The attractive town of Dalkey, with its medieval streetscape is situated on the southern end of Dublin Bay. It is on the Dart line and is approximately half an hour's drive from the city centre. It is a picturesque town with a stunning coastline and harbour. It’s a town steeped in history as is evident by its castles and historical buildings and has changed very little over the last hundred years. Dalkey is unusual in that it still has a king, a practice that has been ongoing since 1787.

There were at one time seven castles on Castle Street of which two remain in a superb state of preservation. They are both examples of the oldest and finest structures of their kind in the British Isles. Goats Castle - is now the Town Hall and has been added to. The second is Archbold’s Castle. These two castles are believed to have been the dwellings of merchant princes, rather than military strongholds, erected as early as the 12th Century. Bullock Castle was built in the 12th century to protect the lucrative fisheries of Dalkey, in time, a tiny town grew up around the castle, completely walled and protected at intervals by towers. The castle has newly been restored and stand proud on the Dun Laoghaire – Dalkey Road. St Begnet’s Church is surrounded by a high wall is thought to date to 7th Century; a gravestone in the churchyard has markings which would put it in the period AD 650 – 800.

Dalkey Island is twenty three acres, and its long history of settlement is evident in the ruins which remain to this day on the island. On the island stands an impressive Martello tower, a battery of cannon and a church which is possible older than Dalkey town itself. During the plague in Ireland this island acted as a refuge for people trying to avoid catching the dreaded disease. It is believed that habitation on this island began about two thousand years ago. The island is no longer inhabited a herd of goats is the only sign of life to be found. You can take a boat out to the island form the Habour. This harbour as it now stands was built in 1869, from granite taken from Dalkey Quarry, and claims to be one of the smallest in Ireland.

For places of beauty check out Coliemore Park and Sorrento Park. Also from Killiney Hill in suitable weather conditions wonderful views can be seen of places as far away as the Mourne mountains in the north, Wicklow and Bray heads further south Killiney Bay , and also in very good visibility - Snowdon in Wales.

The Dalkey area is filled with fantastic flora and fauna, Dalkey Hill and neighbouring Roaches and Killiney Hill share over 200 native plant species; Peregrine Falcons, Buzzards Dolphins and seals all abound in this bio diverse area.

The heritage centre is ward- winning and features a tenth century Church & Graveyard, a fifteenth century medieval Town House , a modern exhibition area and an exciting Art Gallery. Scaled models and information panels with text written by local Tony-Award winner, Hugh Leonard, vividly illustrate the history of the area.

Aside from Hugh Leonard Dalkey has a rich literary history, most famously part of James Joyces Ulysses is set in Dalkey. Other literary fame comes from the fact that, international best selling author, Maeve Binchy and film-director, Neil Jordan live in Dalkey and Bernard Shaw spent his childhood in at Torca Cottage. To find out more about the acclaimed writers of the locality visit the Writers' Gallery.

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