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James Joyce Tower & Museum

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Fortyfoot, Sandycove Point, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
+353 1 280 9265
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Magical place

Wonderful to visit this tower many years after reading Ulysses - quite an emotional moment. It was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
shepherdgary
Highlight of our trip

The tours are done by volunteers and they are truly fantastic, full of lively stories and wit. This... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charles F
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Museum housed in a seaside tower that inspired the setting of the first chapter of Ulysses; features memorabilia and a fantastic view of the coast and the surrounding countryside.
  • Excellent64%
  • Very good32%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“volunteer staff” (12 reviews)
“great tour” (4 reviews)
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Fortyfoot, Sandycove Point, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
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+353 1 280 9265
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful to visit this tower many years after reading Ulysses - quite an emotional moment. It was a beautiful day and the peace of the place compared with the hubub of Dublin was a complete contrast - great views from the top of the tower,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tours are done by volunteers and they are truly fantastic, full of lively stories and wit. This is interesting to anyone even if you are not a fan of Joyce or even literature. The setting is pleasant as well, close by a favorite local...More

Thank Charles F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After visiting this museum I decided to reread the Ulysses. There is a panoramic view of Dublin bay from the roof. This was the one of the highlights our visit to Dublin. Also enjoyed the beautiful beach which is wild and mild.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are a number of places like this across Ireland where local volunteers are working to maintain and share the cultural heritage of a place. This is an excellent example of the phenomenon, with a devoted, highly engaged staff serving to keep the flame of...More

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Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

This was a surprise visit as we were supposed to be on a tour of Glendalock but were let down because our coach didn't turn up. James and the team of volunteers made our day with the brilliant tour and all the facts and tales...More

Thank vinblue
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

This free James Joyce is in the Martello tower at Sandycove that is the setting for the opening of Ulysses. It is staffed by enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers and has many interesting exhibits related to Joyce. Although it is tiny, we spent over an hour...More

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Reviewed 27 March 2018 via mobile

I didn't necessarily intend to go here, but I was walking past. A small museum with great views from the tower, the real gem were the the two volunteers. Both men were very knowledgeable about James Joyce and his writing. I enjoyed it completely, I...More

Thank shetravelsafairbit
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

The converted Martello Tower in Sandycove which features in the opening of James Joyce’s epic novel is a little gem on the coast south of Dublin. Joyce himself spent a few fateful nights here before deciding to leave Ireland for good at the beginning of...More

Thank Montparnasse71
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

This Martello tower, overlooking Dublin Bay on the cliff in Dun Laoghaire, is an essential part of the James Joyce experience in Dublin. So fascinating/inspiring to visit where the author lived and worked for some of his early life and the setting of the opening...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

On a weekend in Dublin we wanted to have a stroll along the oceanside and picked Sandycove. Tremendous luck to stumble up on this great little museum (considering what you pay for some tours, amazing that it was free). It's a beautiful spot and the...More

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olgamaughan
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Response from vinblue | Reviewed this property |
The tours start from 10 am and last about 45 minutes. All the tour guides are volunteers and are very good.
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Yvonne4795
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Response from plewco | Reviewed this property |
According to their leaflet, it is open 7 days a week 10 am to 6 pm in summer and 7 days a week 10 am to 4 pm in winter, 365 days a year. and email. Admission is free, but they do appreciate contributions.
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