Very scenic ride from Dublin to Dalkey on the Dart and a short walk from th train station to the castle. Even in summer there was no line or long waiting time. Staff was very friendly and informative. Short video presentation then a walk through the remains of the castle grounds complete with a historic castle dweller. i am a history buff so it was like walking through time as the little group of us we led through a religious daance complete with a wall touching to relieve our troubles. then it was up to the castle, not many steps but a bit tricky. The next castle dweller took us through various types of castle occupations and it was a hands on experience. I have read many books on history but nothing compared to these demonstrations. We were taken to the top of the castle and though not much to see on top, the view around was splendid. There is a small gift shop but apart from post cards there was not much pertaining to the castle. The fee was small and well worth the experience.
The small village has a few pubs and eating places, but my favourite was a small gift shop the boasted different fare than you would fine in a regular tourist shop and worth a visit, you cannot miss it on you right if you are walking from the castle.
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