Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre
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10:00 - 17:30
Monday
10:00 - 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:30
Thursday
10:00 - 17:30
Friday
10:00 - 17:30
Saturday
11:00 - 17:30
Sunday
11:00 - 17:30
About
Travel south along the coast to the picturesque heritage town of Dalkey, 25 minutes from Dublin City. Some artefacts date inhabitation of Dalkey Island to 4,500 B.C. At historic Dalkey Castle (1390), Costumed Living History Actors bring the ancient history to colourful life with archery, barber surgery and a cook giving a masterclass on circular economy (nothing was wasted) in medieval times, as part of every guided tour. Tour also includes exploration of the atmospheric 10th Century St Begnet's church & graveyard connected with the site. The heritage centre is also included with interactive screens in different languages & scale models. A Writers’ Gallery features the work of 45 locally connected creative artists from James Joyce to Bono and Samuel Beckett to Maeve Binchy. Climb to the battlements for magnificent views of the surrounding stunning landscape view of the sea and mountains. If you are with a larger group, perhaps add on a guided walk. Tours every 90 minutes.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Stephanie G
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and informative!
    I loved this sweet little tour! For the small space, it was so very informative and interesting. I especially loved the live actors teaching us so much about the time back when the castle was built. It was well worth the ticket price!
    Hello Stephanie, As the saying goes....."Good things come in small packages". Happy to hear that you felt you got value for the ticket price too. Thank you for taking the time to review your visit.
    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 July 2023
  • Alex J
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Living history tour is brilliant!
    We visited the heritage centre whilst we stayed in Dalkey. We did the living history tour and it was a very entertaining way to spend an hour! The actors were brilliant - we learnt loads and had lots of fun. Highly recommend!
    Hi Alex, Thank you for the 'highly recommended' review. We will pass on your comments to our actors.
    Written 10 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Rex F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day out for adults or kids, really fun!
    Myself and my friend had a brilliant time visiting dalkey castle. Our tour group was small, and we were first shown an informational video about the history of the castle. Then our tour guide brought us round the castle, where we heard from some actors in period costumes about their lives, some info from our guide, and some fun activities along the way! There were 2 kids in our tour group who also seemed to have a great time and the actors were brilliant with them. Really great fun with a lot of medieval and local history, great for kids and adults. Would highly recommend!
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience and for letting us know how much you enjoyed it. The actors are very good at responding to whatever combination of visitors arrives for each tour and taking note of children when they are there and so hopefully making the visit enjoyable for all the family.
    Written 23 August 2023
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    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • StephenInWSeattle
    Seattle, Washington501 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and Informative!
    Visiting Dalkey and had the opportunity to visit this amazing place. The museum was small, but filled with interesting historical details, in many different languages! Photos, models, a short video, artifacts and tours, were all available to explore the rich history of Dalkey Castle. The tour was particularly interesting, as local actors play the part of historic individuals to see what it would have been like to live in the castle and or community hundreds of years ago. It was a great balance of history, theatre, information that was perfect for children and adults. This is a must when you visit Dalkey!
    Hi Stephen, It is great to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much that you recommend it as ‘a must’ visit in Dalkey. Good to know that it appealed to both adults and children as it can be tricky for families to find something that all will enjoy. Thank you for the review.
    Written 23 August 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Beyza Y
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    History came to life in Dalkey Castle
    History came to life in Dalkey Castle. While the friendly staff explains the strategic importance of Dalkey and the castle in history, it is also possible to experience it with the amazing small plays by the actors. It is both an educative and fun experience. Highly recommended!
    Thank you for the review. Delighted to hear that you were entertained and enlightened by the tour.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Seunghee S
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience for family
    Great experience, The actors were amazing! It was entertaining as well as informative. Making the coin was the highlight of the journey, and our 7 year old love it. I feel the beginning of the trip was a bit dragging and boring, though. It would be nicer starting with the positive energy and fun. Also the there was no time for kids to look around properly or take a picture. Having a nice photo zone and giving some time to take a picture can be a bit of advertising.
    Delighted that you and your seven year old enjoyed the experience so much. It’s always a delight to see the joy on the young people’s faces. We try to find the balance between information and fun, hence the short introductory DVD to see Dalkey in context before heading out to ‘living in the past’ with the actors. We have had a busy summer and usually there’s lots of time to browse. We are sorry that you didn’t get that chance on the day you visited. If you are back in the area do let us know, in advance, and you can browse to your heart’s content. Most people take a quick photo on their camera phones nowadays. Hope to see you back for Halloween or Christmas when the programme changes.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Andrei-Go
    Timisoara, Romania38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing. Must see.
    This is the absolute best time I've had at a medieval castle and... I've been around. The place is awesome and the live actors are extremely entertaining, informative as well as passionate and knowledgeable about the time period.
    Hello Andrei, We do our absolute best to make the tour fun and amuse and inform at the same time. Great to hear that you felt we succeeded for your visit. Thank you for the review.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • Cathal K
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a Surprise!
    I visited on a quiet Monday afternoon in September. The actors scattered throughout the castle and who popped up on cue were absolutely brilliant! They cleverly mixed details and fun, so you came away remembering quite a lot of facts and amusing titbits. The assistants on the front desk most certainly deserve a mention for their friendliness and helpfulness. So too, did our guide who threaded the group through seamlessly and covered all the historical aspects of the site. I especially found the church and gravesite information really interesting. Great balance between fun and historical facts. (Shouting in unison from the top of the castle was great craic!)
