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Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio

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Address: Martello Tower Abbey Street | Opposite Abbey Tavern, Howth, Ireland
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+353 86 815 4189

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A hidden gem of history in Howth

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mimi K
Greystones, Ireland
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Greystones, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 Tower looking out at Ireland's eye and Howth Head. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Mimi K
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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

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5 of 5 bubbles 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
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This place is a treasure trove of interesting and beautiful communication devices in mint condition, with some even still working. When we arrived Mick, our guide, refused to take payment until after we had heard what he had to say – a really nice touch. He is a great storyteller and this is well worth the €5 cover charge to... More 

1 Thank LollLee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Ask Mick to explain that one for you. Very interesting little museum to one man's obsession with all things to do with communication.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

I visited the museum today with my 14 year old son. We had a great time. The guide was incredibly knowledgable and brought the history and nostalgia to life. The collection and location are perfect together. It should be bursting all the time. A bit out of the way but well worth the effort to find and explore.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

Found this place by accident. Be warned, it is not wheelchair accessible and may be difficult for older people but I went with an 82 year old friend. Up a steep lane and then steps up to the Martello Tower. The space is small, on two levels. It is a private collection, not just of vintage radio but of all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

The Hurdy Gurdy Museum is a tiny place and could not be said to be a fully fledged museum as most people are used to, but it's certainly very Irish in nature and quaint! Based in a little tower, it is full of ancient radios and supported by a very knowledgable custodian, it provides lots of hands-on opportunities for the... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

I was admittedly a bit unsure if I was going to like this place. I walked up and it seemed as if they weren't open (no line, two cars out front, dead quiet). I walked inside and was greeted by three gentlemen: two practicing amateur radio from the station at Hurdy Gurdy and one older gent who greeted me and... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

An amazing find and a superb collection of old radios and other nostalgic technology from the ages. Staffed by two enthusiastic and knowledgeable guys who gave us a guided tour round this labour of love. Well worth a visit when you're in Howth!

Thank Ciaran C

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