Dalkey was founded as a Viking settlement and became an important port during the Middle Ages. In modern times, Dalkey has become a thriving seaside suburb and tourist attraction. It has been home to many writers and celebrities including Maeve Binchy, Hugh Leonard, Bono and Van Morrison.
The Heritage Centre Castle Street
The Heritage Centre provides information concerning Dalkey and the surrounding areas. Professional actors bring history to life with daily theatre performance as part of the guided tour. It is located next door to the Queens Pub and Steakhouse.
Walking and Hiking
Killiney and Dalkey Hills offer fantastic panoramic views over Dublin Bay, Vico Road, Sandycove Seafront and Dun Laoghaire Pier.
Sandycove Beach and ''The 40 Foot''
Immortalised in James Joyce's Ulysses and loved by generations of the city's swimmers, “the Forty Foot” is a Dublin institution.
Sandycove is a small, half moon shaped beach just before you reach the 40 Foot. Fun Fact: Historically, it was a "Gentlemen’s Only" Bathing place.
Killiney and Whiterock Beaches and The Vico Bathing Place
Killiney Beach is a long beach great for a beach day, surfing, dolphin watching or just a lovely stroll along the water. The Vico Bathing Place and Whiterock Beach, accessed off Vico Road, offer sea swims with spectacular views. Both have changing shelters.
Dalkey is within easy driving distance to more than 30 fabulous golf courses such as Portmarnock, Royal Dublin, the K-Club, Druids Glen, Powerscourt & Killiney Golf Courses.
James Joyce Tower and Museum
The James Joyce Tower & Museum is a "Martello Tower" in Sandycove, where James Joyce spent 6 nights in 1904. It is located right next to the 40 Foot Bathing Site. The tower now contains a museum dedicated to Joyce and displays some of his possessions and other ephemera associated with "Ulysses."
Bulloch Harbour is located at the Sandycove (northern) end of Harbour Road in Dalkey. Bullock Castle, an imposing Norman structure, overlooks the harbour which is a ten-minute walk from the Dalkey Dart Station. Bulloch Harbour is still a working harbour with boats that fish for lobster and crab. It is also used by locals and tourists who hire boats for nearby fishing, sightseeing and for getting to Dalkey Island.