite a lot of facts and amusing titbits. The assistants on the front desk most certainly deserve a mention for their friendliness and helpfulness. So too, did our guide who threaded the group through seamlessly and covered all the historical aspects of the site. I especially found the church and gravesite information really interesting. Great balance between fun and historical facts. (Shouting in unison from the top of the castle was great craic!)
    We have passed on your comments to the whole team here at Dalkey Castle who make the experience what it is. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much and that it is memorable for it's fun elements and historical facts. Thank you for the review.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Mari K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic !!!
    I visited Dalkey castle with my sister on Thursday the 7th September and I have to say it was definitely one I can highly recommend !! The guided tour never let your mind wonder away as the actors & the tour guide kept giving you a great insight into the past. The past surely came alive!!! I will not tell you all the interesting info I learned as I don't want to spoil it for you, so if you have any chance to visit it you will come out smiling 😁.
    Hi Mari, We really appreciate the 5 star recommendation from you and your sister. History comes to life is our aim! Glad you both enjoyed it.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Jane G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best castle tour I've ever experienced.
    All staff were so helpful and kind right from the moment you walk in the door until you walk out. Excellent guides. The tour of the castle was interesting, fun, authentic, and informative of the time period. Costumes were great. Actors stayed in character, and were interactive with guests. This is the best castle tour I've experienced. So fun I'll do it again.
    Hi Jane, We appreciate you taking the time to submit such a glowing review. We would be delighted to welcome you back. One of the best features of the tour is the interaction between the actors and our visitors making it a personal experience.
    Written 2 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 September 2023
  • gbraden
    Zurich, Switzerland1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must in the historic village of Dalkey!
    We had a wonderful time at the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. We were a group of 12 from all over the world and everyone enjoyed the experience. The staff were lovely and helpful. The characters that you meet around the castle make the tour and the things you learn really fun. For such a small looking castle, they really pack in a lot for the one hour tour. There is a lot of history brought to life. It is a great experience if you are passing through or staying nearby.
    Thank you for the kinds words. Our international groups do find the visual nature of the interaction entertaining. We really do try to bring the history to life for you, so we are pleased to hear we succeeded.
    Written 18 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 2 October 2023
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Rusmir
Dublin, Ireland190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Visited this beautiful place in May 2019, and had fab time there. Talented actors are making great show around while explaining life and culture of old Dalkey castle. Tour lasts for some 45 mins, and it's great for family visits, couples and for solo visits too. Near castle you'll find cheap parking and a plenty of nice restaurants and beer gardens. Wonderful!
Written 10 October 2020
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Mary H
Dublin, Ireland59 contributions
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Feb 2023
Had a guided tour of Dalkey Castle and heritage centre yesterday. It was an excellent tour led by a lovely lady called JD. We got a very warm welcome on arrival by the two ladies on reception. The tour was enhanced by the addition of actors who gave you a flavour of what times were like in olden days in the castle. Well worth a visit. The castle is a two minute walk from the dart station. The tour takes an hour and can be booked online beforehand. This tour would be enjoyed by all the family.
Written 28 February 2023
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Thank you Mary for the very detailed review. We will pass on your comments to the actors and the guides. Delighted to hear that you would recommend for all the family!
Written 8 March 2023
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Mari K
Isle Of Mull4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
I visited Dalkey castle with my sister on Thursday the 7th September and I have to say it was definitely one I can highly recommend !! The guided tour never let your mind wonder away as the actors & the tour guide kept giving you a great insight into the past. The past surely came alive!!! I will not tell you all the interesting info I learned as I don't want to spoil it for you, so if you have any chance to visit it you will come out smiling 😁.
Written 12 September 2023
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Hi Mari, We really appreciate the 5 star recommendation from you and your sister. History comes to life is our aim! Glad you both enjoyed it.
Written 13 September 2023
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TwoputtandMore
Ormond Beach, FL181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We decided to take the Dart train out of Dublin to see the coastal area south of the city. Dalkey is a charming seaside town that offers the Heritage Museum, shops and restaurants. We took the tour of the museum, we were the only two so it was a private tour. The tour is set up where local people act our their roles as barber/docter, archer and cook in explaining life in the castle back in the 1700's. It was a lot of fun and the museum has a lot to offer. Would highly recommend taking the Dart train a short ride (30 minutes) down the coast to visit the town of Dalkey. One of the highlights of our visit to Dublin area.
Written 28 May 2023
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The DART really is a great way to get here from the city centre and appreciate the scenery on route. We are delighted to hear that our Living History Tour of Dalkey Castle was one of the highlights of your visit to Dublin! Thank you for the five star review.
Written 2 June 2023
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Emma O
Dublin, Ireland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We had a lovely trip to Dalkey Castle yesterday, with our three boys aged 9,6 and 3. I've often walked past but was never in before. It's definitely worth visiting!

