Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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Travel south along the coast to the heritage town of Dalkey, 30 minutes from Dublin city. At Dalkey Castle, Living History actors bring the ancient history to colourful life with archery, barber surgery and cookery, as part of every guided tour. Climb to the battlements for magnificent views of sea and mountains. Check out the Writers’ Gallery which features the work of 45 creative artists from Joyce to Bono and Beckett to Maeve Binchy. Tours every 90 minutes.
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  • Alizia G
    2 contributions
    Excellent school or family tour
    I took my 6th class on the tour of the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre. From start to finish it was very well organised, I would recommend this trip for families and schools with no hesitation. Rita gave just the right amount of information to keep the students' attention and the characters we met from many years ago really brought it all to life. At the end the teachers were treated to a lovely cuppa. Super job to everyone concerned and thank you.
    Thank you Alizia for the review. We really value the feedback and recommendation. Delighted that the students enjoyed the visit.
    Written April 14, 2022
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    Traveled on business
    Written April 13, 2022
  • Penny
    1 contribution
    History enacted in Dalkey Castle
    I had a great tour of Dalkey Castle and St Begnet's Church yesterday. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful, all the staff were very friendly. The actors were brilliant, I really enjoyed their banter and they made for a very entertaining hour. Would recommend the experience to anyone, I think children would love it and would learn a lot.
    Hello Penny, Thank you for the review and the recommendation. The actors and guides enjoy and appreciate the interaction with visitors of all ages.
    Written April 28, 2022
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    Written April 23, 2022
  • amoh2016
    2 contributions
    Santa Visit experience
    Really excellent experience - grandchildren 6 and 4 from Canada loved it - great participation event for the kids ( and the adults !!) Really well done , small groups , excellent Santa and really great not commercialised offering focussed on enjoyment by the kids . Great support also from Santa and the Castles’ helpers . All round a terrific experience - well done to Santa and the grown up Elves who organise .
    Traveled with family
    Written December 22, 2022
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Karen
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Aug 2021
Dalkey castle is only a small castle but it was a wonderful visit. The staff are very friendly and host an efficient tour of the castle. One guide speaks giving information and then you are passed to the next guide and so on. The thing I liked most about this castle is how the actors who were dressed in clothes of the time really put on a show and you really felt transported back in time. The theatrics helped to make the whole visit not only interesting for my husband and I but also for our 2 sons - 7yrs & 13yrs. Would definitely recommend.
Written September 15, 2021
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Hello Arnie, Thank you so much for the very detailed review. It is good to hear that it was appealing to both the adults and the younger members of your family. Thanks also for the recommendation.
Written September 21, 2021
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Marjorie621
Tucson, Arizona, United States38 contributions
May 2022
This tour should not be missed! The Heritage Center at Dalkey Castle has been really well done and is informative and educational. The tour included a DVD presentation, a guide presentation, and then “daily life” presentations by three actors who did a wonderful job educating the group while doing it with lots of charm and humor. It’s amazing how much has been done at this castle to provide a wonderful story of its history and what life was like in the 1500s at the castle.
Written May 28, 2022
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Hi Marjorie, We appreciate the 5* review and the highly recommended comment. Good to know that you found it educational and fun as that is our aim with the characters of the Cook, the Archer and the Barber Surgeon. Thank you for visiting.
Written May 31, 2022
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EtelkaBuday
Szombathely, Vas, Hungary24 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Visiting the castle is well worth it. They make the most of the place with actors in costumes telling you about the life in the castle. Also, there's a short film on and a guide. It's a great, resourceful way to inform and entertain the visitors. Just a 30-min train journey from Dublin, the village itself is lovely(as if time has stopped) with scenic coastal views. Highly recommended!
Written September 29, 2022
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Thanks for the very detailed review. Glad that you felt it is an unforgettable experience. The DART train is a great mode of transport to get here alright.
