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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CASTLE CHRISTMAS TOURS WITH SANTA A visitor to last year’s Santa tour had this to say - “I have to highly recommend the Santa Experience in Dalkey Castle for those of you with children of that age. I visited today with my kids aged 5 and almost 3 and it was really lovely. The kids loved it. It’s very interactive with lots of child participation. It is way up there…

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Sleigh bells are ringing and Jingle is singing! Castle Christmas Tours with Santa start on Saturday 7th. December. Meet Jingle who sings Christmas songs while preparing the food for Santa and the reindeer. Santa has a gift for every child. Co-funded by DLR Co. Co. Book now at https://www.dalkeycastle.com/product/santa-christmas-tours/

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Castle Christmas Tours with Santa Don’t Miss out! Book in time! Dalkey Castle Christmas Tours, has Santa as the main character in the 45-minute show. Best of all (for parents) there’s 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…

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See a selection of highlights from ECHOES 2019.