    We have passed on your comments to the whole team here at Dalkey Castle who make the experience what it is. It is great to hear that you enjoyed the tour so much and that it is memorable for it's fun elements and historical facts. Thank you for the review.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 September 2023
  • Mari K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic !!!
    I visited Dalkey castle with my sister on Thursday the 7th September and I have to say it was definitely one I can highly recommend !! The guided tour never let your mind wonder away as the actors & the tour guide kept giving you a great insight into the past. The past surely came alive!!! I will not tell you all the interesting info I learned as I don't want to spoil it for you, so if you have any chance to visit it you will come out smiling 😁.
    Hi Mari, We really appreciate the 5 star recommendation from you and your sister. History comes to life is our aim! Glad you both enjoyed it.
    Written 13 September 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Jane G
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best castle tour I've ever experienced.
    All staff were so helpful and kind right from the moment you walk in the door until you walk out. Excellent guides. The tour of the castle was interesting, fun, authentic, and informative of the time period. Costumes were great. Actors stayed in character, and were interactive with guests. This is the best castle tour I've experienced. So fun I'll do it again.
    Hi Jane, We appreciate you taking the time to submit such a glowing review. We would be delighted to welcome you back. One of the best features of the tour is the interaction between the actors and our visitors making it a personal experience.
    Written 2 October 2023
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 September 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful time. We learned a lot but better than that the actors kept us laughing. They included us in their presentation and made the tour a real experience. We will always be glad that we took the time to go on this tour!
Written 7 July 2024
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Great to hear! Thank you for visiting.
Written 8 July 2024
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Jason
Yellowstone National Park, WY3 contributions
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Jul 2024 • Family
This is an amazing and interactive history lesson. The castle and adjoining cemetery are lovingly preserved and guide gave an interesting tour with great details.
The actors are wonderful, believable and even humorous.
It's not often you can walk through an actual piece of living history and feel what it might have been like to live those times. Highly recommend you go here with your family!
Written 6 July 2024
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What a lovely recommendation, thank you so much. Glad we brought the history of this wonderful heritage town to life for you.
Written 8 July 2024
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Jim M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
An absolutely professional and well presented tour fully enjoyed by all ages . The interaction with the children in the group was particularly enjoyable and this really is a must see in a beautiful coastal village a very short bus or train journey from the city centre .The tour guides and the costumed players were excellent and well done to you all. This most definitely is a must see for all!
Written 5 July 2024
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Wonderful to hear! Thank you for taking the time to review. Glad the children in the group in particular were entertained.
Written 8 July 2024
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Michael C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
We thought from start to finish it was a brilliant day. It was an enjoyable experience. The actors were excellent and made the day.
Written 4 July 2024
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That's what we love to hear! So glad you had an enjoyable experience and the actors brought the history to life for you. Thank you for visiting
Written 8 July 2024
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Rod C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Dalkey Castle is an amazing piece of history that comes alive with actors in period costumes conducting an interactive tale of life in the times of the castle. The castle is amazing, but the tour brings it to life. Don't miss.
Written 1 July 2024
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Nicely said, and much appreciated! We are glad you could feel the history of the place through the storytelling. Thank you for taking the time to review.
Written 3 July 2024
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RIM A
Rabat, Morocco2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
This was better than what we expected. We were lucky to have a private tour just my friend and I and we really enjoyed every bit of it. The tour was interactive, we learned a lot and the staff were really nice and helpful.
I would recommend for kids, families and friends to go visit and learn.
Thanks Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre team!
Written 26 June 2024
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You're very welcome! Thank you for coming to visit us and for the kind review. Thrilled you found it so enjoyable
Written 27 June 2024
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SweetTone
Nuremberg, Germany154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
My husband and I took a short train ride from Dublin to Dalkey. Our first stop was the Dalkey Castle and Heritage Center where we were offered a tour. What a delightful experience! Not only was the tour informative with lots of history of the area, but it was totally entertaining. Costumed actors realistically described Medieval life in an interesting and humorous way. We were totally entertained while learning about the historic area.
The tour does include a few steep steps but it's well worth the effort. My husband and I are seniors, but it wasn't too much climbing for us.
Written 22 June 2024
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Glad you found it entertaining and informative. The steps to the battlements can take some leg work. glad you felt it was worth it. Thank you so much for visiting us and the recommendation, We really appreciate it.
Written 23 June 2024
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Patrick C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
This is a fabulous tour. There was a great welcome from Minota. It is a brilliant living history experience. Highly recommended!
Written 19 June 2024
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a brilliant review.
Written 21 June 2024
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mrsmupps
New Zealand9 contributions
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Wow! Me and my son had the BEST time. Our beautiful guide Minota was so kind, and knowledgeable. We were equal parts delighted and enthralled with the living history tour. Our compliments to the actors who are captivating and committed to their roles and really bring history alive before your eyes. We are still buzzing, we had such an awesome time and can recommend Dalkey Castle 200% 😍
Go raibh míle maith agat, a Katie and Aidan
Written 17 June 2024
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Wonderful to hear Katie and Aidan! We really couldn't ask for a kinder and more considered review. Absolutely thrilled you had such a great visit and we really appreciate you taking the time to submit such an incredible review. Thank you.
Written 18 June 2024
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Dave K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The tour was excellent! The guide and interactive performers did a great job explaining various pieces of historical information. Highly recommended!
Written 7 June 2024
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High praise! Appreciate the recommendation. Thank you for visiting with us.
Written 9 June 2024
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