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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2 days 3 hours ago
Hop on the Iarnród Éireann Irish Rail DART if you are you looking for a family fun trip! 🚉 Come along to Dalkey Castle and you will be highly entertained. Meet the characters bringing history to life in a unique way. Join us on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July for tours at 11.00, 13.30, 15.00 & 16.30. There are FREE DLR sponsored tours at 11.00 & 16.30. All tours…
3 days 21 hours ago
For great views along the coast from Coliemore harbour across to Dalkey Island come to Dalkey for a great day out! 🌊 Experience the Living History tour at Dalkey Castle and drop in to one of the cafes for lunch afterwards. All tours must be pre-booked. DLR sponsored FREE tours take place at 10.00 and 16.30 Monday – Friday & 11.00 & 16.30 on Saturday & Sunday. To book visit…
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6 days 22 hours ago
As part of the DLR Sponsored Tours programme we will have 2 FREE tours each day at 10.00 and 16.30 on weekdays and 11.00 and 16.30 at weekends. Pre-book your tickets here 👉www.dalkeycastle.com/about/tickets/
1 week 4 days ago
We are delighted to announce that we have officially reopened today! 🎉 Our tours last one hour and will take place weekdays at 10.00, 11.30, 13.30, 15.00 & 16.30 and weekends at 11.00, 13.30, 15.00 & 16.30. You can pre-book your tickets here: www.dalkeycastle.com/about/tickets/