Free entry to Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

  • Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
  • Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
  • Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
  • Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Dublin Pass Benefits:

Free entry to Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
Normal Price: Adult: €8.50 ; Child: €6.50

Dalkey Castle is one of seven fortified castles and houses in Dalkey town, ten miles south of Dublin city centre. Visitors can explore the heritage of this medieval port and learn about the role in which it played in its community, both culturally and spiritually. From the church and graveyard to the writer’s gallery, there’s plenty to learn about this Irish heritage.


  • Writer’s Gallery
  • Battlement fields
  • Coastal views
  • 10th century church
  • Guided Literary and Historical walks

Did you know

- Dalkey, in Irish Deilginis, means ‘thorn island’

- Many writers and celebrities have lived in Dalkey, including Maeve Binchy, Hugh Leonard, Bono and Van Morrison

- Dalkey is also home to a wide range of wildlife, including a colony of seals, a heard of wild goats and a pod of dolphins

Things to see:

Writer’s Gallery

Learn about Dublin’s rich literary culture at Dalkey’s Writer’s Gallery which highlights Ireland’s creative successes through the years, featuring Bono, Beckett and Joyce. Visitors can also see a trail map of the country’s most prolific writers as well as learn about their breadth of literary achievements through interactive displays.

Church and graveyard

The site upon which St Begnet’s Church sits dates as far back as the 6th and 7th century, as archaeologists believe the current stone church ruins we see today was built on the site of an old wooden one. Now it’s one of two churches in the area, both with the same name, where visitors can explore the graveyard once used as a burial ground in the 13th century.

Heritage Centre

Learn about the earliest settlers on Dalkey Island 6,500 years ago, through early Christian, Viking, Medieval and Victorian times to the present day. With an interactive timeline, you can learn about fascinating facts about the island and old port – including the story of the six-legged cow and the crowning of the King of Dalkey on Dalkey Island.


Every day, (except Tuesdays) actors from Deilg Inis Living History Theatre Company bring history to life in a fun and entertaining way. Characters include the Archer who, with his longbow and sharp arrows, defends the castle from attack. The visiting Barber Surgeon will trim your hair, extract your bad tooth and sometimes has a special offer on urine sampling! The Cook prepares delicious, culinary delights. Hedgehog pie is a house speciality! 

Please note: numbers on each tour are limited. Check availability as tours can be fully booked in advance by group bookings.  Guided Historical Walks & Guided Literary Walks: enquire for details.

How to get there:

    DART: 8 to Dalkey
    Aircoach to Dalkey from Dublin Airport

see the: full list of attractions included

September - May
Monday 10.00 - 17.00/17.30
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10.00 - 17.00/17.30
Thursday 10.00 - 17.00/17.30
Friday 10.00 - 17.00/17.30
Saturday 10.00 - 17.00/17.30
Sunday 10.00 - 17.00/17.30
Last Admission: 16.10
June - August
Monday 10.00 - 18.00
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 10.00 - 18.00
Thursday 10.00 - 18.00
Friday 10.00 - 18.00
Saturday 10.00 - 18.00
Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Last Admission: 17.10

Closed: Tuesdays, 24th December to 5th January

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Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, Castle Street, Dalkey, County Dublin


+353 1 285 8366