Places to visit
With rowing, kayaking, fishing and island ferries, picturesque Coliemore Harbour is a hub of activity year-round, and offers fantastic views across the bay. If you fancy an adventure, a five-minute boat ride will take you to Dalkey Island, home to a Martello Tower, atmospheric church ruins, plus roaming rabbits and goats.
History comes to life quite literally at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, as costumed actors act out live theatre performances. If literature is your thing, check out the Writer’s Gallery for everything from Beckett to Binchy to Bono. For something a little different, step back in time and enjoy traditional Irish storytelling with tea and cakes in Biddy’s Cottage.
Food and drink
You won’t go hungry during your visit, as there are plenty of food and drink options available in this charming village. Follow the waft of hot scones and freshly-brewed coffee to the Tramyard Café, and take a seat in this outdoor, yet indoor café. Corner Note serves up delicious, locally-sourced produce. On cold days, warm up by the fire, while on summer evenings, we recommend you sit outside and soak up the sun.
Nearby Select Stores is an award-winning wholefood shop, juice bar and café. If you fancy something a bit heartier though, head along to Finnegan’s. A favourite spot of both Bono and the late, great Maeve Binchy (regulars still proudly point out her favourite table), it’s a tasty lunch spot with an extensive wine menu. You’ll find craft beers and a selection of uncomplicated food done well at The Magpie Inn.
Hop on the DART from the city-centre or take a Dublin Bus from Kildare Street.