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Things to Do in Dalkey

By Visit Dublin

24th April 2021

Dalkey’s rich history is front and centre, with a 10th century church and two Norman castles right on the main street. From the town, it’s a short walk to the harbour, where you can take a boat trip to Dalkey Island, or if you’re feeling adventurous, go abseiling at Killiney Hill. Keep an eye out for famous locals: Bono, The Edge, Enya and Van Morrison all live nearby (and Matt Damon even temporarily took up residence!).

Illustrated Map of Dalkey

Perfect for a day trip from nearby local areas, Dalkey is filled with culture, adventure and a wealth of places to eat and drink. Only 15km from Dublin, it's the perfect place to escape the city and indulge in a little of what the coast has to offer. Explore more and check out these suggestions for spending time in Dalkey where a warm welcome awaits. 

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 and atmospheric church ruins, plus roaming rabbits and goats).

Fancy an adventure high above sea level? Killiney and Dalkey Hill form part of Killiney Hill Park, a popular destination for walkers and hikers availing of the spectacular views over the surrounding areas: Dublin to the Northwest, the Irish Sea and the mountains of Wales (on a clear day) to the East and Southeast, and Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains to the South.

Culture

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. The Country Bake is a winner for the freshest bread and baked goods, while the Corner Note Café serves up delicious, locally-sourced produce; 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.

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