Written November 28, 2022
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Christy M
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Friends
Our tour guides were brilliant and engaging. Their Dalkey story related local contexts with historical details in a hugely interesting narrative. The following day, I continued to muse over how archery was developed, why yew trees are in most graveyards and how your health can improve with a little bloodletting. The acting, and setting were first class. Terrific entertainment !
Written April 15, 2022
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Hello Christy, The storytelling and interaction with the actors and guides is a unique feature of this experience. Sharing history and entertaining at the same time. We really appreciate the review.
Written April 23, 2022
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crayolabird
Savage, MD608 contributions
Apr 2022
EXCELLENT living history experience for myself and my boys, ages 16, 9 and 9. We loved the interactive actors, the history we learned, the walking around and exploring - it was great! I was worried about the fact that you have to "tour" it in a group, as one of my nine year olds is rather impatient with that sort of thing usually, but this was SO well done that he was engaged entire time! I could've believe it! Lots of gruesome and interesting tidbits that were exactly what he's interested in learning. Can't recommend this enough for families! Sure, I learned a lot too and laughed out loud as well at the humor. Very good value for the money.
Written July 11, 2022
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Hi, Thank you for taking the time to submit such a detailed review of the tour. We are delighted that you all enjoyed it so much and that it was educational as well as fun!
Written July 25, 2022
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Domovoi
9 contributions
Nov 2021
Wonderful. I went in, thinking it was just a small walk thru museum with a few diagrams you read. It ended up being a guided tour with re-enactors showing what life was like at the time Dalkey Castle was built. I reserved a less popular tour time, which led me to being the only person on the tour. They still did the full presentations like they would for a whole group.
I don't know how much tickets normally are, as I went in 2021 when a lot of prices for heritage sites in the country are free. I was allowed to take pictures the entire time, and some of the best images from my entire trip were from the top of the castle.
Even though I went alone, as an adult in my 20's, this would easily be a great family friendly even to take kids to while in town.
Written November 29, 2021
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We appreciate you taking the time to review your experience at Dalkey Castle. It is good to know that you really enjoyed the visit as a solo traveller. The Cook, the Archer and the Barber Surgeon are happy to welcome one visitor or lots at a time and tell them the stories of their life in Dalkey Castle's past.
Written December 14, 2021
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Paul K
Harbin, China3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
The guides were highly knowledgeable and willing to answer all the questions I had. As a historian, that made me happy.
The actors did a fine job, and used a good bit of humor to explain their medieval roles.
Kudos Dalkey Castle !
Written September 7, 2022
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Thank you Paul for the review. The guides and actors will be very pleased to hear your comments.
Written November 28, 2022
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Terra T
4 contributions
Jun 2022
Our boys aged 9-11 loved this tour, more than any other we took on the trip. The living history re enactments were educational and entertaining, especially the archer…who both made slightly gruesome jokes and also gently engaged a younger girl on the tour and got her to smile. The castle itself is fascinating, and the tiny souvenir shop has high-quality a cut above the usual kitchy tourist fare. Highly recommended!
Written June 25, 2022
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Hello, Thank you for the recommendation. We appreciate the feedback and are delighted that the boys enjoyed it so much.
Written July 25, 2022
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Karina B
Naas, Ireland9 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
The interaction with actors and visitors was great as they obviously adapt their delivery depending on the age profile. The two ladies giving the initial tour in the heritage centre and St Begnets's graveyard were very knowledgeable and answered additional queries. Well worth a visit . ..and I grew up there so it even more special 👏👏
Written April 16, 2022
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Hi Karina, We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed visiting Dalkey Castle and seeing the experience with the actors and guides through the eyes of a local. Thank you for the review.
Written April 23, 2022
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Emma
14 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Was really impressed with this tour and would highly recommend it. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and the actors really added to it, bringing history to life and making it a fun experience. It's really well organised and you learn a lot!
Written September 23, 2021
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Thank you for the review and the recommendation. Delighted that you enjoyed the experience with both the actors and the tour guides.
Written December 14, 2021
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  • Wed - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
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