I spent a couple of hours hanging out in Dalkey (pronounced Daaw=key) while recovering from my walk over the hill from Killiney and waiting until it was time to head back towards the city.
It is one of the city’s most affluent and exclusive suburbs, and on the sea.
A BMW cabriolet is almost compulsory.
It has a whole range of places to eat and drink. It is also right on the DART line south to Bray. You’ll see my tips on the pizza place & pub where I forked out €25 is a short space of time.
Coliemore Harbour is free, and well worth the short walk from the main street.
A lovely way to pass some time on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Dalkey is a suburban area in South Dublin. The former Dalkey Castle features the Heritage and Tourist Information Center where you can ask for directions to Sorrento Park.
From Dalkey Dart Station walk down ardevin road then sorrento road until you find it.
If you come across the Hawk Cliff then you've gone too far.
Sorrento Park is a small park close to Peoples Park. From both parks you have a view to Dalkey Island. But from Sorrento Park you have a better view.
Going to Dalkey Island from Coliermore Harbour (Dalkey) costs 10 EUR each return ticket.
I have already done one tip about Dalkey and the glam part of it, as it is home to many stars.
But I feel like I have to concentrate on the heritage part as well. Dalkey is an old and picturesque little town that is rich in history and culture. You can start your visit of Dalkey by visiting the tourist office/heritage center and get a heritage trail map where you can find several different routes of touring the area. If you like castles the Dalkey Castle is a must – actually it is a must even if you don’t like such things! They have a very well designed exhibition that is both fun and educational, with “living history” experience you can get into the life of medieval Irish.
So… go to Dalkey have lunch in a fancy café, try to spot as many celebs as possible and then go and discover the heritage of Ireland!
Dalkey is the Irish Beverly Hills, one of the hot spots where the rich and the famous gather. Where only the posh can survive. Or is it?
The fact is that the area is chosem by many Irish (and globaly known) celebrities to live in. To give only a couple names: Bono, Van Morrison, Enya, Eddie Irvine (the former F1 driver). It is also fool of wannabies and fans who wish to see their idols in a local pub (it is not that hard really).
But there is much more to Dalkey than glamour, there is the tranquility of a village, the beauty of the Dublin Bay and one of the nicest views I've seen. It is a great place to visit not only to spot the famous but also to learn about Irish history. Dalkey has a great heritage centre with fifteenth century medieval Town House , a tenth century Church & Graveyard, a Modern Exhibition Area and a vibrant Art Gallery. It is easily accessible by Dart, so drop in if you have a chance!
Sometimes it is a good idea to leave the city and dust and noise behind, and make a half day or day trip to some nice place. A great place to visit is the beautiful wealthy little town of Dalkey, which is located a short commuter train trip from Dublin.
Take the Dart-train, it is handy, cheap and fast enough. I bought a 4-day Dublin Explorer - ticket to save money. Some years ago it cost ten Irish pounds and it was valid in the trains and in Dublin buses.
Dalkey is an idyllic, beautiful wealthy small town. It is an ideal location for having a coffee or lunch break too. There are plenty of beautiful pastel coloured and tile houses.
We found one cosy pub that had a lot of old photos on the wall. One picture stated "We serve neither King nor Kaiser but Ireland". On the coast line there were many awesome castle-like houses.
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 compared to the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
Dalkey is a lovely small town 8 km south of Dublin, it is actually part of County Dublin. In medieval times Dublin’s most important port was here in Dalkey, and still Dalkey has some buildings/ruins from that time. The town has a rich history and some nice shops, pubs, art galleries, a Heritage Centre and nice walks. Together with the fact that the town is situated along the beautiful coastline makes it a great destination for a daytrip out of Dublin city centre. Dalkey is along the DART line.
Get the Dart to south. Stop in Dalkey. Beautiful small town, perfect to walk arround. Then go to brey and walk by the see side. The views are perfect. In Kilney, you can see the bay in the first floor of the train station and go see the gate of Bono's place. Be careful! The security is Tight. Check the ferry's in Dan Langoire. It can be a very nice afternoon.
After a really enjoyable train journey, we looked for a castle (and not really finding much of one to speak of!) - we wandered around Dalkey and came across this church which the BB was suitably impressed with (pictured).
Alot of the houses looked gated, with alot of gargoyles, eagles, lions and that kind of thing, which I have never been that partial to. They must have housed suitably wealthy occupants, not that I am against people having wealth, but somewhat grandiose, if you know what I mean.
Found a great pub, all polished wood and spotless and a few small shops & small boutiques. (I have been asked the name of this pub, sorry I can't remember, but it's in the center of the village, just ask anyone for the large pub, lots of wood. It has a 'members only' section, a balcony and the food is very good). Strolled along by the water, very peacefull.
On the way back, we stopped off at Blackrock market, it was nothing fantastic, but interesting enough (especially if you like antiques). Had a great (and more reasonably priced than Dublin) lunch in a high street pub.
(Again, I'm not sure of the name, but on investigation, I think it was 'Jack O'Rourkes'.It is a traditional pub, on Main Street, very close & on the on the same side as the market ) This pub does a very decent dinner with good Guiness.
Although neither destination was particularly awe inspiring, it was a very pleasant coastal trip out of the city.
(Link to Blackrock market site below).
Take the DART suburban train and make a trip to Dalkey and Killiney at the southshore of Dublin Bay. You can visit the small Dalkey Island (see photo) by boat or walk up Killiney Hill which offers you incomparable views of Dublin Bay from the south.
Take some more time to visit Dalkey. A delightfully neat village with steep narrow streets on the south side of Dublin Bay. Prepare for your visit by reading 'The Dalkey Archive' by Flann O'Brien. This should put you in a suitably surreal frame of mind!
Take a walk in Dalkey up the hill to the old quarry. It's a long steep walk but the view is so great.