Things to do in Dalkey

Bob Hannan High Res

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is a visitor attraction along the coastline, ten miles south of Dublin city. There are guided tours all day excluding lunch time. The visitor experience includes an interactive live theatre performance with costumed actors.Dalkey Castle is comprised of a fortified town house/ small castle structure, an early Christian Church & Graveyard, a modern Heritage Centre and Writers’ Gallery. You can climb to the battlements with its magnificent views of sea and mountains. In complete contrast to the Living History tour, you can spend time browsing the interactive screens in the new state of the art Heritage Centre. If literary matters take your fancy, why not explore the Writers’ Gallery where over forty writers and creative artists from Joyce and Beckett to Bono and Binchy hold sway?

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Maeve Binchy (4)**New for 2016**

Maeve Binchy and Famous Irish Writers Walk in Dalkey

On Fridays from June 3th –Sept 2nd  at  13.30.

Meet at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Must be pre-booked. Tickets €8.50. (Minimum numbers required.)

Combined ticket for Guided Walk + Living History Tour €13.00.

The ‘Maeve Binchy and famous Irish Writers Walk’ starts in the Writers’ Gallery at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre.

From Dalkey Castle, along the streets, past the station and into St Patrick’s Square, walkers will enjoy snippets from the work of Maeve Binchy, James Joyce, GB Shaw, Hugh Leonard and Flann O’Brien, just for starters.

The walk will finish in the beautiful Maeve Binchy Garden in Dalkey Library where a mosaic to Maeve’s memory proudly stands. Here, too, the Gordon Snell rose flowers in season.

The walk lasts just under one hour and is fully microphoned to the lead tour guide for ease of listening.    Phone:  01 285 8366


Ken the ferrymanKen the Ferryman

Ken is a native of Dalkey, coming from a strong boating background. His knowledge of the sea and the waterways of Dalkey sound are second nature to him. Ken is an oarsman in the east-coast rowing community for the past 45 years.
Ken’s boat The Lilly Rose has passed the stringent tests set out by the Department of Marine and is licensed to carry five people. Life jackets are provided for all age groups. Infant to adult. Ken holds all the necessary qualifications as required by the authorities. The ferry operates 7 days a week from 10 o’clock to 6 o’clock

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Kayaking DalkeyGuided Kayak Tours specialise in providing kayaking and canoeing courses, classes and trips all over Ireland and abroad. We offer everything from relaxing scenic trips for beginners, groups and families to high adrenaline whitewater and everything in between!

They run kayak tours on a daily basis in 3 locations:

Around DALKEY for Morning, Afternoon and Sunset tours

Along the LIFFEY at LUCAN

Along the ROYAL CANAL near LUCAN

Tours last between 2-3 hours and are suitable for complete beginners. All gear & equipment is provided so all you need to worry about is having fun.

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