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Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

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Address: Castle Street | Dalkey, Dalkey 000, Ireland
Phone Number: +353 1 285 8366
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9:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Mon 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Fri 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Description: Enjoy the contrast between 15th century living history with actors in...
Enjoy the contrast between 15th century living history with actors in period costume and the interactive elements of 21st century technology (available in twelve languages). Travel back in time and be enthralled by the extraordinary work of the Archer, the Cook and the Travelling Barber-Surgeon. Afterwards you can climb to the battlements for panoramic views of sea and mountains. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the 10th century Church and Graveyard. Follow the interactive timeline from early Christian through Viking, Medieval, Victorian and modern times in Dalkey. Explore the area's literary and creative connections in the Writer's Gallery.
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Myself and my partner spent the day here on the Saturday. What a fun day. The staff are wonderful they play the part so well and never come out of character. It is interesting and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Myself and my partner spent the day here on the Saturday. What a fun day. The staff are wonderful they play the part so well and never come out of character. It is interesting and informative tour. I would recommend this attraction to friends and family members. And would return ourselves as we didn't get time to view the interactive... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Being near the Irish coast we waned to visit a nice coastal town and decided to pay Dalkey a visit. Best choice made that trip! Upon arrival it was still a bit cloudy so we decided to visit the castle first. First impressions last for sure, the staff was superfriendly and since we were first to arrive we got our... More 

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Dalkey C, Public Relations Manager at Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Hello Babs, Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review. We are delighted that you decided to visit Dalkey and that you both really enjoyed the Living History tour. The staff appreciate the comments too! More 

Saint John, Canada
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134 reviews 134 reviews
44 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Traveled to Dalkey to do the coastal walk between the harbour and Kilinney but due to really poor weather we had to find something else to do. Wandered into Dalkey Castle mostly to get out of the rain and learned of their tour. The price was so very reasonable that we decided to take it in. The staff were so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

So much fun! The tour consisted of a fun and general overview of what life was like in medieval Ireland complete with tour guides dressed in period dress and inviting tourists to participate in the historical experience. Children as well as adults will delight in the interactive experience.

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Melrose,MA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

I've done enough castles and historical sites in my lifetime. As I climb up the steep circular steps in the castle, I think, been there, done that. But what is really cool about this place is that there is an actor/actress at the top ready to greet you and talk about the days events as if you are part of... More 

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Dalkey C, Public Relations Manager at Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Hello Nora, Thank you for taking the time to review your visit to us. It is great to get such a positive response. We hope you enjoyed your trip to Ireland. More 

Neath, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This castle is really small, but the staff is playing roles of some characters who would live in the castle and educate you about the history of this interesting place in a very funny way. I would recommend it to everyone.

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Dalkey C, Public Relations Manager at Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the comments. We are delighted you enjoyed the tour and appreciate the review. More 

Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

i think everytthing was amazing, the guide wass kind and funny and the characters were soo good and never boring! also the building and the old church in the back are magnificent, i am in love and i would see it 100 times more! -an italian student

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Dalkey C, Public Relations Manager at Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre, responded to this review

Hello Macy R, Thank you for the very positive response to your visit to Dalkey Castle. We really appreciate the comments and hope you enjoyed your stay in Ireland. More 

Wicklow
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6 reviews 6 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The tour around the castle was educational and the staff made it interesting. They do a good job imparting information about past times in the castle. There is a short video before the tour begins and it was very well executed. If I had one suggestion I would incorporate the graveyard into the tour as there really wasn't enough time... More 

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Waterford, Ireland
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Very educational tour with a very entertaining twist :-), the staff are lovely & very friendly the tour is great getting to go around the castle & meet some of the castle "residents" to keep you informed in the most interactive way posdibke well worth a visit looking forward to doing this tour with groups in the future

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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37 reviews 37 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

We had taken a day trip to Dalkey (which is 25 minutes by the DART train) from Pearse street station. Dalkey is a quaint little town, people are friendly and while walking down the streets we came up on the small structure which is Dalkey castle. The tour guides were well trained, it was done in phases with different staff... More 

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