Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

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Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre Jun 10, 2011
In the heyday of Dalkey there were 7 small castles in the village. It used to function like a port for Dublin which didn’t have a suitable harbor. So the goods from England and the rest of the world had to be offloaded in Dalkeys harbor before it was transported by horse carriage to Dublin. The 7 castles weren’t what you usually would consider a castle - they were more like fancy protected warehouses.

Today only two of the old warehouses still remain and it has been turned into a museum. Inside is a small exhibition with some old models of the town from the old times and there is a corner with the story of the connection between several of the famous Irish authors and Dalkey - it seems like they have all been down to Dalkey for some time - I am not sure how long the individual has been down here maybe it is only for a day or two for some of them.

The museum is ok for a quick overview of the town’s history - but what the museum tries to sell itself on is the show in which three actors/guides give a bit of the history of the castle and how life used to be during the reign of Henry VIII. The actors are quite funny and do go into some interaction with the guest - like the female ghost which took us around the cemetery asked me where Denmark was located and I had to make up a quick explanation of it which would work in accordance with the technology of the 16th century. The actor do give some historical inside which was unknown to me - like why there is a red and white pole outside all barbershops in UK, Ireland and north America. Apparently this is because a barber used to perform other tasks as well - like bloodletting - hence the red and white pole was a sign of a travelling barber were in town.

Before or after the tour you can see a DVD with a bit of the formal history of the castle - in total a visit to the castle is good for about 1½ if you want to look at the museum and go on the tour.
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