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

3 days 19 hours ago

HALLOWEEN TOURS for children

The Witches have taken over Dalkey Castle this Halloween!

Help the Archer to banish them to the hills!

Outside, you can pick your steps around a haunted graveyard and meet a real ghost, the ancient protector of the Castle.

Carry the Jack O’Lantern to ward off evil spirits. Stand in The Murder Room of the Castle, and dodge through the terrible things that descend through The Murder Hole.
Each Halloween, watch out for the ghostly Viking warriors, who captured slaves and imprisoned them on Dalkey Island. Pay the Viking taxes, or ‘you will pay through the nose’.
Make your own Viking coins to go into the Halloween Barm Brack. Weave magic spells with the good witch around her cauldron and much more besides.
Dates: Monday 28th October & Wednesday 30th at 14.00, 15.00 & 16.00.
Thursday 31st October at 11.00 & 12.00.
(Closed Tuesday 29th October)
Tickets €8.95 per child. Accompanying Adults €6.95.
Family ticket €25 (2Adults + 2 children u12)
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Dalkey Castle

1 week 1 day ago

CHECK OUT our photo gallery from yesterday's #echoesdalkey with thanks to Conor McCabe Photography for capturing the spirit of the day. Thanks to all these brilliant writers and talkers for making it happen Hazel Gaynor Andrea Carter Jo Spain Carlo Gébler Roisin Ingle Ibrahim Halawa Fionn Davenport Lynn Ruane Mary Pat Kelly Martin Doyle Clelia Murphy, Madeleine Keane, Christine Dwyer Hickey, Niall MacMonagle, Chris Binchy, Olivia O'Leary, and Deirdre O'Kane.


Dalkey Castle

1 week 3 days ago

#Echoes Festival opened this evening with Maeve Binchy's 'Aches & Pains'

FULL HOUSE tonight for Aches and Pains at #echoesdalkey. Thanks to a great audience for getting us off to a brilliant start. Looking forward to a jam-packed day tomorrow with some of Ireland's best writers. www.echoes.ie


Dalkey Castle

1 week 5 days ago

ECHOES starts tomorrow evening with a SOLD OUT performance of 'Aches & Pains' but you can still join us on Saturday all day.

IT'S TIME! #echoesdalkey kicks off tomorrow with Shay Linehan's adaptation of Aches and Pains, which is SOLD OUT! Tickets for our Saturday programme, featuring great contemporary Irish writers are selling fast. Join Carlo Gébler Jo Spain Hazel Gaynor Andrea Carter Ibrahim Halawa Lynn Ruane Mary Pat Kelly Cathy Kelly Clelia Murphy and more this Saturday in Dalkey. Tickets at www.echoes.ie