Dalkey is a scenic town located just 1 kilometre from Fitzpatrick Castle. Getting there will take only a 10/15-minute walk or a few minutes drive. Dalkey was lucky to avoid 20th-century modernisation and thus is rich in history with two Norman castles and a 10th-century church on its main street. Dalkey harbour is only a short walk from the town where, if you like, you can make your way over to stunning Dalkey Island by boat. While exploring the scenic surroundings of Dalkey, keep an eye out for some of the celebrities that live locally including Van Morrison, Bono and Hugh Leonard.
Dalkey's Coliemore Harbour is full of activity all year round with kayaking, fishing, rowing being popular choices by visitors. The harbour also boasts gorgeous views across the bay. If you choose to take the 5-minute boat ride to Dalkey Island you will find church ruins, a Martello Tower and the local wildlife, goats and rabbits. The Vico Road is a hidden gem right at Fitzpatrick Castles back door, perfect for a relaxing stroll with breath-taking views of Dublin all the way down to Bray Head. If the weather permits, enjoy a relaxing picnic in Dillion's park with a beautiful backdrop of Dalkey Island. Looking for something more adventurous, enjoy a magical kayak around Dalkey Island to take all the amazing views.
Dalkey is home to plenty of options when it comes to food and drinks. The Tramyard Café offers delicious hot scones and freshly-brewed coffee with an inviting indoor/outdoor setting. Select Stores is nearby and is an award-winning café, wholefood shop and juice bar. Finnegan’s (a favourite spot of Bono’s) serves a beautiful lunch with a comprehensive wine menu. The Magpie Inn is another popular spot with uncomplicated food done well with a selection of craft beers. In total, Dalkey town has six pubs, a delicatessen, eleven restaurants, two cafés and more.
Dalkey is rich in history. Its origins go back to early settlers on Dalkey Island around 4500BC. Both the mainland and the island became places of Early Christian and Early Medieval ecclesiastical importance with two churches, dedicated to St Begnet. Goat Castle, which is today part of Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, is one of the seven castles of Dalkey. The name was given to it by an Anglo-Norman merchant family, the Cheever’s, who were associated with the castle in the 17th century.
History comes to life quite literally at Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, as costumed actors act out live theatre performances. For something a little different, stop by at Biddy’s Cottage and enjoy traditional Irish storytelling with tea and cakes. Here, guests experience the magic of traditional Irish storytelling, which has been passed down through generations of storytellers.