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.


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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19 hours 35 minutes ago

Did you know that as the Barber Surgeon continues his surgery at Dalkey Castle, he hangs out the bloody bandages on a white pole to dry? Therefore, passers-by know that the barber surgeon with his cart complete with all his sharp knives, medicinal herbs and ways of curing all ills is in residence. Not many people know that this is the origin of the red and white Barber’s pole, still…

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1 week 4 days ago

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3 weeks 4 days ago

We wish all our visitors a very happy Christmas and New Year! We look forward to welcoming many more in 2020 to our Living History tours. We are closed until 6th January at 10.00 am.

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1 month 9 hours ago

Last chance to visit Santa at Dalkey Castle this weekend on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd December. Tickets only now for 12.00 & 14.00 on Saturday and for 11.00 on Sunday. There is a very limited amount of tickets available so don’t delay. This is an interactive experience with Santa and his elves with storytelling and singing. Each child receives a gift from Santa at the end of the visit.…

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1 month 5 days ago

Castle Christmas Tours with Santa. LIMITED NUMBER OF PLACES LEFT! Book NOW! NO QUEUING, just book your place(s) and you’re straight in at the appointed time! The tours are specially devised for the children who are expecting Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and are full of fun, stories and games. Costs remain low thanks to the support of DLRCo.Co. Each child gets an age appropriate gift from Santa. The highlight,…