Other Local Attractions Dublin
Dalkey is set just inland on a coastal, scenic location. There are stunning views and magnificent scenery particularly from Sorrento Point. From here the full sweep of Dublin Bay from Howth to Bray and beyond can be enjoyed.
Take the sea air at Coliemore Harbour where you can enjoy spectacular views of Dalkey Island. In the 14th century this acted as the main port for Dublin. Merchant ships came from near and far. They dropped anchor in the deep waters of Dalkey Sound, bringing valuable goods that were stored in the seven fortified castles in Dalkey.
Supervised Ferry trips to Dalkey Island from Coliemore Harbour. Booking: Ken Cunningham at +353 (0)85 2426516.
Kayaking around Dalkey
Come and meet the friendly Dalkey seals on a guided kayak tour. Explore historic landmarks and interact with world-class wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might even see the porpoises. Suitable for beginners, groups and individuals. All gear supplied. Daily from Bullock Harbour. €55 per adult and €39 per child per session with an instructor in Dalkey.
Jenny Kilbride. Book online at www.kayaking.ie
(Irish: Deilg Inis meaning Thorn Island). You can see the ruin of the early Christian St Begnet’s Church and a Martello Tower. It is home to a colony of seals and Roseate Terns as well as a herd of feral goats. Bottlenose dolphins have been seen frequently in the waters around Dalkey Island.
Travel back in time with a visit to Dalkey Island! Supervised Ferry trips to Dalkey Island. Booking: Ken Cunningham at +353 (0)85 2426516
Mornington Garden and Garden School
Garden Visit. Leave behind not footprints, but handprints. Opening the garden for you to see and enjoy what beauty nature has for us. The garden was originally planted in the late 30’ies and I have been very active with it over the last 8 years, because of this I feel I would like to share and inspire you.
Contact Annmarie Bowring. 087 225 6365.
Sorrento Park – Sorrento Road, Dalkey
Enjoy breath-taking views from Sorrento Park which have been likened to the Bay of Naples.
The coastline stretches as far as the eye can see from Wicklow and Howth and is an excellent viewing point for photographs. The Bandstand is the setting for Tony Award -winning playwright, Hugh Leonard’s play ‘A Life’.
Archbold’s Castle – Castle Street
This is one of the 7 fortified town houses/castles built by the merchants of Dublin in the 14th century to store the goods being unloaded in Dalkey Sound. Though in ruins, it is one of the two castles still standing today. You can walk around it safely to examine close up the structure of fortified town houses.
James Joyce Tower at the Forty Foot – Sandycove
The James Joyce Tower was one of a series of Martello towers built to withstand an invasion by Napoleon. It now holds a museum devoted to the life and works of James Joyce. The tower is the setting for the first chapter of his masterpiece, ‘Ulysses’.
Opening Times: Every day from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer season and 10 am to 4 pm for the winter period. Tel: +353 (0)1 2809265
Killiney Hill Park
There are looped nature trails that begin and end in the car park at Killiney Hill Park. A children’s playground provides entertainment and activity for the younger ones and there is a small Coffee shop.
As you pass through you might even catch a glimpse of our native Red Squirrel recently reintroduced. See the panoramic views from the top of the hill and interesting historical features such as the Obelisk and the Signal Tower, the Step Pyramid and the Witch’s Hat.
National Maritime Museum of Ireland – Old Mariners Church, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire
The National Maritime Museum of Ireland is located in the former Mariners’ Church in Haigh Terrace, Dún Laoghaire. This historic Church was built in 1837. The Church was designed to meet the needs of the seafarers whose vessels sought shelter in the asylum harbour of Kingstown.
A reminder of the Church’s history can still be seen in the west gallery. On either side of the stained glass windows can be seen the Prisoner’s docks where those under punishment aboard ship could be kept under guard while still attending Sunday service.
In 1971 the Mariners’ Church closed as its congregation had dwindled. The Church was reopened as the National Maritime Museum of Ireland in 1978. Opening hours 11 am – 5 pm Monday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Phone: +353 (0)1 2800969.