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Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Castle Street, Dalkey, Ireland
+353 1 285 8366
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Ranked #2 of 5 attractions in Dalkey
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
Owner description: Enjoy the contrast between 15th century living history with actors in period costume and the interactive elements of 21st century technology... more » Owner description: Enjoy the contrast between 15th century living history with actors in period costume and the interactive elements of 21st century technology (available in six 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. « less
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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is an experience not to be missed. The staff do a wonderful job of bringing you back to earlier times with accents, costumes and stories.The tour is fun, charming and a real history lesson. This was the best value in a five week tour of Ireland. Phil Gorman San Diego, CA

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Delaware
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Lots of hills to go up & down so not for the out of shape folks. Worth the trip but take your time. Lots of dogs off leashes....the thing to do there I suppose. Nice people out & about.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

So interesting for me, 74, three grandchildren from Sydney 11, 9 and 6, two sons mid 40's and one grandchild 12,really well done, well acted , 6 yr old old wanted to pee down murder hole on intruders !! Message got through !!! Oh plus a daughter-inlaw , thanks Frank Mulligan

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is a must. A visit to Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. We were greeted on arrival by Deirdre who brought us in to see a video first to hear the history of the castle. Then we started the tour. We were surprised by Stephen, aka Rupert ( the archer) in full medieval dress who really brought the history alive... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Dalkey castle is a great place where history is vividly brought to life by period actors. Children especially love this place, which is very interactive compared to normal museum exhibits. It was great to see the history of Dalkey, get a great feel for life in medieval times and take in the fantastic views of Dublin Bay and mountains from... More

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Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We stepped off the DART train in Dalkey and found ourselves in a picturesque village that would be a charming destination on its own. But Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre made our visit really unforgettable. Historical "re-enactors" dressed in period costume give tours and explained about the area's history (even the five year old in our group was fascinated by... More

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a fun little tour. It's a very small castle, in fact what it really is is a "fortified townhouse." They use a sequential series of live actors in period clothes to give you the history and a tour of the building. It is a little corny at times, but it's interesting. You can climb up to the ramparts,... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It was a different experience from my previous visits to the castles. The tour of the castle is presented by "some peoples that live there", they are costumed actors that makes you feel like you are a guest of that castle. After I was invited to dinner and I was cured by a barber, I really felt like I was... More

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Mill Valley, California
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

At the end of our trip we had already taken many castle tours throughout Ireland, but we went for one more because a family member jpined us and he had never taken one. We made the day trip from Dublin (not worth it just for this) and took this tour. It was not the biggest or a particularly well restored... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Even though I was the only person visiting the castle at the time, I was very impressed with the commitment of the actor guides to perform to the best of their abilities. All of the staff were very friendly and helpful. Historically speaking, it was not the most significant site that I ever visited, but the way that it comes... More

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