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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The Draft County Development Plan 2022-2028 is now available online and we are inviting you to give us your views! The first consultation phase will run up to and including the April 16th. Explore our Virtual Room in #DalkeyCastle and #HaveYourSay: bit.ly/dlrCDP21

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#staylocal #shoplocal #supportlocal A big thank you to all who answered the call to support local over Christmas. At Dalkey Castle we were delighted with the response. Just one day left to get your Dalkey sweatshirt. Come in and buy Christmas gifts for friends or family. Choose from a selection of knitwear, scarves and hats or buy from our beautiful selection of Misha and Fuschia jewellery too. Everything is reduced

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1 month 5 days ago

Want to #staylocal #shoplocal and support local this Christmas? Did you know that Mishe necklaces and earrings are lovingly fashioned from semi-precious stones by designer Patricia Walsh at her studio in Rathfarnham, Co Dublin. Dalkey Castle Shop will be open this weekend from Friday 18th -Sunday 20th from 10.00am -5.00pm stocking Patricia’s necklaces and pendants with a 25% reduction. @dlr.tourism

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Want to #StayLocal #shoplocaland support local this Christmas? Did you know that Dalkey Island is one of the islands around Ireland that inspired the design of Irish made Pashmina wool and silk scarves? Ideal gift for those who like a sense of style. Dalkey Castle Shop will be open this weekend from Friday 18th -Sunday 20th from 10.00am-5.00pm stocking Dalkey Island inspired scarves with a 25% reduction. @dlr.tourism