Top things to do in Dalkey

Top Choice Literature in Dalkey

Dalkey Book Festival

Salman Rushdie is an acknowledged fan, which must help its organisers, Sian Smyth and David McWilliams, to always draw some big award-winning names – in 2017 Louis de Bernières, Marlon James and Bernie Sanders were …
Top Choice Health Food in Dalkey

Select Stores

This long-established food emporium has been transformed into a one-stop shop for all things good for you: the award-winning kitchen rolls out veggie burgers, fresh juices, salads and, in the mornings, a range of he…
Island in Dalkey

Dalkey Island

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 …
Museum in Dalkey

Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre

Spread across Goat Castle and St Begnet’s Church, this heritage centre has models, displays and exhibitions on Dalkey's history; a Living History tour in the format of a theatre performance; and a Writers' Gallery, …
Pub Food in Dalkey

Magpie Inn

The excellent menu's main strength is, obviously, seafood, including a range of mouth-watering lunch options like fresh Sligo mussels marinière with toasted sourdough bread and more substantial dinner mains like a s…
Pub in Dalkey

Magpie Inn

Two dozen or so craft beers complement the usual selection of brewery beers; add to it the excellent lunch and dinner menu and you've got one of the best gastropubs in the whole county.
Pub in Dalkey


There's a fabulous local atmosphere in this lovely traditional pub, which has been a staple here for over 40 years.
Christian Site in Dalkey

St Begnet's Holy Well

A few hundred metres offshore is Dalkey Island, home to St Begnet’s Holy Well, the most important of Dalkey’s so-called holy wells. This one is reputed to cure rheumatism, making the island a popular destination for…
Ruins in Dalkey

Bullock Castle

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