Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is comprised of the 14th century Fortified Townhouse/ Castle, the Early Christian Church, dedicated to St Begnet, and the modern Heritage Centre.
Dalkey Town Hall built in 1893 is accessed through the Castle foyer. St Begnet’s Church & Graveyard is also accessible through the Heritage Centre. Check to avoid pre-booked groups.
Dalkey Castle is open 6 days per week. Closed every Tuesday.
The visitor experience is enhanced by costumed actors from Deilg Inish Theatre Company who bring the history to colourful life. An Archer will defend you, a Barber Surgeon will cure your ailments and the Cook will give you mouth-watering recipes.
Dalkey Castle was built in 1390 and is quite compact in its on-street location. It has all the features of the larger Irish castles: Battlements, Arrow-looped windows, Garderobe, Murder Hole and Machicolation.
Visitors will learn about the site’s history from Early Christian, through Viking, Medieval, Tudor and Victorian times to the present day. Today, it has an integral state of the art Heritage Centre with historical information in 12 languages.
The Castle also houses a Writers’ Gallery which celebrates the work of great Irish writers and creative artists from Joyce to Bono and Beckett to the world-famous Maeve Binchy who lived locally.
The writers are further celebrated in the ‘Maeve Binchy and Irish Writers’ Guided Walks in the town and two bespoke literary stage shows (evenings only).
Tripadvisor and CIE Awards of Excellence 2013-2018 including:
Failte Ireland Excellence in Customer Care 2018
National Heritage Award 2016.
Monday – Friday 10.00 – 17.30 (closed Tuesdays)
Saturday – Sunday 11.00 -17.30
Visit our website for information on our latest tours and events. Dalkey Castle website
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1 week 5 days ago
Congratulations to our 5 competition winners who have won our recent Echoes Dalkey #BookGiveaway. 🥳🎉 1. Dern Freeman 2. Antoinette Ni Morrow 3. Una Douglas 4. Minota McGillycuddy 5. Rosie Whelan Carroll Please send us a direct message for more information. 😊 #ReadIrishWomen #EchoesOfMaeve
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Our ECHOES of Maeve Binchy #BookGiveaway continues until this Wednesday, October 7th.‼️❤️ We have gift packages of two books each for five lucky readers! 📚 Each prize features a book by Maeve herself, signed by her husband Gordon Snell, plus one of the latest from a series of authors. 📖📒 Click on the link below to watch Gordon Snell talking about his love of the ECHOES Festival in Dalkey, or…
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On what would have been Echoes weekend, Gordon Snell has recorded a special video on echoes.ie. 📽😊 We’re giving away #ReadIrishWomen #EchoesOfMaeve gift packages of two books each to five lucky readers! Each prize features a book by Maeve herself, signed by her husband Gordon Snell, plus one of the latest from Andy Saibh Carter, Christine Dwyer Hickey, @hmckervey, Sheila O'Flanagan, Joanne Spain and Maeve’s Times, edited by Roisin Ingle.…
Oh, how I wish I would be there right now. How I wish we could all be together. How I wish we could be talking and laughing and sharing stories. How I wish the world would be a Maeve Binchy novel again, with all our failures and loves and fears and happiness. And not a Stephen King book instead.
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1 month 18 hours ago
In line with the Government’s decision to move Dublin to Level Three of Living with Covid-19, Dalkey Castle will be closed until further notice. We will re-open as soon as possible.