Dalkey Island

County Dublin

Dalkey Island's main sight is St Begnet's Holy Well, but it's also a popular spot for fishing, with shoals of pollock, mackerel and coalfish feeding in its waters. It's also a lovely spot to spend a couple of hours with a picnic – but be sure to take everything off the island with you when you leave. Ken the Ferryman provides transport to and from the island.

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1. St Begnet's Holy Well

0.07 MILES

Dalkey Island, only a few hundred metres offshore, is home to St Begnet’s Holy Well, the most important of Dalkey’s so-called holy wells. This one is…

2. Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

0.97 MILES

Spread across Goat Castle and St Begnet’s Church, this heritage centre has models, displays and exhibitions on Dalkey's history. There's a Living History…

3. Bullock Castle

1.26 MILES

These are the ruins of a castle built by the monks of Dublin's St Mary's Abbey in around 1150.

4. Forty Foot Pool

1.59 MILES

The Forty Foot Pool is an open-air, seawater bathing pool that took its name from the army regiment, the Fortieth Foot, that was stationed at Sandycove's…

5. James Joyce Tower & Museum

1.68 MILES

This tower is where the action begins in Joyce's epic novel Ulysses. The museum was opened in 1962 by Sylvia Beach, the Paris-based publisher who first…

6. Brave Maeve Story Trail


Along Bray's seafront promenade, this kids' walking trail links up five brightly coloured murals created by children's author and illustrator Chris Judge…

7. Sea Life

4.78 MILES

Resident marine creatures at the only aquarium on Ireland's east coast include sharks, rays, eels, tropical and cold-water fish, piranhas, octopuses,…

8. Imaginosity


Dublin's only museum specifically aimed at toddlers and children, Imaginosity is a hands-on, interactive experience where kids can learn from and be…