Minota, our tour guide, was lovely - very knowledgeable about the castle and its history, and very engaging in her delivery. We especially enjoyed her coin minting demonstration!

The live actor tour was such fun, and horrible histories fans would love it! It really brought the castle to life.

We had good weather and the views from the top of the castle views from top were spectacular....and from there you could actually see how communication with the signalling tower on Killiney would work...

Unfortunately due to covid we couldnt view the models and information in the visitor centre.... But we will be back!! Thanks to all involved!
Written 22 August 2020
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eidinnir
Dublin, Ireland7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
We visited on impulse as we were walking through Dalkey. The price of €15 for adults seemed a bit steep for such a small castle but it was well worth it. We initially were shown a DVD giving an overview of the history and structure of the castle. During the tour three entertaining and witty actors interacted with us giving information on medieval healthcare (barber/surgeon) castle defence (archer) and diet for master and servants (cook). The tour also included a guided visit to the charming graveyard. Afterwards we were free to look at the information in the heritage centre which was well presented and there were models of the layout of Dalkey through the ages. I am from Dublin and went with my American husband and his brother and we would all highly recommend it.
Written 8 May 2023
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Thank you for the very high recommendation. We appreciate the very descriptive review and that you all enjoyed the impulse visit so much and felt that the admission price was well worth it for the experience you got.
Written 2 June 2023
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Domovoi
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Wonderful. I went in, thinking it was just a small walk thru museum with a few diagrams you read. It ended up being a guided tour with re-enactors showing what life was like at the time Dalkey Castle was built. I reserved a less popular tour time, which led me to being the only person on the tour. They still did the full presentations like they would for a whole group.
I don't know how much tickets normally are, as I went in 2021 when a lot of prices for heritage sites in the country are free. I was allowed to take pictures the entire time, and some of the best images from my entire trip were from the top of the castle.
Even though I went alone, as an adult in my 20's, this would easily be a great family friendly even to take kids to while in town.
Written 29 November 2021
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We appreciate you taking the time to review your experience at Dalkey Castle. It is good to know that you really enjoyed the visit as a solo traveller. The Cook, the Archer and the Barber Surgeon are happy to welcome one visitor or lots at a time and tell them the stories of their life in Dalkey Castle's past.
Written 14 December 2021
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Christy M
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
Our tour guides were brilliant and engaging. Their Dalkey story related local contexts with historical details in a hugely interesting narrative. The following day, I continued to muse over how archery was developed, why yew trees are in most graveyards and how your health can improve with a little bloodletting. The acting, and setting were first class. Terrific entertainment !
Written 15 April 2022
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Hello Christy, The storytelling and interaction with the actors and guides is a unique feature of this experience. Sharing history and entertaining at the same time. We really appreciate the review.
Written 23 April 2022
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Rex F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Myself and my friend had a brilliant time visiting dalkey castle. Our tour group was small, and we were first shown an informational video about the history of the castle. Then our tour guide brought us round the castle, where we heard from some actors in period costumes about their lives, some info from our guide, and some fun activities along the way! There were 2 kids in our tour group who also seemed to have a great time and the actors were brilliant with them.

Really great fun with a lot of medieval and local history, great for kids and adults. Would highly recommend!
Written 10 August 2023
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Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience and for letting us know how much you enjoyed it. The actors are very good at responding to whatever combination of visitors arrives for each tour and taking note of children when they are there and so hopefully making the visit enjoyable for all the family.
Written 23 August 2023
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Marjorie621
Tucson, Arizona, United States52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
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, a guide presentation, and then “daily life” presentations by three actors who did a wonderful job educating the group while doing it with lots of charm and humor. It’s amazing how much has been done at this castle to provide a wonderful story of its history and what life was like in the 1500s at the castle.
Written 28 May 2022
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Hi Marjorie, We appreciate the 5* review and the highly recommended comment. Good to know that you found it educational and fun as that is our aim with the characters of the Cook, the Archer and the Barber Surgeon. Thank you for visiting.
Written 31 May 2022
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