Overview

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).

Awards

Tripadvisor and CIE Awards of Excellence 2013-2018 including:
Failte Ireland Excellence in Customer Care 2018
National Heritage Award 2016.

 

Opening Hours

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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Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is a premier tourism attraction in a Castle/Town House. All year we have actors on site to enlighten, entertain and engage you in the"Medieval/ Tudors Experience"

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CASTLE CHRISTMAS TOURS WITH SANTA AT DALKEY CASTLE & HERITAGE CENTRE Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th & Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th & Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December 2019 Great Fun Family Day Out! No Queueing! Not to be missed. The best Santa experience for children around! The children will engage with Jingle who sings Christmas riddles while preparing the food for Santa and the reindeers. Twinkle, the Christmas…

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HALLOWEEN TOURS FOR CHILDREN DUE TO PHENOMONAL DEMAND AN EXTRA TOUR HAS BEEN ADDED – THURSDAY 31st AT 10.00am. All other times are booked out. The Witches have taken over Dalkey Castle this Halloween! Help the Archer to banish them to the hills! Last chance to see the witches on the battlements and all the other Halloween characters unique to Dalkey Castle. Book online at www.dalkeycastle.com/book-tickets/ or telephone 01 2858366.

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Sample some special witch pie on the Halloween Tours for children at Dalkey Castle! Very few spaces left for Wednesday at 2.00, 3.00 or 4.00pm. Thursday is fully booked. Don't delay, Great Halloween fun! www.dalkeycastle.com