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 2 days ago
Regardless of the weather, our Living History tours will enliven and enlighten you this weekend. Open from 11.00 until last tour at 4.00.
2 weeks 2 days ago
School tours are in full swing every weekday morning until Easter Dalkey Castle! Lots of fun and lots of learning from Early Christian through Medieval to Victorian times! The Viking raid is reminiscent of stories from the Annals. The ‘welcome’ underneath The Murder Hole has to be experienced to be believed. The Archer is keeping everything under his hat and bracing himself for attack. The kids try out his longbow.…
3 weeks 2 days ago
Dalkey Castle is thrilled to have been awarded the CIE Award of Excellence for the Living History Tours at Dalkey Castle and the Guided Walk in Dalkey town after the tour. Visitor feedback gave the visit 92%. Looking forward to new CIE tours from April to October! Congrats to all the team!
1 month 6 days 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…