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James Joyce Tower & Museum

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Interesting to know the history

It looks like just any old tower but the guides were good enough to explain the history of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kovilpatti, India
A must for Joycians

A little bit of history and one that places you right in key scenes from the start of Ulysses. The... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dublin, Ireland
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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.
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Fortyfoot, Sandycove Point, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland
+353 1 280 9265
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It looks like just any old tower but the guides were good enough to explain the history of the tower and unfortunately because it was raining we couldn't go to the top.

Thank Shyamis
Reviewed 1 week ago

A little bit of history and one that places you right in key scenes from the start of Ulysses. The steps are steep and awkward and the museum is small, but you have to do it!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is small but meaningful. It's really neat to be in the very spot where part of Ulysses takes place. The staff are wonderful.

Thank mdos7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this museum last year with a friend from the US, who was blown away by being in the actual tower James Joyce refers to in Ulysses. Joyce actually only stayed there for six nights in 1904. It was rented then by his friend...More

1  Thank sophia7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My brother and I kicked off our Bloomsday weekend by starting at the James Joyce Tower on June 15. The staff were fantastic. It was just so special to be inside the Martello Tower and seeing everything on display. I can't quite put it into...More

Thank wherelolawent
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The James Joyce Tower is worth the climb even if you’re not all that into James Joyce. They have done a remarkable job of recreating a room described in Ulysses, and the tower roof has a nice view. It’s an old Martello tower, one of...More

1  Thank Anne C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The James Joyce Tower is known for being featured at the beginning of James Joyce's Ulysses. The museum contains rare editions of his work and other interesting items such as the original key to the tower, a plaster bust of Joyce, and two plaster death...More

Thank Salvatore1936
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dun Laoghaire Council have organised a number of summer cultural tours. We arrived at the tower at 2.30 and were the only people there for the tour. We agreed to wait to see would anybody else turn up. A bus tour of about 6 people...More

1  Thank Vincent D
Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

Lovely guys on reception gave a full and detailed description of what it was all about. I felt I'd learnt something rather than just seen it. Top men thank you 💚

Thank Kennyken78
Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

This is the Martello Tower mentioned early on in Joyce’s novel ‘Ulysses’. It is an immaculately well-kept miniature museum dedicated to the author. It contains interesting artefacts and information. You can climb the cramped, steep, stone spiral staircase to the upper floor, and on up...More

Thank James M
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11 June 2018|
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.
20 November 2016|
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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.