Housed in a 15th-century tower house, this center tells the history of venerable Dalkey town in a few sweet, if unsophisticated, displays. Tours run by costumed guides tell the tale of the building (complete with live performance), or you can duck out of the (lengthy) tour and take in the view from the battlements instead. Adjoining the center is a medieval graveyard and the Church of St. Begnet (Dalkey’s patron saint), whose foundations date back to Ireland’s early Christian period. Dalkey itself is worth a wander; a heritage town with plenty of historic buildings, it also has lots of charming pubs, restaurants, and charming boutiques. If you enjoy country walks, climb Dalkey Hill in Dalkey Hill Park, just south of town, for great views of Killiney Bay, Bray Head, and Sugarloaf Mountain. From Coliemore Harbour, a 10-minute walk from the train station, you can take a 5-minute ferry ride to clamber around rocky, abandoned Dalkey Island, with its ruined church and guard tower, wild goats, and seal colony.
Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
Castle St., Dalkey
Our Rating Neighborhood 16km/10 miles southeast of Dublin on R119 Hours Mon and Wed–Fri 10am–5pm; Sat–Sun 11am–5pm Transportation DART: Dalkey. Bus: 7D, 59 Phone 01/285-8366 Prices Admission €9 adults; €7 seniors and students; €7 children 5–12; €25 families Web site Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre
MapCastle St., Dalkey Dublin
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