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Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio

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Martello Tower Abbey Street | Opposite Abbey Tavern, Howth, Ireland
+353 86 815 4189
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Eclectic, absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable.

This wonderful collection is an 'homage' to all foms of communication throughout the past 150 years... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
James H
via mobile
Great Collection of Old Radios

This museum is a must for anyone interested in the history of radio. There are some very novel... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2017
Toronto, Canada
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Martello Tower Abbey Street | Opposite Abbey Tavern, Howth, Ireland
+353 86 815 4189
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Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

This wonderful collection is an 'homage' to all foms of communication throughout the past 150 years or more. It is lovingly presented in a 19th century Martello tower which itself has a radio- related pedigree. There is everything here and I defy anyone to not...More

Thank James H
Reviewed 1 August 2017

This museum is a must for anyone interested in the history of radio. There are some very novel radios and record players here that you probably will not see elsewhere. Knowledgeable and friendly tour guide.

Thank camel1161
Reviewed 8 July 2017

This museum covers telecommunications from the beginning. Whether young or old this is a fascinating insight into telecommunications, radio broadcasting and aesthetic product design - ranging from radios designed as cars to telephones designed as Disney characters.

Thank James N
Reviewed 29 June 2017

This little museum with a large collection was recommended to us by someone in Dublin City when we said we were going to Howth. Housed in a Martello tower is one man's lifetime collection of wireless memorabilia. It is absolutely fascinating made even more so...More

Thank Kay B
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Since this is likely to be on your way to walking the trails to the summit, definitely stop by. Friendly staff, amazing collection of vintage radios and other memorabilia. How much time you spend here may be a function of the weather (it was great...More

Thank pfb410
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Don't expect any signage to say when it will be open. We had to call twice as first time it was closed fast but it was worth persevering and a return walk up the hill to the old Martello Tower which houses this odd collection...More

Thank Kirkcaldylad
Reviewed 20 April 2017

Restricted entry times but worth the small charge. Its warm on a windy day! The guides are interesting and the collection is a bit mad.

Thank f2s
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Had an amazing visit today with my family in this fascinating museum. Was met by knowledgeable and helpful guides who were very welcoming and happy to answer all our questions. A brilliant place to spend an hour in the very scenic location of a Martello...More

1  Thank Mimi K
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Some cool stories Michael told us. If you're in Howth you have to come up and spend some time surrounded by this great memorabilia and think of past events

Thank billie_birilli
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Very interesting history of the building and unique and interesting radios. He even played an old record for us. Worth the visit.

Thank Redranger475
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Response from gawley19 | Reviewed this property |
If you stand with your back to the Abbey tavern there is a retro toy shop across the road with a lane to the left of it going up a steep hill, which leads to the Martello tower that is the museum. It might be €5 for kids €10... More