Dalkey Travel Guide

  • Small boats on the ramp-Coliemore harbour, Dalkey
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Dalkey Things to Do

  • Take in the views of Dalkey Island

    Dalkey Island is a small, uninhabited island of the coast of Dalkey. You can see the best views of the island from near Coliemore Harbour, where there is a telescope that can be used for a small fee. There is also an information board which tells you all about the island's history, flora and fauna. Supposedly seals regularly visit the island and a...

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  • Walk and a drink

    Dalkey (pronounced) daawkey is a little village on the privileged southside of Dublin. You can spot all the stars (bono and the edge) in some of the bars, mostly finnegans and the queens. Have a quick drink with the Sunday papers then head down the coast to Killiney beach where you can view the coastline from Bray to Howth. These views have been...

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  • Walk and a drink

    Dalkey (pronounced) daawkey is a little village on the privileged southside of Dublin. You can spot all the stars (bono and the edge) in some of the bars, mostly finnegans and the queens. Have a quick drink with the Sunday papers then head down the coast to Killiney beach where you can view the coastline from Bray to Howth. These views have been...

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  • Dalkey Heritage Centre

    This gives a great view of the history of the village and is housed in one of the original 7 castles of Castle St (goats castle), which later became the town hall and is now mainly used as a hall for concerts and plays. The only other castle remaining is Archbold's castle, which is a picturesque ruin beside the Catholic church.Guided walks often...

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  • Killiney Hill Park

    From the top of Killiney Hill you get lovely views across Dublin and down into Wicklow. It'll be different every time you come and on a sunny day you can see why this stretch of the Dublin Coast inspired people to think of the Bay of Naples (hence the many italianite names on the streets and houses)

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  • Take a walk

    I enjoyed my walk from Killiney, over Killiney Hill, to Dalkey. It is a very scenic walk and it is not too difficult to find the way.. Going the opposite way it might be more difficult to know where to start, but you can always ask someone. If you don’t want to walk up the hill you can also walk along Vico Road between Dalkey and Killiney. The road...

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  • Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

    Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre is situated in Goat Castle (The Tower House) on Castle Street. It is one of three castles remaining of the originally eight Castles that once stood in Dalkey.The Goat Castle is a fine example of a fortified town house and it dates from the early 15th century. From displays and performing actors you will learn about...

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  • Coliemore Harbour

    Coliemore Harbor is a small picturesque harbour from where it only takes 5 minutes by boat to Dalkey Island. It is hard to believe that this was once the most important harbour in Dublin, but the River Liffey was too shallow for boats and therefore Coliemore Harbour was mainly used, until the river was dredged.

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  • Dalkey Island

    Just off the shore is Dalkey Island. From the mainland you can clearly see the Martello Tower and the ruins of St Begnet’s Church. There is also a St Begnet’s Holly Well said to cure rheumatism.Finds have been done showing that there have been settlements on the island already in late Mesolithic 4500 BC. St Begnet’s Church was founded in 800 AD....

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  • Walk up to Killiney village

    Killiney village can be reached from Dalkey by going to the coast, turning right and then walking along the Vico road until you come to the village. Alternatively you can go up via the park but you may get lost . . . The village itself isn't much to look at but has a nice pub, the Druid's chair, killiney hill park right beside it where you can get...

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  • Dalkey Island

    Dalkey Island, just off the coast opposite Coliemore Harbour, is a fascinating place to have a wander. Its reached by small boat from the harbour. The village of Dalkey is actually named after the Island. Dalkey is the anglified version of the Gaelic name Deilginis (Thorn Island).The Island is rich in historic remains though to be honest the oldest...

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  • Go sightseeing

    Traditionally, Dalkey and Killiney were 'old' money neighbourhoods. As such there are some wonderful old houses dating back to Victorian times. The Victorians loved gothic styles so there are a number of "castles" and houses with turrets to be found by going for a wander around the backstreets. This is of course in addition to the medievel castles...

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Dalkey Restaurants

  • Best burger in the village

    In is a bar-restaurant that serves good food, is relaxed and has live music (usually at least a pianist) on a Saturday. Its usually possible to get a seat. The burger, tho the deep fried cheese and cranberry sauce is great (v bad for you of course ;-)

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  • Irish Bison Burger on as a special! mmm...

    I recently visited in during a weekend trip to killiney. I thought the food was really tasty and the menu was extensive enough, the ambience was great as were the staff. The decoe is cooly and comfy, worth a visit.... Steak Burger, Fillet Steak, breaded plaice and a special on at the moment; Irish Raised Bison Burger.

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  • Drop in place

    The Idlewilde is one of several cafes in the village and offers breakfast and lunch food with good coffee. Its the sort of place you might go into to read papers on a Sunday and has a nice laidback atmosphere. On sunny days you can eat out in the courtyard. The staff are pleasant but usually very busy so be prepared for a bit of a wait to be...

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  • Takeaway

    Every village needs a cheap and filling takeaway and Dalkey is lucky enough to have two of them. This is one and will satisfy your needs reasonably if you're not too fussy. Take your takeout to the coast and sit by the waters edge. Really, what more could you ask for :-) Chicken

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  • Popular Indian

    Recently refurbished, Jaipoor serves a wide range of Indian food. I'm no expert on Indian food but I really enjoyed it and, judging from the contented hum all around me in the crowded restaurant, so did the other customers. Its pretty reasonably priced too, especially if you go for the early bird (and frankly as fast as the restaurant filled up...

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  • Comfortable seats

    Pretty limited if pleasant choice of snacks. A good place to come with a big pile of papers of a Sunday. The trick is to try and grab the couch at the back :-) It has wifi so also handy if you want to lug your comp down and work away on it. Coffee!

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  • Mugs

    After walking to Dalkey from Killiney Mugs was the first café I came across and feeling both hungry and in need to sit down and rest for a while I went straight in. I liked the atmosphere of the café and it seemed like other costumers were not there for the first time.I had a fresh orange juice and a cinnamon-raisin bagel (toasted) with cream...

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  • A cut above the average

    This is a good restaurant which, as the pun in the title suggests, has a nice selection of Italian wine. The food's good too and their Caprese is the best I've tasted in Dublin (tho that may just mean I need to get out more :-) The specials vary from day to day and service is friendly. Overall, the atmosphere is relaxed and cosy.As with most places...

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  • Fish in Dalkey

    The confusingly named Guinea Pig (Shld be called something like the Old lobster pot :) is actually a very good if rather pricey fish restaurant (don't worry, there are also veggie and meat dishes) that has been around a long time and has many devotees. It's may be the best restaurant in Dalkey. Anything from the early bird menu because the A la...

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Dalkey Nightlife

  • Grand old lady

    The Queens is a 250 yrs old but much done up pub in Dalkey. It also incorporates a restaurant and nightclub. In the 1980s, this was where Ireland's first yuppies would gather and they still come round, only now with a baby buggy in tow ;-) Anything as long as you are nonchalantly twirling your Ferrari keyring as you come in!

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  • Friendly local

    The pub is one of the Dalkey pubs that caters to local Dalkeyites. As such it has a mixed age group and a relaxed atmosphere. It does a carvery lunch every day and in the evenings serves good (and enormous) portions of food. Pop up to the balcony and you'll be able to admire the stained glass roof windows. Interior of the pub is highly decorated...

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Dalkey Transportation

  • DART

    DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) is the train going through Dublin to the villages and towns (suburbs) north and south of Dublin. It is very convenient to use if your doing a daytrip to visit the places along the coast. Tickets can be bought from machines or the booking-office . At Connolly Station the line for buying the ticket was very long...

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  • Darting to Dalkey

    Usually the best way to get to Dalkey from Dublin is by the DART commuter train. It takes about 30 minutes and will cost about 2 euro. You can also catch the 7D bus from Dublin but it takes at least an hour so unless you actually enjoy bus journeys . . .

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  • Get there by DART

    Take a DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transit) from Dublin city centre south. After half an hour you will reach Dalkey. (You might have to change trains in Dun Laoghaire though). Walk through Dalkey town to the seafront and start walking south towards Killiney.

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Dalkey Shopping

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    by Red_Hugh Written Jul 15, 2006

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    A bit of an institution in the village, the Exchange started life as a second hand exchange book shop. Since moving into larger premises a good few years ago it has branched out and now has a good selection of recently published new books, with a strong childrens section, local history (some of which it has published itself) and souvenirs. But the backbone for me is still the back of the store where the secondhand books are kept Pretty sure the owner would disagree, as don't think theres much margin :-)

    What to buy: Local maps and histories, art books, odds and ends of all kinds

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Dalkey Off The Beaten Path

  • John Dowland

    In a small park on the coast near Dalkey can be found a plaque to John Dowland, the elizabethan composer who was supposedly born in Dalkey.

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  • The most famous gate in Dalkey?

    When I was walking from Dalkey to Killiney I turned around a corner and suddenly there they were: 30 Italian tourists with a guitar singing "With or Without You". I realised that it was Bono's house I was passing by. They were sitting in front of his gate waiting for him to come out. The only stuff that was out though was his rubbish .... Dalkey is...

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  • by sabsi Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Fondest memory: When I came here first and walked along the coast road it was before I had a mobile phone ... and I was on my own. It was so beautiful here that I really had to tell somebody about it. I stopped at every phone booth on the way and called somebody only to say "It's soooo beautiful" here. That's when I thought that Winnie the Pooh was so right when he said "It isn't good having anything exciting if you can't share it". And years later this became my VT motto ....

    Oh, it's sooo beautiful
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